Garrett W. Hagedorn

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Garrett W. Hagedorn (September 16, 1910 – August 9, 1985) was an American Republican Party politician who served in the New Jersey Senate, where he represented the 40th Legislative District from 1968 until his death.

Born and raised in Midland Park, New Jersey, Hagedorn attended the schools of the Eastern Christian School Association, then in Paterson, New Jersey.[1]

Elective office[edit]

Hagedorn served on the Midland Park Borough Council from 1951 to 1957. He was sworn in as mayor on January 5, 1958,[2] and served in that position until 1967.[3]

From 1968 through 1973, Hagorden was one of five senators elected at-large from the 13th Legislative District, which covered all of Bergen County.[4][5]

In the wake of the 1964 Supreme Court decision Reynolds v. Sims, which required the creation of state legislature districts as equal in population as possible, the 1973 elections were the first with a 40-district map, in which Hagedorn became part of the 40th Legislative District.[6]

In the State Senate, Hagedorn was an advocate for efforts to address child abuse.[3] Hagedorn sponsored legislation that created the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the New Jersey Department of Human Services from the Department of Institutions and Agencies.[7]

He died of a heart attack on August 9, 1985, while on vacation in Belfast, Maine.[3]

In the November 1985 general election, Republican Henry McNamara was elected to serve the two years remaining on Hagedorn's term of office.[8]

Legacy[edit]

The New Jersey General Assembly and Senate passed bills in September 1985 which were signed into law in January 1986 renaming the Glen Gardner Center for Geriatrics, the state's primary facility for medical and psychiatric care for senior citizens, as the Senator Garrett W. Hagedorn Center for Geriatrics.[9] In July 2011, Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie announced that the 310-bed facility in Glen Gardner, which had been renamed as the Senator Garrett W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital, would be closed in 2012 as part of an effort to save $9 million a year in expenses.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, Volume 201, Part 1, p. 233. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1984. Accessed August 24, 2016. "Senator Hagedorn was born Sept. 16, 1910, in Midland Park. He is married to the former Hubrine Hamersma, and eight grandchildren. He was educated in the Eastern Christian School System and Eastern Academy, Paterson."
  2. ^ "Garret W. Hagedorn, Midland Park's new mayor, takes the oath of office", The Record (Bergen County), January 5, 1958. Accessed August 24, 2016. "Caption: Garret W. Hagedorn, Midland Park's new mayor, takes the oath of office as administered by Borough Attorney John Hamersma Jr."
  3. ^ a b c via Associated Press. "Garrett Hagedorn Dies; State Senator in New Jersey", The New York Times, August 10, 1985. Accessed August 24, 2016. "State Senator Garrett W. Hagedorn, an 18-year member of the New Jersey Legislature, died of a heart attack today in Belfast, Me., where he and his family were vacationing. He was 74 years old and lived in Midland Park."
  4. ^ Results of the General Election Held on November 7, 1967, Secretary of State of New Jersey Division of Elections. Accessed August 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Results of the General Election Held on November 4, 1969, Secretary of State of New Jersey Division of Elections. Accessed August 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Results of the General Election Held on November 6, 1973, Secretary of State of New Jersey Division of Elections. Accessed August 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Staff. "Senator Hagedorn Dies at 74", New Jersey Reporter, September 1985. Accessed August 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Narvaez, Alfonso A. "ELECTION DAY: FOR G.O.P., SUCCESS IN JERSEY, A CLOSE RACE ON STATEN ISLAND; REPUBLICANS IN JERSEY WIN CONTROL OF STATE ASSEMBLY", The New York Times, November 6, 1985. Accessed August 24, 2016. "In a special election to fill a seat left vacant by the death of a Republican Senator, Garret W. Hagedorn, in the 40th District, Henry P. McNamara held a 2-to-1 margin over the Democratic challenger, Charles Ryan."
  9. ^ Senate Resolution 3135, New Jersey State Library. Accessed August 24, 2016.
  10. ^ Rowan, Tommy. "Chris Christie says Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital will close in 2012", The Express-Times, July 2, 2011. Accessed August 24, 2016. "Gov. Chris Christie decided Friday that Senator Garrett W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital will close for good in June 2012, state lawmakers said.... In Christie's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, he called for one of New Jersey's five psychiatric facilities to close, saving the state an estimated $9 million per year."