Orechio, still in office, is the 2nd oldest living ex-Senate President

Carmen Orechio is the only former Senate President who still holds public office, and is one of eight living former Senate Presidents. With the death of 98-year-old Wesley Lance last August, the 81-year-old Orechio is now the second oldest living ex-Senate President; the oldest is Frank McDermott, 83, who ran the Senate in 1969. The other living ex-Senate Presidents: Raymond Bateman, Frank Dodd, John Russo, John Lynch, Donald DiFrancesco, and John Bennett.

There are twelve living former Assembly Speakers; the oldest is William Hyland, 86, who served as Speaker in 1958, and as Attorney General under Governor Brendan Byrne. The second oldest is Elmer Matthews, 85, the Speaker in 1963 and a fixture in Trenton as a lobbyist for forty years after that; he served as the Counsel to the New Jersey Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Two former Speakers, both from Hudson County, remain in public office: Albio Sires, now a Congressman from the 13th district; and Joseph Doria, the Commissioner of Community Affairs.

Orechio, still in office, is the 2nd oldest living ex-Senate President