Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz was sworn into office on May 21, 2009, to complete the unexpired term of her late husband Assemblyman Eric Muñoz, M.D. On November 3, 2015 she was elected to her fourth 2-year term representing the 21st Legislative District, which includes 16 towns in Morris, Somerset and Union Counties.
Assemblywoman Muñoz is a graduate of Skidmore College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing; she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from Hunter College. She has worked as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, in the Recovery Room at Mass General and Bellevue Hospitals, the Emergency Room at Lenox Hill Hospital and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Ambulatory Care Center.
Assemblywoman Muñoz is the Deputy Republican Conference Leader and serves on the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Assembly Women and Children Committee, Legislative Services Commission as well as the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She was appointed by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence, and continues to work with members of the Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and the Legislature to ensure that excellent policies and practices are in place across the State to protect the victims of domestic violence. As a health care professional, Assemblywoman Muñoz has experience in both the delivery of health care and the insurance industry, as she was a Healthcare Risk Management consultant for Continental Insurance HealthCare. She is focused on the tremendous challenges New Jersey faces in terms of public health policy and needs.
Assemblywoman Muñoz is the mother of five adult children and resides in Summit. She was the former president of the PTA/PTO at the grammar, middle and high schools, and President of the Presidents Council, representing all the schools. She was a member of the Safety Committee, the Communications Committee and the Traffic Committee for Summit, as well as a member of Summit Junior Fortnightly and other volunteer organizations in Summit.
Assemblywoman Muñoz is the prime sponsor of the Jessica Lunsford Act, signed into law on June 2, 2014, which will increase penalties of sexual offenders and the people who harbor them. She is the Prime Sponsor of “Ricci’s Law” which was approved as P.L. 2009, c.201 which revises ignition interlock device requirements for certain drunk driving offenders if their BAC exceeds 0.15%. She is the Prime Sponsor of the Consumer Access to Health Care, legislation that will allow Advanced Practice Nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. She was instrumental in getting P.L.2015, c.38. signed into law, which permits attending Advanced Practice Nurses to determine the cause of death and execute the death certification of their patient.