Assemblywoman Annette Quijano
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano has earned the reputation of a champion legislator, tackling the various issues one faces in daily life. She understands the challenges middle-class families must overcome and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of seniors, veterans, women, children and workers.
Quijano is a Jersey native born to Puerto Rican parents. After a B.S. in Management from Rutgers University, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark. She was later admitted to the bars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Quijano has always fought against inequality and the difficult challenges that all people face regardless of race or culture. Drawing inspiration from her upbringing, she has provided a voice for those who often go unheard.
Her career began as a young teen advocate successfully organizing a grassroots campaign to dispute a local cable company’s decision to eliminate Spanish language programming. This led to a growing recognition and her election as board member of the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey (PRC). While in the PRC, she rose through the ranks to become their youngest Vice-President.
Quijano was one of two legislators selected statewide to participate in the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s 2011 Emerging Leaders Program which recognizes future leaders in their respective states. She also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, Chairperson of the Hispanic Delegations on Racial Equity, an initiative of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) funded by the Kellogg’s Foundation. She is a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the NJ State Bar Association, the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE), and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Quijano is also a member of the he Urban League of Union County, the Portuguese Club of Elizabeth, and the NAACP chapters located in Elizabeth and Roselle. In addition to these memberships, she’s an Honorary Girl Scout.
Quijano has received much acclaim for an Emergency Preparedness Program that trains individuals to be ready for any kind of emergency. This comprehensive workshop provides steps on how to develop an emergency communications plan, a family plan, a disaster supplies kit for family and pets, and contains information specific to people with access and functional needs. Such workshops proved useful for those affected by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
She is presently serving as General Assembly Deputy Majority Leader and Chairwoman of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee. This is in addition to serving as a member of the Appropriations and Consumer Affairs Committees and of the New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus. Assemblywoman Quijano was re-elected in 2015 to continue her seven year tenure as the Assemblywoman for New Jersey’s Legislative District 20.