Meet Ron Dancer

Serving New Jersey for over 30 years.

Ronald S. Dancer has served his local community and state for over 30 years as a volunteer, adviser, leader, and representative. He's known by his friends and neighbors as the man who gets things done. In everything he does, Ron serves with pride and fights for his constituents with passion.

Ron grew up in New Egypt, the beautiful town at the very center of New Jersey. The son of the late Hall of Fame Harness Horse Racing Driver Stanley Dancer, Ron is a former horseman, trainer, and driver. He professionally raced and trained horses from 1968 through 1998.

Clipping of a magazine cover showing Stanley Dancer while harness racing.
Clipping of a magazine cover showing Ronald Dancer while harness racing.

Ron attended the Peddie School in Hightstown and later, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. In between, Ron served in the United States Army from 1969-1971.

First elected as mayor in 1989, Ron served Plumsted Township through 2011. He continued as the Township’s Honorary Business Administrator from 2012 to 2017.

Ronald Dancer presenting a commendation for the 175th anniversary of New Egypt.

A tireless volunteer for Ocean County, Ron has been a member of the Ocean County Board of Social Services for over 35 years and currently serves as chairman. He is also an active member of other civic affiliations, including the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee and Ocean County Senior Citizens Advisory Council.

Ron served on the New Jersey Horse Racing Commission from 1999 to 2002 and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Sire Stakes Board from 1982 until 2002.

Ronald Dancer on the floor of the New Jersey General Assembly chambers.

Today, Ron serves as a full time legislator. He has been a member of the General Assembly since 2002 and is the Deputy Republican Leader. Ron's successful public policy initiatives are furthered by his positions on a number of assembly committees. He currently serves on the Agriculture; Military and Veterans’ Affairs; Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations; and Tourism, Gaming and the Arts committees.

Ron and his wife, Brenda, have two children and three grandchildren.

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A lifelong resident of Plumsted Township, Assemblyman Ron Dancer is a Republican representing New Jersey's 12th Legislative District, which includes parts of Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. He has served in the Assembly since 2002.

Official Portrait of Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer.

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