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(TRENTON) — Gilbert “Whip” Wilson on Monday took the oath of office as the newest Assemblyman for the 5th Legislative District.

Wilson was selected by district leaders to succeed Sen. Donald Norcross, who resigned last week to assume the state Senate seat formerly held by Camden Mayor Dana Redd. Wilson joins Assemblyman Angel Fuentes in representing the district in the General Assembly.

“It is an honor to join a legislative team committed to growing new jobs and economic opportunities in South Jersey,” Wilson said. “There is no time to waste. Donald, Angel and I may be State House newcomers, but we have no intention of sitting quietly while our communities need our help.”

Wilson is a life-long resident of the City of Camden. A decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, he served in the Camden Police Department for more than 26 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant. Wilson had sat as a member of the Camden City Council since 2005, and was serving his second, non-consecutive term when he stepped-down to take his Assembly post.

He previously had served from 1997 to 2001.

Wilson is the first African-American to serve in the Assembly while living in Camden.

“The 5th Legislative District has new and dynamic leaders anxious to tackle the problems that have made too many areas of our state unaffordable,” said Wilson. “I look forward to working alongside my legislative colleagues and partners from state and local government as we rebuild and renew the people’s faith that together we can make a positive difference in lives of all families.”

Wilson will serve on the Assembly’s Law and Public Safety, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Military and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

The Fifth Legislative District spans parts of both Camden and Gloucester counties and includes the municipalities of Audubon, Barrington, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Camden, Deptford, Gloucester City, Haddon Heights, Hi-Nella, Lawnside, Magnolia, Mount Ephraim, Runnemede, Somerdale, Stratford, Westville, Woodbury, Woodbury Heights and Woodlynne.

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