Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Civil Rights

As the leader of the free world, we must set an example by living the principles we preach: freedom of speech and religion and freedom from persecution. We must ensure no one faces discrimination in the classroom or workplace. With a monumental year for marriage equality behind us, no one should have to live in fear because they are with the one they love. As a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I am working toward the extension of equal rights for everyone. 

Women have made great strides in history, but it’s time they receive equal pay for equal work and the opportunity to maintain a work and family balance.

The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and should be a simple and convenient process. My visit to Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge was a stark reminder of how far we have come, but how much further we have to go in restoring the right to vote.

Finally, the voices of the people—not the bank accounts of a select few—should determine the outcomes of election and policies of the government, which is why I support increased voter participation and oppose the misguided “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision.  Our overall goal should be to respect the dignity and rights of every individual.

More on Civil Rights

Jan 13 2022
News Release

Rep. Norcross Statement onthe Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act

Congressman Norcross’s support for pro-democracy legislation is unequivocal

 

Jan 6 2022
In The News

U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.) wrote in the Star-Ledger, of Newark, “If we cannot accept the threat is real, and if leaders cannot show bold action in pushing back against it, our democracy remains at risk.”

Jan 6 2022
In The News

“Remember five people died that day,” said Norcross, D-1st Dist. “This wasn’t tourists going to Disney World. You saw and I saw what was going on there. This was literally trying to take over the government. The idea of trying to discredit the actual event is, I think, a terrible disservice.”

Jan 6 2022
In The News

One year ago today, I was among the final members of the U.S. Congress to leave the floor of the House of Representatives. I arrived that morning to partake in a historic but largely symbolic moment: certifying the Electoral College vote after then-presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden’s victory. I left to the sound of gunfire...

To save the soul of America, lawmakers, the free press, and citizens must unite against anti-democratic forces and secure our shared future as a democracy.

Mar 3 2021
News Release
“I’ve always supported making voting easier, not harder, and today, I proudly voted to pass the most transformational and comprehensive suite of pro-democracy reforms in a generation."
Mar 3 2021
News Release
“I stand with my community and the millions of Americans marching and demanding action following last summer’s senseless murder of George Floyd, along with real, meaningful change to the American policing culture and an end to systemic racial injustices."
May 17 2019
News Release
Equality Act Passes House of Representatives
Apr 4 2019
In The News
We can take action so that Equal Pay Day isn’t a necessary evil, but a memory of an injustice that we overcame together.
Mar 27 2019
News Release
"On my way to vote, I was on the phone with my daughter, Corey, and I told her I was thinking of her, her mother, her late grandmother and everyone who so clearly deserves to be treated the same as their male counterparts."
Mar 5 2019
News Release
"It’s a rare honor to have a portrait hung in the Capitol but, currently, under 10% of the people receiving this honor are women. We can do better than that, and there’s no one who deserves this tribute more than New Jersey’s Alice Paul."