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Shirley Turner's Biography


Contact Information

New Jersey Senate
Post Office Box 099
Trenton, NJ 08625-0099

Office of Legislative Services
Office of Public Information
State House Annex
Room 50
Post Office Box 068
Trenton, NJ 08625-0068

1230 Parkway Avenue
Suite 103
Ewing Township, NJ 08628

Full Name:

Shirley K. Turner




Husband: Donald; 2 Children: Jacqueline, Chet

Birth Place:

Dover, NJ

Home City:

Lawrenceville, NJ



Attended, Postgraduate Studies/Education, Rutgers University

BS, Education, Trenton State College

MA, Guidance and Counseling, Rider University

Senator, New Jersey State Senate, District 15, 1998-present

President Pro Tempore, New Jersey State Senate, 2004-2009

Democratic President Pro-Tempore, New Jersey State Senate, 2002-2003

Chair, Mercer County Democratic Committee, 2000

Associate Minority Leader, New Jersey State Assembly, 1996-1998

Assembly Member, New Jersey State Assembly, 1994-1998

Vice President, Mercer County Board of Freeholders, 1986

Member, Mercer County Board of Freeholders, 1983-1986

Commissioner, Education Commission of the States, present

Member, Education Commission of the States' Steering Committee, present

Former Vice Chair, Education Committee, New Jersey State General Assembly

Vice Chair, New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, present

Member, New Jersey Women's Legislative Caucus, present

Former Vice Chair, State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, New Jersey State Senate

Member, Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, present

Member, Young Men's Christian Association Development Committee, present

Member, Lawrence Township Zoning Board, 1979-1983

Member, Mercer County Improvement Authority, 1979-1981

Member, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1977-1981

Associate Director, Office of Career Services, Rider University, 1970-2014

Career Education Consultant, Mercer County Community Action Program, 1977-1979

Counselor, Equal Opportunity Program, Rider University, 1970-1973

Teacher, Trenton Public Schools, 1966-1970

Member, Cancer Institute of New Jersey Leadership Council, present

Member, Mercer College School Age Child Care Coalition

Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of Metro Trenton

Member, National Political Congress of Black Women

Member, New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women

Member, New Jersey State Museum Board of Trustees, present

Member, Rider University Mentoring Program, present

Board Member, Troy Vincent Foundation, present