Jane Burgio, first woman New Jersey Secretary of State, dies at 83

Jane G. Burgio, who spent sixteen years as New Jersey Secretary of State and as a State Assemblywoman, died on Tuesday. She was 83. Burgio was elected to the State Assembly in 1973, running on a ticket with then-Speaker Thomas Kean. She became a candidate over the summer when the incumbent, Philip Kaltenbacher, decided not to run; she defeated, among others, future Essex GOP Chairman and Sports Authority Chairman Michael Francis and future Assemblyman Newton Miller for the GOP nomination, and narrowly defeated Thomas Giblin in a district that included parts of Essex, Morris and Passaic counties. She was re-elected in 1975, 1977 and 1979. Burgio became a candidate for the State Senate in 1981, but dropped her campaign after redistricting put her hometown of North Caldwell into a Passaic County-based disrict. After Kean’s election as Governor in 1981, Burgio was appointed Secretary of State; she remained in that post for the full eight years of the Kean administration. In 1997, she made an unsuccessful bid for Essex County Surrogate. A memorial service is planned for January 21, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell.

Jane Burgio, first woman New Jersey Secretary of State, dies at 83