Doug Steinhardt

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Doug Steinhardt
Chair of the New Jersey Republican Party
Assumed office
November 21, 2017
Preceded byMichael B. Lavery
Chair of the Warren County Republican Party
Assumed office
January 31, 2004
Preceded byWalter Orcutt
Mayor of Lopatcong
In office
January 2000 – January 2015
Preceded byWilliam Baker
Succeeded byTom McKay
Personal details
Douglas Joseph Steinhardt[1]

(1968-11-06) November 6, 1968 (age 51)
Belvidere, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Trudy Steinhardt
EducationGettysburg College (BA)
Widener University, Harrisburg (JD)

Douglas Joseph "Doug" Steinhardt (born November 6, 1968) is an American attorney and politician from New Jersey. On November 21, 2017, he was elected as Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.

Early life and career[edit]

Steinhardt was born in Belvidere, New Jersey and received his undergraduate degree in history from the Gettysburg College. He was also a four-year member of the Gettysburg NCAA Division III football team. After completing his undergraduate studies he enrolled in Widener University School of Law where he earned his J.D. During law school he served as the associate editor of the Law Review.[2][better source needed]

After law school Steinhardt returned to New Jersey to begin his law career in his father's law office in Belvidere, New Jersey. In 2005 he helped form the Law Firm of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC, by becoming the third named partner in the law firm that is headed by former New Jersey Governor James Florio.[3]

In 2015, Steinhardt was inducted into the Warren County (NJ) Hall of Fame, joining his mother Therese, a nurse and nurse educator, who was inducted in 2013.[4]

Municipal politics[edit]

In his first run for public office, Steinhardt was elected Mayor of Lopatcong in 1999, beating Democratic incumbent William Baker by twelve votes.[5][6] He ran on controlling development, and challenged Baker to debates, which Baker declined to participate in.[7] In his reelection campaign in 2002, he again defeated Baker, this time with 80% of the vote.[8][9] He ran and won with no opposition for the next three elections.[10][11][12][better source needed] He declined to run for a sixth term in 2014 and was succeeded by Tom McKay.[13][better source needed]

Steinhardt was elected Chairman of the Warren County Republican Committee on January 31, 2004 to fill the unexpired term of the outgoing chair who resigned to focus on private sector opportunities. He ran on the idea of promoting inclusion among Republican committee members, some of whom often complained about a lack of communications within the county committee. He defeated his opponent by a 2-1 margin among elected members of the committee[14] According to the Express Times his leadership style and ability to bring various factions of the party together made it so that he ran unopposed for a full term six months later.[15]

After his first election as the county committee chair, Steinhardt ran unopposed and won every two years, except for 2012. In that year, Steinhardt faced opposition because he had lost his Lopatcong committee seat, though only by five votes. Steinhardt defeated a committeeperson from Greenwich Township who challenged his position in a 92-35 vote.[16]

State chairman[edit]

He was initially nominated by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Republican Primary nominee to be the Chairman of the New Jersey State Republican Committee in June 2017[17] but a last minute appointment by the then Governor of his wife to a position with the parole board caused concern for the Lt. Governor.[18] Steinhardt withdrew his candidacy and was replaced by Michael B. Lavery.[19] Six months later in November 2017, after the Democratic victory in the ensuing gubernatorial election, Lavery resigned and Steinhardt was named Chairman.[20]

Charitable and non-profit causes[edit]

As a youth, Steinhardt earned the Eagle Scout award. He was on the Board of Directors of the Central New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America as of 2011.[21] In January 2017 Steinhardt co-founded and co-chairs the Warren County Addiction Awareness Task Force to address the spiraling heroin and opioid epidemics.[22]


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  3. ^ Buffer, Michaek (September 6, 2005). "Lopat mayor's law job raises eyebrows but not objections". The Express Times.
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  6. ^ Rose, Christian (January 6, 2000). "Steinhardt takes office in Lopatcong". The Express Times.
  7. ^ Rose, Christian (October 20, 1999). "Lopat hopefuls tout ideas -- The township mayor stresses service, the challenger extols a fresh outlook". The Express Times.
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  9. ^ Danzis, David. "Steinhardt to lead NJGOP during 'tumultuous times'". New Jersey Herald. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
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  14. ^ Bortz, Greg (February 1, 2004). "Lopatcong mayor wins fight for GOP seat". The Express Times.
  15. ^ Blok, Katherine (June 20, 2004). "GOP boss gets credit for unity Warren's party chairman re-elected for full term". The Express Times.
  16. ^ Molnar, Phillip (June 16, 2012). "Douglas Steinhardt re-elected head of Warren County GOP, despite opposition". The Express-Times. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
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  22. ^ Danzis, David. "Steinhardt to lead NJGOP during 'tumultuous times'". New Jersey Herald. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
William Baker
Mayor of Lopatcong
Succeeded by
Tom McKay
Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael B. Lavery
Chair of the New Jersey Republican Party