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Senator Kevin O'Toole

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Senator Kevin O'Toole was born on October 5, 1964 in Cedar Grove, NJ. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Seton Hall University and his Juris Doctorate from the Seton Hall, School of Law. Senator O'Toole currently serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Senate State Government Committee. He also serves as a member of the Ramapo College Board of Governors.
 
During his collegiate career, Senator O'Toole served a college internship in the office of former Congressman Joseph Minish and thereafter as a legislative aide to Senator John V. Kelly; Chairman of the Essex County Republican Committee. Mr. O'Toole had also served a clerkship in the office of the State Attorney General.
 
Prior to being elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2007, Senator O'Toole served in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001, as Mayor of Cedar Grove in 1990, 1993 and 1995, and as Councilman of Cedar Grove from 1989-1996.
 
During his time in the legislature, Senator O'Toole has sponsored laws to reform welfare, strengthen our state's domestic violence statutes, increase penalties on businesses and individuals who engage in discrimination, preserve our state's drinking water supply through the preservation of Sterling Forest and mandate insurance coverage for mammograms and for those being treated for breast and cervical cancer.
 
Senator O'Toole has also instituted the New Jersey Prepaid College Education Expense Program, which would allow parents to start education savings accounts to enable them to pay for their child's college education at today's prices. He has also sponsored legislation to ban 'Pay-to-Play' tactics, which would prohibit campaign contributions from vendors who have government contracts and also legislation which established funding for full-day kindergarten programs in the Abbot school districts.
 
Senator O'Toole and his wife Bethany have two children, Kevin Jr. and Ryan Marie.