The 218th Legislative Session officially began yesterday with nine new Assembly members and five state Senators rounding out Democratic majorities of 54-26 and 25-15 respectively.

NJ Spotlight’s Colleen O’Dea looks at the new members taking office.

Assemblyman Craig Coughlin took over as Assembly Speaker, while the Senate will be led again by Senate President Stephen Sweeney. All standing reference committees will have new memberships as well.

New Senate committee assignments

New Assembly committee assignments

“We are fortunate to have such a dynamic group of individuals with diverse backgrounds in our caucus,” Coughlin said as the new Assembly was sworn in. “This has enabled us to put together an outstanding team that will help guide our policy agenda for the next two years.”

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov.-elect Shelia Oliver will be sworn in next week.