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Nellie Pou 

Assemblywoman Nellie Pou
35th Legislative District

Assemblywoman Nellie Pou took her first oath of office for the 35th Legislative District Assembly seat on January 29, 1997. She is the first woman and the first Hispanic to represent the district in the New Jersey Legislature.
Ms. Pou was recently sworn in to serve her fifth term in office and was appointed by Speaker Joseph Roberts as Chairwoman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and serves as a member of the Assembly Education, Assembly Judiciary and the Joint Budget Oversight Committees. Additionally, she serves as the Chair of the NJ Latino Caucus. 

Since elected to office, she has served on the two committees that oversee the development of the annual state budget, the Assembly Budget Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee. She is former Chairwoman of the Assembly State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee and has served with the Assembly leadership as a two-term Deputy Speaker. She has also served on the Assembly Housing Committee, the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee and the Task Force on School Facilities Construction Oversight, overseeing New Jersey’s $8.6 billion school construction program to build and renovate schools across the state. She is a member of the Women’s Democratic Caucus, the Assembly Advisory Council of Women and the NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. On the state and/or national level, she is a member of the National Council of State Government, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, the National Order of Women Legislators, Women In Government, and NJ300, in addition to various local boards including the St. Joseph’s Medical Center Children’s Hospital Board and the Paterson Governmental Joint Education Committee.
She has been employed by the City of Paterson for more than 24 years serving as Director of the Department of Human Services for 12 years and currently as Assistant Business Administrator.
Nellie has authored legislation that addresses many fiscal and social issues. Through several legislative measures signed into law, she has proven to be a devoted health advocate and promoter of the safety and well being of children, seniors and disabled citizens. She has managed to increase criminal penalties and create new crimes for those that prey on society’s most vulnerable. Additionally, she has introduced legislation that would safeguard citizens from identity theft by protecting their vital statistics records. 
Pou has assisted in setting the agenda for the Assembly Majority and supported bills that provide tax relief, expand job opportunities, protect the Highlands, institute ethics reform for government officials, expand mammogram screenings and supply free college tuition to many high school seniors, among other key Assembly bills. Her tireless efforts to secure funding for homeland security and many other vital programs continue to benefit the district and strengthen our State.
Nellie is married to the Honorable Richard Freid, a Judge of the Superior Court, and is a proud mother to a son, Edwin, a daughter, Taina, and stepchildren Jennifer Jaworowski and Christopher Freid. 
Updated 3/2006