About Senator William E Schluter

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STATE SENATE: January 1991 to 2002

  • Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, Chair
  • Economic Growth, Agriculture and Tourism Committee, Vice Chair
  • Legislative Oversight Committee, Vice Chair
  • Ad Hoc Senate Committee on Energy & Environment, Chair (prior)

STATE ASSEMBLY: September 1987 to January 1991

  • Environmental Quality Committee, Vice Chair
  • State Government Committee, Member
  • Select Committee on Land Use Planning, Member

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Senate and Assembly, 1968 – 1974


  • County and Municipal Government Study Commission
  • Election Law Revision Commission
  • New Jersey Historical Commission
  • New Jersey Citizens Clean Election Commission, Chair – appointed by Governor Codey
  • State Ethics Commission (appointed 2006; Vice-Chair 2010, not reappointed by Governor Christie in 2013 after charges that the governor’s office was trying to stack the Ethics Commission with the Governor’s choice as executive director) 8/10/2011


  • Legislative Activities Disclosure Act (Lobby Law)
  • Optional County Charter Law
  • New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act
  • Uniform Recall Election Act
  • Developer Impact Fee (passed Senate only)


  • New Jersey Co-Chair- McCain for President 2000
  • Delegate to Government Ethics Seminar, Sophia, Bulgaria- January 1998
  • Candidate for Congress – 1976
  • Republican District Committeeman
  • District Delegate to 1964 Republican National Convention
  • Pennington Borough Councilman: 1963 – 1969


  • Distinguished Public Service Award, New Jersey League of Municipalities, November 2011
  • Sarah Fiske Award, Preservation New Jersey – 2002
  • Princeton Day School, Alumni Service Award – 2002
  • Co-founder and Co-chair: Citizens for the Public Good – 2000
  • Frank L. Oliver New Jersey Environmental Protection Award 1999
  • Distinguished Citizen Award- Geo. Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America 1998
  • New Jersey Agricultural Society, Trustee


  • Graduated from Princeton University with honors in economics, varsity hockey team (four years)
  • VP and Founding Partner, New Jersey First, Inc., (environmental management firm, 1979-87)
  • Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson and Rutgers, graduate programs of public administration and political science- 1977-81
  • Member, Pennington Presbyterian Church, past deacon and trustee
  • Married to Nancy Hurd Schluter- six children


  • Co-founder and Co-Chair: Citizens for the Public Good, June 2000 See Publications
  • Candidate for Governor of New Jersey as Independent – – 2001
  • Visiting Lecturer, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Rutgers) 2002-03
  • Original sponsor (and drafter) of legislation proposing a Property Tax Convention (S1800, October 2, 2000)
  • Member, Governor Corzine Transition Team, Property Taxes, 2005-06
  • Chair: New Jersey Citizens Clean Election Commission (appointed January, 2005; term expired – June 2006)

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