Jeff Chiesa

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Jeff Chiesa
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Interim U.S. Senator, New Jersey
Current Member
In office
June 10, 2013-Present
Term ends
October 16, 2013
PredecessorFrank Lautenberg (D)
Base salary$141,000
Elections and appointments
Next generalOctober 16, 2013
AppointedJune 6, 2013
Appointed byGov. Chris Christie (R)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Attorney General, New Jersey
January 10, 2012 - June 10, 2013
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame (1987)
J.D.Catholic University of America (1990)
Office website
Jeff Chiesa is an interim member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, filling the seat left vacant by the passing of Democrat Frank Lautenberg. He was appointed by Republican Governor Chris Christie on June 6, 2013 for a term effective through October 16, 2013.[1] He previously served as the Attorney General of New Jersey.

Chiesa was first appointed attorney general in December 2011 by Gov. Chris Christie to replace outgoing attorney general Paula Dow, and assumed office on January 10, 2012.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Chiesa is an average Center member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Center Party on the majority of bills.


Chiesa grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey. His father, a chemical plant worker, died when he was 8 years old, leaving his mother, a longtime public school teacher, with the challenge of raising Chiesa and his two younger sisters largely on her own.[3]

After spending several years away from his home state to attend Notre Dame and Catholic University, where he received his Bachelor's in Business Administration in Accounting and J.D., respectively, Chiesa returned to New Jersey in 1991 to work for the law firm of Dughi & Hewit.[4]. He now lives in Branchburg with his wife and two children.[3]

It was at Dughi & Hewit that Chiesa reportedly met New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.[3] In 2002 Chiesa joined Christie to the U.S. Attorney's Office where he led some of what have been described as high-profile public corruption cases. For example, Chiesa led a case against former New Jersey Senate President John Lynch.[3]


  • BA, University of Notre Dame (1987)
  • JD, Catholic University of America (1990)

Political Career

U.S. Senate (June 10, 2013 - Oct. 2013)

New Jersey Attorney General (2012-June 10, 2013)

In 2009, Chiesa led the transition team when Chris Christie (R) stepped into office as Governor of New Jersey. He was named Christie’s chief counsel in Jan. 2010, and served in this position until assuming the office of[4]attorney general on January 10, 2012. Since New Jersey's attorneys general serve 4 year terms concurrent with the governor, Chiesa's term was set to end in Jan. 2014. It was cut short, however, when Christie appointed him on June 6, 2013 to fill a short-term vacancy in the U.S. Senate following the death of veteran Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). When the appointment took effect June 10, it left the office of attorney general open. Christie nominated John Hoffman as acting attorney general.[5][6]



See also:United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Chiesa was appointed interim U.S. Senator of New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie on June 6, 2013. He filled the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. A special primary will be held on August 13, 2013 and the special general election will be on October 16, 2013. Chiesa does not plan to run in the special election.[1]


Chiesa was nominated to serve as the state's chief law enforcement officer by Governor Chris Christie in December 2011. On January 10, 2012 Chiesa was sworn in as New Jersey's 59th attorney general.[7]


Voting with party


Jeff Chiesa voted with the Republican Party 69.2% of the time, which ranked 44th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Lautenberg (D)
U.S. Senate, New Jersey
June 10, 2013–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paula Dow (D)
New Jersey Attorney General
January 10, 2012-June 10, 2013
Succeeded by
John Hoffman