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Eric Houghtaling (born September 5, 1954) is an American Democratic politician representing the 11th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly, which covers portions of Monmouth County. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Houghtaling served as an elected official in Neptune Township, New Jersey.

Eric Houghtaling
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Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 11th District
Assumed office
January 12, 2016
Serving with Joann Downey
Preceded byMary Pat Angelini
Deputy Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
LeaderLouis Greenwald
Preceded byAngelica M. Jimenez [1]
Chair of the New Jersey General Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
Preceded byBob Andrzejczak
Personal details
Born (1954-09-05) September 5, 1954 (age 64)
Neptune Township, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Linda Houghtaling
ResidenceNeptune Township, New Jersey
WebsiteLegislative Website

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Early LifeEdit

Houghtaling was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey. He is currently a resident of Neptune.[2] Houghtaling works as an electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.[3] Houghtaling and his wife, Linda, have three children and seven grandchildren.[2] Houghtaling served on the Neptune Township Committee from 2011 to 2015, and later became Mayor of Neptune Township, New Jersey in 2013.[4]

New Jersey AssemblyEdit

Houghtaling was elected to the General Assembly alongside running mate Joann Downey in November 2015, defeating Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.[5] Houghtaling and Downey's victory was considered to be an unexpected upset.[6][7] Houghtaling was sworn into office on January 12, 2016. Houghtaling has worked to increase public awareness of Pancreatic Cancer and introduced legislation, which was later signed into law, designating November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in New Jersey. In July 2018 Houghtaling and fellow Assemblywoman Joann Downey accused fellow Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso of violating the Truth-In-Caller ID while sending out robocalls. [8]

CommitteesEdit

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations
  • Labor
  • Telecommunications and Utilities

District 11Edit

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The representatives from the 11th District for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are:[9][10]

Electoral HistoryEdit

AssemblyEdit

New Jersey general election, 2017[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joann Downey 31,347 27.7   2.5
Democratic Eric Houghtaling 31,012 27.4   1.8
Republican Robert Acerra 25,672 22.6   2.2
Republican Michael Whelan 25,320 22.3   2.1
Total votes 113,351 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2015[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Eric Houghtaling 15,149 25.6   5.0
Democratic Joann Downey 14,906 25.2   5.0
Republican Mary Pat Angelini 14,653 24.8   5.3
Republican Caroline Casagrande 14,418 24.4   4.7
Total votes 59,126 100.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GENERAL ASSEMBLY". Wayback Machine. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Assembly Members Houghtaling & Downey". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  3. ^ "Asseman Eric Houghtaling". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  4. ^ "Eric Houghtaling (D)". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  5. ^ "2015 New Jersey Monmouth County Election Results" (PDF). p. 36. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  6. ^ "LD11 Shocker: Democratic Victory in Monmouth County". 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  7. ^ "Elections 2015: Democrats oust Republicans in Assembly's 11th District". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  8. ^ "Ethics panel finds probable cause to investigate DiMaso". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  9. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2018.
  10. ^ District 11 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  12. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Mary Pat Angelini
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 11th District
January 12, 2016 – present
With: Joann Downey
Succeeded by
Incumbent