On November 3, 2009, the people of New Jersey elected Kim Guadagno as the first Lieutenant Governor in the state's history.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was born in Waterloo, Iowa. As a child, she moved frequently throughout the country before calling New Jersey her home. Her husband, Mike, grew up in Monmouth County, and it is there they decided to raise their three boys, Kevin, Michael and Anderson.
After graduating from Ursinus College in 1980, and then American University law school in 1983, Kim began her public career as a federal prosecutor. She earned a reputation as being tough and independent, qualities that proved valuable during her successful tenure on the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, NY. After Kim married her husband, she moved to New Jersey, where she took a position in the United States Attorney's office in Newark. For her achievements, she was awarded the United States Department of Justice's highest honor on two separate occasions
After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kim went on to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in New Jersey. As an Assistant Attorney General and the Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Justice, she was in charge of statewide criminal investigations with oversight of 300 prosecutors and investigators. After leaving office in 2001, Kim became an attorney in private practice, yet continued her commitment to public service. She served on the Monmouth Beach planning board for sixteen years and later as Commissioner in Monmouth Beach from 2005 - 2007.
In 2007, Kim became the 75th Sheriff of Monmouth County, and the county's first woman sheriff. As Sheriff, she was the Chief Executive Officer of a 650-member law enforcement agency with a $65 million budget. Amid these responsibilities, Kim also taught at Rutgers Law School-Newark from 2001 through her election as Lieutenant Governor in 2009.
Kim Guadagno was sworn in as New Jersey's first Lieutenant Governor on January 19, 2010.