Thomas Kean

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Thomas Kean
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New Jersey State Senate District 21
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 11
Minority Leader, New Jersey State Senate
Minority Whip, New Jersey State Senate
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey State General Assembly
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
Ph.D.Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Date of birthSeptember 5, 1968
Office website
Thomas Kean is a Republican member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003. He currently serves as Minority Leader. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Kean include Senate Bill 80 and Senate Bill 134.[1]

Kean was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 2001 to 2003.[2]


Kean graduated with a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College. He later graduated with a M.A.L.D in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[3]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Thomas Kean endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Committee assignments


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



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Kean ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 21. Kean was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary and is challenged by Michael Komondy (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Kean won re-election to the District 21 State Senate seat in 2011. He ran unopposed in the June 7 Republican primary election. Kean defeated Paul Swanicke in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [8]

New Jersey State Senate District 21 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Kean Incumbent 67.5% 27,750
     Democratic Paul Swanicke 32.5% 13,351
Total Votes 41,101


In 2007, Kean was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 21. Kean (R) finished with 29,795 votes and was followed by Gina Genovese (D) with 20,092 votes. Kean raised $686,441 for his campaign fund. [9]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 21 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Kean (R) 29,795
Gina Genovese (D) 20,092

Campaign donors


In 2011, Kean received $1,135,166 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Kean's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Association Of Realtors$9,400
New Jobs Business PAC Of New Jersey$8,200
Developers PAC$7,600
Public Service Enterprise Group$7,200
Total Raised in 2011 $1,135,166
Total Votes received in 2011 27,750
Cost of each vote received $40.91


In 2007, Kean collected $686,441 in donations.[11]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Tom Kean For Governor $16,400
Medical Society of New Jersey $9,300
New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers $7,800
New Jersey Association of Realtors $7,600
Kean, Thomas H. $5,200

District 21

Kean represents New Jersey Senate District 21, which includes the city of Summit, New Jersey.[12]


Kean and his wife, Rhonda, have two children. They currently reside in Westfield, New Jersey.

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