|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Jersey's 11th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Rodney Frelinghuysen|
Rebecca Michelle Sherrill
January 19, 1972
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
|Education||United States Naval Academy (BS)|
London School of Economics (MS)
Georgetown University (JD)
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1994–2003|
Rebecca Michelle "Mikie" Sherrill (born January 19, 1972) is an American Democratic politician, a former United States Navy helicopter pilot, and a former federal prosecutor who has served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 11th congressional district since 2019. The district includes a swath of exurban and rural areas west of New York City. Sherrill was elected on November 6, 2018, defeating the Republican nominee, New Jersey Assemblyman Jay Webber.
Early life and education
Sherrill attended high school in Northern Virginia. In 1994, she graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis with a BS. In 2003, Sherrill received a MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics. In 2004, she received a certificate in Arabic language from The American University in Cairo. In 2007, Sherrill earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Sherrill graduated from flight school in the first class of women eligible for combat. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1994, Sherrill became a U.S. Navy H3 Sea King helicopter pilot and a Russian policy officer. Sherrill flew missions throughout Europe and in the Middle East. In 2000, she was based out of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
In the summer of 2007, after receiving her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Sherrill was a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis. From 2008 to 2011, Sherrill worked as an associate in the litigation department at Kirkland & Ellis's New York City office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
In 2015, she became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, a federal prosecutor, working under U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman. She left that office in the spring of 2016. She had planned on going into the field of criminal justice reform.
U.S. House of Representatives
On May 11, 2017, Sherrill launched her campaign for New Jersey's 11th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. The seat had been held by 12-term Republican incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who in January 2018 announced he would not seek reelection. It had been considered a Republican stronghold, but Frelinghuysen was thought to be vulnerable after Donald Trump only carried it by a single point in 2016. The district had been made slightly more Democratic on paper when redistricting after the 2010 census pushed it further into Essex County, including the northern portion of Montclair around Sherrill's home. However, Frelinghuysen had been reelected three times from this redrawn district against only nominal Democratic opposition.
In November 2017, comedian Chelsea Handler, who is from Livingston, came to Montclair to show her support for Sherrill's campaign. Sherrill was endorsed by the political action committee organization VoteVets.org, the pro-choice Democratic PAC EMILY's List, the editorial board of The New York Times, and the New Jersey chapter of Clean Water Action.
Sherrill raised US $2.8 million during the primary election, placing her among the top House fundraisers in the country. Her campaign raised $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2018, setting a record for the most raised by a House candidate from New Jersey in one quarter. On November 6, Sherrill defeated Jay Webber with 56.8 percent of the vote to Webber's 42.1 percent. The election marked the largest partisan vote share swing in the entire 2018 cycle, with a 33 percentage point swing toward the Democratic candidate compared to the last election.
When she took office in January 2019, Sherrill became the first Democrat to hold the seat since 16-term incumbent Joseph Minish was defeated in 1984 after the district was redrawn to be much more Republican. She was the first Democrat since Minish's defeat to garner even 40 percent of the vote in the district. Further underlining how Republican this district had been in the previous three decades, Sherrill is the only elected Democrat above the county level in much of the western portion of the district—Frelinghuysen's former base. For instance, in the district's share of Morris County, which accounts for most of its population, all but one state senator and two state assemblymen are Republicans.
Following her election, Sherrill joined the New Democrat Coalition, the second largest Democratic caucus in the House, and was named its freshman whip. She also joined the Blue Dog Coalition, a caucus of moderate House Democrats.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Sherrill is married to Jason Hedberg, a classmate and graduate of the United States Naval Academy who served as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. The couple have lived in Montclair with their four children since 2010.
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Rebecca M. Sherrill, U.S. District Attorney
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mikie Sherrill.|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Mikie Sherrill at Ballotpedia
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| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 11th congressional district
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