Andrew Zwicker is the Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, one of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. He ran in 2014 to take the Congressional seat vacated by Representative Rush Holt. Holt stepped down following an unsuccessful Senate campaign and is now the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Like Zwicker, Holt worked for years at the Princeton lab, and served as Assistant Director.
Zwicker did not win the Democratic Primary that year for the 12th Congressional district, but that has not quenched his political aspirations. He did receive the Democratic nomination for one of the two General Assembly spots in this year’s election for New Jersey’s 16th Assembly district. The general election is this fall. While the 314 PAC did not endorse Zwicker in this race (it is focused on federal elections), they are spreading the word about his campaign. Should he be successful in the fall, he may eventually follow in former Representative Holt’s footsteps and represent New Jersey in the House.