|Name||James E. "Jim" McGreevey|
Plainfield, New Jersey , United States
|| August 06, 1957
Sep 20, 2020 04:00pm
Caucasian - Irish - Moderate - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Divorced - Married - Catholic - Christian - Episcopalian - Gay -
|Info||James Edward "Jim" McGreevey |
JAMES E. McGREEVEY was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a law degree from Georgetown University, and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. He worked as Middlesex County assistant prosecutor, executive director of the state parole board, and in a senior-level position for Merck & Company. He served in the New Jersey State Assembly from 1990 to 1991 and in the state senate from 1994 to 1997. As legislator, he sponsored laws that established a state budget cap; strict ethical standards for public officials; the Pollution Prevention Act, which received the Best Bet Award for Environmental Achievement from the National Center for Policy Alternatives; and numerous health reform bills, including a law requiring insurers to pay for mammograms. He also wrote legislation creating a permanent Commission on Holocaust Education. In 1991 he was elected mayor of Woodbridge, New Jersey's sixth largest municipality, and in 2001, he was elected governor. As mayor, he started a public-private partnership that brought more than 6,000 new jobs and millions in new investment into Woodbridge. He led the revitalization of the downtown business district; put more police on the streets, resulting in an overall crime decrease of nearly 40 percent since 1991; stabilized property taxes; and professionalized the financial management of the town to improve services and streamline operations. As mayor, Woodbridge became a leader in public health initiatives, which included inoculations for children and cancer screenings. Governor McGreevey was recognized for his commitment to improving health care when President Clinton appointed him to the National Cancer Advisory Board. He chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Subcommittee on Health Insurance and served as vice president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors.