On November 4th, Congresswoman-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman became the first African-American woman elected to the New Jersey delegation and the first woman elected in over a decade. First elected to the Assembly in 1997, Watson Coleman has spent her career as a proven leader fighting for the women, families, and working people of New Jersey. Amongst her many achievements, she fought to increase the minimum wage and to pass the Paid Family Leave Act. Congresswoman-elect Watson Coleman became the first African-American woman to serve as Assembly Majority Leader and as the Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.
"Congratulations to Bonnie Watson Coleman on her historic win. She has been a proven fighter for women's issues during her service in the Assembly. Her skills and leadership will be of great benefit to the people of New Jersey," said Michel Bitritto, WPCNJ President. "As an organization, WPCNJ is excited for the advancements made in the mid-term Congressional elections, with a record 100 women serving in the House and the Senate. However, there is still much work to be done and we are proud to have Congresswoman-elect Watson Coleman paving the way for the future of women in politics."