Rep.-elect Donald Norcross (D-N.J.-01)

DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 13, 1958
BIRTHPLACE: Pennsauken, N.J.
OCCUPATION: Electrician, union leader
EDUCATION:  A.A., Camden County College
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: State representative
FAMILY: Wife, Andrea; three children

Southern New Jersey overwhelmingly elected Donald Norcross as its new representative. Norcross beat Republican challenger Gary Cobb by more than 17 percentage points to replace Rep. Rob Andrews (D), with help from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who raised funds for him in New Jersey.

Norcross won two elections in one night — he will finish Andrews’s term in the lame-duck session before his fellow freshmen join him in January.

The longtime union leader and state senator quickly rose in New Jersey politics, gaining an endorsement from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). His brother, George Norcross, is one of the state’s most influential Democratic power brokers. 

Norcross has said one of his top priorities is ensuring a living wage for all workers by raising the federal minimum wage.