Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson is the first African-American male from Camden City to serve in the Assembly representing the Fifth Legislative District. Assemblyman Wilson was originally appointed and sworn-in January 25, 2010, elected to his seat November 2, 2010. He then went on to be re-elected November 8, 2011 and currently serves on the following three committees: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Law and Public Safety and Military and Veterans’ Affairs. While serving in the General Assembly, Assemblyman Wilson has sponsored many bills including such topics as Fresh Mobiles, Weapons Free Zones and Taxi Cab Regulations, Senior Citizen Property Tax Reform, Education Reform and Civil Service/Military Personnel Reform.
He is also a committed advocate and supporter of the community. Assemblyman Wilson was an assistant basketball coach at Camden High School under the leadership of Coach Clarence Turner; as well as an assistant football coach for the Centerville Simbas. Last year he assisted the Camden Creative Arts High School with their fundraising efforts to travel to New Orleans, LA for a nationwide Band Competition, a trip both he and his wife Martha attended in support of the students. He and his Legislative Office also assisted in a Uniform Blazer drive to ensure that students at Camden Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy had sufficient uniform attire.
Assemblyman Wilson served in the U.S. Air Force (1965-1969), including tours in Thailand and Vietnam. He was a member of the Camden Police Department for over 26 years, serving as a lieutenant, commander of the Vice Unit, and supervisor of the First Community Policing Unit. He also received his B.A. from Rowan University (Law/Criminal Justice).
Assemblyman Wilson has dedicated his life to public service. From his work with the Camden Police Department to his efforts as an elected official as a member of the Camden City Council (1997-2001, 2005-2010) and now the New Jersey State Legislature, he has shown his dedication and regard for others.
Assemblyman Wilson has been married to his wife, Martha, for more than 30 years. They have a blended family of six children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Martha is a member and Vice-President of the Camden City Board of Education.
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