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Donald Norcross Biography

US Representative (D-NJ)
Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"

“The best social program in the world is a good job with fair wages and the dignity that comes with it. Now serving in Congress, I can say with certainty that raising wages is the moral issue of our time…

Leaders in the House and Senate haven’t acted to raise the federal minimum wage in over 11 years, and it’s stuck at $7.25 an hour. That leaves Americans who work full-time living in poverty. These families come up thousands of dollars short each month just trying to meet basic living standards…

It’s illogical that our nation’s workers are more productive than ever, but aren’t being rewarded for it. Workers are struggling with high health care costs, expensive prescription drugs and worries about whether or not they’ll be able to retire with dignity. The sad truth is, business profits are all going to CEO bonuses and offshore accounts instead of actual paychecks…

Every single time Congress raised the minimum wage, it passed with strong bipartisan support. History shows that if we can just put the issue to a vote, it will pass by a wide margin. So let’s get to it. Americans are ready – and waiting – for Congress to raise the wage.”

“If Amazon Can Raise the Minimum Wage, Why Can’t Congress?,”, Oct. 12, 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Representative (D-NJ), 2014-present
  • Member of the New Jersey Senate (D), 2010-2014
  • Member of the New Jersey General Assembly (D), 2010
  • Chair, United Way of Camden County, 2002-2004
  • Cofounder, Union Organization for Social Service (UOSS)
  • Cofounder, The Home Port Alliance
  • Former President, Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council
  • Former President, Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
  • Former Business Agent, Local 351, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Electrical Apprentice, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 1979
  • AS, Criminal Justice, Camden County College, 1980
  • Twitter handle: @DonaldNorcross
  • Served as Assistant Whip in the 115th Congress (2018)
  • Recipient, Camden County College Outstanding Alumnus Award, 2015
  • Recipient, Camden County College Civic Leadership Award, 2009
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?