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Patrick Diegnan, Jr.
New Jersey General Assembly District 18
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 13
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSeton Hall University, 1970
J.D.Seton Hall University School of Law, 1973
Date of birth03/19/1949
Place of birthSouth Plainfield, NJ
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Patrick Diegnan is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 18th District since 2002. He currently serves as Parliamentarian and previously served as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Diegnan earned his undergraduate degree from Seton Hall in 1970 and his law degree from Seton Hall Law School in 1973. He has been a self employed attorney since 1974, and was also an instructor at Middlesex County College from 1974-1983.[1]

Committee assignments



  • A359 Requires school board member and local elective office candidates to file financial disclosure statements; requires criminal background disclosure for school officials and school board member candidates.
  • A375 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
  • A381 Requires legislative candidates to file legislative financial disclosure statements with ELEC when seeking re-election.
  • A2393 Permits candidates for school employment and school bus drivers to demonstrate rehabilitation to the Commissioner of Education to avoid disqualification due to a criminal conviction revealed in a criminal history record check. [2]

National Political Awareness Test

Diegnan's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. He did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[3]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Diegnan ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 18. Diegnan unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Nancy Pinkin (D), Robert A. Bengivenga (R), and Lisa Goldhamer (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Diegnan won re-election in 2011. Diegnan and Peter Barnes, III ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Joseph Sinagra and Marcia Silva in the November 8 general election.[5]

New Jersey General Assembly District 18 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Diegnan Incumbent 28.4% 18,050
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Barnes, III Incumbent 28.6% 18,166
     Republican Joseph Sinagra 22% 13,996
     Republican Marcia Silva 21% 13,333
Total Votes 63,545


Diegnan won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He was bracketed with Peter Barnes, III and defeated Republican challengers Joseph Sinagra and Bob Jones, along with Defending Forgotten Taxpayers challengers Katherine Shkolar and Andrew Tidd.[6][7]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Eighteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter J. Barnes (D) 26,658
Green check mark transparent.png Patrick J. Diegan, Jr. (D) 26,317
Joseph Sinagra (R) 24,091
Robert Jones (R) 22,727

Campaign donors


In 2011, Diegnan received $389,506 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patrick Diegnan, Jr.'s campaign in 2011
New Jersey Democratic Party$26,038
New Jersey Education Association$16,400
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$13,200
Election Fund Of Joseph Cryan$13,200
Communications Workers New Jersey$13,200
Total Raised in 2011 $389,506
Total Votes received in 2011 18,050
Cost of each vote received $21.58


Below are Diegnan's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
New Jersey Democratic Party $35,806
Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee Of New Jersey $12,758
Electrical Workers Local 456 $5,500
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9 $5,500
Election Fund Of Bob Smith $5,000



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Diegnan and his wife, Anita, have two children Heather and Tara.

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