At the core of Tom Kean is the noble ambition that through public service and the determination to turn ideas into action, one person can make a lasting difference.
Tom's call to public service has been inspired by the proud heritage of the Kean family. The grandson of former U.S. Representative Robert Winthrop Kean and son of former Governor Thomas H. Kean Sr., Tom is continuing a legacy of dedicated public service to New Jersey.
Tom has answered the call to public service many times in his life, serving as both a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, and now a recognized leader in the New Jersey State Senate.
His career in the New Jersey Legislature began in the General Assembly where he quickly developed a reputation as a leader on ethics reform. Overall, Tom has staked out a legislative career that can be described as thoughtful yet determined in its approach to solving the problems facing New Jersey. Tom currently serves on the Senate Higher Education Committee, the Legislative Oversight Committee, and the Select Committee on New Jersey Transit. He is the Senate appointee to the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Israel Commission, the Legislative Services Commission, and the New Jersey Amistad Commission. In 2004, Tom was unanimously elected as Senate Minority Whip. He has served as the Senate Minority Leader since 2008.
Tom is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he earned his degree in history. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation in international relations at Tuft's University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he also received his M.A.L.D. and was employed as a Graduate School instructor.
Tom lives in Westfield with his wife Rhonda and their two daughters.