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New Jersey's 12th congressional district

New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional district is represented by Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman. The district is known for its research centers and educational institutions such as Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Institute for Advanced Study, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

New Jersey's 12th congressional district
New Jersey's 12th congressional district (2013).svg
District map as of 2013
Representative
  Bonnie Watson Coleman
DEwing Township
Distribution
  • 97.6% urban
  • 2.4% rural
Population (2017)758,189
Median income$85,595[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+16[2]

Voting trendsEdit

Historically, the 12th and its predecessors had been a swing district. However, redistricting following the United States Census, 2000 gave the district a somewhat bluer hue than its predecessor. It absorbed most of Trenton, along with a number of other municipalities.

The redistricting made second-term Democrat Rush D. Holt Jr. considerably more secure; he had narrowly defeated freshman Republican Michael Pappas in 1998, and had only held on to his seat against Dick Zimmer (who represented the district from 1991 to 1997) by 651 votes. In 2002, despite an expensive challenge from former New Jersey Secretary of State Buster Soaries, Holt was re-elected with 61%.

Since then, the 12th has trended into a Democratic-leaning district, as measured by the Cook PVI.[3] In 2004, Holt was re-elected over real estate executive Bill Spadea (59–41%) and again in 2006 over former Helmetta Council President Joseph Sinagra (65–35%).

In 2008, Holt defeated Holmdel Township Deputy Mayor Alan Bateman (62–36%).

In 2010, while Democrats suffered huge House loses, Holt defeated Princeton venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle and Independent Kenneth J. Cody (53–46–1%).

Holt retired in 2014, and was succeeded by State Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Counties and municipalities in the districtEdit

HistoryEdit

The 12th congressional district (together with the 11th district) was created starting with the 63rd United States Congress in 1913, based on redistricting following the United States Census, 1910.

Recent election resultsEdit

Presidential racesEdit

Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 56 - 40%
2004 President Kerry 54 - 46%
2008 President Obama 58 - 41%
2012 President Obama 66.5 - 32%
2016 President Clinton 65 - 32%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
District Home Electoral history Counties/Towns
District created March 4, 1913
James A. Hamill Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1921
63rd
64th
65th
66th
Jersey City Redistricted from the 10th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
parts of Jersey City
 
Charles F. X. O'Brien
Democratic March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1925
67th
68th
Jersey City [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Mary Teresa Norton
Democratic March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Jersey City [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 13th district.
 
Frederick R. Lehlbach
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
Newark Redistricted from the 10th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
parts of Essex
Frank William Towey Jr. Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
75th [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Robert Kean
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1959
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
Livingston [Data unknown/missing.]
 
George M. Wallhauser
Republican January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1965
86th
87th
88th
Maplewood [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Paul J. Krebs
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1967
89th [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Florence P. Dwyer
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1973
90th
91st
92nd
[Data unknown/missing.] Redistricted from the 6th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
parts of Essex and Union
 
Matthew John Rinaldo
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1983
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
Union Township [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 7th district.
parts of Union
 
Jim Courter
Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1985
98th
99th
100th
101st
Hackettstown Redistricted from the 13th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
parts of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren
January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1991
Hunterdon and parts of Mercer (Princeton and West Windsor), Middlesex,

Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren

 
Dick Zimmer
Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1993
102nd
103rd
104th
Delaware [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator
January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset
 
Michael James Pappas
Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 1999
105th Franklin (Somerset) [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Rush D. Holt Jr.
Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2003
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
Hopewell Township (Mercer) [Data unknown/missing.]
January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2013
 

parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset

January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2015
Mercer (except Hamilton and Robbinsville), Middlesex (Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe, North Brunswick, Plainsboro, South Brunswick, South River, and Spotswood), Somerset (Bound Brook, Franklin Township, Manville and South Bound Brook), and Union (Fanwood, Plainfield, and part of Scotch Plains)
 
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Democratic January 3, 2015 –
present
114th
115th
116th
Ewing [Data unknown/missing.]

Living former members of the HouseEdit

As of January 2019, there are four living former members. The most recent representative to die was Matthew John Rinaldo (served 1973–1983) on October 13, 2008.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Jim Courter 1983–1991 (1941-10-14) October 14, 1941 (age 78)
Dick Zimmer 1991–1997 (1944-08-16) August 16, 1944 (age 75)
Michael James Pappas 1997–1999 (1960-12-29) December 29, 1960 (age 58)
Rush Holt Jr. 1999–2015 (1948-10-15) October 15, 1948 (age 71)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=34&cd=12
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen (2008). The Almanac of American Politics. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group and Atlantic Media Company. pp. 14, 1084. ISBN 978-0-89234-117-7.
  4. ^ Plan Components Report, New Jersey Redistricting Commission, December 23, 2011. Accessed November 6, 2016.

Coordinates: 40°19′25″N 74°32′32″W / 40.323514°N 74.542236°W / 40.323514; -74.542236