Andrew R. Ciesla

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Andrew R. Ciesla (born July 24, 1953) is an American Republican Party politician who served in the New Jersey Senate, where he represented the 10th legislative district from 1992 to 2012. From 1994 to 1997, Ciesla was the Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate. Senator Ciesla serves on the Transportation Committee and the Environment Committee.[1] Ciesla announced in January 2011 that he would not run for another term and would leave the Senate when his term ended in 2012.

From 1987 to 1991, Ciesla served on the Brick Township Council and he served as President of the Council from 1989 to 1990.[1] Ciesla was a delegate to the 1992 Republican National Convention.[1]

Ciesla graduated from Point Pleasant Boro High School in 1971.[2] He graduated with a B.A. from Montclair State University majoring in Political Science and was awarded an M.P.A. from Syracuse University.[1][2] He has three sons: Alex, Andrew, and Adam Ciesla.

In January 2011, Ciesla announced that he would not run for re-election in November, saying that 20 years in office "seemed to me the amount of time to dedicate to public service" given how much he had accomplished. Ciesla stated that "it's time to pass the torch", expecting the district's two representatives in the New Jersey General Assembly, James W. Holzapfel and David W. Wolfe, to pursue his vacant seat in the Senate.[3] Holzapfel won the nomination and retained the seat for the Republicans in the November 2011 general election, defeating Democrat Charles Tivenan by a 64%-36% margin.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Senator Ciesla's Senate legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed May 15, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Senator Andrew Ciesla biography, accessed May 15, 2007.
  3. ^ The Auditor. "Crosbie's immunity may have worn off", The Star-Ledger, January 30, 2011. Accessed August 22, 2011. "Sen. Andrew Ciesla is ending his two-decade run in Trenton, telling The Auditor he’ll call it quits after this year.... He will not run for re-election in November. “It’s been a great run and we’ve accomplished an awful lot. Two decades just seemed to me the amount of time to dedicate to public service and it’s time to pass the torch,” Ciesla said. Ciesla said he never intended to spend more than 10 years in the Legislature. In fact, he sponsored a resolution in 1993 to enact 10-year term limits. It never got anywhere. Ciesla said he expects Assemblymen David Wolfe (R-Ocean) and Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) to vie for his seat."
  4. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 9, 2012.

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