- Reed Gusciora
Infobox State Representative
name = Asm. Reed Gusciora
height = 150px
state_assembly = New Jersey
district = 15th
term_start = 1996
term_end = present
birth_date = birth date and age|1960|03|27
Passaic, New Jersey
residence = Princeton, New Jersey
party = Democrat
website = [http://www.reedgusciora.com/ reedgusciora.com]
He has been the Deputy Majority Leader since 2008, and was the Assembly's Assistant Minority Leader from 1998-2001. Gusciora serves in the Assembly on the Environment and Solid Waste Committee (as Vice-Chair), the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Joint State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee. [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=158 Assemblyman Gusciora's legislative web page] ,
New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 10, 2007.] He is a former Chairman of the Federal Relations Committee and a former Chairman of the Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
Assemblyman Gusciora authored the “Paramount Safety” Law that changed the legal standard in child custody cases to protect the health and well being of the child when abuse has occurred. He is the author of a law that streamlines services for people with
developmental disabilitiesthrough the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education. He is also the original prime sponsor of legislation that would allow patients to sue HMOs for malpractice and the "Senior Gold Prescription Discount Act," which expanded the state’s prescription drug program for seniors.
He challenged Congressman Chris Smith in 2000, losing heavily in the solidly Republican 4th district. In 2003, Gusciora lost a race for the Democratic nomination for
Mayorof the Borough of Princeton.
Gusciora received a B.A. from
The Catholic University of Americain Politics / International Relations and was awarded a J.D. in 1988 from the Seton Hall University School of Law. He was born in Passaic, and is currently a resident of Princeton Borough. [ [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=8173 Assembly Member Reed Gusciora] , Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 10, 2007.]
Gusciora is a supporter of
gay rightsand marriage equality. In December 2006, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, thereby becoming the first ever openly gay member of the New Jersey Legislature. [ [http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1165301250265690.xml&coll=1 Mercer assemblyman acknowledges he's gay: Gusciora cites state's 'tolerant' attitude] , " The Star-Ledger", December 5, 2006.]
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the
New Jersey Senateand two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 15th District for the 2008-2009 Legislative Session are:
Shirley Turner, and
Bonnie Watson Coleman
* [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=158 Assemblyman Gusciora's legislative web page] ,
New Jersey Legislature
*"New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms"
** [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/GuscioraR2007.pdf 2007] [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/GuscioraR2006.pdf 2006] [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/GuscioraR2005.pdf 2005] [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/GuscioraR2004.pdf 2004]
* [http://www.reedgusciora.com/ Campaign website]
* [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=8173 Assembly Member Reed Gusciora] ,
Project Vote Smart
* [http://www.njvoterinfo.org/cb/gusciora.html New Jersey Voter Information Website 2003]
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