In the United States House of Representatives, Bonnie Watson Coleman is currently serving her fourth term as a representative. She has spent a significant amount of time and effort over the course of many years working toward the goal of making life easier for New Jersey families and ensuring that everyone is dealt with in an impartial manner. Watson Coleman was the first person of African American descent to be elected to serve as a representative for the state of New Jersey in the House of Representatives of the United States of America. She now serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House Homeland Security Committee (where she heads the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security), and as the Vice Chair at Large of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
As a member of Congress, Watson Coleman has made it her personal mission to eliminate the possibility that any child, any family, or any citizen in the United States will ever be forced to have a standard of living that is lower than the federal poverty line. Her motivation for this mission stems from her belief that no one should be forced to live in poverty, regardless of their circumstances. Her legislative efforts are driven by her awareness of the everyday obstacles that are experienced by millions of Americans who are just trying to make it from one pay period to the next. Her efforts are driven by her awareness of the daily challenges that are experienced by millions of Americans. She wants to make sure that the richest country in the world does not allow millions of people to live below the poverty line, that vulnerable groups are protected from the effects of environmental abuse, that profit margins are not the driving force behind decisions regarding incarceration, and that bias is not a factor in the criminal justice system. Her goal is to make sure that she can accomplish all of these things. Her objective is to ensure that she is able to successfully do all of these tasks. She has suggested laws to address these challenges, including but not limited to the following:
The SAFER Pipelines Act would reform the gas pipeline approval process that is supervised by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; the Customer Non-Discrimination Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s race, color, national origin, or sexual orientation; and the Healthy MOM Act would allow women to enroll in, or change their health coverage if they become pregnant after they have already enrolled in coverage before becoming pregnant; the Healthy MOM Act would also allow women to enroll.
The Improving Diaper Affordability Act would eliminate the sales tax on diapers, and the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act would reduce racial disparities in access to treatment and research on mental health issues. Both of these bills are now in the legislative process. These two legislations are now making their way through the parliamentary process.
The Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Act of 2020 would establish a nationwide pilot program to test the efficacy of a federally funded income support program that helps more American families avoid the permanent financial fallout and lasting poverty that can result from a single unexpected crisis. Additionally, the Prohibiting Auto-Insurance Discrimination Act would prohibit the use of income, education level, and other factors unrelated to driving history and ability in setting racial disparities in auto insurance premiums. Both of these bills would
Watson Coleman is the daughter of the late and iconic state senator John S. Watson, and her work in Congress carries on the Watson family legacy of public service by advocating for women, the impoverished, and those members of society who are on the outskirts of society. In the eight years that Watson Coleman spent serving in the New Jersey General Assembly prior to her election as Representative for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, she broke barriers by becoming the first Black woman to hold the positions of Majority Leader and Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. Watson Coleman is now serving as the Representative for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. This was something she accomplished before making history by being the first Black woman to be elected to Congress from the state of New Jersey. As Majority Leader, Watson Coleman was responsible for managing the adoption of laws regarding the rehabilitation and release of jailed prisoners. This legislation, which was the subject of a year-long series of public hearings, was hailed as “a model for the rest of the country” by the New York Times.
Watson Coleman, along with the support of two other lawmakers, was important in the founding of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. During discussions on various topics, it was the first group of its kind to be created with the specific aim of bringing to light the experiences of Black women serving in Congress, both in terms of the problems they meet and the triumphs they have attained. In addition to her role with the Progressive Caucus and her continued co-chairship of the Caucus on Black Women and Girls, Watson Coleman is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. In addition to that, she is an active participant in the Congressional Caucus for Asian Pacific American Issues.
Watson Coleman has received honorary doctorates from the College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Stockton University in addition to his bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College. Additionally, he received an education at Thomas Edison State College. She is an active participant in the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, where she holds the position of co-chair of the Capitol Hill Honorary Troop. She and her spouse William have decided to make Ewing Township their permanent home. They have three children between them, William, Troy, and Jared, and three grandchildren between them, William, Ashanee, and Kamryn. They are very proud grandparents.