Senator Samuel D. Thompson
Senator Samuel (Sam) D. Thompson, Ph.D., has been a member of the New Jersey Legislature since 1998. He served in the General Assembly until January 2012, when he was sworn-in as the Senator for the 12th legislative District
Areas of particular interest to Dr. Thompson include healthcare, senior citizen issues, education, tax relief and transportation. He was prime sponsor of legislation that created the NJ Kid Care and NJ Family Care programs which provided health insurance for low income working families. Assemblyman Thompson sponsored the NJ SAVER property tax rebate program and a measure that doubled the income eligibility levels for seniors to qualify for a freeze on their property taxes.
Senator Thompson received his B.S. degree with majors in chemistry and math from the University of Arkansas (Little Rock) and his doctorate in physical chemistry from Louisiana State University. He was employed as a research scientist for six years by DuPont and J.P. Stevens prior to 22 years with the NJ Department of Health. During this period he also served for 10 years as a member of the US Armed Forces Epidemiological Board. Subsequently, Assemblyman Thompson was employed for three years by the NJ Turnpike Authority as Director of Planning, Analysis and Government Relations and later as Director of Communications and Government Relations. Today, Dr. Thompson is a full-time legislator.
Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer
Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer was sworn into the New Jersey State Legislature on November 18, 2002.
Mr. Dancer served as the Mayor of Plumsted Township from 1990 through 2011 and as the Township’s Honorary Business Administrator from 2012-2017. Since 1985 he has volunteered as a member of the Ocean County Board of Social Services and currently serves as Chairman. He is also an active volunteer with a number of other civic affiliations which include the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee and Ocean County Senior Citizens Advisory Council. He served on the New Jersey Horse Racing Commission from 1999 to 2002 and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Sire Stakes Board from 1982 to 2002.
Assemblyman Dancer is a former horseman, trainer, driver, and the son of the late Hall of Fame Harness Horse Racing Driver Stanley Dancer. He professionally raced and trained horses from 1968 through 1998.
Mr. Dancer attended the Peddie School and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Assemblyman Dancer currently serves as a full time legislator. He and his wife Brenda, have two children, and three grandchildren.
Assemblyman Robert D. Clifton
Assemblyman Rob Clifton was officially sworn into his first term in the General Assembly on January 10, 2012 and represents the 12th Legislative District which includes parts of Monmouth, Burlington, Middlesex and Ocean Counties.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Mr. Clifton served three terms as a Monmouth County Freeholder, where he last served as the Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Assemblyman Clifton is employed by Comcast Cable Corporation as the Director of Government and Community Affairs, a position he has held since 2001. Prior to joining Comcast, he was Director of Industry Relations for the New Jersey Pavement and Asphalt Association, where he acted as a liaison between the trade association and municipalities throughout the state regarding road improvement issues.
Mr. Clifton was born and raised in Matawan, where he attended local elementary schools and St. John Vianney High School, in Holmdel.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rider College (Lawrenceville, N.J.), and a master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Richmond (VA).
Assemblyman Clifton and his wife, Tracy, reside in Matawan with their two sons, R.J. and Jack.