Kim Guadagno was elected New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor in November 2009 and was sworn into office on January 19, 2010. In addition to serving as the Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno serves as the 33rd
Secretary of State.
Lt. Governor Guadagno is leading the Christie Administration's efforts to improve New Jersey's economic vitality, encourage job growth, streamline government, and make business feel welcome again in New Jersey. The Lt. Governor chairs the Red Tape Review Commission, which is engaged in an ongoing review and reform of the State's regulatory process.
Lt. Governor Guadagno also oversees the New Jersey Partnership for Action (PFA), the State’s comprehensive economic development strategy. Designed to serve businesses of all sizes and development stages, the PFA provides access to a variety of resources to ensure business success. It is a three-pronged public-private approach to economic development and the starting point for all initiatives, policies, and efforts to grow New Jersey’s economy and create quality, sustainable jobs in our communities. The three elements of the PFA include the Business Action Center, which reports directly to the Lt. Governor and provides the business community with a single point of contact; the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, serving as the state’s “bank for business;” and Choose New Jersey, an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation created to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout New Jersey.
As the Secretary of State, Lt. Governor Guadagno is New Jersey’s chief election official, overseeing promotion of the state’s $38 billion tourism industry and administers programs related to the arts, culture and history.
Lt. Governor Guadagno began her public service career as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, New York. She later married and moved to Monmouth County. At that time, Guadagno became an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark. She was awarded the nation's highest honor for her prosecutions of two separate corrupt public officials. After her federal service, Guadagno served as a ranking member of the State of New Jersey Attorney's General's Office.
In 2001, Kim Guadagno left the public sector to practice law closer to home and became a teacher at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. She was also appointed to the Monmouth Beach planning board and was elected as a Borough Commissioner in 2005.
In 2007, Kim Guadagno was elected as the first woman sheriff in Monmouth County’s history. As Sheriff, she managed a 650-member law enforcement agency encompassing the county jail, the county 911 communications center and a law enforcement department of 100 men and women. She left both the Office of Sheriff and her position as a teacher at Rutgers Law School upon being Lt. Governor.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was born in Waterloo, Iowa and is a cum laude graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She received her juris doctorate degree, cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Lt. Governor Guadagno and her husband currently reside in Monmouth Beach with their three sons.