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Sweeney graduated with a diploma from Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken, New Jersey.<ref>[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=216 Official website of Stephen Sweeney]</ref>  His professional experience includes serving as the general organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers.<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/senatorsweeney/info Stephen M. Sweeney Facebook page]</ref>
  
 
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Stephen Sweeney
Stephen M. Sweeney.jpg
New Jersey State Senate District 3
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Senate President
2010-Present
Senate Democratic Majority Leader
2008-2009
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolPennsauken High School
Personal
BirthdayJune 11, 1959
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Stephen M. Sweeney (b. June 11, 1959) 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 served as the director of the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders from 1997 to 2010.

Biography

Sweeney graduated with a diploma from Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken, New Jersey.[2] His professional experience includes serving as the general organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers.[3]

Committee assignments

2010-2011

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2010
Joint Budget Oversight
Budget and Appropriations

Issues

Outside campaign spending

Sweeney's election bid has been supported by the Democratic super PAC Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security. Over three weeks, the group purchased $312,000 in advertisements attacking Sweeney's opponent, Niki A. Trunk (R). Trunk's spokesperson dismissed the advertisements. Trunk's campaign spent about S30,000 on television ads during the election season prior to September 22, 2013.[4]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Sweeney won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 3. Sweeney was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Niki A. Trunk (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 3 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Sweeney Incumbent 54.8% 31,045
     Republican Niki A. Trunk 45.2% 25,599
Total Votes 56,644
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."[9][10][11]

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

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.[12]

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

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

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.[13] Sweeney raised $1,296,848 for his campaign fund.[14]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Sweeney is available dating back to 2001. Based on available campaign finance records, Sweeney raised a total of $8,117,240 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 12, 2013.[15]

Stephen Sweeney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 3 Won $1,601,993
2009 New Jersey State Senate, District 3 Not up for election $1,152,899
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 3 Won $1,296,848
2005 New Jersey State Senate, District 3 Not up for election $458,991
2003 New Jersey State Senate, District 3 Won $1,736,603
2001 New Jersey State Senate, District 3 Won $1,869,906
Grand Total Raised $8,117,240

2011

Sweeney won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Sweeney raised a total of $1,601,993.

2009

Sweeney was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Sweeney raised a total of $1,152,899.

2007

Sweeney won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Sweeney raised a total of $1,296,848.

2005

Sweeney was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2005. During that election cycle, Sweeney raised a total of $458,991.

2003

Sweeney won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2003. During that election cycle, Sweeney raised a total of $1,736,603.

2001

Sweeney won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2001. During that election cycle, Sweeney raised a total of $1,869,906.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Sweeney’s endorsements included the following:[16][17]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council

Labor unions

On June 7, the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council announced its endorsement of 26 Democrats and seven Republican candidates running in the 2013 general election. The trades council's endorsement placed special emphasis on the re-election of the "Building Trades Seven." The group -- composed of legislators who are also members of New Jersey union building trades -- includes senators Stephen Sweeney, Donald Norcross, John Amodeo, Troy Singleton, Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Egan and Thomas Giblin.[17]

In addition to its endorsement of the 33 Senate candidates, the trades council also endorsed 67 Assembly candidates -- 55 Democrats and 12 Republicans.[17]

2011

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.[18]

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.[18]

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.[18]

Personal

Sweeney and his wife, Patti, have two children.[19] They currently reside in West Deptford, New Jersey.

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