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The New Jersey State Legislature

  1. New Jersey Demographic Background
  2. About the New Jersey State Legislature
  3. Generational Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature
  4. Gender Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature
  5. Ethnic Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature
  6. Partisan Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature
  7. Notes

 

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New Jersey Demographic Background

The largest generations in New Jersey are the Baby Boom Generation and Generation X.1 The former comprises roughly 26% of the population and the latter 22%.2 The smallest generation is the Silent Generation, consisting of about 9.8% of the population. About 68% of people in New Jersey are White, 13% are Black or African American, 20% are Hispanic or Latino, and about 10% are Asian.3
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About the New Jersey State Legislature

The Legislature consists of two chambers: a 40-member Senate and an 80-member General Assembly.
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Generational Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature

Millennials represent almost 9% of all members of the New Jersey General Assembly, and less than 3% in the New Jersey State Senate. The largest generation represented in the New Jersey State Legislature is the Baby Boomer Generation, comprising over 50% of the New Jersey General Assembly, and 60% of the New Jersey State Senate.

 

Generational Breakdown of the New Jersey General Assembly
Generation

Number of Members

% of Total Members

Millennial Generation

7

8.75%

Generation X

24

30.00%

Baby Boomer Generation

42

52.50%

Silent Generation

5

6.25%

NA*

2

2.50%

Note: *Indicates state legislators for whom there is no birth date on record.

  • The average age of the New Jersey General Assembly is 56
  • The youngest member is 32 (Britnee N. Timberlake)
  • The oldest member is 80 (Joseph V. Egan)
  • 4 individuals are Young Elected Leaders
    • Britnee N. Timberlake, 32
    • Clinton Calabrese, 32
    • Robert Andrzejczak, 32
    • Raj Mukherji, 34

 

Generational Breakdown of the New Jersey Senate
Generation

Number of Members

% of Total Members

Millennial Generation

1

2.50%

Generation X

7

17.50%

Baby Boomer Generation

24

60.00%

Silent Generation

7

17.50%

NA*

1

2.50%

Note: *Indicates state legislators for whom there is no birth date on record.

  • The average age of the New Jersey Senate is 59
  • The youngest member is 33 (Vin Gopal)
  • The oldest member is 84 (S. Gerald Cardinale)
  • 1 individual is a Young Elected Leader
    • Vin Gopal, 33

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Gender Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature

Roughly 33% of members in the New Jersey General Assembly and exactly 25% of members in the New Jersey State Senate are women.  There are one female and three male Young Elected Leaders in the New Jersey General Assembly, and one male Young Elected Leader in the New Jersey State Senate.

 

Gender of the New Jersey General Assembly

Gender by Generation in New Jersey General Assembly
Gender of Young Elected Leaders in New Jersey General Assembly

There are four Young Elected Leaders in the New Jersey General Assembly.  Of these, three are male and one is female.

Gender of the New Jersey Senate

 

 

Gender by Generation in New Jersey Senate
Gender of Young Elected Leaders in New Jersey Senate

There is one Young Elected Leader in the New Jersey Senate, who is a male.

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Ethnic Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature

Roughly 72% of members of the New Jersey General Assembly are White/Caucasian, followed by 16.25% being Black/African-American. In the New Jersey State Senate, this trend remains consistent, with exactly 75% of members being White/Caucasian and 12.50% being Black/African-American.

 

Ethnicity of the New Jersey General Assembly

 

Ethnicity by Generation in New Jersey General Assembly

 

Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in New Jersey General Assembly

Of the four Young Elected Leaders in the New Jersey General Assembly, one is Black/African-American, one is Other, and two are White/Caucasian.

 

Ethnicity of the New Jersey Senate

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Ethnicity by Generation in New Jersey Senate

 

Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in New Jersey Senate

There is one Young Elected Leader in the New Jersey Senate, whose ethnicity is categorized as “Other.”

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Partisan Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature

A majority of the New Jersey General Assembly and State Senate are Democratic.  Of the five Young Elected Leaders throughout the Legislature, all are Democrats.

 

Partisanship of the New Jersey General Assembly

 

Partisanship by Generation in New Jersey General Assembly
Partisanship of Young Elected Leaders in the New Jersey General Assembly

There are four Young Elected Leaders in the New Jersey General Assembly, all of whom are members of the Democratic Party.

 

Partisanship of the New Jersey Senate

Partisanship by Generation in New Jersey Senate
Partisanship of Young Elected Leaders in New Jersey Senate

There is one Young Elected Leader in the New Jersey Senate, who is a member of the Democratic Party.

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Notes

The Young Elected Leaders Project collects and analyzes data on young elected officials across the country.  We define Young Elected Leaders as officials 35 years and younger. We define the generations following the Pew Research Center:

  • Millennial Generation: 1981-1996 (age 22-37)
  • Generation X: 1965-1980 (age 38-53)
  • Baby Boom Generation: 1946-1964 (age 54-72)
  • Silent Generation: 1928-1945 (age 73-90)

2 Single Years of Age and Sex, 2010, US Census.

Demographic and Housing Estimates (Age, Sex, Race, Households and Housing, …) 2017, US Census.

 

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