James W. Holzapfel

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James W. Holzapfel
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Preceded by Andrew R. Ciesla
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 10th district
In office
August 15, 1994 – January 10, 2012
Preceded by Virginia E. Haines
Succeeded by Gregory P. McGuckin
Personal details
Born (1944-10-09) October 9, 1944 (age 72)
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joyce Holden
Children two
Residence Toms River, New Jersey
Alma mater Monmouth College (B.A.)
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney
Website Legislative web page

James William "Jim" Holzapfel (born October 9, 1944)[1] is an American Republican Party politician, who serves in the New Jersey State Senate starting on January 10, 2012, representing the 10th legislative district. Before his election to the Senate he had served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2003.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Holzapfel is a graduate of Point Pleasant Beach High School.[1] He received a B.A. from Monmouth College in Pre-Law and was awarded a J.D. degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law.[2] He is a resident of Toms River.[3] He is married to Joyce Holzapfel (née Holden) and has two children, Dennis and Jennifer.[4]

Political career[edit]

Holzapfel served as a Trustee of Ocean County College from 1988-1994. He was the Ocean County Prosecutor from 1987-1992.[2] Holzapfel has been admitted to practice law since 1969 before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States and the Florida Supreme Court.[1]

Following the resignation of Assemblywoman Virginia E. Haines to become the executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, Holzapfel was appointed to fill her seat and took office on August 15, 1994.[4] He was subsequently reelected in the 1994 special election and the regular biennial elections thereafter. He was the Deputy Republican Leader from 2002-2003 and was the Assistant Majority Whip from 1998-1999. Holzapfel serves in the Assembly on the Regulated Professions Committee.[2]

Having announced that he would not run again for office after 20 years in the Senate, Andrew R. Ciesla announced in February 2011 that he would support Holzapfel as his successor.[5] In the November 2011, Holzapfel defeated Democrat Charles Tivenan by a 64%-36% margin.[6]

District 10[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 10th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session were:[7]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Holzapfel (incumbent) 45,565 69.7
Democratic John Bendel 19,807 30.3
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Holzapfel 28,675 64.0
Democratic Charles P. Tivenan 16,105 36.0
Republican hold


  1. ^ a b c Senator James W. Holzapfel, New Jersey Senate Republicans. Accessed August 2, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Assemblyman Holzapfel's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Assembly Member James W. 'Jim' Holzapfel, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 9, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey - Two Hundred and Eleventh Legislature (First Session). Skinder-Strauss Associates. 2004. p. 259. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ via Associated Press. "Longtime N.J. Senator Ciesla won't seek re-election", The Star-Ledger, February 11, 2011. Accessed January 9, 2012. "Republican Andrew Ciesla says he will not seek re-election in November after nearly 20 years in the New Jersey Senate.Ciesla announced Thursday he'll support Assemblyman James Holzapfel to succeed him."
  6. ^ a b Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 22, 2012.
  8. ^ "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Andrew R. Ciesla
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 10th District
January 10, 2012 – present
Succeeded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Virginia E. Haines
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 10th District
August 15, 1994 – January 10, 2012
With: David W. Wolfe
Succeeded by
Gregory P. McGuckin