Stephanie R. Bush

Stephanie Regina Bush-Baskette (born March 16, 1953), also known as Stephanie R. Bush, is an American attorney and Democratic Party politician from New Jersey who served in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 27th district from 1988 to 1992.

Stephanie R. Bush
Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
In office
September 22, 1992 – January 18, 1994
GovernorJames Florio
Preceded byRandy Primas
Succeeded byHarriet E. Derman
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 27th district
In office
January 12, 1988 – September 21, 1992
Preceded byMildred Barry Garvin
Succeeded byQuilla E. Talmadge
Personal details
Born (1953-03-16) March 16, 1953 (age 67)
East Orange, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materCornell University
American University
Rutgers University


Bush was born in East Orange in 1953. She graduated from East Orange High School and received a baccalaureate degree in psychology from Cornell University. She later received a law degree from American University and became a principal at a firm in East Orange. She had also been the president of the New Jersey Association of Black Women Lawyers and served on the East Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment.[1]

In 1987, the Essex County Democratic Party Organization selected Bush to have the Organization line in that year's General Assembly primary ballot alongside Harry A. McEnroe after dropping incumbent Mildred Barry Garvin.[2] They won in the primary and went onto win the general election. While in the Assembly, Bush sponsored the state's Family Leave Act and a raise in the state's minimum wage. She subsequently won reelection to the Assembly in 1989 and 1991. On September 21, 1992, Governor James Florio named Bush to be the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.[3]

After leaving the Department of Community Affairs, Bush earned a PhD from Rutgers University in criminal justice. She later taught at Rutgers University–Newark as a professor in metropolitan studies.[4] As of 2019, she is the business administrator for the City of Bridgeton.[5]


  1. ^ Fitzgerald, J. A. (1988). Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey. 203. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Candidates for the Office of State Senate and General Assembly" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. p. 24. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "NJ Department of Community Affairs - Stephanie R. Bush". Department of Community Affairs. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Wildstein, David (August 14, 2008). "Where are they now?". Observer. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "City of Bridgeton, New Jersey - Directory". City of Bridgeton. Retrieved March 16, 2019.

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