Nelida "Nellie" Pou (born May 20, 1956) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2012, representing the 35th Legislative District. She previously represented the 35th district in the General Assembly. When Pou was sworn into the Assembly on January 29, 1997, to succeed Bill Pascrell, she became the first woman and the first Hispanic to represent the 35th district.
Pou in 2012
|Member of the New Jersey Senate|
from the 35th district
|Assumed office |
January 10, 2012
|Preceded by||John Girgenti|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly|
from the 35th district
January 29, 1997 – January 10, 2012
|Preceded by||Bill Pascrell|
|Succeeded by||Shavonda E. Sumter|
|Born||May 20, 1956|
|Residence||North Haledon, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||Kean College |
University of Virginia
|Occupation||Assistant Business Administrator, City of Paterson|
|Website||Legislative biography site|
She was appointed to a vacant Assembly seat on January 29, 1997 to succeed Bill Pascrell who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Pou was the Assembly's Deputy Speaker from 2002–2005 and the Assistant Minority Leader from 2000–2001.
In the Assembly Pou served on the Appropriations Committee (as Chair), the Budget Committee, the Education Committee and the Joint Budget Oversight Committee. Previously, Pou served on the Senior Issues Committee (as Chair), the Appropriations Committee (as Vice Chair) and the Education Committee. She has served on the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect since 1997 and was Chair of the Paterson Department of Human Resources from 1983–1997. She served on the Passaic-Bergen County HIV Health Services Advisory Council from 1993–1997.
Pou elected not to run for re-election to her Assembly seat in 2011, instead choosing to run for the State Senate seat from the district that long-time incumbent John Girgenti was vacating. She defeated former Haledon, New Jersey mayor Ken Pengitore in the general election and was sworn in as Senator in January 2012. In the Senate, she is Vice Chair of the Higher Education and also serves on the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunities, Budget and Appropriations Committee, and the Judiciary Committee.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 35th district for the 2014–2015 Legislative Session are:
|Democratic||Nellie Pou (incumbent)||22,154||74.1|
- Clunn, Nick. "GOP faults Dems on Paterson ties in 35th District", The Record (Bergen County), October 26, 2011. Accessed September 11, 2015. "Nellie Pou (D); Age: 55; Hometown: North Haledon"
- Senator Pou's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 20, 2012.
- "Pou to Take Assembly Oath as First Woman, First Hispanic to Represent the 35th District", The Italian Voice, February 13, 1997. Accessed April 7, 2008. "Nellie Pou took the oath of office Wednesday January 29th for the 35th District Assembly seat vacated by William J. Pascrell Jr., who was elected to Congress in November. Pou is the first woman and the first Hispanic to represent the 35th District in the Legislature."
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey - Two Hundred and Eleventh Legislature (First Session) (PDF). Skinder-Strauss Associates. 2004. pp. 289–290. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 22, 2012.
- Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed September 11, 2015.
- "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
- Senator Pou's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- Assembly Member Nellie Pou, Project Vote Smart
|New Jersey Senate|
| Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 35th District
January 10, 2012 – present
|New Jersey General Assembly|
| Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 35th District
January 11, 1994 – January 10, 2012
With: Alfred E. Steele, Elease Evans
Shavonda E. Sumter