Oliver would be first woman since ’65, first Black since ’75

If Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) wins her bid for Assembly Speaker, she will become the first woman Speaker since Marion

If Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) wins her bid for Assembly Speaker, she will become the first woman Speaker since Marion West Higgins (R-Westwood) held the post in 1965, the first African American Speaker since the Rev. S. Howard Woodson (D-Trenton) served in 1974 and 1975, and the first from Essex County since Thomas Kean (R-Livingston) was Speaker in 1972 and 1973.

If Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen) winds up as Senate Majority Leader, she will become the first woman to serve in that post. The upper house has never elected a woman as Senate President, or as Minority Leader.

Oliver would be first woman since ’65, first Black since ’75