Bonnie (Bonnie) Watson Coleman (D-12)

US Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman

Bonnie (Bonnie) Watson Coleman (D-12)
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Capitol: 202.225.5801
FAX: 202.225.6025
District: 609.883.0026
Room 168 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-3012
850 Bear Tavern Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
Residence:Ewing, NJ

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairCongressional Fragrance Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force to Combat Identity Theft and Fraud
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Co-ChairCongressional America 250 Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Fusion Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Inventions Caucus
FC MemberTuberculosis Elimination Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security
Vice ChairCongressional Progressive Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Independent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberBlue Collar Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Bonnie Watson Coleman is serving her fourth term in the United States House of Representatives, the continuation of a career in public service advocating for the needs of New Jersey families and the equitable treatment of all people. The first Black woman to represent New Jersey in Congress, Watson Coleman is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, and serves as Vice Chair at Large of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Watson Coleman's work in the House centers on her belief that, in the United States of America, there's a floor below which we should never allow any child, any family, any person to fall. Knowing that millions struggle every day just to make ends meet from the first to the last of the month, her legislative work seeks to bridge the gap for these Americans, making sure that the richest nation in the world doesn't allow millions to live below the poverty line; doesn't allow vulnerable groups to suffer the fallout of environmental violations; doesn't allow profit margins to define the standards or the motivations for incarceration; and doesn't allow bias to push everyday needs like car insurance out of reach for working families. Watson Coleman is the daughter of legendary state legislator John S. Watson, and her services in Congress continues a family legacy of public service, fighting for women, economically and socially disadvantaged populations, ad other vulnerable groups in our society. Prior to her election a Representative for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District, Watson Coleman served eight consecutive terms in the New Jersey General Assembly and shattered racial and gender barriers to become the first Black woman to serve as Majority Leader, and as the Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. During her time as Majority Leader, Watson Coleman convened a year-long series of public hearings on reforms to prisoner re-entry programs while shepherding legislation through the Assembly that the New York Times called "a model for the rest of the nation" on prisoner rehabilitation and release. In 2016, Watson Coleman founded the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls alongside two of her colleagues, the first caucus aimed at bringing both the tremendous challenges and incredible successes of Black women to the fore in Congress's policy debates. In addition to continuing to co-chair the Caucus on Black Women and Girls and the role she serves with the Progressive Caucus, Watson Coleman is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Watson Coleman is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College, and has received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Stockton University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and co-chair of the Girl Scouts of America Capitol Hill Honorary Troop. She resides with her husband, William, in Ewing Township. The two are blessed to have three sons- William, Troy and Jared; and three grandchildren- William, Ashanee and Kamryn.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2014    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: William E. Coleman, Jr.   DOB: 2/6/1945
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