Sean T. Kean

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Sean T. Kean
Member of the
New Jersey General Assembly
from the 30th district
Assumed office
Serving with David Rible
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 11th district
In office
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
Preceded by Joseph A. Palaia
Succeeded by Jennifer Beck
Member of the
New Jersey General Assembly
from the 11th district
In office
Serving with Steve Corodemus
Preceded by Thomas S. Smith
Personal details
Born (1963-05-21) May 21, 1963 (age 52)
Montclair, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Bridget
Children Sean, Mary and Terrence
Alma mater Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.
Columbia University, M.A.L.S.
Seton Hall University, B.A.
Religion Roman Catholic

Sean T. Kean (born May 21, 1963) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since being sworn into office on January 10, 2012, representing the 30th legislative district. Prior to redistricting, Kean served in the New Jersey Senate from 2008 to 2012, representing the 11th legislative district. He had previously represented the 11th district in the Assembly from 2002 to 2007.[1]


Kean grew up in Deal and attended Red Bank Catholic High School. Kean received a B.A. in 1988 from Seton Hall University in Political Science, was granted an M.A.L.S. in 1992 from Columbia University in American Studies and was awarded a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995.[1] He was born in Montclair, and resides in Wall Township.[2]

Kean served as an aide to State Senator John O. Bennett from 1994 through 1996. He served on the Monmouth County Environmental Council from 1999 to 2001 and on the Wall Township Planning Board from 2001 to 2002.[1]

Kean first took his seat in the Assembly on October 28, 2002, following his selection by the District 11 Republican County Committee members to fill the vacancy created by the death of Assemblyman Thomas S. Smith.[3]

In the Assembly, he was the Assistant Republican Whip from 2004 to 2008. Kean served in the Assembly on the State Government Committee and the Transportation and Public Works Committee.[4]

Kean writes a column titled "Legislative Matters" in The Coast Star, a weekly local newspaper in Monmouth County. His column typically contains news from the statehouse in Trenton, opinions on issues facing his district, and criticism of the state's Democratic Party.

District 30[edit]

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 30th Legislative District for the 2012-13 Legislative Session are:[5]

Election History[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sean T. Kean 14,058 34.22
Republican David P. Rible (incumbent) 12,704 30.92
Democratic Howard Kleinhendler 6,451 15.70
Democratic Shaun O'Rourke 7,112 17.31
Republican hold


  1. ^ a b c Senator Kean's Legislative Website, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Assembly Member Sean T. Kean, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 9, 2007.
  3. ^ "Trenton Roundup", Newark Star-Ledger, October 29, 2002. Accessed August 9, 2007. "Sean T. Kean, a Monmouth County Republican Party activist from Wall Township, was sworn in yesterday as an assemblyman from the 11th District. Kean, 39, replaces Assemblyman Thomas S. Smith, who died Sept. 26 at age 84."
  4. ^ Assemblyman Kean's Legislative Website, New Jersey Legislature. From Internet Archive backup taken June 15, 2007. Accessed January 13, 2008.
  5. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 12, 2012.

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