|Senator Nilsa Cruz-Pérez
New Jersey State Senate
Senator Nilsa Cruz Pérez was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She studied at the University of Puerto Rico, majoring in Political Science, while working for the Popular Democratic Party. In 1981, Nilsa joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Mainz Military Community in Germany. While serving, she furthered her education by studying at the U.S. Quartermaster School, Big Bend Community College, Temple University and the University of Maryland (overseas division). In 1987, she was honorably discharged from the military.
In February of 1995, Senator Cruz Pérez was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, serving from 1995 until 2010. Appointed to fill an unexpired term, she went on to be elected as the first Hispanic woman State Legislator in New Jersey’s history. On December 15, 2014, Ms. Cruz Pérez was sworn in as State Senator for New Jersey’s Fifth Legislative District. She serves as the Vice Chair to the Senate Economic Growth Committee, and sits on the Senate Budget and Appropriations, and Military and Veterans Affairs Committees. She is also a member of the Joint Committee on Affordable Housing.
Nilsa Cruz-Pérez is a mother of three, including two sons, Luis and Angel, and a daughter, Linette. She resides in Barrington with her husband, Luis.