Connie Williams, a Pennsylvania State Senator, comes from one of New Jersey’s most prominent Democratic families. She is the granddaughter of the legendary David Wilentz, a former Attorney General of New Jersey and the Middlesex County Democratic boss for more than forty years. She is the niece of Warren Wilentz, the Democratic candidate for United States Senator in 1966 (against Clifford Case), and of Robert Wilentz, a former Assemblyman who served as Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1979 to 1996. Her father was Leon Hess, the oil company mega millionaire and longtime owner of the New York Jets. The 62-year-old Williams was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1996 and to the Senate in 2000.