Jon Bramnick

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Jon Bramnick
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21).jpg
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 21st district
Assumed office
January 2003
Preceded by Thomas Kean
Personal details
Born (1953-02-24) February 24, 1953 (age 62)
Political party Republican
Alma mater Syracuse University
Hofstra University
Website Personal website

Jon Bramnick (born February 24, 1953) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2003, representing the 21st legislative district. He has served as the Assembly Republican Leader since January 2012. He was appointed to the Assembly in 2003 to fill the unexpired term of the vacancy created upon the selection of Thomas Kean, Jr. to fill an unexpired New Jersey Senate term.[1] He was elected to a full two-year term later that year and was re-elected in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.


Previously, Bramnick served two terms as a City Councilman in Plainfield, New Jersey from 1984-1991.[2] He is the Republican Municipal Chairman in Westfield, where he resides with his family. Bramnick is a former professor at both Rutgers University and Rider University. By profession, he is an attorney with a private practice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Following his graduation from law school, he served as an assistant corporation counsel in New York City.

Bramnick received a B.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and was awarded a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.[2]

In December 2005 he was appointed Assistant Minority Whip of the Assembly for the 2006-2008 term. In June 2007, Bramnick was selected as the Minority Whip, succeeding Francis J. Blee.[3] In November 2009, he was elected as the Republican Conference Leader, the second-highest leadership position in the Republican caucus. In the Assembly, he has served as a member of the Consumer Affairs Committee, the Law and Public Safety Committee, and the Legislative Services Commission.[2]

After the death of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce in January 2012, the Assembly Republican caucus chose Bramnick as its new leader.[4]

Bramnick has been honored with the 2013 Governor Meyner Award from the Bar Association and the 2011 Legislator of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce. Recently, he was named “2013 Legislator of the Year” by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and was honored at Rider University for his outstanding dedication to New Jersey Politics and Public Service.

Bramnick holds the title “Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey” after winning contests sponsored by the bar association at Rascals Comedy Club. He often volunteers his services as a comedic auctioneer on behalf of non-profit organizations.

Bramnick resides in Westfield, New Jersey with his wife Patricia, and has two grown children and a granddaughter.

District 21[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 21st District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ Harrell, Jeff. "Secession wave gathers strength: Montclairites start petition drive to leave county", The Montclair Times, April 9, 2003. Accessed April 18, 2008. "In February, after Sen. Thomas Kean Jr. vacated the 21st District Assembly seat and stepped into the 21st District’s senatorial post upon the resignation of former 21st District Sen. Rich Bagger, McDermott ran for Kean’s vacated Assembly position in the district. But out of a total of roughly 500 delegates that voted for the 21st District’s Assembly chair at the special Republican Convention held in February, McDermott could only muster 25 votes from the Millburn delegation and one vote from another county. Jon Bramnick from Westfield garnered the most votes, mostly from the nine municipalities in his home county of Union, and won the district’s Assembly seat handily."
  2. ^ a b c Assemblyman Bramnick's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 17, 2008.
  3. ^ Pizarro, Max. "Bramnick in as whip",, June 11, 2007. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  4. ^ CBS New York's Website, Published 17 January 2012

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Preceded by
Alex DeCroce
Minority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
January 2012 - present
Succeeded by