Wynona Lipman (1923-1999) of Newark was the first African-American woman to be elected to the New Jersey Senate. Her appointment began in 1971 and Lipman served for an impressive 27 years. She made history as the longest-serving member of the State Senate.
Throughout her career, Lipman was devoted to the underdog cause. She worked on behalf issues related to women, minority groups, children and small businesses. One law that Lipman supported worked to broaden statutes on domestic violence to protect victims and help children of troubled families. She also served on the Governor’s Council on AIDS, the Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the New Jersey Court Team on Domestic Violence.