Declan O'Scanlon

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Declan O'Scanlon
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 13th Legislative District
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
Preceded by Joe Kyrillos
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 13th Legislative District
In office
January 10, 2012 – January 9, 2018
Preceded by Samuel D. Thompson
Succeeded by Serena DiMaso
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 12th Legislative District
In office
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
Serving with Caroline Casagrande
Preceded by Jennifer Beck
Michael J. Panter
Succeeded by Robert D. Clifton
Ronald S. Dancer
Personal details
Born (1963-06-09) June 9, 1963 (age 55)
Marlboro Township, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Heather
Residence Little Silver, New Jersey
Alma mater B.A. / B.S. Monmouth University
Website Legislative web page

Declan Joseph O'Scanlon Jr. (born June 9, 1963) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2018, representing the 13th Legislative District. He previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2012 to 2018. Prior to the 2011 redistricting, O'Scanlon represented the 12th Legislative District in the Assembly from 2008 to 2012.


O'Scanlon was born in Marlboro Township and resides in Little Silver.[1] He served on the Little Silver Borough Council from 1994 to 2007 and also served as the borough's police commissioner. O'Scanlon graduated with a B.A. from Monmouth University with a major in Psychology, and a B.S. from Monmouth University in Finance. He is the Chief Executive Officer of FSD Enterprises LLC of Red Bank.[2] The company is a wireless telecommunications consulting and public relations firm he founded in 1995. FSD specializes in helping bring together elected officials and wireless industry representatives to promote mutually agreeable solutions to wireless infrastructure siting. FSD's areas of expertise include municipal wireless ordinance construction, current wireless technology and future trends and municipal bidding for wireless infrastructure locations.[citation needed]

Running together with Jennifer Beck, O'Scanlon lost the very close Assembly election held on November 8, 2005. As of December 6, 2005, Beck was declared winner of one of the seats, and was the top vote getter in the District with 31,421 votes. Freshman Democratic Assemblyman Michael J. Panter won re-election with 30,473 votes, narrowly edging O'Scanlon, who had 30,400 votes, just 73 fewer than Panter. One-term incumbent Robert Lewis Morgan lost his bid for re-election, coming in fourth with 30,257 votes.[3]

Legislative career[edit]

In a partial rematch of 2005, O'Scanlon and his Republican running mate Caroline Casagrande defeated incumbent Panter and future Monmouth County Freeholder Amy Mallet in the 2007 General Assembly election. O'Scanlon and Casagrande received 25.6% and 25.5% of the vote respectively while Panter and Mallet got 25.0% and 23.9% respectively.[4]

O'Scanlon serves on the Assembly Budget Committee and the Joint Budget Oversight committee.[2] In 2009, he was an Assistant Republican Whip and was a Republican Policy Co-Chair from 2010 until 2011.[2] Since 2011, he has been the Republican Budget Officer succeeding Joseph R. Malone who retired from the position.[5]

O'Scanlon is known for advocating the improvement for drivers who travel on the state's roads. He was staunchly opposed to the state's red light camera program and has proposed legislation to increase fines for those caught misusing passing lanes, increasing the state's speed limit, and removing the state ban on self-service gas stations.[6][7]

After incumbent District 13 Senator Joe Kyrillos announced he would not seek re-election for 2017, O'Scanlon was nominated by the Republicans to succeed him in the general election. O'Scanlon was initially to face fellow Assembly member Amy Handlin for Kyrillos' seat in the Republican primary, but Handlin ultimately dropped her bid. He subsequently won the seat in the 2017 election, defeating Democratic candidate Sean Byrnes by a 34,782 to 28,353 margin, and began began serving in the Senate in 2018. O'Scanlon was succeeded in the Assembly by Republican Serena DiMaso.[8]

District 13[edit]

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 13th District for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are:[9]


  1. ^ Assembly Member Declan Joseph O'Scanlon Jr., Project Vote Smart. Accessed April 25, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Assemblyman O'Scanlon's legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Quirk, James A. "O'Scanlon concedes defeat to Panter INCUMBENT SECURES VICTORY BY 73 VOTES", Asbury Park Press, December 7, 2005. "Panter, who beat O'Scanlon by a 73-vote margin, will return to Trenton next year with Republican Jennifer Beck, who received the most votes in the election. Assemblyman Robert Morgan, Panter's running mate, received the least votes."
  4. ^ "Official List Candidate Returns for General Assembly For November 2007 General Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 3, 2007. p. 12. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Friedman, Matt (January 26, 2011). "Top GOP member of N.J. Assembly budget committee steps down". North Jersey Media Group. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Di Ionno, Mark (August 23, 2013). "Frustrated N.J. drivers have advocate in Assemblyman fighting for road laws". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Staff (May 16, 2015). "Assemblyman Proposes Self-Service Gas Stations In New Jersey". WCBS-TV. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Burton, John. "Election Results Reflect 'Christie Effect'", The Two River Times, November 12, 2017. Accessed December 7, 2017. "The 13th Legislative District continues to remain in GOP hands with state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon winning the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr. at the end of his current term in January. O’Scanlon defeated Middletown resident Sean Byrnes 34,782 to 28,353 unofficial votes. On the Assembly side, incumbent Amy Handlin and County Freeholder Serena DiMaso secured victories over Democratic opponents Tom Giaimo and Mariel DiDato."
  9. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 7, 2017.

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Samuel D. Thompson
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 13th District
January 12, 2012 – January 9, 2018
With: Amy Handlin
Succeeded by
Serena DiMaso
Preceded by
Jennifer Beck
Michael J. Panter
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 12th District
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
With: Caroline Casagrande
Succeeded by
Robert D. Clifton
Ronald S. Dancer