John DiMaio

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John DiMaio
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 23rd Legislative District
Assumed office
March 16, 2009
Serving with Erik Peterson
Preceded by Marcia A. Karrow
Warren County Freeholder
In office
December 13, 2000 – March 16, 2009
Preceded by Susan Dickey
Succeeded by Angelo Accetturo
Mayor of Hackettstown, New Jersey
In office
January 1, 1991 – December 31, 1999
Preceded by Patricia Harper
Succeeded by Roger Hines
Personal details
Born (1955-11-27) November 27, 1955 (age 61)
Newton, New Jersey
Political party Republican (since 1995)
Democratic (until 1995)
Spouse(s) Gina
Children two
Residence Hackettstown, New Jersey
Occupation President, A. DiMaio and Son, Inc.
Website Legislative biography

John DiMaio (born November 27, 1955) is an American Republican Party politician, who was selected on February 21, 2009 to fill the New Jersey General Assembly seat for the 23rd legislative district vacated by Marcia A. Karrow, after Karrow filled the vacancy for the New Jersey Senate in the same district. He was sworn in on March 16, 2009.

Biography and early political career[edit]

DiMaio was born in Newton and raised in Hackettstown.[1] He graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1974 and shortly thereafter was elected the president of the Hackettstown Democratic Club.[2] While in high school, he was a charter member of the Hackettstown First Aid and Rescue Squad’s Youth Squad, later joining the squad as a life member.[1]

He served as a member of the town council for 10 years as a Democrat starting in 1980 before resigning in late 1990 just after he was elected mayor.[3] He began serving as mayor in 1991 and switched parties to join the Republicans in March 1995.[4] DiMaio was a member of the Hackettstown Municipal Utilities Authority from 1991 until 1995 and rejoined it in 1999 where he continues to serve. In 1999, he was elected the president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors.[1] DiMaio was defeated by Democrat Roger Hines in his bid for re-election for mayor in 1999.[5]

In December 2000, when incumbent Republican Warren County Freeholder Susan Dickey was elected County Surrogate, DiMaio was chosen by the Warren County Republican Committee to fill the remainder of her term.[6] Almost immediately, he was chosen as Freeholder Director for the year of 2001.[7] He was chosen as Freeholder Director again in 2008.[1] While serving as Freeholder, he was a member of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (2001 through 2009) serving as vice-chair in 2008.[8]

He is also the owner of A. DiMaio and Son, Inc., a general contracting business in Hackettstown.[9] DiMaio lives in Hackettstown with his wife Gina and two daughters.[1]

State legislative career[edit]

On February 21, 2009, a special election was held by a convention of Republican committee members from Hunterdon and Warren counties to fill the vacant Assembly seat of Marcia A. Karrow. Karrow had earlier won a special election convention for the right to succeed Congressman Leonard Lance, who resigned from the Senate after his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.[10]

At the special election convention, DiMaio defeated Erik Peterson and Matt Holt, both members of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders. On the first ballot, the totals were: DiMaio 129, Peterson 104, and Holt 56. On the second runoff ballot, the totals were: DiMaio 153 and Peterson 141.[11]

DiMaio was sworn into office on March 16, 2009.[12] He was assigned to serve as a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.[13]

In the June 2009 Republican primary, DiMaio successfully defended his Assembly seat. He and his running mate, Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson, narrowly edged out Ed Smith for the two spots on the November general election ballot.[14] DiMaio and Peterson defeated Democratic candidates William Courtney and Tammeisha Smith in the general election.[15]

DiMaio currently serves on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Budget Committee, Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee and the Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water Infrastructure. [1]

District 23[edit]

Each of the forty 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 23rd District for the 2014–2015 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Appropriations Officer John DiMaio". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Davis, Jodee (November 15, 1990). "Mayor-elect John DiMaio ponders a Hackettstown agenda for 1991" (PDF). The Star-Gazette. p. 3. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Davis, Jodee (January 10, 1991). "DiMaio's swearing in draws packed house" (PDF). The Star-Gazette. p. 3. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "New Jersey's First Lady comes to town...speaks at Centenary Convocation and welcomes the newest member of the Republican party" (PDF). The Star-Gazette. March 2, 1995. p. 6. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nov., 1999 Elections". County of Warren, NJ. November 1999. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Warren County Freeholder Takes Oath of Office" (Press release). County of Warren, NJ. December 2000. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Freeholder Board Reorganizes: Doherty Sworn In, DiMaio Named Freeholder Director" (Press release). County of Warren, NJ. January 2001. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Freeholder Director DiMaio Named NJTPA Officer" (Press release). County of Warren, NJ. January 17, 2008. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Lechiski, Kevin (2008-08-24). "DiMaio 'guest of honor' at House gala". Warren Reporter. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  10. ^ Novak, Stephen J. (2009-02-01). "GOP convention picks to fill district Senate and Assembly seats could lead to contentious primary season". Express-Times. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  11. ^ Olanoff, Lynn (2009-02-22). "John DiMaio named to fill Assembly seat". Express-Times. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  12. ^ "DiMaio takes Central Jersey Assembly seat". Newsday. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  13. ^ "DiMaio sworn in to General Assembly". NJ Assembly Republicans. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  14. ^ Novak, Stephen J. (2009-06-03). "DiMaio, Peterson take 23rd District Republican primary in tight race for New Jersey Assembly". Express-Times. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  15. ^ Wichert, Bill (2009-11-04). "Republican Michael Doherty wins New Jersey Senate post; GOP running mates John DiMaio and Erik Peterson capture state Assembly seats". The Express-Times. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Marcia A. Karrow
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 23rd District
March 16, 2009 – present
With: Michael J. Doherty, Erik Peterson
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Dickey
Warren County At-large Freeholder
December 13, 2000 – March 16, 2009
Succeeded by
Angelo Accetturo
Preceded by
Patricia Harper
Mayor of Hackettstown, New Jersey
January 1, 1991 – December 31, 1999
Succeeded by
Roger Hines