Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. began serving New Jersey's 13th Legislative District, representing parts of Monmouth and Middlesex counties, in 1988 when he was elected to the General Assembly. After spending two terms in the Assembly he was elected to the Senate where he has served since 1993.
Senator Kyrillos sits on both the Senate Economic Growth and Judiciary Committees. He served as the Majority Conference Leader from 1997-2002. From 2001-2004 he was the Chairman of the Republican State Committee and was the New Jersey Chairman for Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and served as the Chairman for Chris Christie for Governor.
Some of Senator Kyrillos' major legislative accomplishments include sponsorship of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority Act, ensuring a smooth transition as Fort Monmouth prepares to close under BRAC recommendations, and sponsorship of the Business Employment Incentive Program to stimulate job creation and cover the costs for businesses moving to the Garden State and utility reform to help keep costs down for businesses and individuals by increasing competition. In addition, Senator Kyrillos helped establish the New Jersey School Report Card which holds schools responsible for graduating students who have basic skills and knowledge.
On the environmental front, Senator Kyrillos is the primary senate sponsor of the Environmental Infrastructure Trust, legislation promoting eco-tourism in New Jersey, and has fought for a stable source of shore protection funding as well as closing CAFRA loopholes permitting inappropriate coastal development.
In addition to his legislative duties, the Senator is employed as Senior Managing Director of First Service Williams, a commercial real estate services firm based in New York and Parsippany. His past experiences include serving as a Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel and with Vice President George Bush's staff for the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign.
Senator Kyrillos hosts a statewide cable television program, Tour of New Jersey, and serves on numerous boards and commissions. They include the American Council of Young Political Leaders, Bayshore Senior Day Center, Count Basie Theatre, Monmouth County Historical Association, New Jersey Historical Society, Prevention First, Rainbow Foundation, and the Two River Theatre Company. He is a former member of the National Conference of State Legislature and its foundation.
A resident of Middletown, he is a member of the Middletown Lion's Club, Middletown Elks and Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Kyrillos graduated from Hobart College and earned his master's degree from the Boston University School of Public Communication. He is married to Susan Doctorian and they have two children, Max and Georgia.