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  Bark, Martha
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NameMartha Bark
AddressSuite 103 3000 Midlantic Drive
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054, United States
Born July 30, 1928
DiedMay 01, 2015 (86 years)
Contributor*crickets chirp*
Last Modifedbnml
Nov 27, 2019 05:30pm
InfoMartha Whitmer Bark (July 30, 1928 – May 1, 2015) was an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1997 to 2008, where she represented the 8th Legislative District. She served as Deputy Minority Leader from 2004 to 2008. She was a member of the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the New Jersey General Assembly, from 1995 to 1997. She served on the Medford Township Public Schools Board of Education from 1973 to 1978. Later, she served on the Medford Township council from 1980 to 1987 and was the township's mayor in 1981 and 1985. Bark served on the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1984 to 1997. In 1995, incumbent 8th District Assemblyman Harold L. Colburn, Jr. resigned to become the medical director of the Board of Medical Examiners (a division of the State Division of Consumer Affairs), Bark was unanimously chosen by the local county Republican Committees to fill his seat. Coincidentally, Bark succeeded Colburn on the Freeholder Board when she joined in 1984. Bark was sworn into the Assembly on March 13 but continued to hold her Freeholder seat as dual office holding was allowed in the state at the time. After winning re-election to the Assembly in the 1995 general election, Bark was appointed to the State Senate on January 14, 1997 to succeed C. William Haines who died of cancer on December 18, 1996. The same year, she won election to a full term in the Senate while choosing not to run for re-election to the Freeholder Board. At the time of her appointment to the Senate, she was one of two women serving there (the other being Wynona Lipman). She served in the Senate on the Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Economic Growth Committee and on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. As of 2006, Bark was facing a New Jersey State investigation over about $330,000 that she was paid by the Burlington County Bridge Commission and the Burlington County Institute of Technology for part-time work performed from 1997 to 2003. It was charged that these were patronage jobs which were created in order to funnel income to Senator Bark for jobs that were not advertised to the public and for which there are no records of actual work performed by the Senator. Though she did not cite the probe as a reason, Bark announced her retirement from the Senate in January 2007. She died on May 1, 2015 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, New Jersey.


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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Feb 01, 2007 06:00pm News Sen. [Martha] Bark won't seek re-election  Article RMF 
Mar 06, 2004 12:00am Scandal Lawyer seeks probe of (NJ State Sen.) Bark's extra jobs  Article *crickets chirp* 
Mar 02, 2004 12:00am News BCIT says it has no record of Bark's work  Article *crickets chirp* 

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