Assembly Speaker not usually a stepping stone to Congress

If Albio Sires wins the 13th district congressional seat — as he is widely expected to do — he will become the first former Assembly Speaker to go to Congress in thirty years. The last was Joseph LeFante, a Bayonne Democrat, who won a House seat in 1976 when Congressman Dominick Daniels retired. LeFante lasted one term; he was replaced by the Hudson County Democratic Organization in 1978 by Frank Guarini, a former State Senator. Before LeFante, the last Speaker-turned-Congressman was Charles Wolverton, a Republican from Camden County who served in Congress from 1926 to 1958. The last Senate President to win a seat in Congress was Edwin Forsythe; the Burlington County Republican served in the House from 1971 until his death in 1984. Meaningless trivia: The last state legislative speaker to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was Tip O’Neill. The Massachusetts Democrat was serving as Speaker of the State House of Representatives in 1952 when John F. Kennedy gave up his House seat to run for the U.S. Senate.

Assembly Speaker not usually a stepping stone to Congress