Peter J. Barnes III

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Peter Barnes III
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 18th Legislative District
In office
January 14, 2014 – April 25, 2016
Preceded by Barbara Buono
Succeeded by Patrick J. Diegnan
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 18th Legislative District
In office
March 15, 2007 – January 14, 2014
Preceded by Peter J. Barnes, Jr.
Succeeded by Nancy Pinkin
Personal details
Born (1956-04-26) April 26, 1956 (age 61)
Nationality American
Occupation Attorney

Peter J. Barnes III (born April 26, 1956) is an American Democratic Party politician, who served in the New Jersey Senate, where he represented the 18th Legislative District until 2016, when he was appointed as New Jersey Superior Court judge. He previously served in the General Assembly from 2007-2014. Barnes previously served on the Assembly Judiciary Committee (as Vice-Chair), the Appropriations Committee and the Environment and Solid Waste Committee.[1]


Barnes attended the Edison Township Public Schools, having attended Menlo Park Elementary School, John Adams Junior High School and J. P. Stevens High School.[2] Barnes graduated in 1978 with a B.A. from Gettysburg College in Political Science, an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Management in 1980, and was awarded a J.D. by the Widener University School of Law in 1985.[1][3]

Barnes served on the Edison Township Council from 1996 to 2007, and on the Township's Planning Board from 2001-03.[1]

Barnes succeeded his father Peter J. Barnes, Jr., who was nominated on February 5, 2007, by Governor Jon Corzine to serve as Chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board.[4] On March 14, 2007, Barnes Jr. was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate and Barnes III, was chosen to fill his father's vacant seat.[5]

On November 5, 2013, he was elected to the State Senate, succeeding Barbara Buono who was running for Governor. In one of the closest Senate races in the state, Barnes defeated Democrat-turned-Republican East Brunswick mayor David Stahl by a 4% margin.[6] He was the only new Senator elected in the 2013 elections as incumbent Senators won in the other 39 districts.

District 18[edit]

Each of the forty 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 18th District for the 2016-2017 Legislative Session are:[7]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Barnes 25,063 51.9
Republican David Stahl 23,184 48.1
Democratic hold

Superior Court judge[edit]

In April 2016, Barnes was nominated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Senate voted 34-0 to give approve him to become a New Jersey Superior Court judge sitting at Middlesex County Couthouse.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Assemblyman Barnes's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 20, 2008.
  2. ^ EDISON’S PETER BARNES III TAKES OATH AS NEWEST 18TH DISTRICT ASSEMBLYMAN,, press release dated March 15, 2007. Accessed April 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Peter J. Barnes III - Edison councilmember profile, Edison Township. Accessed April 6, 2007.
  4. ^ Vergel, Gina. Barnes to head parole board, Home News Tribune by Gina Vergel, February 6, 2007
  5. ^ Assembly OKs online database of Legislature's votes, Home News Tribune by Gregory J. Volpe, March 15, 2007
  6. ^ Friedman, Matt (November 6, 2013). "Peter Barnes wins Buono's N.J. Senate seat in Middlesex County". NJ Advance Media. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "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 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Brent. "N.J. Senate confirms colleague to become state judge", NJ Advance Media for, April 25, 2016. Accessed April 26, 2016. "The Senate voted 34-0 to give Peter Barnes III final approval to become a state Superior Court judge in Middlesex County — the county he has represented in the state Legislature for nearly a decade."

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Barbara Buono
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 18th District
January 14, 2014 – April 25, 2016
Succeeded by
Patrick J. Diegnan
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Peter J. Barnes, Jr.
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 18th District
March 15, 2007 – January 14, 2014
With: Patrick J. Diegnan
Succeeded by
Nancy Pinkin