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The New Jersey State Legislature

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The Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP) studies and works with young people who run for public office. At its launch in 2002, the project involved constructing a database of young elected officials, conducting a survey and convening a conference of young leaders, and issuing a report entitled Political Generation Next: America’s Young Elected Leaders. Currently, YELP is led by Dr. Elizabeth Matto, Assistant Research Professor and Director of Eagleton’s Youth Political Participation Program, with a team of undergraduate researchers.

Young Elected Leaders (YELs) are individuals, ages 35 or younger, who hold elected public office.

YELP acknowledges and thanks the Center for American Women & Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics for sharing data related to current elected officials.

 

Table of Contents

  1. About the New Jersey State Legislature
  2. Generational Breakdown
  3. Partisanship
  4. Gender
  5. Ethnicity

About The New Jersey State Legislature

“The Legislature consists of two Houses: a 40-member Senate and an 80-member General Assembly. The Senate and Assembly chambers are located in the State House in Trenton.

Senators must be at least 30 years old and residents of the state for four years prior to election. Members of the Assembly must be at least 21 and state residents for two years. All legislators must live in the districts they represent.” (Source: New Jersey Office of Legislative Services)


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Generational Breakdown

New Jersey Youth Demographics

Youth demographics refer to citizens ages 18 to 29 and come courtesy of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

The total citizen population (ages 18 and above) in New Jersey is roughly 6 million. Out of that, 1,313,200 citizens are considered to be youth ages 18-29, which makes the youth share of the NJ population about 21.8%. This is slightly higher than the total youth share of the United States, which is 21.1%.

 

Generational Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature

Currently, the NJ Legislature contains members from four different generations:

  • Millennial Generation: Post-1976
  • Generation-x: 1965-1976
  • Baby Boomer: 1946-1964
  • WWII Generation: Pre-1946

YELP follows the generational distinctions used by The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Zukin et. al.’s A New Engagement?: Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen (2006).

The current generation, the Millennial Generation, has overtaken the Baby Boomer Generation as the largest generation nationally.

 

The New Jersey Assembly

NJ Assembly Gen

Generational Breakdown of the NJ Assembly
Generation Number of Assembly Members
Millennial Generation 10
Generation-X 18
Baby Boomer 46
WWII Generation 6

 

  • The average age of the NJ Assembly is 54
  • The youngest member is 29 (Bob Andrzecjzak)
  • The oldest member is 77 (Joseph Egan)
  • 6 individuals are Young Elected Leaders
  • 10 individuals are from the Millennial Generation

 

The New Jersey Senate

Generation - NJ Senate

Generational Breakdown of the NJ Senate
Generation Number of Members
Millennial Generation 0
Generation-X 6
Baby Boomer 28
WWII Generation 6

 

 

  • The average age of the NJ Senate is 61.4
  • The youngest member is 41 (M. Teresa Ruiz)
  • The oldest member is 81 (Gerald Cardinale)
  • There are no Young Elected Leaders in the NJ Senate

 


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Partisanship

Partisanship of the New Jersey State Legislature
The New Jersey Assembly

NJ Part

Partisanship of the NJ Assembly
Party Number of Assembly Members
Democrat 52
Republican 28

 

Partisanship by Generation of NJ Assembly

Partisanship NJ

Partisanship by Generation
Number of Democrats Number of Republicans
Millennial Generation 9 1
Generation-X 11 7
Baby Boomer 27 19
WWII Generation 5 1

 

NJ Part Yel

Partisanship of YELs in the NJ Assembly
Party Number of Assembly Members
Democrat 9
Republican 1
The New Jersey Senate

NJ Sen Part

Partisanship of the NJ Senate
Party Number of Senators
Democrat 24
Republican 16

 

Partisanship by Generation of the NJ Senate

NJ Sen Gen g

Partisanship by Generation
Number of Democrats Number of Republicans
Millennial Generation 0 0
Generation-X 4 2
Baby Boomer 17 11
WWII Generation 3 3


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Gender

New Jersey Youth Demographics: Gender

Youth demographics refer to citizens ages 18 to 29 and come courtesy of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

NJ Youth GenderUS Youth Gender(Source: CIRCLE – http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/elections/PDF/NJ.pdf)

 

Gender of the New Jersey State Legislature
The New Jersey Assembly

Gender NJ

Gender of the NJ Assembly
Gender Number of Assembly Members
Men 55
Women 25

 

Gender by Generation of NJ Assembly

Gender Gen NJ

Gender by Generation
Number of Men Number of Women
Millennial Generation 6 4
Generation-X 12 6
Baby Boomer 33 13
WWII Generation 4 2

 

Gen NJ YEL

Gender of YELs in the NJ Assembly
Gender Number of Assembly Members
Men 6
Women 4

 

The New Jersey Senate

Gender - NJ Senate

Gender of the NJ Senate
Gender Number of Members
Men 29
Women 11

 

Gender by Generation of the NJ Senate

Sen Gen NJ

Gender by Generation
Number of Men Number of Women
Millennial Generation 0 0
Generation-X 4 2
Baby Boomer 21 7
WWII Generation 4 2


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Ethnicity

New Jersey Youth Demographics: Ethnicity

Youth demographics refer to citizens ages 18 to 29 and come courtesy of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

NJ Youth EthnicityEthinicty Youth US

(Source: CIRCLE – http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/elections/PDF/NJ.pdf)

 

Ethnicity of the New Jersey State Legislature
The New Jersey Assembly

NJ Ethnicity

Ethnicity of the NJ Assembly
Ethnicity Number of Members
Black/African American 13
Hispanic/Latino 9
Other 1
White/Caucasian 57
Ethnicity by Generation of the NJ Assembly

NJ Gen Ethnicity

Ethnicity by Generation
Number of Black/African Americans Number of Hispanic/Latinos Number of Other Number of White/Caucasians
Millennial Generation 4 2 1 3
Generation-X 3 2 0 13
Baby Boomer 4 5 0 47
WWII Generation 2 0 0 4

 

 

 

NJ ethnicity YEL

Ethnicity of YELs in the NJ Assembly
Ethnicity Number of Members
Black/African American 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Other 1
White/Caucasian 2

 

The New Jersey Senate

Ethnicity - NJ Senate

Ethnicity of the NJ Senate
Ethnicity Number of Members
Black/African American 4
Hispanic/Latino 4
White/Caucasian 32

 

 

Ethnicity by Generation of the NJ Senate

Sen Gen E

Ethnicity by Generation
Number of Black/African Americans Number of Hispanic/Latinos Number of White/Caucasians
Millennial Generation 0 0 0
Generation-X 0 2 4
Baby Boomer 2 2 24
WWII Generation 2 0 4

 

 

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