Joseph Lagana

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Joseph Lagana
New Jersey General Assembly, District 38
In office
January 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFordham University
J.D.Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Office website
Campaign website
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Joseph A. Lagana is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.[1]


Lagana earned his B.A. from Fordham University in 2000 and his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2004. His professional experience includes working as a lawyer for Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, as a law clerk to Hon. John A. Conte, Superior Court, Criminal Division, Bergen County Vicinage and as President of the Council of the Borough of Paramus.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Lagana served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2015
Financial Institutions and Insurance

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Lagana served on the following committees:


Campaign issues


On his Facebook page, Lagana said that if he was elected to the Assembly he would "cut wasteful state spending and lower taxes for small businesses to create new jobs and opportunities."[3]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2015

Elections for the office of New Jersey General Assembly will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 2, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2015.[4]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Lagana won election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 38. He and incumbent Timothy J. Eustace (D) defeated Joseph Scarpa (R) and Joan Fragala (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5][6]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 38 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Lagana 25.2% 26,279
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy J. Eustace Incumbent 25% 26,021
     Republican Joseph Scarpa 24.9% 25,965
     Republican Joan Fragala 24.8% 25,836
Total Votes 104,101

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lagana is available dating back to 2013. Based on available campaign finance records, Lagana raised a total of $164,785 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[7]

Joseph Lagana's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2013 New Jersey General Assembly, District 38 Won $164,785
Grand Total Raised $164,785


Lagana won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2013. During that election cycle, Lagana raised a total of $164,785.
New Jersey General Assembly 2013 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Lagana's campaign in 2013
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers / IBEW$8,200
Electrical Workers Local 351$8,200
Operating Engineers Local 825$8,200
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
New Jersey Education Association$8,200
Total Raised in 2013$164,785
Source: Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature is in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.



In 2013, Lagana’s endorsements included the following:[8][9][10]

  • The Sierra Club
  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey


Lagana is married and has two children.

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