Adam J. Taliaferro
Third Legislative District
Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro was sworn into office in January of 2015 and represents the 3rd Legislative District in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties.
The Assemblyman serves as Vice Chair of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee where he has assumed an active role in protecting New Jersey farmers by promoting Jersey Fresh products and growth opportunities for the agricultural industry. Taliaferro also serves on the Assembly Education Committee where he has engaged in measures to expand quality education and protect the rights of students.
Taliaferro is employed with Bristol Myers Squibb and resides in Woolwich Township with his wife and son. He is the founding board member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which provides emotional, financial and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries.
Taliaferro was a Penn State University football player who suffered a spinal-cord injury after tackling an opponent headfirst during his freshman year. He was told that he had only a small chance of ever walking again due to the injury, but was able to overcome his paralysis and walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in just four months. He graduated from Penn State, on time in 2005, and is a 2008 graduate of Rutgers School of Law – Camden. In 2011, he was elected to the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Taliaferro has received many awards, including the 2009 Philadelphia Sports Writers Humanitarian Award and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award. He was also the honorary chairman for the 2002 Special Olympics Summer Games.
Updated January 26, 2017