TRENTON – Senator Jim Whelan was sworn into the Senate today, vowing to focus his attention in the coming year to the State’s fiscal crisis, as the New Jersey State Senate commenced its 213rd Session.
“It is an honor to be sworn into the State Senate today. I look forward to continuing my service for the people of the Second District as their Senator. I am grateful for their confidence in my ability to represent them in Trenton,” said Senator Whelan after he was sworn in.
Senator Whelan said that he is “looking forward to the challenges that we will face in the Legislature this year.
“I’m anxious to hear more about the Governor’s proposal from today’s State of the State speech. The State’s financial problems will loom over everything the Senate does this year and will dictate what we can and cannot do. It’s quite obvious that we need to put our financial house in order before the State can move forward,” added Senator Whelan.
Senator Whelan previously served the General Assembly, representing the people of the Second District since 2006. He was also the Mayor of Atlantic City from 1990-2001 and a member of the City Council from 1982-1990.
Senator Whelan has a bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Education from TempleUniversity and has been an elementary school teacher in Atlantic City for the past 28 years. His wife, Kathy, is a former elementary school teacher and an accomplished equestrienne. Their son, Richard, is an Atlantic City police sergeant currently serving on the city’s bomb squad.
The Second Legislative District includes Absecon, Atlantic City, Brigantine, CorbinCity, EggHarbor, EggHarborTownship, Estell Manor, Galloway, Hamilton, Linwood, Longport, Margate, Mullica, Northfield, Pleasantville, PortRepublic, Ventnor and Weymouth.