Joseph V. Egan

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Joseph V. Egan
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 17th Legislative District
Assumed office
January 8, 2002
Serving with Joseph Danielsen
Preceded by Bob Smith
Jerry Green
Member of the New Brunswick City Council
In office
January 1, 1982 – December 31, 2010
Succeeded by Kevin P. Egan
Personal details
Born (1938-02-27) February 27, 1938 (age 79)
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Yolanda Egan (m. 1959)
Children four
Residence New Brunswick, New Jersey
Occupation Business manager, I.B.E.W. Local 456
Website Legislative web page

Joseph V. Egan (born February 27, 1938) is an American Democratic Party politician, who represents the 17th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he has served since 2002. He serves in the Assembly on the Labor Committee (as Chair) and on the Telecommunications Committee.


Egan was born on February 27, 1938 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He attended St. Peter's High School and shortly thereafter joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.) Local Union 456.[1]

He served on the New Brunswick City Council from 1982 to 2010 and was council president for nine years.[1][2] In November 2001, Egan was elected to the General Assembly from the 17th District succeeding Bob Smith who was elected to the State Senate and Jerry Green who was redistricted to the 22nd District. From 2002 to 2010, Egan simultaneously held a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly and on the New Brunswick City Council. This dual position, often called double dipping, had been allowed under a grandfather clause in the state law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine in September 2007 that prevents dual-office-holding but allows those who had held both positions as of February 1, 2008, to retain both posts.[3]

Egan is Business Manager for the I.B.E.W. Local 456.[2] He is a former president of the union's executive board.[1]

Egan continues to reside in New Brunswick with his wife Yolanda, married since 1959. They have four children and seven grandchildren.[1][4] His son Kevin succeeded him on the New Brunswick City Council after Egan retired from it in 2010.[5][6] Egan is a member of the St. Peter The Apostle Church Parish and is a former vice president of the parish council.[1]

District 17[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 17th District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ a b c d e Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey - Two Hundred and Eleventh Legislature (First Session) (PDF). Skinder-Strauss Associates. 2004. pp. 268–269. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Assemblyman Egan's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed October 6, 2012.
  3. ^ via Associated Press. "N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping", WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Assemblyman Joseph V. Egan Bio Page". NJ Assembly Majority Office. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Haydon, Tom (June 8, 2010). "New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill fends off Democratic primary challenge". NJ Advance Media for Retrieved September 5, 2015. Egan, a union leader and president of the city parking authority, is the son of Assemblyman and long-time councilman a Joseph Egan, who did not seek re-election to the council. 
  6. ^ "Meet the Members". City of New Brunswick. 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Bob Smith
Jerry Green
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 17th District
January 8, 2002 – present
With: Upendra J. Chivukula, Joseph Danielsen
Succeeded by