Kevin J. Rooney

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Kevin J. Rooney
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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 63)
Paterson, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
SpouseHayley 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] Rooney served in the General Assembly as Deputy Republican Whip from 2021 to 2022 and has served as the Deputy Minority Conference Leader since 2022.[2] Before serving in the Assembly, Rooney served as a Committeeman in Wyckoff.

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.[3] He graduated in 1977 from Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, graduated in 1980 from Ramapo College for Business[4] and attended 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.[5]

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 four grandchildren.[6]

Early political career[edit]

Rooney served on the Wyckoff Zoning Board from 1999 to 2009. He was first elected to the Wyckoff Township Committee 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.[2]

New Jersey General 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.[7]

Committee assignments[edit]

Committee assignments for the current session are:[2]

  • Appropriations
  • Consumer Affairs

District 40[edit]

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.[8] The representatives from the 40th District for the 2022—23 Legislative Session are:[9]

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.[10] The Democrats lost to the incumbents.

2019 General Election in 40th District[11]
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 Anthony J. Pellechia also vied for the two Assembly seats. Rooney and DePhillips won the general election.

2017 General Election in 40th District[12]
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 January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R), New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 27, 2022.
  3. ^ "Wyckoff Mayor, County Clerk Announce Run For District 40 Legislative Seats". Wyckoff, NJ Patch. April 26, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Nesi, Chris. "Four are vying for two seats on the governing body", Suburban News, October 22, 2009. Accessed January 25, 2022, via "Kevin J. Rooney... Education: Northern Highlands Regional High School, 1977. Graduated from Ramapo College in Mahwah in 1980."
  5. ^ 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."
  6. ^ About, Kevin J. Rooney. Accessed May 6, 2022. "He and his wife, Hayley, have lived in Wyckoff for over 25 years where they raised their four children: Victoria, Jordan, Austin and Cassidy. In addition to their four children, Kevin has four grandchildren: Gryffin, Scarlett, Liam, and Brodie."
  7. ^ "Republicans pick Kevin Rooney to fill Assembly seat". North Jersey. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  8. ^ New Jersey State Constitution 1947 (Updated Through Amendments Adopted in November, 2020): Article IV, Section II, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 28, 2022.
  9. ^ Legislative Roster for District 40, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 11, 2022.
  10. ^ "Rooney, DePhillips decline second LWV debate, saying first one was unfair". New Jersey Globe. October 27, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "2019-official-general-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 21, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2020.

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