United States Congressman Donald Norcross

Congressman Donald Norcross is the recipient of the 2023 Steve LaTourette Unified America Award for Outstanding Bipartisan Leadership.

Born and raised in South Jersey, Congressman Norcross is an electrician by trade and a proud union member. In Congress, he is committed to improving the lives of working families by focusing on the issues that matter most to them: raising wages and strengthening our economy, ensuring affordable access to a high-quality education, and supporting the brave men and women that protect our nation and our neighborhoods.

Congressman Norcross began his career working for minimum wage, and his on-the-job experiences shape his work in Congress. Congressman Norcross has been a fierce advocate for raising wages for workers, leading the House of Representatives to pass legislation that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

Congressman Norcross spent his career as an electrician connecting power to New Jersey businesses and industrial sites. He rose through the ranks and eventually became a business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351, as well as President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO, where he advocated on behalf of thousands of hardworking men and women for nearly 20 years.

A graduate of both Camden County College and a Registered Apprenticeship program, Congressman Norcross knows we need to advance job-training programs in America, and he also understands the value of a good education that doesn’t break the bank. As a former apprentice himself, Congressman Norcross led the House in passing the National Apprenticeship Act, expanding access to skills training and connecting workers with stable, good-paying jobs. 

As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Norcross is working to raise wages, protect the middle class, strengthen workplace protections and achieve equal pay and paid leave for those raising families. 

The Summit for Civil Rights is paying tribute to Congressman Norcross for his support for working men and women and particularly for his recent efforts, with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, to relaunch a Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus in the United States Congress. We look forward to working with him and other members to make that caucus more powerful and committed to inclusive living wage jobs.

Recipient of the 2023 Steve LaTourette Unified America Award
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