New Jersey Senate, 2016–17 term

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The New Jersey Senate is the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature. The 2016–2017 term (217th legislative session) began on January 12, 2016 and will end on January 9, 2018. The Senators elected to this term were elected on November 5, 2013 (except for those since appointed or elected in special elections) and will serve until the end of the next term in 2018. This session was preceded by the 2014–2015 session and will be followed by the 2018–2019 session.


  Democratic Senator
  Republican Senator
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacancies
End of previous legislature 24 16 40 0
Begin 24 16 40 0
Latest voting share 60% 40%


The leadership for the 217th legislative session, which started on January 12, 2016, is as follows:[1]

Position Name District
President of the Senate Stephen M. Sweeney District 3
Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg District 37
President pro tempore Nia Gill
Paul Sarlo
District 34
District 36
Assistant Majority Leaders James Beach
Linda R. Greenstein
Teresa Ruiz
District 6
District 14
District 29
Majority Conference Leader Robert M. Gordon District 38
Majority Whip Sandra Bolden Cunningham District 31
Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. District 21
Deputy Minority Leader Diane Allen District 7
Minority Conference Leader Robert Singer District 30
Deputy Minority Conference Leader Jennifer Beck District 11
Assistant Republican Leader Joseph Pennacchio District 26
Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco District 25

Current senators[edit]

Senators for the 2016-17 legislative session are:[2]

District Name Party Residence First served
District 1 Jeff Van Drew Dem Dennis Township 2008
District 2 Colin Bell Dem Margate City 2017†
District 3 Stephen M. Sweeney Dem West Deptford Township 2002
District 4 Fred H. Madden Dem Washington Township (Gloucester) 2004
District 5 Nilsa Cruz-Perez Dem Camden 2014†
District 6 James Beach Dem Voorhees Township 2009†
District 7 Diane Allen Rep Edgewater Park 1998
District 8 Dawn Marie Addiego Rep Evesham Township 2010†
District 9 Christopher J. Connors Rep Lacey Township 2008
District 10 James W. Holzapfel Rep Toms River 2012
District 11 Jennifer Beck Rep Red Bank 2008
District 12 Samuel D. Thompson Rep Old Bridge Township 2012
District 13 Joe Kyrillos Rep Middletown Township 1992
District 14 Linda R. Greenstein Dem Plainsboro Township 2010
District 15 Shirley Turner Dem Lawrence Township (Mercer) 1998
District 16 Christopher Bateman Rep Branchburg Township 2008
District 17 Bob Smith Dem Piscataway 2002
District 18 Patrick J. Diegnan Dem South Plainfield 2016†
District 19 Joseph Vitale Dem Woodbridge Township 1998
District 20 Raymond Lesniak Dem Elizabeth 1983
District 21 Thomas Kean, Jr. Rep Westfield 2003†
District 22 Nicholas Scutari Dem Linden 2004
District 23 Michael J. Doherty Rep Washington Township (Warren) 2009
District 24 Steve Oroho Rep Franklin 2008
District 25 Anthony Bucco Rep Boonton Township 1998
District 26 Joseph Pennacchio Rep Montville 2008
District 27 Richard Codey Dem Roseland 1982
District 28 Ronald Rice Dem Newark 1986
District 29 Teresa Ruiz Dem Newark 2008
District 30 Robert Singer Rep Lakewood Township 1993†
District 31 Sandra Bolden Cunningham Dem Jersey City 2007†
District 32 Nicholas Sacco Dem North Bergen 1994
District 33 Brian P. Stack Dem Union City 2008
District 34 Nia Gill Dem Montclair 2002
District 35 Nellie Pou Dem North Haledon 2012
District 36 Paul Sarlo Dem Wood-Ridge 2003†
District 37 Loretta Weinberg Dem Teaneck 2005†
District 38 Robert M. Gordon Dem Fair Lawn 2008
District 39 Gerald Cardinale Rep Demarest 1982
District 40 Kristin Corrado Rep Totowa 2017†

† First appointed to the seat

Former members from this term[edit]

District Name Party Residence First served Term end Cause
18th Peter J. Barnes III Dem Edison 2014 April 25, 2016 Appointed as a judge to the New Jersey Superior Court[3]
40th Kevin J. O'Toole Rep Cedar Grove 20081 July 1, 2017 Appointed to the Board of Commissioners of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey[4][5]
2nd Jim Whelan Dem Atlantic City 2008 August 22, 2017 Death (heart attack)[6]

1 O'Toole had previously served in the Senate from 2001 to 2002

Committees and Committee Chairs, 2016-2017 Legislative Session[edit]

Committee chairs are: (All are Democrats)[7]

Committee Name
Budget and Appropriations Paul Sarlo
Commerce Nia Gill
Community and Urban Affairs Jeff Van Drew
Economic Growth Raymond Lesniak
Education Teresa Ruiz
Environment and Energy Bob Smith
Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Joseph Vitale
Higher Education Sandra Bolden Cunningham
Judiciary Nicholas Scutari
Labor Fred H. Madden
Law and Public Safety Linda R. Greenstein
Legislative Oversight Robert M. Gordon
Military and Veterans' Affairs James Beach
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Jim Whelan
Transportation Nicholas Sacco

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leadership, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Johnson, Brent. "Meet the newest member of the N.J. Legislature", NJ Advance Media for, May 26, 2016. Accessed August 21, 2016. "Robert Karabinchak, a Democrat, was appointed to represent Middlesex County's 18th District in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature. He replaces Patrick Diegnan, a Democrat who recently moved across the Statehouse to replace Patrick [sic] Barnes III in the state Senate after Barnes was appointed as a state Superior Court judge in Middlesex County."
  4. ^ Johnson, Brent (March 14, 2017). "Christie ally confirmed to join Port Authority board". Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Cowen, Richard (July 26, 2017). "Corrado tapped to replace O'Toole in state Senate". Retrieved October 5, 2017. Republicans in the 40th District on Wednesday selected Kristin Corrado to finish the unexpired Senate term of Kevin O'Toole, who resigned on July 1.
  6. ^ Jackson, Vincent; Huba, Nicholas (August 23, 2017). "Sen. Jim Whelan suffered heart attack at Atlantic City home". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  7. ^ New Jersey Legislature Committees and Membership 2016-2017 Legislative Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 17, 2016.

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