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Jeff Van Drew : biography

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Jeff Van Drew (born February 23, 1953) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2008, where he represents the 1st Legislative District. From 2002 to 2008, Van Drew represented the 1st District in the General Assembly., New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 31, 2008.

On November 6, 2007, Van Drew won his bid for a seat in the New Jersey Senate, defeating Republican incumbent Nicholas Asselta.Tamari, Jonathan. , Asbury Park Press, November 6, 2007. Accessed November 6, 2007. "Democrats, however, won two Senate seats in other traditionally Republican districts with victories by Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, and Assemblyman Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, who ousted Sen. Nicholas Asselta, R-Cumberland, and Sen. James 'Sonny' McCullough, R-Atlantic." In November 2011, Van Drew defeated Republican challenger David S. DeWeese by a margin of 24,557-20,857., New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 7, 2012.

Van Drew serves in the Senate on the Community and Urban Affairs Committee (Chair) and the Budget Committee. In the Assembly, Van Drew was a prime sponsor of the Fair Market Drug Pricing Act to provide reduced prescription drugs to eligible low-income consumers.

He has also sponsored legislation to address New Jersey's nursing shortage. Among his other legislative achievements are prohibiting unwanted telemarketing calls, controlling prescription drug errors, enforcing the ban on self-service gasoline stations, protections against predatory lending and tougher penalties for those who use the Internet to prey on children.

Van Drew served on the Dennis Township Committee in 1991, and as Mayor from 1997 to 2003 and from 1994 to 1995. Van Drew served on the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1994 to 1997. He was the Dennis Township Fire Commissioner from 1983 to 1986. Van Drew has served as president of the New Jersey Dental Society and a board expert of the New Jersey Board of Dentistry.

As a Cape May County Freeholder, Van Drew campaigned for an Atlantic Cape Community College campus in Cape May County, a goal that was realized with a groundbreaking ceremony for the campus in late 2002.

Van Drew graduated with a B.S. from Rutgers University and was awarded a D.D.S. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a resident of Dennis Township, New Jersey., Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 8, 2007.

District 1

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 1st Legislative District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 10, 2013.

  • Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D)
  • Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D). Matthew W. Milam resigned from his seat in the Assembly as of February 28, 2013,Woods, Don E. , South Jersey Times, February 28, 2013. Accessed March 15, 2013. "In a shakeup in the First Legislative District, Democrat Assemblyman Matt Milam announced tonight that he was resigning.... He will a replaced on the ticket by Bob Andrzejczak, 26, of Middle Township." and was replaced by Andrzejczak who was sworn into office in March after being selected by Democratic committee members from Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.Woods, Don E. , South Jersey Times, March 19, 2013. Accessed April 10, 2013. "The First Legislative District Democrats will officially welcome a new member to their team this Thursday.Robert Andrzejczak is scheduled to be sworn as an assemblyman at the Statehouse in Trenton to fill the seat left vacant after the resignation of Assemblyman Matt Milam, D-1st Dist., on Feb. 28."

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