Bonnie Watson Coleman

District 12 (Incumbent)

Bonnie Watson Coleman is one of New Jersey’s most respected and influential legislators, having been elected to the Legislature for eight consecutive terms. An advocate for hardworking families, Bonnie represents our shared democratic values and cares deeply about the direction our nation is headed.

Among her many achievements in the Legislature, Bonnie was on the front lines in the fight to increase the minimum wage, to pass the Paid Family Leave Act and to create the Office of the Comptroller to battle waste, fraud and abuse in government. She believes that parents are an integral part of the solution to fix our schools and introduced legislation to ensure local control of public schools.

Bonnie also shattered racial and gender barriers to become the first African American woman to serve as Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly, and the first African American woman to serve as Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. When elected to replace retiring Congressman Rush Holt, Bonnie will be the first African American woman to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A graduate of Thomas Edison State College, Bonnie and her husband reside in Ewing Township and are have three sons.

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