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Candidates' Biographical Information
for: State Senator District 3, New Jersey
November 8, 2011 General Election
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Biographical Stephen M. Sweeney - D


Michael M. Mulligan - R


Age: 55  
General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies)    
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence)

Senator Sweeney was born on June 11, 1959 in Camden and is a graduate of Pennsauken High School. Senator Sweeney and his wife, Patti, were married in 1986. They live in West Deptford with their two children, Stephen and Lauren.

Oldest son of Jim and Katherine Mulligan, Retired Salem Co. School Teachers-Married to Dana Lynn Mulligan, nee Densevich,of Vineland, N.J.-Son, Francis A. Mulligan, attends Woodstown H.S. -Lifetime Salem County resident

Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees)  

Penns Grove H.S., 1978 -Salem Community College,1980 -University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,1982-Rutgers School of Law-Camden,1986.

Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics)

An ironworker by trade.

Attorney at Law, Practicing 23 years in Salem County-Present Solicitor, Pilesgrove Township-Former Salem County Counsel, County of Salem-Former Municipal Prosecutor, Carneys Pt. and Pittsgrove Townships-Arbitrator, Superior Court of New Jersey.

Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge)    
Civic: (organizations, charities)

Senator Sweeney served on the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1997 to 2010 and was Freeholder Director from 1998 until 2010.

General Organizer, International Association of Ironworkers

Former President, Salem County Bar Association -Former Board President, American Red Cross of Salem County-Former Board President, YMCA of Salem County-Former Woodstown Basketball & Little League Coach. Former Chairman,Board of Directors of N.J. Lawyer,The Weekly Newspaper-Former Trustee, NJSBA Board of Trustees-Former Member, NJ Supreme Court District 3 Fee Arbitration Committee.

Political: (offices held)

First elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2001, he has been reelected three times. He was chosen by the Democratic Majority to lead the Senate in the 214th Legislature in 2009, and took the oath as Senate President on January 12, 2010.

Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs)    
Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)

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 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. In 2011, Senator Sweeney was honored as a Legislator of the Year by several organizations, including the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, NJ Veterans of Foreign Wars, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, and the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey. Senator Sweeney was also honored in 2011 by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA), as well as the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. In December 2011, Senator Sweeney was presented with the “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award” by the NJ Business and Industry Association for his efforts to help spur economic growth and job creation in New Jersey. In 2012, he was awarded the “Humanitarian Award” by the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, and was also honored by Integrity House, an organization that works to provide treatment for addiction and recovery support. On March 18, 2013, he received the 2013 Robert B. Meyner Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Excellence Award Recipient, N.J. Council of Community Colleges

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