Jeff Van Drew
(born February 23, 1953) is an American Democratic Party
politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate
since 2008, where he represents the 1st legislative district
. From 2002 to 2008, Van Drew served in the General Assembly
., New Jersey Legislature
. Accessed March 31, 2008.
On November 6, 2007, Van Drew won his bid for a seat in the New Jersey Senate
, defeating Republican party
incumbent Nicholas Asselta
.Tamari, Jonathan. , Asbury Park Press
, November 6, 2007. Accessed November 6, 2007."Democrats, however, won two Senate seats in other traditionally Republican districts with victories by Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, and Assemblyman Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, who ousted Sen. Nicholas Asselta, R-Cumberland, and Sen. James 'Sonny' McCullough, R-Atlantic."
Van Drew serves in the Senate on the Environment Committee (as Vice-Chair), the Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Transportation Committee. In the Assembly, Van Drew was a prime sponsor of the Fair Market Drug Pricing Act to provide reduced prescription drugs to eligible low-income consumers.
He has also sponsored legislation to address New Jersey's nursing shortage
. Among his other legislative achievements are prohibiting unwanted telemarketing calls, controlling prescription drug errors, enforcing the ban on self-service gasoline stations, protections against predatory lending and tougher penalties... Read More