As an independent voice demanding fiscal responsibility, James “Jim” Beach is standing up to party leadership to protect our families. Appointed this Spring to fill Congressman Adler’s vacant seat, Jim is fighting to eliminate unnecessary spending and pushing for tougher accountability. A retired educator, Jim is also committed to ensuring our children have the skills they need to succeed.
A lifelong resident of Camden County, Jim has served in elected office for over 17 years: as a County Freeholder, the Camden County Clerk, and now as a State Senator, serving New Jersey’s sixth legislative district. He is also Co-Chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee.
A Camden Catholic High School alum, Jim graduated from Midwestern College with dual Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Psychology and Physical Education, and later obtained a Master’s degree in Personnel Services from Rowan University. The football coach turned public servant worked for over 25 years as a school teacher and administrator in the Camden and Black Horse Pike school districts.
In 1991, Jim was elected to the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders and was named Freeholder Director in 1993, where he oversaw the county’s 2,600 employees and the services that they provide. In 1996, Jim ran for Camden County Clerk and was subsequently re-elected three times. As Clerk, he oversaw an array of county services, including business registrations, land titles and passport services, managed all county-wide elections, and served as the liaison to the Camden County Veterans Office. A staunch advocate for veterans of all ages, Jim was instrumental in developing Camden County’s first Veterans Memorial Cemetery and a new Veterans Health Clinic at Cooper Hospital in Camden. As Clerk, he conducted various veterans’ metal ceremonies, including the awarding World War II Normandy metals to over 1200 Camden County veterans.
In January 2009, Jim was appointed to fill the New Jersey State Senate seat vacated by former State Senator and current Congressman John Adler. Upon his swearing in, Jim was assigned to the Senate Environment Committee, where immediately sponsored legislation to reform the State’s site remediation program, support farmland preservation and encourage green initiatives statewide. He was subsequently also named to the Senate Labor Committee, where he continues to serve as an advocate for hardworking New Jerseyans.
Among the legislation that he has introduced since assuming his Senate seat, Jim is most proud of a package of ten bills that will allow law enforcement to more swiftly and more effectively capture and prosecute child predators, furthering the Attorney General’s initiative for Internet safety. Jim also continues to fight for New Jersey’s veterans, introducing legislation to create job, education and housing opportunities for returning servicemen, as well as benefits for veterans of all ages.
Jim has served on a number of charity and community boards, including the Camden County Red Cross, the Kennedy Hospital Community Advisory Board, Samaritan Hospice, United Way, Junior Achievement and the Southern New Jersey March of Dimes. He Jim Beach currently resides in Voorhees with his wife of 37 years. They have two children and six grandchildren
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