Robert M. Gordon

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Robert M. Gordon
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 38th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2008
Preceded by Joseph Coniglio
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 38th district
In office
January 13, 2004 – January 8, 2008
Serving with Joan Voss
Preceded by Rose Heck
Matt Ahearn
Succeeded by Connie Wagner
Personal details
Born (1950-07-03) July 3, 1950 (age 66)
Paterson, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gail Gordon
Residence Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Alma mater Williams College
University of California,
Berkeley

University of Pennsylvania
Website Government website

Robert M. "Bob" Gordon (born July 3, 1950) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 38th Legislative District. Gordon served in the General Assembly from 2004 to 2008, and was the 2007 Democratic nominee to succeed outgoing Senator Joseph Coniglio.

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

Gordon graduated with a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy, awarded an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley in Public Policy, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Finance and Health Care Management.[1]

Early career[edit]

Out of school, Gordon worked as an analyst in the United States Congressional Budget Office from 1975 to 1977.[2]

Gordon served on the Fair Lawn Borough Council from 1986 to 1995, on its Planning Board from 1986 to 1995 and was Mayor of Fair Lawn, New Jersey from 1988 to 1991. He was the Fair Lawn Fire Commissioner from 1986 to 1995 and served on the Fair Lawn Ethics Board from 1999 to 2003. During this time he also served as an aide in the New Jersey Office of the Governor from 1990 to 1991. He was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1988 and 1992.[1] In 1996, Gordon ran in the Democratic primary for the open Congressional seat in the 9th district but was defeated in a landslide against former Englewood mayor Steve Rothman.[3]

He served on the Democratic State Committee from 1993 to 1998. Gordon is a real estate development consultant in addition to being a state senator.[1]

New Jersey Assembly and Senate[edit]

In the 2003 election, Gordon and Joan Voss unseated the incumbents, Green Party candidate Matt Ahearn and Republican Rose Heck (who did not seek reelection, instead choosing to run for the State Senate seat in the district), to win the Assembly seats.[4]

Gordon was nominated to replace Gordon on the Democrats' 2007 Assembly ticket was Bergen Freeholder and Paramus Councilwoman Connie Wagner.

In the Senate, Gordon serves on the Legislative Oversight Committee (as Chair), the Transportation Committee (as Vice-Chair), and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.[1]

Personal life[edit]

The Democratic lawmaker is married to Gail Balph Gordon, a Republican who served on the staff of Richard Thornburgh, the former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Attorney General, and as a member of Governor Chris Christie's campaign finance committee and his transition team.[5] In February, 2013, Gail Gordon joined the Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader law firm, which is headed by former Democratic Gov. Jim Florio.[6]

District 38[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 38th District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:[7]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert M. Gordon (incumbent) 27,779 51.9
Republican Fernando A. Alonso 25,767 48.1
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert M. Gordon (incumbent) 22,299 53.0
Republican John J. Driscoll, Jr. 19,745 47.0
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert M. Gordon 22,351 59.9
Republican Robert Colletti 14,949 40.1
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Senator Robert M. Gordon". New Jersey. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Robert M. Gordon (D)". www.njleg.state.nj.us. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Freshmen of the 105th Congress". CNN. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kornacki, Steve. In huge win for McGreevey, Democrats win control of Senate, gain six Assembly seats, National Organization for Women New Jersey, November 5, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2007. "former Fair Lawn Mayor Robert Gordon and Fort Lee Councilwoman Joan Voss won the 38th districts seats of Heck and Green Party Assemblyman Matt Ahearn."
  5. ^ "VOWS: Gail Balph and Bob Gordon" New York Times October 15, 2006
  6. ^ Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC hires Gail B. Gordon
  7. ^ Legislative Roster: 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 13, 2015.
  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. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 25, 2012.
  10. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2012.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Joseph Coniglio
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 38th District
January 8, 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Matt Ahearn
Rose Heck
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 38th District
January 13, 2004 – January 8, 2008
With: Joan Voss
Succeeded by
Connie Wagner