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On November 12, 2014, with his grandson by his side, Donald Norcross was sworn into the 113th Congress to represent New Jersey’s First Congressional District, which includes portions of Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties. Born and raised in South Jersey, Donald Norcross is committed to improving the lives of working families and focusing on the issues that matter most to them: strengthening our economy, creating good-paying jobs, and ensuring affordable access to high-quality health care and educational opportunities.
An electrician by trade, Donald worked for years installing power lines in refineries and on the tops of bridges. Donald rose through the ranks and eventually became assistant business manager for Local 351 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO, where he advocated on behalf of thousands of hardworking men and women for nearly 20 years.
Donald previously served in both the New Jersey General Assembly and State Senate where he developed a reputation as an effective, bipartisan reformer. Among his accomplishments, he championed a groundbreaking effort to improve the region’s economic competitiveness and bring new, family-sustaining jobs to our region. These efforts have resulted in the announcement and opening of new manufacturing, service, and retail businesses along the ports of the Delaware River and throughout South Jersey.
Donald also played a key role in historic higher education reforms that have improved access for local students and established New Jersey as a research and medical sciences education hub. He successfully fought to enhance public safety by overhauling New Jersey’s antiquated bail system. He strongly supports programs to expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities, and he created a program that allows local governments to set aside a portion of their contracts specifically for businesses that are owned by or employ our nation’s veterans.
Congressman Norcross has been active in a number of community service organizations, such as the Camden County United Way where he once served as chairman and the Home Port Alliance, which was instrumental in bringing the Battleship New Jersey to Camden’s Waterfront. Donald also previously ran a non-profit organization that connected local families with community resources, built wheelchair ramps for seniors and disabled veterans, and offered job training for local residents.
Donald is a graduate of Camden County College. He and his wife Andrea live in Camden City and they are the proud parents of three grown children and grandparents of two.
NECA’s upcoming conference is about policy, not partisanship. Accordingly, NECA will ensure leading members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle will be on hand to brief participants on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill. It will be held May 13-14 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington.
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