Speaker Oliver First African-American Woman to Lead NJ Legislative House; Only Second African-American Woman in U.S. History to do so
(TRENTON) — The Assembly Democrats today released a multimedia package documenting the swearing in of Sheila Y. Oliver as New Jersey’s 169th General Assembly Speaker at the start of the 214th Legislature.
Speaker Oliver is the first African-American Woman to lead a legislative house in New Jersey. She also is — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures — just the second African-American woman in U.S. history to lead a legislative house, following Karen R. Bass of California.
Speaker Oliver was first elected to the General Assembly on November 4, 2003 and has previously served as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore, Assistant Majority Leader and chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee.
Speaker Oliver represents the 34th Legislative District, which includes the Essex County municipalities of East Orange, Glen Ridge and Montclair; and the Passaic County municipalities of Clifton and Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson).
The multimedia package consists of a video documenting Speaker Oliver’s historic swearing in and audio of same.
The audio file is available upon request.
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