Joseph Vitale

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Joseph Vitale
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New Jersey State Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
1998-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Deputy Majority Leader, New Jersey State Senate
2004-2009
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolJohn F. Kennedy High School
Personal
BirthdayNovember 10, 1954
Place of birthElizabeth, NJ
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
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Joseph F. Vitale (b. November 10, 1954) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 1997. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Vitale include Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 51.[1]

Biography

Vitale graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. His professional experience includes serving as president of Vitale Sign Corporation.[2]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Vitale served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Chair
Labor, Vice-Chair

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Vitale served on the following committees:

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Vitale won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 19. Vitale was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Robert Luban (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Vitale Incumbent 62.6% 24,126
     Republican Robert Luban 37.4% 14,439
Total Votes 38,565

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Vitale won re-election to the District 18 State Senate seat. He ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Vitale defeated Republican candidate Paul Lund in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[7][8]

New Jersey State Senate District 19 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Vitale Incumbent 66.9% 18,623
     Republican Paul Lund 33.1% 9,232
Total Votes 27,855

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

In 2007, Vitale was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 19. Vitale (D) finished with 18,864 votes and was followed by Donald Nelson (R) with 9,557 votes. Vitale raised $357,200 for his campaign fund.[9]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 19 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Vitale (D) 18,864
Donald Nelson (R) 9,557

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vitale is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Vitale raised a total of $1,594,268 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[10]

Joseph Vitale's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 19 Won $203,939
2009 New Jersey State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $225,428
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 19 Won $357,200
2005 New Jersey State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $276,675
2003 New Jersey State Senate, District 19 Won $185,182
2001 New Jersey State Senate, District 19 Won $217,270
1997 New Jersey State Senate, District 19 Won $128,574
Grand Total Raised $1,594,268

2011

Vitale won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Vitale raised a total of $203,939.

2009

Vitale was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Vitale raised a total of $225,428.

2007

Vitale won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Vitale raised a total of $357,200.

2005

Vitale was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2005. During that election cycle, Vitale raised a total of $276,675.

2003

Vitale won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2003. During that election cycle, Vitale raised a total of $185,182.

2001

Vitale won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2001. During that election cycle, Vitale raised a total of $217,270.

1997

Vitale won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 1997. During that election cycle, Vitale raised a total of $128,574.

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2014-2015

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

2012-2013

In 2012, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 9, 2013. In 2013, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 13, 2014.

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Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Vitale’s endorsements included the following:[11][12]

  • New Jersey State AFL-CIO
  • The Sierra Club

2011

In 2011, Vitale's endorsements included the following:

Personal

Vitale and his wife, Robin, currently reside in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Vitale was the chairman of the Woodbridge Township Democratic Party from 1992 to 1997.

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New Jersey State Senate District 19
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