Third Legislative District
Senate President Steve Sweeney represents New Jersey’s Third Legislative District. First elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2001, he has served as Senate President since 2010.
An ironworker by trade, Senator Sweeney has been a strong advocate for organized labor and the rights of workers, having sponsored laws to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage and create the state’s Paid Family Leave program.
When his daughter was born, Senator Sweeney spent nearly two months with her in the hospital, an experience that helped him craft and create New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave program. He’s also remained a tireless advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout his career.
In 2010, Senator Sweeney helped design and pass 30 bills, known collectively as “Back to Work NJ,” that aimed to help create jobs and economic growth in New Jersey. Continuing to fight for New Jersey’s middle-class working families, in 2012 Senator Sweeney introduced legislation that would provide incentives to small businesses that hire New Jersey’s long-term unemployed.
In 2014 Senator Sweeney sponsored a law that ensures students with disabilities are not prevented from participating in athletics and are provided with reasonable accommodation or modification based on the student’s individual needs. As Senate President, he has taken a leading role in promoting property tax relief and refocusing the state’s fiscal priorities.
Updated January 15, 2015