Four new members of the U.S. House of Representatives – all Democrats who flipped Republican districts — will take their oaths of office as new members of Congress at noon.
Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) will replace retiring twelve-term Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) in the 11th. Sherrill, a retired U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, becomes the first Democrat to hold the seat since Joseph Minish left 34 years go.
When Sherrill takes office, it will be the first time in 36 years that New Jersey has more than two women in the state congressional delegation.
In the 7th district, Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State and Clinton White House staffer, will take the seat held for the last ten years by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton). Malinowski defeated Lance last November by 16,200 votes. He becomes the first Democrat to occupy the seat since Harrison Williams lost re-election to Florence Dwyer in 1956.
Former Obama White House staffer Andy Kim (D-Marlton) will become New Jersey’s first congressman of Asian descent. He defeated two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) by just 3,973 votes. The 3rd district seat was last occupied by a Democrat eight years ago, when John Adler served for one term.
Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis), a longtime state legislator, will succeed retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) in the 2nd district. LoBiondo spent 24 years in Congress, winning the seat when ten-term Rep. William Hughes, a Democrat, retired in 1994.
The New Jersey delegation will have one Republican, Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), who was re-elected to a 20th term last November. The state has not had such a lopsided delegation in Congress since the 1912 election gave Democrats an identical 11-1 edge.
Seven Democrats re-elected last fall – Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), Albio Sires (D-West New York), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) – will also take their oaths of office.