New Jersey Senate, 2018–19 term

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The New Jersey Senate is the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature. The 2018–2019 term (218th legislative session) begins on January 9, 2018 and will end on January 14, 2020. The Senators elected to this term were elected on November 7, 2017 (except for those since appointed or elected in special elections) and will serve until the end of the next term in 2020. This session was preceded by the 2016–2017 session and will be followed by the 2020–2021 session.


  Democratic Senator
  Republican Senator
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacancies
End of previous legislature 24 16 40 0
Begin 25 15 40 0
Latest voting share 63% 38%


The leadership for the 218th legislative session, which started on January 9, 2018, 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 Teresa Ruiz District 29
Deputy Majority Leaders Sandra Bolden Cunningham
Paul Sarlo
District 31
District 36
Assistant Majority Leaders James Beach
Linda R. Greenstein
District 6
District 14
Majority Conference Leader Robert M. Gordon District 38
Majority Whip
Minority Leader Thomas Kean Jr. District 21
Deputy Minority Leader Robert Singer District 30
Minority Conference Leader Steve Oroho District 24
Deputy Minority Conference Leader Chris A. Brown District 2
Minority Whip Joseph Pennacchio District 26
Deputy Minority Whip Dawn Marie Addiego District 8
Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco District 25

Current senators[edit]

Senators for the 2018-19 legislative session are:[2][3][4]

District Name Party Residence First served
District 1 Jeff Van Drew Dem Dennis Township 2008
District 2 Chris A. Brown Rep Ventnor City 2018
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 Barrington 2014†
District 6 James Beach Dem Voorhees Township 2009†
District 7 Troy Singleton Dem Palmyra 2018
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 Vin Gopal Dem Long Branch 2018
District 12 Samuel D. Thompson Rep Old Bridge Township 2012
District 13 Declan O'Scanlon Rep Little Silver 2018
District 14 Linda R. Greenstein Dem Plainsboro Township 2010
District 15 Shirley Turner Dem Lawrence Township (Mercer) 1998
District 16 Christopher Bateman Rep Branchburg 2008
District 17 Bob Smith Dem Piscataway 2002
District 18 Patrick J. Diegnan Dem South Plainfield 2016†
District 19 Joe Vitale Dem Woodbridge Township 1998
District 20 Joseph Cryan Dem Union Township (Union) 2018
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 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 Joseph Lagana Dem Paramus 2018†
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
District 38 Robert M. Gordon Dem Fair Lawn 2008 April 4, 2018 Appointed to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities[5][6]

Committees and Committee Chairs, 2018–2019 Legislative Session[edit]

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

Committee Name
Budget and Appropriations Paul Sarlo
Commerce Nellie Pou
Community and Urban Affairs Jeff Van Drew
Economic Growth Nilsa Cruz-Perez
Education Teresa Ruiz
Environment and Energy Bob Smith
Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Joe Vitale
Higher Education Sandra Bolden Cunningham
Judiciary Nicholas Scutari
Labor Fred H. Madden
Law and Public Safety Linda R. Greenstein
Legislative Oversight Brian P. Stack
Military and Veterans' Affairs Patrick J. Diegnan
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation James Beach
Transportation Robert M. Gordon


  1. ^ Leadership, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Unofficial List Candidates for State Senate For General Election 11/07/2017 Election, New Jersey Department of State, November 8, 2017. Accessed November 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Melisurgo, Len. "Updated election results: N.J. Senate and Assembly races 2017", NJ Advance Media for, November 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Tate, Curtis (April 5, 2018). "Gov. Phil Murphy appoints Sen. Bob Gordon to NJ utility watchdog". Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "BOB GORDON GETS CONFIRMED FOR BPU SEAT". New Jersey Credit Union League. April 16, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  7. ^ New Jersey Legislature Committees and Membership 2018-2019 Legislative Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 11, 2018.

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