SENATOR NELLIE POU
- 100 HAMILTON PLAZA
PATERSON, NJ 07505
- PH: (973) 247-1555
- EMAIL: SENPOU@NJLEG.ORG
- CAROL CUADRADO, CHIEF OF STAFF
- HELEN TORRES, SENIOR LEGISLATIVE AIDE
- KAREN BROOKS, LEGISLATIVE AIDE
- JOSE MOORE, LEGISLATIVE AIDE
35th Legislative District
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. Among their various provisions, the prior limited circumstances when young offenders can be waived up to the adult court system or transferred to adult prisons, and the latter added new protections for victims of sexual assault and created a central registry of protective orders accessible to police and child protection officers. A 2016 law sponsored by the senator creates an educational program for drivers on carbon monoxide poisoning.
Senator Pou is the business administrator for Paterson, and has worked in various capacities for the city for three decades. The senator is chairwoman of the New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus. She is a member of the National Council of State Legislators, Women in Government, the National Order of Women Legislators/National Foundation of Women Legislators, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the National Hispanic Council of State Legislators, the Women’s Political Caucus, Emerge New Jersey, and the Council of State Government.