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Marge Roukema

Born: Sep 19, 1929

Death: Nov 12, 2014

Birthplace: Newark

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Marge Roukema

Date of Birth : Sep 19, 1929
Date of Death : Nov 12, 2014
Birth Place : Newark

Margaret "Marge" Roukema was an American politician who represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-two years as a Republican. A graduate of Montclair State College, Roukema's first career was as a teacher in the Ridgewood Public Schools. She began her political career in the local board of education, becoming the vice president of the body in 1970. In 1980, she challenged three-term incumbent Democratic Congressman Andrew Maguire, and won in what was then the 7th District. She was one of several Republicans swept into office by Reagan's coattails. After decennial redistricting, Roukema's district was renumbered as the 5th District and became significantly more Republican than its predecessor. She was handily reelected in 1982 and nine more times after that with almost no opposition. Roukema was a moderate Republican, as was the case with most Republicans from the Northeast. She faced a primary challenge from the right in 1992, defeating Louis Sette by a 62%–25% margin. In 1998, State Assemblyman Scott Garrett, a considerably more conservative Republican, challenged her in the primary. Roukema managed to fight him off, and did so again in 2000.

Profession


  • Politician
  • Teacher

Also known as


  • Margaret Scafati "Marge" Roukema
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