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Donald Norcross

Donald Norcross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st district
Assumed office
November 12, 2014
Preceded by Rob Andrews
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 19, 2010 – November 12, 2014
Preceded by Dana L. Redd
Succeeded by TBD
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 5th district
In office
January 12, 2010 – January 19, 2010
Preceded by Joseph J. Roberts, Jr.
Succeeded by Gilbert L. Wilson
Personal details
Born (1958-12-13) December 13, 1958
Pennsauken, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrea Doran
Children 3
Residence Camden, New Jersey
Alma mater Camden County College (A.S.)
Occupation Assistant Business Manager
IBEW Local 351
Religion Lutheran[1]

Donald W. Norcross (born December 13, 1958) is an American labor leader and Democratic Party politician who is currently serving as the United States Representative for New Jersey's 1st congressional district. He won the seat in 2014 following the resignation of former Rep. Rob Andrews. Prior to his service in the House, he represented the 5th District in the New Jersey Senate from 2010-14. Norcross was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner on November 12, 2014, having been elected in a special election to serve as representative of New Jersey's 1st Congressional District, and was added to the rolls of the House upon executing the oath of office.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
    • Run for Congress 2.1
    • Election history 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Personal life

Norcross was born in 1958[2] at Pennsauken Township. He graduated from Camden County College with a degree in criminal justice.[2]

Norcross is married to Andrea Doran, an echocardiographer. They have three children.[2][3]

Norcross has been active in the United Way of Camden County for close to two decades, serving as chairman from 2002 through 2004 and since as a member of the organization's Executive Board. He is currently a board member of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Since 1993, he has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Union Organization for Social Service (UOSS), the nation's first labor agency devoted to community service. Norcross is a founding member and on the executive board of The Home Port Alliance, a coalition that brought back the retired USS New Jersey to serve as a monument for veterans and an attraction for the revitalization of the Camden/Philadelphia Waterfront.


In 1980, he served as an apprentice in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, eventually becoming assistant business manager of the IBEW Local 351.[4] A former president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council, Norcross served as president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council for 16 years.[3]

Norcross and his running mate, Camden City Council President Angel Fuentes, were elected to the Assembly in 2009 after Democratic incumbents Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Joseph J. Roberts both retired. Shortly thereafter, Norcross was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Dana Redd who was elected as Mayor of Camden. Norcross won the Senate special election in 2010 to finish out the term, then was re-elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2011 and 2013.[5][3]

Committee Assignments: Chair, Law and Public Safety Military and Veterans Affairs Transportation Chair, School Facilities and Construction subcommittee for the Joint Committee on Public Schools Fire Safety Commission

Run for Congress

On February 4, 2014, South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews announced he would be resigning from Congress by the end of the month, and he did so on February 18.[6]

Norcross announced his candidacy February 5, and within a week, he was endorsed by every New Jersey congressional Democrat, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, General Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Mayor of Camden Dana Redd, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and former Governor Jim Florio.[5]

Election history

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 17,712 56.8%
Republican Keith Walker 13,444 43.2%
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate Special elections, 2010[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 28,801 65.7%
Republican Harry E. Trout 15,041 34.3%
Democratic hold


  1. ^ Religion: Lutheran per biodata,; accessed December 1, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Roh, Jane (2009-09-06). "Another Norcross on the rise".  
  3. ^ a b c Profile,; accessed November 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Norcross: Why I'm running for the State Assembly". 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  5. ^ a b Rob Andrews to leave Congress,; accessed November 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "N.J. Democrat Rob Andrews to resign from Congress",; accessed November 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 7, 2012.
  8. ^ [1] "New Jersey Senate, (retrieved on 12/12/11).

External links

New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Dana Redd
New Jersey State Senator - District 5
January 19, 2010 - present
Succeeded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Joseph J. Roberts
New Jersey State Assemblyman - District 5
January 12, 2010 - January 19, 2010
Succeeded by
Gilbert "Whip" Wilson
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