Cleopatra Tucker

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Cleopatra G. Tucker
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 28th legislative district
Assumed office
January 8, 2008
Serving with Ralph R. Caputo
Preceded byCraig A. Stanley
Oadline Truitt
Personal details
Born (1943-04-09) April 9, 1943 (age 76)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Donald Kofi Tucker (m. ?–2005, his death)
ResidenceNewark, New Jersey
Alma materTennessee State University
OccupationNon-profit director
WebsiteAssemblywoman Tucker's legislative webpage

Cleopatra Gibson Tucker (born April 9, 1943) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2008, where she represents the 28th Legislative District.


Tucker was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she attended Tennessee State University, majoring in sociology. After moving to Newark, New Jersey, in 1966, she was hired by the Newark Housing Authority in 1976, she retired from the Authority in 2002. She is currently the executive director of a non-profit organization called The Centre, Inc;[1] the Centre's headquarters was named after her late husband, Donald Kofi Tucker, in 2006.[2]

Tucker has two grown children with her late husband and is a resident of Newark's Weequahic neighborhood.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

After Donald Tucker, who was both a Newark councilman and an Assemblyman, died in October 2005 and posthumously won re-election to his Assembly seat, Assemblyman Tucker was replaced in a special election convention by Evelyn Williams, who was elected to serve the remaining month of the term and to serve the first year of the full term.[5][6] Williams resigned from the Assembly in January 2006 before the start of the new session, following her arrest for shoplifting, creating a vacant seat. A special election convention appointed Democratic Party activist Oadline Truitt to the seat for the first half of the term and she was re-elected in a November 2006 special election.[7] In Truitt's first bid for a full two-year term, Tucker and Essex County Freeholder and former Assemblyman from the 1960s-70s Ralph R. Caputo defeated Truitt and incumbent Assemblyman Craig A. Stanley in the June 2007 Democratic primary. Tucker and Caputo had the backing of Newark Mayor Cory Booker.[4][8] Tucker has subsequently won re-election to the Assembly every two years since then.

Tucker serves in the Assembly on the Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee (as chair), the Human Services Committee (as vice-chair), and the Regulatory Oversight Committee.[1]

In January 2011, Tucker introduced a bill that would require every bicycle in the state of New Jersey to display a license plate, which would be registered with the government for a small fee.[9] Within about a week, she withdrew her proposal.[10]

District 28[edit]

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 28th District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ a b Assemblywoman Tuckers' legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed September 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Biography via
  3. ^ "Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker Bio Page". NJ Assembly Majority Office. Retrieved September 17, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Official List Candidate Returns for General Assembly For June 2007 Primary Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. July 20, 2007. p. 28. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Dead assemblyman wins re-election". United Press International. November 8, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Donald Tucker's replacement". Politicker NJ. November 15, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Howlett, Deborah (February 10, 2006). "School librarian takes Assembly seat". The Star-Ledger.
  8. ^ Gillespie, Andra (2012). The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-Racial America. New York University Press. p. 199. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Friedman, Matt (January 12, 2011). "N.J. lawmaker proposes mandatory license plates for bicycles". NJ Advance Media for Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Staff (January 13, 2011). "N.J. lawmaker withdraws proposal to require license plates for bicycles". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 17, 2015.

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Craig A. Stanley
Oadline Truitt
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 28th District
January 8, 2008 – present
With: Ralph R. Caputo
Succeeded by