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Stephen Sweeney
Stephen M. Sweeney.jpg
New Jersey State Senate District 3
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 11
Senate President
Senate Democratic Majority Leader
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPennsauken High School
Date of birthJune 11, 1959
Place of birthCamden, NJ
Office website
Personal website
Stephen Sweeney is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003. Sweeney is the President of the Senate. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Sweeney include Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 184.[1]


Sweeney graduated with a diploma from Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken, New Jersey. He holds the title of General Organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers and is also the director of the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders. He has held the title of director since 1997.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Sweeney served on these committees:



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Sweeney ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 3. Sweeney was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Niki A. Trunk (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5]

See also: New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Sweeney briefly explored a bid for Governor of New Jersey in 2013. He initially confided in party members that he would enter the race only if the presumptive Democratic nominee, Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, declined to run, but then told The Huffington Post that his final decision would not depend on Booker's. Ultimately, Booker announced in December that he would not enter the race, and Sweeney followed on January 28, 2013, stating on his Facebook page that, rather than campaigning for governor, "my work now needs to be focused on ensuring the Legislature remains in Democratic control."[6][7][8]


Sweeney won re-election to the District 3 Senate seat in the 2011 election. Sweeney was unopposed for the June 7 Democratic primary. He defeated Michael Mulligan (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [9]

New Jersey State Senate District 3 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Sweeney Incumbent 55.6% 25,299
     Republican Michael Mulligan 44.4% 20,197
Total Votes 45,496


In 2007 Sweeney was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 3. Sweeney (D) finished with 29,908 votes and was followed by Mark Cimino (R) with 20,645 votes and William Mead with 1,635 votes.[10] Sweeney raised $1,296,848 for his campaign fund.[11]

New Jersey State Senate District 3
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Sweeney (D) 29,908
Mark Cimino (R) 20,645
William Mead 1,635

Campaign donors


In 2011, Sweeney received $1,601,993 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Stephen Sweeney's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$16,400
New Jersey Association Of Realtors$13,400
New Jersey Food Council$8,700
Building Contractors Association Of New Jersey$8,500
Total Raised in 2011 $1,601,993
Total Votes received in 2011 25,299
Cost of each vote received $63.32

District 3 ranked fourth in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 3 raised $2,331,779 --according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 3 number four in fundraising for the 2011 election season.[13]


In 2007, Sweeney collected $1,296,848 in donations.[14]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Gloucester County Democratic Executive Committee $64,000
Electrical Workers Local 351 $12,200
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9 $11,700
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 14 $10,200
Steamfitters Pipefitters & Apprentices Local 475 $10,000



Labor unions

On August 4, the New Jersey AFL-CIO voted to deny 22 Democrats, most notably Senators Stephen Sweeney and Donald Norcross, their endorsement in the 2011 general election. Earlier this year, these Democrats crossed the aisle and voted in favor of preventing public employee unions from collectively bargaining for health benefits and pensions--a move opposed by state labor unions.[15]

Although their endorsements were voted down, Sweeney and Norcross just barely missed the mark. A two-thirds vote of the endorsement convention is needed to bestow an official endorsement. Sweeney and Norcross fell short with 61% and 59%, respectively.[15]

Four Assembly Democrats (also union officials) who voted against the revocation of bargaining rights received enthusiastic endorsements--Thomas Giblin, Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Egan and Nelson Albano all received endorsements on August 4. No Republicans were endorsed by the AFL-CIO.[15]

District 3

Sweeney represents New Jersey Senate District 3, which includes the town and city of Alloway and Bridgeton, New Jersey.[16]


Sweeney and his wife, Patti, have two children.[17] They currently reside in West Deptford, New Jersey.

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