TRENTON – The Assembly Democrats have finalized their leadership team in caucus today. Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-34), of East Orange, will continue as Assembly Speaker and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-6), of Voorhees, is the new Assembly Majority Leader.
State Party Chairman and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), of Sayreville, will serve as a key Assembly Deputy Speaker with expanded duties. Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32), of Secaucus, will take over for Greenwald as the Assembly Budget Committee chairman. Assemblymen Jerry Green (D-22), of Plainfield, will continue as Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore and Gordon Johnson (D-37), of Englewood, will serve as Majority Conference leader.
“I’m honored to once again have the chance to lead the ‘People’s House’ and to guide its steadfast efforts standing up for working class New Jerseyans and their families,” Oliver said in a release. “The people have made it clear that they want Democrats leading this house, and we will never waiver from the commitment we’ve made to work together in unity to protect New Jersey’s middle-class and working poor.”
Oliver is the only African-American woman to lead a chamber in the New Jersey Legislature’s history. She is the second woman and second African-American to ever serve as Speaker.
“I thank my colleagues for showing me continued confidence and look forward to working with this new leadership team to make New Jersey a more affordable place for everyone to live and raise a family,” Oliver said.
Greenwald had been the Assembly Budget Committee Chairman since 2002.