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Douglas H. Fisher

Douglas H. Fisher (born April 28, 1947) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served since 2009 as the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, having been initially confirmed by Governor Jon Corzine and carried over by both Chris Christie and Phil Murphy. He served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2002 to 2009, representing the 3rd legislative district.

Douglas H. Fisher
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture
Assumed office
February 10, 2009
GovernorJon Corzine
Chris Christie
Phil Murphy
Member of the
New Jersey General Assembly
from the 3rd Legislative District
In office
January 8, 2002 – March 9, 2009
Preceded byJack Collins
Succeeded byCeleste Riley
Personal details
Born (1947-04-28) April 28, 1947 (age 72)
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic


Fisher graduated with a B.S. Business Administration from Bryant University in Rhode Island.[1]


Early careerEdit

Fisher served on the South Jersey Economic Development District from 1995-2001 and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization, also from 1995-2001. Fisher served on the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1996-2000, and was President of the South Jersey Freeholder Association in 1999. He served on the Bridgeton City Council from 1990-1992. Fisher is the former President of the Bridgeton Historical and Cultural Commission. Fisher served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1969-1975.[1]

General AssemblyEdit

Fisher served in the Assembly on the Agriculture and Natural Resources (as Chair), the Regulated Professions Committee, the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee and the Intergovernmental Relations Commission.[1]

New Jersey Secretary of AgricultureEdit

The New Jersey Board of Agriculture voted in February 2009 to nominate Fisher for the position of New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, 6-2. Governor Jon S. Corzine confirmed the nomination and Fisher was sworn in on March 7, 2009.[2] Fisher retained the role during the governorship of Chris Christie and was also chosen by incoming governor Phil Murphy to continue in the position; the position of Agriculture Secretary does not require confirmation by the New Jersey Senate and has traditionally been retained after a changeover in governor.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Assemblyman Fisher's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 5, 2009. Accessed January 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Governor Corzine's Statement on the Appointment of Douglas Fisher as New Jersey's Secretary of Agriculture" Archived 2009-04-03 at the Wayback Machine, Governor of New Jersey press release, dated February 10, 2009. Accessed March 16, 2009.
  3. ^ Johnson, Brent. "Murphy keeps 2 more Christie officials in Cabinet", NJ Advance Media for, January 6, 2017. Accessed January 17, 2018. "Murphy said he wants Douglas Fisher to stay on as secretary of the state Department of Agriculture and Gary Lanigan to remain commissioner of the state Department of Corrections.... Fisher's position is one of the few Cabinet spots that doesn't need confirmation from the Democratic-controlled state Senate, but Lanigan does need to be confirmed.... Fisher, 70, is actually a holdover from the administration of Christie's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Jon Corzine. He has served as agricultural secretary since 2009 and before that served four terms in the state Assembly."

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