Mr. Stack was elected to the Senate in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, 2013 and 2017. He previously was elected to the Assembly in 2003 and served two terms. He has been mayor of Union City since October 2000. He also served on the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, from 2000 to 2004. The senator was born in Jersey City, and graduated from Union City’s Emerson High School. He became involved in local civic issues as a teenager and became a tenant advocate in 1985. Mr. Stack served as an aide in the 33rd Legislative District office from 1983 to 1984, and 1986 to 1988. In Union City, he was an administrative assistant to the commissioner for parks and public property from 1986 to 1990 and deputy director of public affairs from 1995 to 1996.
Ms. Pou was elected to the Senate in 2011 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She served in the Assembly from Jan. 29, 1997, when she was sworn to fill a vacancy, until her rise to the Senate.
Ms. Pou sponsored a law that broadened the definition of human trafficking and increased penalties. She sponsored a 2013 law that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities, and a 2014 law setting new standards, including background checks, for individuals working in the homes of seniors and people with disabilities. She sponsored 2015 laws reforming the juvenile justice system and expanding the geographic scope of restraining orders.