Jon Bramnick

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Jon Bramnick
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Minority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Preceded by Alex DeCroce
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 21st district
Assumed office
February 24, 2003
Serving with Nancy Munoz
Preceded by Thomas Kean Jr.
Personal details
Born (1953-02-24) February 24, 1953 (age 64)
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patricia Brentano (1981–present)
Children 2
Education Syracuse University (BA)
Hofstra University (JD)
Website Official website

Jon M. 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, 2013 and 2015.


Bramnick was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey as the son of Plainfield business owners (Lazaar's Stationers). He graduated from Plainfield High School, 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][3]

Before becoming an Assemblyman, 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. Following his graduation from law school, he served as an assistant corporation counsel in New York City. He is an attorney with a private practice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey with the firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan.[4][5][6]

Legislative career[edit]

Following the appointment of Tom Kean, Jr. to the State Senate, a vacancy opened up in the 21st District's Assembly delegation. Bramnick won the most ballots of a vote by members of the Essex, Morris, Somerset, and Union county Republican committee persons of the district beating former Assemblyman James J. Barry, Jr., Millburn mayor Thomas McDermott, and Warren Township Planning Board chairman Dan Gallic.[7]

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.[8] 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 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.[9]

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. He was named 2013 Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and was honored at Rider University for his dedication to New Jersey politics and public service.[4]

On January 3, 2017, Bramnick announced that he would not run for New Jersey governor in 2017, as he was seen as a potential frontrunner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Bramnick is seen as a potential 2018 Senate candidate against Sen. Robert Menendez.

District 21[edit]

Each of the 40districts 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 2016–2017 Legislative Session are:[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bramnick holds the honorary title of "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 including Hurricane Sandy victims.[3][11]

Bramnick resides in Westfield, New Jersey with his wife Patricia (married in 1981), and has two grown children and a granddaughter.[3][12] He is Jewish.[13]


  1. ^ Harrell, Jeff. (April 9, 2003). "Secession wave gathers strength: Montclairites start petition drive to leave county". The Montclair Times. Archived from the original on June 19, 2003. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 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 September 12, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b The 2015 Lincoln Award Presented to New Jersey Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Woodcliff Lake republican Club. Accessed November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Jon M. Bramnick Profile, Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan. Accessed November 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Leadership, Union County Republican Committee. Accessed November 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Union bloc backs Bramnick over Barry in 21st - Westfield GOP chairman wins district convention for state Assembly seat". New Jersey Hills Media Group. February 20, 2003. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ Pizarro, Max. "Bramnick in as whip",, June 11, 2007. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  9. ^ CBS New York's Website, Published 17 January 2012
  10. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Bell, Deborah (November 13, 2013). "Assembly Republican Leader Promises Laughs for Sandy Relief". Patch Media Group. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey - Two Hundred and Eleventh Legislature (First Session) (PDF). Skinder-Strauss Associates. 2004. p. 272. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Assemblyman O'Bramnick? - The Auditor". NJ Advance Media for April 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 'I need an Irish name if I run statewide,' said Bramnick, who's Jewish. 

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas Kean Jr.
Member of the New Jersey Assembly
from the 21st district

Served alongside: Eric Munoz, Nancy Munoz
Preceded by
Alex DeCroce
Minority Leader of the New Jersey Assembly