Diane B. Allen (born March 8, 1948 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American Republican Party politician, who has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate since 1998, where she represents the 7th Legislative District. She served as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader from 2002 to 2003 and as the Majority Whip from 1998 to 2001. She was a member of the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the New Jersey General Assembly, from 1996 to 1998.
Allen grew up in Moorestown Township, New Jersey and first ran for elective office in the 1970s when she ran for the board of education of the Moorestown Township Public Schools.
In the 1995 general election, Allen and Republican running mate Carmine DeSopo were elected, defeating Democratic incumbent Steven M. Petrillo and his running mate, newcomer Joseph P. Dugan. The $1.1 million spent in the 1995 Assembly race made it the first in New Jersey to cross the $1 million spending mark, as reported in the results of a study conducted by the Center for the Analysis of Public Issues of Princeton, New Jersey that analyzed campaign finance reports from candidates for all 80 Assembly seats.
Incumbent Democrat Jack Casey did not run for re-election in 1997, and in the Senate race that year Allen defeated the Democratic nominee Robert P. Broderick
Senator Allen has served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1996 and 2000. She has served on the Martin Luther King Commission since 1998 and the New Jersey Human Relations Council since 2003. She has been the Senate's Deputy Minority Leader since 2006, and serves in the Senate on the Education Committee and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
She was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 2002, with businessman Doug Forrester winning the party's nomination. Forrester won the primary with 44.6% of the vote, Allen came in second with 36.9%, ahead of third-place finisher John J. Matheussen who garnered 18.6% of the vote
Allen was a television anchor and reporter for KYW-TV from 1976 to 1978, and again from 1982 to 1988 and at WCAU-TV from 1989 to 1994, both in Philadelphia. She also worked at WLS-TV in Chicago from 1979 to 1982.
Allen received a B.A. from Bucknell University in Philosophy. She is the President of VidComm, Inc. She is currently a resident of Edgewater Park Township.
In 2007, Allen won re-election. She was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democratic challenger Rich Dennison of Florence in the November general election.
Allen was considered a potential candidate for the New Jersey's 3rd congressional district seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jim Saxton in the 2008 election. However, she announced on November 29, 2007, that she would not run for the seat, citing factionalism in the Burlington County Republican Party in her statement.
On November 9, 2009, Allen announced that she has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 7th Legislative District for the 2010-11 Legislative Session are:
- ^ a b c Senator Allen's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
- ^ "Back from surgery for oral cancer, Diane Allen still has a lot to say". Inside Jersey. http://www.nj.com/insidejersey/index.ssf/2010/08/back_from_surgery_for_oral_can.html. Retrieved March 1, 2011. "Allen grew up in Moorestown, a Burlington County town that was established as a Quaker enclave in the 1800s. Born to an engineer father and homemaker mother, Allen remembers stuffing envelopes as a kid for Republican candidates. Her foray into politics came in the early 1970s, when she ran for the Moorestown school board."
- ^ NJ Assembly 07 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- ^ Pristin, Terry. "New Jersey Daily Briefing;$1 Million Campaign Costs", The New York Times, March 13, 1996. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- ^ Staff. "ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN SPENDING RISES, ESPECIALLY IN SOUTH JERSEY<THE MOST EXPENSIVE RACE COST $1.5 MILLION.<A WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS '93 REFORMS DIDN'T DO THE JOB.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 14, 1996. Accessed June 22, 2010. "The District 7 race in Burlington and Camden Counties, eventually won by the Republican ticket of Diane Allen and Carmine DeSopo, was the most expensive in the state, totaling $1.5 million, according to Upmeyer's analysis of campaign finance reports."
- ^ Petersen, Melody. "THE 1997 ELECTIONS: THE LEGISLATURE; After Intense Fight, Republicans Fend Off Challenges to Their Majority in State Senate", The New York Times, November 5, 1997. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- ^ Mercurio, John. "GOP, Democrats tout primary victories", CNN, June 5, 2002. Accessed May 267, 2010. "In New Jersey, Doug Forrester, a wealthy businessman, spent $3.1 million of his own money to defeat fellow Republicans Diane Allen and John Matheussen -- both state senators -- in the race to challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Torricelli , who faced charges of ethical violations during his first six-year term."
- ^ NJ US Senate - R Primary2002, OurCampaigns.com, last updated January 16, 2007. Accessed May 26, 2010.
- ^ KYW-TV News Alumni, KYW-TV. Retrieved July 6, 2006.
- ^ WCAU-TV News Alumni, WCAU. Retrieved July 6, 2006.
- ^ Senator Diane B. Allen, Project Vote Smart. Retrieved September 15, 2007.
- ^ Reitmeyer, John. "Candidates for state Assembly, Senate and county offices file for June primary", Burlington County Times, April 10, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2007. Archived 17 July 2007 at WebCite
- ^ June 5, 2007 Primary Election Results, Burlington County, New Jersey. Retrieved June 19, 2007.
- ^ 7th Dist: Allen holds on to Senate seat, The Star Ledger, November 6, 2007
- ^ Saxton, citing his health, to retire after this term, The Star Ledger, November, 2007
- ^ Allen says she won't run for Congress, Burlington County Times, November 29, 2007
- ^ State Senator Diane Allen diagnosed with aggressive cancer, Newsroom Jersey, November 9, 2009