Kevin J. Rooney

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Kevin J. Rooney
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 40th District
Assumed office
December 12, 2016
Preceded byScott T. Rumana
Member of the Wyckoff Township Committee
In office
January 1, 2010 – December 12, 2016
Preceded byJoseph B. Fiorenzo
Succeeded byTimothy Shanley
Personal details
Born (1960-01-13) January 13, 1960 (age 61)
Paterson, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Haley Shotmeyer Rooney
ResidenceWyckoff, New Jersey
Alma materRamapo College
Rutgers University
WebsiteLegislative Webpage

Kevin J. Rooney (born January 13, 1960) is an American Republican Party politician who has represented the 40th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since his appointment on December 12, 2016.[1] Before serving in the Assembly, Rooney served as a Committeeman in Wyckoff Township.

Early and personal life[edit]

Rooney was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He is a lifelong Bergen County resident and grew up in Upper Saddle River.[2] He graduated from Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey, and attended Ramapo College for Business and Cook College of Rutgers University for arboriculture.

Rooney won the 2013 version of the Food Network series Chopped, donating his $10,000 winnings to Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children based in Paterson.[3]

Rooney is the Managing Partner of HMS Global Holdings, LLC. He resides in Wyckoff with his wife Hayley Shotmeyer Rooney. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Early political career[edit]

Rooney served on the Wyckoff Zoning Board from 1999 to 2009. He was first elected to the Wyckoff Township in 2009 and was as a member until 2016. He served as Deputy Mayor in 2010 and 2014, and as Mayor in 2011, 2015, and 2016.

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

In December 2016, Rooney became an Assemblyman representing the 40th Legislative District of New Jersey when he was selected to complete Scott Rumana's term in the Assembly when Rumana resigned his seat after he was appointed to serve as a judge in New Jersey Superior Court.[4]


Committee assignments[edit]

  • Appropriations
  • Consumer Affairs

District 40[edit]

New Jersey's 40th Legislative District (2012-2022 Apportionment)

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. New Jersey's 40th Legislative District encompasses parts of Bergen, Passaic, Essex, and Morris counties. The current representatives from the 40th District to the 219th New Jersey Legislature are:[5]

Electoral history[edit]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]


In 2019, Democrats Maria Martini Cordonnier and Micheal Sedon won the primary to challenge Rooney and his running mate Christopher DePhillips. However, Sedon dropped out of the general election and was replaced with former Bergen County Freeholder Julie O'Brien. During the election, Rooney and DePhillips skipped a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters, claiming it was unfair.[6] The Democrats lost to the incumbents.

2019 General Election in 40th District[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kevin J. Rooney (Incumbent) 22,562 28.4% Increase 1.7
Republican Christopher P. DePhillips (Incumbent) 21,955 27.6% Increase 1.3
Democratic Julie O'Brien 17,557 22.1% Decrease 1.1
Democratic Maria Martini Cordonnier 17,332 21.8 Decrease 0.8
Total votes '79,426' '100.0'


In the 2017 election incumbent David C. Russo retired, so Republican Christopher DePhillips ran for the open seat as a team with Rooney. Democrats Christine Ordway and Paul Vagianos and independent Paul Vagianos also vied for the two Assembly seats. Rooney and DePhillips won the general election.

2017 General Election in 40th District[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kevin J. Rooney (Incumbent) 31,170 26.8 Decrease 0.8
Republican Christopher P. DePhillips 30,610 26.3 Decrease 1.7
Democratic Christine Ordway 27,092 23.3 Increase 1.0
Democratic Paul Vagianos 26,737 23.0 Increase 0.8
You Tell Me Anthony J. Pellechia 748 0.6 N/A
Total votes '116,357' '100.0'


  1. ^ "Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney – NJ Assembly Republicans". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  2. ^ "Wyckoff Mayor, County Clerk Announce Run For District 40 Legislative Seats". Wyckoff, NJ Patch. 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  3. ^ Gerace, Joseph M. "Rooney Wins Chopped Crown; Former mayor says he'll donate his $10,000 prize to charity.", Wyckoff Patch, February 25, 2013. Accessed November 14, 2017. "In a televised battle for culinary supremacy, Wyckoff Committeeman Kevin Rooney took home the Chopped crown Sunday night on The Food Network.... Rooney won $10,000 for his victory, and told that he'd give the prize away to charity."
  4. ^ "Republicans pick Kevin Rooney to fill Assembly seat". North Jersey. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  5. ^ "Legislative Roster 2020-2021 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Rooney, DePhillips decline second LWV debate, saying first one was unfair". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  7. ^ "2019-official-general-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  8. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2020.