Sharpe James

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Date of Birth February 20, 1936
Place of Birth Jacksonville, Florida
Age 84 years old
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Sharpe James is an American Democratic politician from New Jersey, who served as State Senator for the 29th Legislative District and was 35th Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. James was the second African American Mayor of Newark and served five four-year terms before declining to run for re-election. From June 1999 until July 2006, James simultaneously served as Mayor of Newark and New Jersey State Senator. He declined to run for re-election to the State Senate in 2007; his term as Senator expired in January 2008. Prior to politics, James worked as a teacher, athletic director and professor at Essex County College. On April 16, 2008, James was convicted of five counts of fraud by a federal jury and was subsequently sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Born: February 20, 1936, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Political party: Democratic
Preceded by: Wynona Lipman
Succeeded by: Teresa Ruiz

About Sharpe James

While serving in the New Jersey State Senate, this Democratic Party politician began his first term as Mayor of Newark. He held the office from 1986 until 2006.

Before Fame

After earning a bachelor's degree from Montclair State University, he attended the physical education master's program at Springfield College. He later served in the United States Army and taught and coached at Essex County College.


From 2008 until 2010, he served an eighteen-month prison sentence for fraud.

Family Life

He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and he later settled in New Jersey.


Cory Booker, James' successor as Mayor of Newark, went on to become a United States Senator from New Jersey.

Information related to Sharpe James

  • 2002 Newark mayoral election - The 2002 election for Mayor of Newark took place in Newark, the most populous city in the state of New Jersey, on May 14, 2002. Elections for all seats on the nine member Municipal Council of Newark were held the same day. A runoff election, if necessary, would have taken place.
  • Politicians convicted of corruption in New Jersey
  • Politicians convicted of program bribery
  • Mayors of Newark, New Jersey
  • New Jersey politicians convicted of crimes
  • African-American state legislators in New Jersey
  • Politicians convicted of mail and wire fraud
  • Springfield College (Massachusetts) alumni
  • Montclair State University alumni
  • New Jersey city council members
  • African-American mayors
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Latest information about Sharpe James updated on November 23, 2020.

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