Sen. Loretta Weinberg

Sen Weinberg by Star Ledger

Loretta Weinberg was elected to the New Jersey State Senate (District 37) in November 2005. She is currently the Senate Majority Leader and also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is Vice Chair of the Legislative Oversight Committee and Co-Chair of the select legislative committee investigating “Bridgegate.” She also sits on the New Jersey Israel Commission, New Jersey Historical Commission and State Legislative Services Commission. She has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court to an ad hoc committee to look at domestic violence and the court system.

Senator Weinberg is the first person to run as a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in the State of New Jersey. Prior to joining the State Senate, she served in the New Jersey General Assembly for 14 years. In 2004, after 10 years of work, Senator Weinberg’s .08 legislation, which lowers the legal alcohol level to .08 in New Jersey, was signed into law. She sponsored the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act, which prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces. She has also sponsored legislation that overhauled the jury selection process; required health insurance companies to pay for at least 48 hours of hospital care for new mothers and their babies; created the Governor’s Advisory Council on Adolescent Pregnancy; and shaped a landmark autism research funding bill that gives $1.00 from every New Jersey traffic violation to autism research which is projected to yield $20 million toward autism research within five years.

Senator Weinberg has sponsored numerous gun violence prevention measures. She was the prime sponsor of the 2002 Childproof Handgun Law designed to help spur the development of personalized handgun technology. She sponsored subsequent legislation as part of her continued effort to advance life-saving ‘smart gun’ technology to the market. Senator Weinberg is the prime sponsor of legislation to enhance protections for domestic violence victims by restricting access to firearms by offenders.  She has also sponsored legislation to reduce the legal maximum capacity of ammunition magazines in New Jersey to 10 rounds.

Weinberg has been in the lead on every LGBT advancement in New Jersey throughout her legislative career, including marriage equality, transgender equality, and sweeping anti-discrimination and anti-hate crimes laws. She has also been instrumental in expanding awareness of aphasia, introducing a bill to designate June as Aphasia Month in New Jersey and sponsoring legislation that formed an Aphasia Study Commission.

In 2015 she received an award from the NJ Press Association for her tireless advocacy on behalf of transparency; in 2016 the ACLU honored her at their Lights of Liberty event with the Roger Baldwin Award for her leadership on civil rights issues and in 2017, the National Newspaper Association honored Senator Weinberg at the National Press Club in Washington DC for her support of the newspaper industry across NJ.

In April 2018, a groundbreaking bill she worked on with Senator Diane Allen was signed into law. Governor Phil Murphy signed into Law the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act which amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to provide enhanced equal pay protections for New Jersey Employees.

Throughout her career in public service, Senator Weinberg has devoted many hours to her community and to local, state-wide, and national organizations that seek to improve the lives of men, women, and children. She has been active in Shelter Our Sisters (Founding Member), the Bergen Family Center, the New Jersey Network of Women Elected Officials, the National Organization of Women Legislators, and the National Council of Jewish Women (Life Member). She is a long-time member of Temple Emeth in Teaneck.  She married her late husband, Irwin Weinberg, in 1961, and they had two children: Daniel, born in 1962, and Francine, born in 1963. Loretta now has two grandchildren: Shayna Iris, born in 2003, and Jonah Benjamin, born in 2005.


ACE Women—Make time for joy, rest, and renewal

December 2020


A word from our Chair

Greetings to you, our dedicated colleagues across the State of New Jersey. As 2020 comes to a close, NJ ACE Women’s Network wants you to know that we are thinking of you! 

For those of you who were able to join us at our Women of Color Conference last October, we hope that the many “pearls of wisdom” shared are still resonating with you and that you have been able to incorporate some of the excellent strategies provided by our presenters, Dr. Connie Hoyos NerviDr. Nicole Pulliam, and Dr. Felicia McGinty for facilitating wellness in your lives. 

We are busy at work planning our spring leadership conference for Friday, March 26, 2021. Save the date on your calendars NOW!

We anticipate that this event will be just as impactful as the last one, focusing on women and equity, especially along the lines of pay, workload, and other related issues.

Why ACE-NJ matters, now and into 2021

As you know, ACE-NJ strives to bring women together to discuss important matters related to advancing and excelling in our careers. Our programming and various forms of support, through our annual conferences, our commitment to individually mentoring women, and our advocacy efforts to increase the profiles of women on our campuses, form the foundation for ACE-NJ. We continually seek to expand the understanding of benefits that are gained when women working in higher education are at the table and involved in all levels of decision making.  

Think of us as part of your support system, your cheering section, your team that provides unwavering encouragement. Yes, these times have been difficult but we remain hopeful, inspired, motivated, and determined. 

But first, a time for rest and renewal

As we approach the end of the year and a very busy semester, I hope that this holiday season will provide you a period of rest and renewal. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you and your loved ones…good health, peace, and joy, now and in the new year.

Allyson Straker-Banks

Chair, ACE Women’s Network NJ