Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney represents the Third Legislative District, which includes portions of Gloucester and Cumberland counties and all of Salem County.
First elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2001, he has twice been reelected. He was chosen by the Democratic Majority to lead the Senate in the 214th Legislature in November 2009, and took the oath as Senate President on January 12, 2010.
Senator Sweeney has served on the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 1997 and has been Freeholder Director since 1998.
As Senate President, he has taken a leading role in promoting property tax relief and refocusing the state’s fiscal priorities, crafting the state’s new two-percent property tax cap and leading efforts to reform the state’s public employee pension and benefits laws. Under Senate President Sweeney’s leadership, the Senate is also moving fully into the digital age and is poised to become the State House’s first “paperless” legislative chamber.
An ironworker by trade, Senate President Sweeney has been a strong advocate for organized labor and the rights of workers. He has sponsored laws to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage and create the state’s Paid Family Leave program. The Senator also has sponsored numerous laws to strengthen the ability of law enforcement to protect children from sex offenders and protect the families of police officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel killed in the line of duty.
A tireless advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, Senator Sweeney sponsored laws that removed references to “retardation” in state statutes and created a statewide registry of offenders who abused individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Senate President sponsored the new law that expands the development of offshore wind energy, making New Jersey a leader in the development of this alternative energy source and paving the way for the state to become the nation’s wind-energy manufacturing hub. Previously, he led the fight to ban the hazardous gasoline additive MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) which has been proven to contaminate ground water and private wells. Senator Sweeney also is a strong supporter of farmland and open space preservation, and has worked to deliver funding for communities throughout New Jersey to protect pristine land from development.
Senator Sweeney is active in a variety of local organizations and has received numerous accolades from business leaders, volunteer organizations, labor advocates, environmentalists and other important organizations from around New Jersey, including the 2009 Partners in Advocacy Award from the Arc of New Jersey and the 2009 Legislative Excellence Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. In April 2010, Senator Sweeney was honored by the New Jersey Travel Industry Association with their Friend of Tourism Award.
Senator Sweeney was born on June 11, 1959 in Camden and is a graduate of Pennsauken High School. He is currently the General Organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers.
Senator Sweeney and his wife, Patti, were married in 1986. They live in West Deptford with their two children, Stephen and Lauren.
Chief of Staff: Michelle Coryell
Constituent Services Aide: Josh Bakal
Legislative Aide: Karen Crumsho
Trenton Chief of Staff: Kevin Hagan
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