Virginia E. Haines

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Virginia E. Haines
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 10th Legislative District
In office
January 7, 1992 – June 30, 1994
Serving with David W. Wolfe
Preceded byJohn Paul Doyle and Marlene Lynch Ford
Succeeded byJames W. Holzapfel
Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery
In office
July 1994 – February 2002
Preceded byFrank M. Pelly
Succeeded byVirginia Bauer
Ocean County Board of chosen freeholders
In office
January 27, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Preceded byJames F. Lacey
Personal details
Born (1946-06-06) June 6, 1946 (age 73)
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceToms River, New Jersey
Alma materOcean County College

Virginia E. "Ginny" Haines (born June 6, 1946) is an American Republican Party politician from New Jersey who serves on the Ocean County Board of chosen freeholders. She had served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 1994 and had been appointed to head the New Jersey Lottery from 1994 to 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey on June 6, 1946,[1] Haines graduated from Lakewood High School in 1964 and attended Ocean County College. She served on the Dover Township Municipal Utilities Authority and was the Clerk of the New Jersey General Assembly from May 1987 to January 1990.[2]

Elected office[edit]

A resident of Toms River (then Dover Township), Haines and her Republican running mates in the 1991 general election – David W. Wolfe for the second assembly seat and Andrew R. Ciesla for the State Senate – were elected to office in the 10th Legislative District, covering portions of both Monmouth County and Ocean County.[3] The slate of Ciesla, Haines and Wolfe were all re-elected to office in November 1993.[4]

Haines resigned from office on June 30, 1994, after Governor of New Jersey Christine Whitman nominated her to become executive director of the New Jersey Lottery to succeed Frank M. Pelly.[5] She held the position until February 2002. James W. Holzapfel was appointed to fill the assembly seat vacated by Haines, taking office on August 15, 1994, before winning a November 1994 special election to serve the balance of Haines' term of office.[6]

The Ocean County Republican committee selected Haines to fill the freeholder seat expiring in December 2016 that had been held by James F. Lacey until he resigned from office on December 31, 2015. On January 27, 2016, Haines was sworn into office on the Ocean County Board of chosen freeholders, making her the second woman – Hazel Gluck was the first – to serve as a freeholder since the governing body of Ocean County was established in 1850.[7] She was appointed to serve as chairwoman of Human Services and as the liaison to Social Services.[8]

Party offices[edit]

Haines has served as the New Jersey National Committeewoman for the Republican Party since June 2004 and was elected as the Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee Northeast Region in 2013. At the national party level, she has served as a member of the Ethics Committee, the Rules Committee and the Site-Selection Committee.[9] She was chosen as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Convention.[8]


  1. ^ Staff. Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual, State of New Jersey, 2001, p. 718. E. J. Mullin, 2001. "She was born in Point Pleasant on June 6, 1946. She graduated from Lakewood High School and attended Ocean County Community College."
  2. ^ Staff. "Haines picked to head lottery", Asbury Park Press, May 19, 1994. Accessed August 30, 2016. "Elected to two-year Assembly term in 1991; re-elected in 1993. Served as Assembly clerk from 1987 to 1990. Municipal positions: Member of the Dover Township Municipal Utilities Authority since 1987; authority chairwoman since 1991. Education: Graduated from Lakewood High School in 1964; attended Ocean County College."
  3. ^ Official Results General Election November 5, 1991, New Jersey Department of State Election Division, December 6, 1991. Accessed August 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Official List General Election Returns for the Office of Senate and Assembly for Election Held November 2, 1993, New Jersey Department of State Election Division, November 24, 1993. Accessed August 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Gnoffo Jr., Anthony; and Turcol, Thomas. "Lottery Computer Pact Choice Due Soon Three High-powered Firms Are Vying For The $100-million Deal. An Ex-official Of One Of The Firms Has Been Indicted.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 7, 1994. Accessed August 30, 2016. "Then the battle began. GTECH's bid was favored by a screening committee at the lottery, and by the lottery director, Frank M. Pelly, appointed to his post by former Gov. Jim Florio. Pelly has since been succeeded by a Whitman appointee, Virginia E. Haines, a former Assembly member and a Republican from Toms River."
  6. ^ Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 259. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed August 31, 2016.
  7. ^ Larsen, Erik. "Haines appointed Ocean County freeholder", Asbury Park Press, January 26, 2016. Accessed August 30, 2016. "Ocean County Freeholder-designate Virginia 'Ginny' Haines is surrounded by supporters and county Republican leaders following her appointment to the county's governing body on Tuesday night. Haines, 69, of Toms River, becomes only the second woman to serve on the Ocean County freeholder board since 1850. The first was Hazel Gluck who stepped down in 1979."
  8. ^ a b Freeholder Virginia E. "Ginny" Haines, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed August 30, 2016.
  9. ^ New Jersey Leadership, Republican Party (United States). Accessed August 31, 2016.