Oliver picks Barnes over Prieto for Majority Whip, drops Stender as Deputy Speaker

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) has named Peter Barnes III (D-Edison) as the new Assembly Majority Whip, replacing John McKeon (D-West Orange), who is now one of nine Deputy Speakers.  Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) will remain as Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore and that Joan Quigley (D-Jersey City) will serve another term as the Majority Conference Leader. 

Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) was not reappointed to serve as Deputy Speaker.  Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton), who lost his committee chairmanship as part of the change of Assembly leadership, retained his post as one of five Deputy Majority Leaders.  In picking Barnes, a new member of the Assembly leadership team, Oliver passed over Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus), who had been the Deputy Majority Whip.  Prieto will keep his old post.

Among the new Deputy Speakers are Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), who will also continue as the Parliamentarian, and Grace Spencer (D-Newark).

Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) replaces Oliver as the Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore.  Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) is the new Deputy Conference Leader; he replaces Joan Voss (D-Fort Lee).  Caridad Rodriguez (D-West New York) is also a Deputy Majority Leader.gra

Oliver picks Barnes over Prieto for Majority Whip, drops Stender as Deputy Speaker