On November 6, 2007, constituents in the 1st Legislative District elected Jeff Van Drew to represent them in the New Jersey State Senate. He previously served three terms in the General Assembly where he assumed a Leadership role in the Legislature, when he was named Assistant Majority Leader.
Dr. Van Drew earned a reputation as a strong advocate for southern New Jersey municipalities, but especially for veterans, senior citizens and consumers. He demonstrates a willingness to work on a bipartisan basis, addressing issues of vital concern to the residents of the district he represents. In the past he has earned the honor of having the highest percentage of bills passed in the Assembly.
He has received numerous honors throughout his terms including NJ Veterans of Foreign War Outstanding Legislator of the Year, NJ Vietnam Veterans Legislator of the Year, Atlantic County Veterans Advocate of the Year, The Veteran's Exercise Tiger Foundation's Legislator of the Year, New Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance Award, Outstanding Conservation Legislator Award, Boy Scouts of America Citizen of Year, Association of Counties Legislator of the Year. He was also presented the Equal Justice Award by the New Jersey Association of Crime Victims for his efforts and pursuit of "Michael's Law" which stiffens penalties for repeat drunk drivers - getting them of the road and behind bars, Legislator of the Year from the NJ Veterinarian's Association, South Jersey Cultural Alliance Paul Aiken Encore Award and Standing Ovation Award, the Tourism Award from the Atlantic City Region Tourism Council, and the Garden State Seafood Legislator of the Year.
Dr. Van Drew sponsored various trend-setting legislation that would ban unwanted telemarketing calls; stop predatory lending practices; curb prescription-drug related errors; and establish certain consumer protection requirements for the cable television and telephone industries. He also sponsored a law that gave Veterans Groups the right to properly bury unclaimed veteran remains--these veterans used to sit on shelves in funeral homes and now they will receive the respect they deserve. He has also sponsored legislation that was signed into law that states anyone can fly the American Flag wherever and whenever they want as well as display "In God We Trust". He works to strengthen New Jersey's laws regarding Animal Cruelty and vehemently challenges any attempt to eliminate shore protection or State Police funding for South Jersey municipalities.
During his first term in the General Assembly, he held the distinction of being the first freshman legislator to serve as chairman of a committee in more than a decade. He now serves as the Chairman of the Community and Urban Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of the Veteran and Military Affairs Committee, and a member of the Budget Committee.
Dr. Van Drew has a lifetime membership in the New Jersey Fireman's Association. He is a dentist, former President of the Atlantic Cape May Dental Society and Chairman of Peer review for the NJ Dental Association. He resides with his wife and their two children.