Oroho announced in 2007 that he would seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Robert Littell. With Littell's endorsement, he ran in a competitive primary against Assemblyman Guy Gregg. Oroho out-raised Gregg during the primary campaign, but both candidates spent about equally. Oroho sought to portray himself as a small-government conservative during the campaign. Oroho won the hard-fought primary and then easily won the general election in the heavily Republican 24th district.
Oroho opposes same-sex marriage and has been the senate sponsor of legislation that would allow a public vote in the form of a ballot question to determine whether it should be legalized or banned in New Jersey. He is the primary sponsor of that legislation in the Senate. In June 2009 he was one of seven senators to vote against putting open space bond question on the November ballot.
Oroho serves in the Senate on the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Economic Growth Committee.
Each of the 40 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 24th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:
|New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011|
|Republican||Steve Oroho (incumbent)||21,044||66.0%|
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- Pizarro, Max. "Oroho endorses McCain", PolitickerNJ, January 26, 2008. Accessed April 24, 2012.
- Friedman, Matt. "Leery of poll data, GOP legislators call for a vote on gay marriage", PolitickerNJ, February 19, 2009. Accessed April 24, 2012. "McHose sponsored legislation in the assembly that would create a ballot question to amend the state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Her district-mate, state Sen. Steve Oroho, is the prime sponsor of the senate version."
- Pizarro, Max. "Senate reconvenes, passes open space bond question", PolitickerNJ, June 25, 2009. Accessed April 24, 2012. "In a sign of the first significant public dissent of the day here, state Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Franklin) just stood and expressed his opposition to the open space bond question, which already passed in the Assembly earlier in the evening. "
- Assemblyman Oroho's legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 14, 2008.
- State Chairmen, American Legislative Exchange Council. Accessed July 15, 2012.
- Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 24, 2012.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2012.
- Senator Steven Oroho's Official Site
- Senator Oroho's legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms