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New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver through the years, Passed Away today by

New Jersey Acting Gov. Nick Scutari addresses Sheila Oliver’s death

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver has died at the age of 71. She was serving as acting governor while Gov. Phil Murphy is out of the country. We now hear from the senate president who takes over in her place.

Sheila Oliver, the second lieutenant governor of New Jersey, served from 2018 until her recent tragic death on August 1, 2023. A strong presence in the New Jersey political scene, she also was the first African-American woman to serve as Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. Sheila Oliver was married to William Oliver, a retired businessman, yet her marital status was often shrouded in mystery. The impact of her passing at the age of 71 will be deeply felt in New Jersey and beyond.

Who was Sheila Oliver?

Born in Newark in 1952, Sheila Oliver graduated from Lincoln and Columbia Universities. Her political journey began in the New Jersey General Assembly in 2004, where she quickly rose within the Democratic Party. Her achievements culminated in becoming the first African-American woman to be elected Speaker of the Assembly in 2010.

New Jersey Lt. Governor-elect Sheila Oliver celebrates her victory with her family and supporters after the polls close on the election. Oliver and governor-elect Phil Murphy celebrated at the Convention Center in Asbury Park, NJ on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Sheila Oliver’s lasting impact on the state of New Jersey can be seen through her advocacy for social justice and economic opportunity. Her contributions to society and the initiatives she was involved in will continue to be a part of her enduring legacy, REST IN PEACE, A GOOD FRIEND. To read more go to the link below:,in%20New%20Jersey%20and%20beyond. ℗ is your source to learn about the broad and beautiful spectrum of our shared History.