NEW JERSEY – Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. has announced that he will not seek re-election to the State Senate. Kean will serve out his term in the 21st legislative district as Leader of the Senate Republican caucus.
“Public service will always be a part of who I am and how I live my life, but after thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election for the State Senate in the 21st legislative district,” said Kean. “It has been an honor to serve these communities and I will always cherish the countless friendships and memories we have made together. I am committed to continuing a bipartisan approach as a leader throughout the remainder of this term and will work every day to deliver solutions for my constituents.”
In 2001, Kean was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, where he quickly developed a reputation as a leader in ethics reform. Two years later, Kean was named to the upper house of the state legislature.
Senator Kean was nominated and selected for the inaugural class of the Rodel Fellowship program by The Aspen Institute, where he finished a fellowship program for young public officials focused on ethics and responsibilities of public leadership. Kean was named one of only 40 state leaders from the entire nation to be recognized as a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments for high achievement and service to state government.
In 2008, his peers unanimously elected him Senate Republican Leader. During his time in the state legislature, Kean has focused on long-term strategies for an affordable state and growing our way to a better future. He has been a champion of job creation, finding innovative solutions to grow our economy, protecting animals and clean air, and providing support for the disabled community.
“When he leaves office next January, Tom Kean, Jr. will have represented his North and Central Jersey constituents for 20 years in both the State Senate and Assembly. He has ably carried on the legacy of service that runs deep in his family. We wish Tom all the best as he transitions out of the State House and to a new chapter,” Governor Phil Murphy said.