Senator Donald Norcross was sworn to the Senate on January 19, 2010 to represent the 5th Legislative District, which includes parts of Camden and Gloucester counties.
The Senator has been a lifelong advocate for the working men and women of New Jersey. His efforts have resulted in the creation of quality jobs for people across the South Jersey region. He also championed efforts to expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities.
Senator Norcross has been president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, which represents 85,000 union members, since 1995. He is also vice president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council. He began his career in organized labor in 1979, working as an electrical apprentice and rising through the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to become assistant business manager of Local 351, a position he still holds today.
Deeply committed to his community, Senator Norcross has been active in the United Way of Camden County for over a decade, serving as chairman from 2002 through 2004 and since as a member of the organization’s Executive Board. Camden County United Way has raised more than $5 million a year for local charities. Since 1993, he has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Union Organization for Social Service (UOSS), the nation’s first labor agency devoted to community service.
While New Jersey is the richest state, per capita, Senator Norcross recognizes that many working families have been left behind. He is committed to making New Jersey affordable for everyone who lives and works in the state. As a legislator, he is working to reduce the costs of government to help bring property taxes under control. He is also promoting government spending, ethics, and accountability reforms.
Long committed to the vitality of New Jersey’s urban centers, Senator Norcross continues to work hard for the renewal of Camden City. He is dedicated to the creation of public-private partnerships and other initiatives to spur economic development, revitalize neighborhoods, and rejuvenate the downtown business district. He is a founding member of The Home Port Alliance, a coalition that brought back the retired USS New Jersey - the most decorated battleship in U.S. history - to serve as a monument for veterans and a major attraction for the revitalization of the Camden/Philadelphia Waterfront.
Senator Norcross represents 19 municipalities in Camden and Gloucester counties: Audubon, Barrington, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Camden, Gloucester City, Haddon Heights, Hi-Nella, Lawnside, Magnolia, Mount Ephraim, Runnemede, Somerdale, Stratford, Woodlynne, Deptford, Westville, Woodbury, Woodbury Heights.
In the Senate, he serves as vice-chairman of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee; vice-chairman of the Transportation Committee; chairman of the Schools Construction Subcommittee within the Joint Committee on the Public Schools; chairman of the New Jersey Angler and Hunter Conservation Caucus; and as legislative liaison to the Fire Safety Commission.
Senator Norcross and his wife live in the City of Camden. He is the father of three and grandfather of two.