Vincent Prieto

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Vincent Prieto
170th Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
Assumed office
January 14, 2014
Preceded by Sheila Oliver
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
December 13, 2004
Serving with Angelica M. Jimenez
Preceded by Anthony Impreveduto
Personal details
Born (1960-09-11) September 11, 1960 (age 56)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marlene
Children two
Residence Secaucus, New Jersey
Alma mater Middlesex County College
Bergen Community College
Website Legislative website

Vincent Prieto (born September 11, 1960) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served as the 170th Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly since January 14, 2014. He has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since December 2004, where he represents the 32nd Legislative District. He is also the current Chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization.


Prieto is a Cuban-American. In 1971, he and his mother took a Freedom Flight (air-lift resettlement program offering alien resident status to Cuban exiles) and moved to North Hudson County at a time when it was known as Havana on the Hudson.[1]

He attended Middlesex County College receiving a degree in construction code technology and Bergen Community College where he received a degree for fire code technology. Outside of his legislative and political duties, he is the construction code official for the Town of Secaucus.[2][3] He is a resident of Secaucus with his wife Marlene and two children.

Political career[edit]

Prieto served on the Secaucus Planning Board from 1998 to 2001.[2] He was selected by Hudson County Democratic Party leaders in December 2004 to fill the vacancy of Anthony Impreveduto, who resigned after pleading guilty to using campaign contributions for personal purposes.[4] In the heavily Democratic-leaning 32nd district, he has not faced significant opposition in any general election since being appointed.

He garnered the support of 41 of 48 colleagues and became the Assembly Speaker in November 2013 replacing Sheila Oliver.[5] He is the second Cuban-American to lead the Assembly after fellow Hudson County Democrat Albio Sires.[6][7]

Prieto serves as the Chairman of the Legislative Services Commission. Prieto served in the Assembly as the Deputy Majority Whip from 2006 to 2011. He previously served in the Assembly as chair on the Budget Committee, the Budget Oversight Committee, and the Regulated Professions Committee; he was also a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Public Works Committee, and the Independent Authorities Committee.[2]

In 2013 the Hudson Reporter ranked him #7 in its list of Hudson County's 50 most influential people,[8] and #5 in 2015.[9] He replaced Bayonne mayor Mark Smith as the chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization in 2013.[10]

District 32[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 32nd District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ Quigley, Joan (December 24, 2013). "From humble start, Prieto rises to set the Assembly agenda". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Assemblyman Prieto's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 13, 2008.
  3. ^ "Secaucus Construction Department". Town of Secaucus. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Benson, Josh. "UP FRONT: WORTH NOTING; Prioritize, Prioritize", The New York Times, December 26, 2004. Accessed August 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Freidman, Matt (October 22, 2013). "Prieto formalizes support to become speaker with signed letter". NJ Advance Media for Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  6. ^ Zeitlinger, Ron (November 8, 2013). "Vincent Prieto, New Jersey's new Assembly Speaker, is second Cuban-American in post". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ The Associated Press (December 25, 2014). "Prieto's moves in the Statehouse guided by lessons as boy in Cuba". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ Adriana Rambay Fernández, Stephen LaMarca, Gennarose Pope, Ray Smith, Al Sullivan and E. Assata Wright. "They've Got the Power". The Union City Reporter. January 8, 2012. Pages 1, 4-7 and 10-11.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Al; Davis, Carlo; Schwartz, Art; Passantino, Joseph (January 18, 2015). The Union City Reporter, pp 1, 5, 9, 12
  10. ^ Conte, Michaelangelo (June 13, 2013). "Assemblyman Vincent Prieto elected chair of Hudson Dems". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Anthony Impreveduto
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 32nd District
December 13, 2004 – present
With: Joan M. Quigley, Angelica M. Jimenez
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Sheila Oliver
Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
January 14, 2014 – present
Succeeded by