Jennifer Beck

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Jennifer Beck
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Preceded by Sean T. Kean
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
Preceded by Ellen Karcher
Succeeded by Samuel D. Thompson
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 12th district
In office
January 10, 2006 – January 8, 2008
Preceded by Robert Lewis Morgan
Succeeded by Caroline Casagrande
Declan O'Scanlon
Personal details
Born (1967-01-03) January 3, 1967 (age 48)
Erie, Pennsylvania[1]
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania, M.A.
Boston College, B.A.

Jennifer Beck (born January 3, 1967) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey State Senate representing the 11th Legislative District since January 10, 2012. Prior to redistricting, she served in the Senate from January 8, 2008 representing the 12th Legislative District, serving portions of Monmouth and Mercer counties. Beck represented the 12th District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2006 to 2008.

Political career[edit]

Beck is a former Republican Party fundraiser who served for six years on the Red Bank Borough Council, from 1999 to 2005.[2] She holds a B.A. from Boston College (Physics and Mathematics) and was awarded an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (Government Administration).[2] Beck is also an alumna of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Beck won a very close Assembly election on November 8, 2005. As of December 6, 2005, she was declared winner of one of the seats, and was the top vote getter in the District with 31,418 votes. Democratic freshman Assemblyman Michael J. Panter won re-election with 30,466 votes, narrowly edging Beck's running mate, Declan O'Scanlon, who had 30,401 votes, just 65 fewer than Panter. One-term incumbent Robert Lewis Morgan lost his bid for re-election, coming in fourth with 30,228 votes. Two Green Party candidates each received about 2,000 votes.[3][4] While in the Assembly, Beck served on the Judiciary Committee, the State Government Committee and the Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.[2]

In the 2007 general election, Beck won her bid for a seat in the New Jersey Senate in a race against Democratic candidate Ellen Karcher, in which Beck was outspent by a nearly seven-to-one margin.[5] For the 2011 elections, Beck was moved into the 11th District where she beat Democrat Raymond Santiago by over 13 points.[6] She was subsequently reelected by over 21 points in 2013 beating Democrat Michael Brantley and independent Marie E. Amato-Juckiewicz.[7] Beck currently serves on the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity, the Budget and Appropriations Committee, and the Community and Urban Affairs Committee.[8]

In November 2008, a petition was launched to urge the 2009 Republican nominee for Governor of New Jersey to select Beck as his/her lieutenant governor. Nevertheless, on July 20, 2009, nominee Chris Christie announced that he had chosen Kimberly Guadagno, Monmouth County sheriff, to complete his campaign ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.[9]

District 11[edit]

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 11th District for the 2014-15 Legislative Session are:[10]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck (incumbent) 30,531 60.0
Democratic Michael Brantley 19,735 38.8
For the People Marie E. Amato-Juckiewicz 599 1.2
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck (incumbent) 20,226 56.6
Democratic Raymond Santiago 15,487 43.4
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck 26,743 53.9
Democratic Ellen Karcher (incumbent) 22,844 46.1
Republican gain from Democratic
New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2005[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck 31,418 24.8
Democratic Michael J. Panter (incumbent) 30,466 24.0
Republican Declan O'Scanlon 30,401 24.0
Democratic Robert Lewis Morgan (incumbent) 30,228 23.8
Green Ann Napolitano 2,303 1.8
Green Judith Stanton 2,052 1.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senator Jennifer Beck", district12.senatenj.com, accessed November 5, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Assemblywoman Beck's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Quirk, James A. "O'Scanlon concedes defeat to Panter INCUMBENT SECURES VICTORY BY 73 VOTES", Asbury Park Press, December 7, 2005. Accessed August 1, 2007. "Panter, who beat O'Scanlon by a 73-vote margin, will return to Trenton next year with Republican Jennifer Beck, who received the most votes in the election. Assemblyman Robert Morgan, Panter's running mate, received the least votes."
  4. ^ a b "Official List Candidate Returns for General Assembly for November 2005 General Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 16, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Beck wins; Dems control both houses, Asbury Park Press, November 6, 2007. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Senator Jennifer Beck". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ruth, João-Pierre (July 20, 2009), /article.asp?aID=78684 "Chris Christie picks running mate", NJBiz, retrieved 2009-07-23 
  10. ^ Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2012.

External links[edit]

New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Sean T. Kean
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 11th District
January 10, 2012 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ellen Karcher
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 12th District
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
Succeeded by
Samuel D. Thompson
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Lewis Morgan
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 12th District
January 10, 2006 – January 8, 2008
With: Michael J. Panter
Succeeded by
Caroline Casagrande
Declan O'Scanlon