Senate President Steve Sweeney is a tireless advocate for working people, middle-class families, seniors and children. He’s helping put New Jersey on solid fiscal ground by purging wasteful spending and making government work better for less.
Senator Sweeney protected homeowners by passing the bill that puts a two percent cap on annual property tax increases. He led efforts to reform our public employee pension and health benefits systems – a long-term change that will save taxpayers more than $120 billion over 30 years. To help seniors afford to stay in state, Senator Sweeney is working to eliminate state income taxes for middle class seniors and expand the Senior Freeze program by increasing the senior property tax deduction.
An ironworker by trade, Senator Sweeney is a strong advocate for workers. He sponsored laws to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage and create the state’s Paid Family Leave program. In 2010, Senator Sweeney helped design and pass thirty bills, known collectively as “Back to Work NJ,” to help create jobs and economic growth in New Jersey. He’s also pushing for sustained investment in transportation infrastructure as a way to create jobs and make New Jersey more competitive.
Senator Sweeney is also leading the fight to protect people with developmental disabilities. He built schools and parks for special needs children and children with disabilities and fought to create a statewide registry of offenders who abused developmentally disabled people.
As President of the New Jersey Senate, Senator Sweeney helped lead the fight for Marriage Equality and expanded access to education through the Dream Act. He also sponsored laws to help law enforcement better defend children from sex offenders and assist the families of police officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel killed in the line of duty.
Born in Camden, Senator Sweeney graduated from Pennsauken High School. He currently serves as the General Organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers. Senator Sweeney lives in West Deptford with his wife, Patti and their two children, Stephen and Lauren.