Kent Hicks has spent nearly 23 years as a reporter for the New Jersey Network, but it’s ok if you don’t recognize his name – when on TV, he goes by his on-air name, Kent St. John. Hicks is Senate President-designate Stephen Sweeney’s pick to be the new Secretary of the Senate and is expected to take office on January 12.
A spokesman for Sweeney says that the reorganization resolution the Senate will pass at the start of their session on Tuesday will contain both Hicks’ legal name and his on-air name, and that he can be referred to by either name during Senate proceedings. When it comes to signing legal documents in his role of chief administrative officer of the Senate – including resolution, proclamations, writs, warrants, subpoenas, and messages to the Assembly – he will use his legal name.
Hicks uses his legal name on state employee records, according to the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, and is registered to vote in Camden County under his legal name.
Hicks’s predecessor as Senate Secretary, Ellen Davenport, had a salary of $81,000. Hicks makes $72,111 at NJN.