|Guadagno in Hoboken in 2010|
|1st Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey|
January 19, 2010
|Preceded by||Office created|
|33rd Secretary of State of New Jersey|
January 19, 2010
|Preceded by||Nina Mitchell Wells|
|75th Sheriff of Monmouth County|
January 3, 2008 – January 19, 2010
|Preceded by||Joseph W. Oxley|
|Succeeded by||Shaun Golden|
|Born||Kimberly Ann McFadden
April 13, 1959
Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.
|Children||Kevin Guadagno, Michael Guadagno and Anderson Guadagno|
|Alma mater||Ursinus College, B.A.
American University Washington College of Law, J.D.
Kim Guadagno (pronounced gwah-DAH-nyoh; born April 13, 1959) is the first Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, having won the 2009 election as the running mate of Governor Chris Christie. She is also concurrently the Secretary of State of New Jersey.
Early life and education 
Born as Kimberly Ann McFadden in Waterloo, Iowa. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursinus College in 1980, and a law degree in 1983 from the American University's Washington College of Law.
Political career 
Kim Guadagno is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and the District of New Jersey. She was also Assistant New Jersey Attorney General. Serving as deputy chief of the U.S. Attorney's office's corruption unit from 1994–98, Guadagno was responsible for the corruption prosecutions of former Essex County Executive Thomas D'Alessio (a Democrat) and of Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell (a Republican). In1994, in a case involving an executive of lottery contractor GTECH Corporation, the U.S. Attorney's Office was criticized by the judge overseeing the case for the disclosure of grand jury testimony in a sentencing report; the issue was never referred for further ethical or legal investigation. The lottery executive went to jail.
She served as deputy director from 1998 to 2001 in the Division of Criminal Justice, where she supervised prosecutions of a $40 million financial fraud and of David L. Smith, creator of the "Melissa" computer worm. She taught legal research and writing at Rutgers School of Law—Newark from 2003 until Nov. 2009 and in 2005 she was elected to Monmouth Beach's governing body as one of its three Walsh Act commissioners.
Elected the 75th sheriff of Monmouth County in 2007, succeeding Joseph Oxley, she became the first woman to serve in the post. As sheriff, she was responsible for managing a staff of nearly 700 and a $65 million budget that included operation of a 1,328-bed maximum security prison. The department was one of 11 accepted nationwide into the federal program established under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 287(g) which allowed corrections officers to check the immigration status of prisoners before they were released.
On July 20, 2009, Republican gubernatorial nominee Christopher J. "Chris" Christie announced that Guadagno was his choice as running mate, in the first New Jersey election to include voting for a lieutenant governor. Guadagno was said to have been selected over a number of other Republican women, including State Senator Diane Allen and Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan. Guadagno was not a well known political figure statewide in October 2009. According Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll, Guadagno's name recognition in New Jersey was low with only 15% of voters reporting that they were aware of her. Out of the of New Jersey voters that knew of Guadagno, 4% reported having a "very favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion while 3% reported that they had a "very unfavorable" or "somewhat unfavorable" opinion of the prospective Lieutenant Governor . Christie and Guadagno defeated Jon Corzine and Loretta Weinberg on November 3, 2009.
Christie announced that as lieutenant governor, Guadagno would also serve as New Jersey's Secretary of State, along with overseeing economic development efforts and the streamlining of government regulations. She was sworn in on January 19, 2010.
Issues and positions 
Unsubstantiated Arts Council Allegations 
In the Spring of 2011, Lt. Governor Guadagno questioned $300,000 in state arts funding during an official legislative hearing. Guadagno also serves as New Jersey's Secretary of State. In her testimony, but without specific details, she asked for greater power over State arts expenditures, despite the fact that as Secretary of State her office signs off on all major arts expenditures--including the $300,000. (Her testimony implied that her office had not approved the funding.) An official state investigation ended in December 2011 with no finding of wrongdoing. Two officials involved in the funding hired attorneys at their own expense. 
Personal life 
Guadagno moved to New Jersey in 1991 and has been a resident of Monmouth Beach since marrying husband Michael Guadagno in 1991. Her husband is a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. He was appointed to the bench in 2005 by then-Governor Richard Codey, and elevated to the Appellate Division by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in 2012. The Guadagnos have three children.
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|Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
January 19, 2010–present
Nina Mitchell Wells
|Secretary of State of New Jersey
January 19, 2010–present
Joseph W. Oxley
|Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey
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