On November 6, 2007, Sandra B. Cunningham was elected to the State Senate by the people of the 31st Legislative District, which is comprised of Bayonne and a portion of Jersey City. Senator Sandra Cunningham holds the distinction of becoming the first woman elected to the State House from the 31st Legislative District. Senator Sandra Cunningham is the widow of the late Glenn D. Cunningham, a distinguished statesman who was the Mayor of Jersey City and the State Senator of the 31st Legislative District. For nearly a decade, Sandra and Glenn Cunningham were visible community activists who fought together courageously for their beloved community until his untimely death in 2004.
Today, Senator Sandra Cunningham continues the legacy she began with her husband. Senator Cunningham is a vocal advocate of children and working families. She believes that quality education is the passport to achieving social equity. Furthermore, she believes that working families have a right to affordable health care, a fair and safe workplace, and property tax relief.
In addition, Senator Cunningham champions providing recently released offenders with a “Second Chance” to become contributing members in our society. Thus, Senator Cunningham hopes to expand statewide the Jersey City “Second Chance” program, which trains and places eligible recently released offenders with jobs at the Jersey City Incinerator Authority. She believes that recidivism would be greatly reduced if offenders received comprehensive rehabilitation and education while incarcerated, in addition to, job training, placement, and family counseling upon exiting the system. Moreover, she is supportive of legislation that would provide public and private sector jobs to offenders. Senator Cunningham is also a sponsor of legislation that would revise eligibility requirements for expungement of juvenile and criminal records—a barrier to employment.
Senator Cunningham is a member of the Senate Leadership, serving as Majority Whip, in which she is responsible for advancing the legislative agenda of the Democratic Caucus. She is also Vice Chair of the Economic Growth Committee, Vice Chair of the Labor Committee, and a member of the esteemed Budget and Appropriations Committee. She also serves on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, The Ellis Island Commission, The Amistad Commission, and the New Jersey State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision.
In addition to public service, Senator Cunningham is the Board President of the Sandra and Glenn D. Cunningham Foundation; a Jersey City based non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to college bound Hudson County high school students. Each student is paired with a mentor to help guide them through their college experience.
Prior to serving in the State Senate, Senator Cunningham was the former Executive Director of the Hudson County Bar Association. Previously, she was a Community and Public Relations Coordinator for Essex-Newark Legal Services. She was also the Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Ecumenical Ministry where she initiated programs to expand the role of the church in the community.
Senator Cunningham is a native of Newark, New Jersey and is a graduate of Bloomfield College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also attended New York Academy of Theater Arts, and received a Fundraising Certificate from New York University. She currently resides in Jersey City.
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