|Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 13th district
January 14, 1992
|Preceded by||Richard Van Wagner|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 13th district
January 12, 1988 – January 14, 1992
|Preceded by||Joseph Azzolina|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Azzolina|
|Born||Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr.
April 12, 1960
Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hobart College
Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. (born April 12, 1960) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 1992, where he represents the 13th Legislative District. Before entering the Senate, Kyrillos served in the General Assembly, from 1988 to 1992.
- 1 Early life, education, and business career
- 2 New Jersey Assembly (1988-1992)
- 3 New Jersey Senate (1992-Present)
- 4 Other political activities
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Election history
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life, education, and business career
Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. was born April 12, 1960, in Kearny, New Jersey, the son of a pediatrician. All four of his grandparents were Lebanese immigrants (though his surname is Greek). Kyrillos graduated from Rumson Country Day School and the Lawrenceville School. He received a B.A. degree from Hobart College in Political Science and was awarded an M.S. from Boston University in Communications.
After graduating from college, Kyrillos worked for Vice President George Bush during the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign. Following the campaign, he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel from 1985 to 1987.
From 1990 to 1998, Kyrillos served as director of business standards and ethics at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. From 1998, Kyrillos has been employed by GVA Williams Real Estate, where was a senior managing director. In 2008, GVA Williams was purchased by FirstService and merged with Colliers International.
New Jersey Assembly (1988-1992)
Kyrillos was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1987, together with his incumbent running mate JoAnn Smith, with both candidates receiving more than $25,000 each in campaign funding from the $1.1 million spent by the New Jersey Republican State Committee to support candidates statewide. In 1989, he won re-election to a second term. After spending two terms in the Assembly, he retired to run for the seat in the New Jersey Senate in 1991.
- Assembly Education Committee
New Jersey Senate (1992-Present)
In 1991, Kyrillos decided to run for the 13th District seat in the NJ Senate. He defeated James T. Phillips 68%-32%. In 1993, after redistricting, he won re-election to a second term with 64% of the vote. In 1997, he won re-election to a third term with 63% of the vote. In 2001, he won re-election to a fourth term with 64% of the vote.
After redistricting, the 13th district became more competitive. He won re-election to a fifth term in 2003 against State Assemblyman Bill Flynn 54%-41%. In 2007, he won re-election to a sixth term with 61% of the vote. In 2011, he won re-election to a seventh term, defeating Hazlet Mayor Chris Cullen, 60%-37%.
In 1992, Kyrillos was one of the sponsors of the Constitutional Amendment in the New Jersey Constitution that would remove the legal responsibility that transfers money from more affluent school districts to poorer ones. The amendment was in response to opposition to the 1990 Abbot v. Burke Supreme Court ruling.
In 2008, Kyrillos sponsored the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Act, designed to assist the transition as Fort Monmouth prepares to close under Base Realignment and Closure recommendations.
Kyrillos was a primary co-sponsor of legislation creating the Business Employment Incentive Program, which provides government grants to companies that hire employees in New Jersey. Kyrillos was the primary Senate sponsor of the Environmental Infrastructure Trust, legislation promoting ecotourism in New Jersey, and the Green Acres Bond Act of 1995, and New Jersey's College Savings Plan. Kyrillos helped establish the New Jersey School Report Card and the High School Proficiency Assessment.
Kyrillos has been a sponsor of Governor Chris Christie's "Tool Kit" initiatives as part of an effort to assist local governments in keeping local property tax growth below the 2% annual cap on increases.
Kyrillos hosted a statewide cable television program, Tour of New Jersey.
- Senate Natural Resources and Tourism Committee (Chairman)
- Senate Economic Growth Committee
- Senate Judiciary Committee
- Senate Oversight Committee
- Other positions
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 13th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:
Other political activities
1992 congressional election
2008 Romney presidential campaign
2009 Christie gubernatorial campaign
In 2009, Kyrillos served as chairman of Chris Christie's successful gubernatorial campaign and was a member of the Governor's Transition Committee, serving as the liaison to all transition sub-committees.
Kyrillos serves on the board of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, National Conference of State Legislatures Foundation, Bayshore Senior Day Center, Count Basie Theatre, Garden State Arts Center Foundation, Monmouth County Historical Association, New Jersey Historical Society, Prevention First, Rainbow Foundation, and the Two River Theatre Company.
2012 U.S. Senate election
On January 19, 2012, Kyrillos officially decided to run for the U.S. Senate, citing unemployment, housing prices and the national debt as issues he would tackle in the Senate. Kyrillos won the Republican nomination on June 5, 2012. He opposed Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez in the November 6th general election, in which he was defeated 58.4% to 39.9%.
Kyrillos is married to Susan Doctorian Kyrillos and has two children, Max and Georgia. Christie and his wife were the match-makers for Joseph and Susan. Christie said of him "Joe has been a good friend of mine for nearly 20 years, as has his wife, and they are wonderful people."
|New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011|
|Republican||Joseph M. Kyrillos (incumbent)||24,121||60.0|
|Democratic||Christopher G. Cullen||14,785||36.7|
|Constitution Party||Stephen J. Boracchia||556||1.4%|
|Keep Monmouth Green||Karen Anne Zaletel||519||1.3%|
|Jobs-Economy-Honesty||Mac Dyra F. Lyden||260||0.6%|
|New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007|
|Republican||Joseph M. Kyrillos (incumbent)||25,119||60.7|
|Democratic||Leonard L. Inzerillo||16,267||39.3|
- Senator Kyrillos' legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 21, 2008.
- Senator Joseph M. 'Joe' Kyrillos Jr., Project Vote Smart. Accessed September 20, 2007.
- Independence Day Honors, Lawrenceville School, July 4, 2005. Accessed September 21, 2007.
- "Press Release - Governor Mitt Romney Announces New Jersey State Leadership". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr.". Joseph Kyrillos profile. State Surge. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
- Agovino, Theresa. "Majority stake in GVA Williams sold". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
- "LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
- Staff. "STATE GOP COMMITTEE SPENT $1.1 MILLION ON '87 ELECTION BIDS", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 20, 1988. Accessed June 25, 2012. "The GOP committee spent heavily in the 13th District, doling out $25478 apiece to Assemblywoman Joann Smith (R., Middlesex), who was re-elected, and Assemblyman Joseph Kyrillos (R., Monmouth), who begins his first term."
- NJ General Assembly 13 - 1987, OurCampaigns.com, February 4, 2011. Accessed June 25, 2012.
- NJ General Assembly 13 - 1989, OurCampaigns.com, June 25, 2009. Accessed June 25, 2012.</ref
- "Kyrillos biography". New Jersey State Senate. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
- King, Wayne. "G.O.P. Runs Against Florio, Who's Not Running", The New York Times, September 24, 1991. Accessed June 22, 2012. "Nonetheless, 'the Florio factor' is already established political jargon in New Jersey, an integral part of discussions about races like the one in the 13th Legislative District in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Joseph Kyrillos, the Republican Assemblyman who is trying to take away the Senate seat of Jim Phillips, mentions the Governor and 'the Florio tax plan' no fewer than four times in a 60-second radio commercial, and Mr. Phillips not once."
- Staff. "FAST ACTION PROMISED ON SCHOOLS RULING RAISES QUESTIONS OF COST", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 6, 1990. Accessed June 25, 2012. "Assemblyman Joseph Kyrillos (R., Monmouth), a member of the Education Committee, said crafting a response to the court ruling would take time."
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2012.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 9, 2012.
- NJ State Senate 13 - 2011, OurCampaigns.com, December 6, 2011. Accessed June 25, 2012.
- King, Wayne. "Shift in School Fund Plan Gains in Trenton", The New York Times, June 30, 1992. Accessed June 22, 2012. "One sponsor of the amendment, Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. of Middletown, said the object was to make the Legislature responsible for providing educational opportunity for all children in the state while removing the courts from the school finance issue to the greatest extent possible."
- SENATE, No. 1472, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 24, 2008.
- Hunger, Matt. "Kyrillos looks to the right and left at four challengers fighting long odds for his seat". NJ Spotlight. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- McGarry, Michael. "SHORE SUMMIT AT SEA ON WAY TO FUND PLANS", The Press of Atlantic City, February 19, 1992. Accessed June 25, 2012. "'That's the political question we have to answer,' state Sen. Joseph N. Kyrillos Jr., R-Monmouth, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Tourism Committee, said later."
- Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 25, 2012.
- King, Wayne. "THE 1992 ELECTIONS: NEW JERSEY -- U.S. HOUSE RACES; All 10 Incumbents Win Re-election, and Democrats Keep Majority in Delegation', The New York Times, November 4, 1992. Accessed June 15, 2011. "The Democrats also retained the seat held by Frank Pallone Jr., an incumbent. He defeated his Republican opponent in the Sixth District, State Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, with a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent with 85 percent of the vote counted."
- Johnson, Glen. "Romney Still in the Political Hunt", Associated Press, April 10, 2008. "New Jersey state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, who served as Romney's New Jersey campaign chairman, said he has received four thank-you phone messages from Romney, which is more telling than the buttoned-down persona of the campaign."[dead link]
- Burton, Cynthia. "Republican Kyrillos, running now for state Senate, eyes 2012 Senate run", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 2011. Accessed June 15, 2011.
- Pizarro, Max. Source: Kyrillos sets up exploratory committee for U.S. Senate run", PolitckerNJ, June 12, 2011. Accessed June 15, 2011.
- Delli Santi, Angela (January 19, 2012). "GOP NJ Sen. Kyrillos to run for US Senate". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- Pizarro, Max (January 19, 2012). "Kyrillos's formal statement on running for U.S. Senate". Politicker NJ.
- Delli Santi, Angela (January 19, 2012). "Joseph Kyrillos Challenging Robert Menendez For New Jersey U.S. Senate Seat". Huffington Post.
- Senator Kyrillos's Official Site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Senator Kyrillos' legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- Senator Joseph M. 'Joe' Kyrillos Jr., Project Vote Smart
|Party political offices|
|Chairperson of the New Jersey Republican State Committee
|Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Jersey