Declan O'Scanlon

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Declan O'Scanlon
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 13th District
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
Preceded byJoe Kyrillos
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
January 8, 2008 – January 9, 2018
Preceded byJennifer Beck
Succeeded bySerena DiMaso
Constituency12th District (2008-2012)
13th District (2012-2018)
Personal details
Born (1963-06-09) June 9, 1963 (age 56)
Marlboro Township, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceLittle Silver, New Jersey
Alma materB.A. / B.S. Monmouth University
WebsiteLegislative Website

Declan Joseph O'Scanlon Jr. (born June 9, 1963) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since January 9, 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.

Early life[edit]

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]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

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] 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 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.[5][6]

New Jersey Senate[edit]

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 serving in the Senate in 2018. O'Scanlon was succeeded in the Assembly by Republican Serena DiMaso.[7] During the 2019 budget fight, democrats contradicted Governor Phil Murphy and passed a budget with no millionaires tax. O'Scanlan, alongside six other republcicans, voted for the budget.[8]


  • Joint Committee on the Public Schools
  • Budget and Appropriations
  • Community and Urban Affairs
  • Law and Public Safety

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]

Electoral History[edit]


New Jersey general election, 2017[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Declan O'Scanlon 34,976 55.1 Decrease 13.0
Democratic Sean F. Byrnes 28,493 44.9 Increase 14.3
Total votes 63,469 100.0

Assembly District 12[edit]

New Jersey general election, 2015[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Amy Handlin 19,829 30.4 Decrease 3.1
Republican Declan O'Scanlon 18,977 29.1 Decrease 3.4
Democratic Thomas Herman 12,934 19.8 Increase 2.8
Democratic Jeanne Cullinane 12,779 19.6 Increase 3.3
Jobs, Sidewalks, Transit Joshua Leinsdorf 770 1.2 N/A
Total votes 65,289 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2013[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Amy Handlin 38,795 33.5 Increase 3.0
Republican Declan O'Scanlon 37,577 32.5 Increase 3.7
Democratic Allison Friedman 19,623 17.0 Decrease 2.4
Democratic Matthew Morehead 18,843 16.3 Decrease 2.9
Vote Green 13 Anne Zaletel 796 0.7 N/A
Total votes 115,634 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2011[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Amy Handlin 24,073 30.5
Republican Declan O'Scanlon 22,754 28.8
Democratic Patrick Short 15,333 19.4
Democratic Kevin M. Lavan 15,165 19.2
Constitution Frank C. Cottone 834 1.1
Constitution William H. Lawton 757 1.0
Total votes 78,916 100.0

Assembly District 13[edit]

New Jersey general election, 2009[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Declan J. O’Scanlon, Jr. 42,932 31.3 Increase 5.7
Republican Caroline Casagrande 42,662 31.1 Increase 5.6
Democratic Michelle Roth 25,891 18.9 Decrease 6.1
Democratic John Amberg 24,125 17.6 Decrease 6.3
Green Steven Welzer 1,635 1.2 N/A
Total votes 137,245 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2007[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Declan O'Scanlon Jr. 24,493 25.6 Increase 1.6
Republican Caroline Casagrande 24,352 25.5 Increase 0.7
Democratic Mike Panter 23,842 25.0 Increase 1.0
Democratic Amy Mallet 22,870 23.9 Increase 0.1
Total votes 95,557 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2005[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jennifer Beck 31,418 24.8 Increase 0.8
Democratic Michael J. Panter 30,466 24.01 Decrease 2.8
Republican Declan O'Scanlon Jr. 30,401 23.96 Increase 1.1
Democratic Robert L. Morgan 30,228 23.82 Decrease 2.6
Green Ann Napolitano 2,306 1.8 N/A
Green Judith Stanton 2,052 1.6 N/A
Total votes 126,871 100.0


  1. ^ Assembly Member Declan Joseph O'Scanlon Jr., Project Vote Smart. Accessed April 25, 2008.
  2. ^ 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 fewest 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. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Staff (May 16, 2015). "Assemblyman Proposes Self-Service Gas Stations In New Jersey". WCBS-TV. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ "Senate passes budget 31-6". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-state-senate.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 30, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  13. ^ "2011-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-results-121411.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 14, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  14. ^ "2011-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-results-121411.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 14, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  15. ^ "2007-official-general-election-tallies(ga)-12.12.07.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "05831236.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 11, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2019.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Joe Kyrillos
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 13th District
January 9, 2018–present
Succeeded by
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
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 12th District
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
With: Caroline Casagrande
Succeeded by
Ronald S. Dancer