After nearly three decades of service, veteran Senate Majority leader Loretta Weinberg has announced that she will retire from her seat at the end of the current term.
Weinberg was elected to the state Senate in 2005 after serving 14 years in the Assembly. At 85 years old, she has built a legacy as a feminist icon who advanced major policies on women and minority rights, marriage equality and LGBTQ-related issues.
In 2008, Weinberg became the first Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.
She led the Legislative Oversight Committee that unearthed and investigated the Bridgegate scandal, and leading changes to the misogynistic culture in Trenton.
Her dogged pursuit of issues concerning New Jersey Transit made her presence both feared and welcomed at the agency’s monthly board meetings.
Weinberg has said she would like her legacy to be a “whole generation of troublemakers” following in her footsteps.
When asked why she chose now, she said, “I feel overwhelmed and emotional, but I don’t feel conflicted about my decision. This is my time; I’ve served for many years and it’s time that I move on to enjoy the things I enjoy doing and spend time with my family and those two grandchildren. This is the time that felt right for me.”