Hal Wirths

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Hal Wirths
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Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 24th District
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
Serving with Parker Space
Preceded byGail Phoebus
Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
In office
May 24, 2010 – August 1, 2016
GovernorChris Christie
Preceded byDavid J. Socolow[1]
Succeeded byAaron R. Fichtner[2]
Member of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
In office
January 1, 2000 – May 24, 2010
Succeeded byParker Space
Director of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
In office
January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004
Preceded bySusan Zellman
Succeeded byJoAnn D'Angeli
In office
January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008
Preceded bySusan Zellman
Succeeded byGlen Vetrano
Personal details
Born
Harold J. Wirths

(1965-04-05) April 5, 1965 (age 54)
Political partyRepublican
ParentsWallace R. Wirths
EducationUpsala College
WebsiteLegislative Website
Assembly Republican Website

Harold J. Wirths (born April 5, 1965) is an American Republican politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2018, representing the 24th Legislative District. He previously served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development from May 24, 2010 to August 1, 2016, appointed by former Governor Chris Christie in 2010.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Wirths is the adopted son of Wallace R. Wirths (1921–2002), a former Westinghouse executive, author, newspaper columnist and radio commentator, who was a benefactor of Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey (now defunct).[5] Wirths was a small business owner in Sussex County in northwestern New Jersey, owning and managing furniture stores located near Hamburg, New Jersey.[3][4] He also helped to establish Noble Community Bank, which today is part of Highlands State Bank, and he served on the Highlands Bank board of directors.[6][3][4] Wirths resides in Wantage Township, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.[3][4]

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders[edit]

Wirths ran for Sussex County's Board of Chosen Freeholders as a Republican and served as a freeholder for nearly a decade from 2000-2010.[3][4]. He resigned from that post to become Labor Commissioner.

Labor Commissioner[edit]

Chris Christie nominated Wirths to be the state's Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (2010-2016) and was sworn in on May 24, 2010.[4] One of his focuses as commissioner, was to modernize the state's unemployment insurance benefits system and reducing waste attributed to benefits fraud.[4] He served on the boards of several state government commissions and authorities, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, New Jersey State Ethics Commission, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, and the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority.[4] Under the leadership of Commissioner Wirths, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development launched an employer-focused approach to reshape the state’s workforce development and training programs.[7]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

In 2017, he ran for the New Jersey General Assembly in the 24th Legislative District, bracketed with Parker Space and won election with 30,028 votes (27.91% of the ballots cast).[8]

Committees[edit]

  • Appropriations
  • Labor
  • Telecommunications and Utilities

District 24[edit]

New Jersey's 24th Legislative District-2011 Apportionment

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.[9] The other representatives from the 13th District for the 218th Legislature are:[10][11]

Electoral history[edit]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

2017 General Assembly election for New Jersey's 24th District Results by Municipality
2017 General Assembly election for New Jersey's 24th District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Parker Space (Incumbent) 33,873 30.7 Decrease 4.3
Republican Harold J. Wirths 30,820 27.9 Decrease 5.4
Democratic Kate Matteson 22,456 20.3 Increase 6.4
Democratic Gina Trish 20,200 18.3 Increase 4.8
Green Aaron Hyndman 1,568 1.4 N/A
Green Kenny Collins 1,518 1.4 Decrease 2.9
Total votes 110,435 100.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department of Labor and Workforce Development". Wayback Machine. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Department of Labor and Workforce Development". Wayback Machine. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey. Harold J. Wirths: Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Labor. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Department of Labor and Workforce Development, State of New Jersey. About the Commissioner. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  5. ^ Strunksy, Steve. "IN BRIEF; Dream of a College Tinged With Sadness", The New York Times, August 2, 1998. (Retrieved July 10, 2012).
  6. ^ "Highlands Bankcorp Inc (HSBK:OTC US) - Executive Profile: Harold J. Wirths, Former Director, Highlands Bancorp, Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. ^ fkloepping. "Department of Labor and Workforce Development | About the Commissioner". lwd.state.nj.us. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  8. ^ Official List Candidates for General Assembly for General Election November 7, 2017, New Jersey Department of State, updated November 29, 2017. Accessed November 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Article IV, New Jersey State Constitution (1947).
  10. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 21, 2018.
  11. ^ District 24 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 21, 2018.

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Gail Phoebus
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 24th District
January 9, 2018-Present
With: Parker Space
Succeeded by
Incumbent