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Donald Norcross
Official portrait, 2017
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st district
Assumed office
November 12, 2014
Preceded byRob Andrews
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 19, 2010 – November 12, 2014
Preceded byDana L. Redd
Succeeded byNilsa Cruz-Perez
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 5th district
In office
January 12, 2010 – January 19, 2010
Preceded byNilsa Cruz-Perez
Joseph J. Roberts
Succeeded byWhip Wilson
Personal details
Born (1958-12-13) December 13, 1958 (age 63)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseAndrea Doran
RelativesGeorge Norcross (brother)
John C. Norcross (brother)
EducationCamden County College
Rutgers University–Camden
WebsiteHouse website

Donald W. Norcross (born December 13, 1958) is an American politician and labor leader who is the U.S. representative for New Jersey's 1st congressional district in South Jersey. A member of the Democratic Party, Norcross was first elected to this congressional seat in 2014, following the resignation of Rob Andrews. His district covers much of the New Jersey side of the Philadelphia metro area, including Camden, Cherry Hill, Lindenwold, and Glassboro. Norcross was a member of the New Jersey State Senate from 2010 to 2014, and briefly in the New Jersey General Assembly in 2010.

Before entering electoral politics, Norcross was involved in the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351 and was president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council.

For the 117th United States Congress, Norcross is a member of the committees on Armed Services as well as Education and Labor. He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition, and is a founding member of the Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus.

Early life and education

Norcross was born on December 13, 1958 in Camden, New Jersey,[1] the son of George E. Norcross Jr. and the brother of George E. Norcross III and John C. Norcross. He and his three brothers were raised in Pennsauken Township. He graduated from Camden County College with a degree in criminal justice, and attended Rutgers University-Camden.[2] He was raised in the Lutheran faith.[3][4][5]


In 1980, Norcross served as an apprentice in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, eventually becoming assistant business manager of the IBEW Local 351.[6] A former president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council, he served as president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council for 16 years.[7]

Norcross and his running mate, Camden City Council President Angel Fuentes, were elected to the Assembly in 2009 after Democrat incumbents Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Joseph J. Roberts both retired. Shortly thereafter, Norcross was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Dana Redd, who was elected mayor of Camden. Norcross won the Senate special election in 2010 to finish out the term, then was reelected to the New Jersey Senate in 2011 and 2013.[7][8]

U.S. House of Representatives

Norcross' freshman portrait(114th Congress)
Norcross' freshman portrait
(114th Congress)



Main article: 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey § District 1

On February 4, 2014, South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews announced he would resign from Congress by the end of the month, and he did so on February 18.[9]

Norcross announced his candidacy on February 5, and within a week, he was endorsed by every New Jersey congressional Democrat, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, General Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Mayor of Camden Dana Redd, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and former Governor Jim Florio (who represented the 1st from 1975 to 1990).[8]


Norcross speaking at the 2017 Women's March in Trenton, New Jersey
Norcross speaking at the 2017 Women's March in Trenton, New Jersey

Norcross won the Democratic primary—the real contest in what has long been the only safe Democratic district in South Jersey[citation needed]—with 72% of the vote. He ran in two elections on November 4: a special election for the balance of Andrews's term, and a regular election for a full two-year term. He easily won both over Republican challenger Garry Cobb. He was sworn in on November 12 by House Speaker John Boehner. Since he was added to the House roll on that date, he gained more seniority than other members of the House freshman class of 2014.

Soon after his election, Norcross was appointed assistant whip, a role he reprised after his 2016 reelection.[10] He now serves in a number of leadership roles in the Democratic Caucus, including co-chair of the Rebuilding America Task Force,[11] member of the Steering and Policy Committee,[12] and member of the Communications Committee.[13] He is also the co-founder of the Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus[14] and vice chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic,[15] and was appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Pension Security.[16]

Hot mic incident

On June 24, 2021, during a remote United States House Committee on Education and Labor meeting over Zoom with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Representative Bob Good was questioning Cardona when someone interrupted by shouting "racist!", while Norcross's name flashed on the screen, leading participants to believe that Norcross made the remark; a later report from Fox News explicitly attributed the outburst to Norcross. A letter signed by every Republican member of the committee demanded an apology from Committee Chairman Bobby Scott for what they considered a "slander" and a "smear" against Good. Scott responded by calling the outburst "inappropriate" and "out of order". As of June 28, Norcross had not addressed the incident.[17][18]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Norcross is married to Andrea Doran, an echocardiographer. They have two children. Norcross also has a third child, Donald Jr., by his first wife, Nancy.[2][7] His brother George is a New Jersey Democratic leader and businessman. He has another brother, John, a psychologist, author, and professor at the University of Scranton. Norcross lives in Camden.[26]

Electoral history

New Jersey State Senate

New Jersey State Senate Special elections, 2010[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 28,801 65.7
Republican Harry E. Trout 15,041 34.3
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 17,712 56.8
Republican Keith Walker 13,444 43.2
Democratic hold

U.S. House of Representatives

New Jersey's 1st congressional district: Results 2014–2020
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct Notes
2014[29] Donald Norcross 93,315 57.4 Garry Cobb 64,073 39.4 Scot John Tomaszewski Independent 1,784 0.9 Robert Shapiro Independent 1,384 0.7 Margaret M. Chapman Independent 1,134 0.7 [a]
2016[30] Donald Norcross 183,231 60.0 Bob Patterson 112,388 36.8 Scot John Tomaszewski Independent 5,473 1.8 William F. Sihr IV Libertarian 2,410 0.8 Michael Berman Independent 1,971 0.7
2018[31] Donald Norcross 169,628 64.4 Paul E. Dilks 87,617 33.3 Robert Shapiro Libertarian 2,821 1.1 Paul Hamlin Independent 2,368 0.9 Mohammad Kabir Independent 984 0.4
2020[32] Donald Norcross 240,567 62.5 Claire Gustafson 144,463 37.5
2022[33] Donald Norcross 136,199 62.2 Claire Gustafson 77,458 35.4 Patricia Kline Independent 3,265 1.5 Isaiah Fletcher Libertarian 1,497 0.7 Allen Cannon Independent 626 0.3


  1. ^ Additional candidates in this election included independents Mike Berman with 634 votes (0.4%) and Donald E. Letton with 449 votes (0.3%).[29]


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  17. ^ Hakimi, Lauren (June 24, 2021). "'Racist' shouted at GOP congressman while he pressed education secretary on critical race theory". CNN. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  18. ^ Keene, Houston (June 25, 2021). "Republicans demand apology after Democrat calls congressman 'racist' for CRT questions". Fox News. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
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  33. ^ "New Jersey First Congressional District Election Results". The New York Times. Associated Press. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
New Jersey General Assembly Preceded byNilsa Cruz-PerezJoseph J. Roberts Member of the New Jersey General Assemblyfrom the 5th district 2010 Succeeded byWhip Wilson New Jersey Senate Preceded byDana Redd Member of the New Jersey Senatefrom the 5th district 2010–2014 Succeeded byNilsa Cruz-Perez U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byRob Andrews Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 1st congressional district 2014–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byAlma Adams United States representatives by seniority 196th Succeeded byAnn Kirkpatrick