Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean
Tom’s allegiance 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 embarked on his career in public service after graduating from Dartmouth University, when he received an appointment from President George H.W. Bush to work in the Environmental Protection Agency, where he met his wife, Rhonda. Following the Bush administration, he had the opportunity to serve in Congressman Bob Franks’ office in Washington, DC.
In 2001, Tom made his own run for public office, becoming a member of the New Jersey General Assembly. He quickly developed a reputation as a leader among his peers and took on tough issues such as ethics reform, education reform and initiatives to grow New Jersey’s economy and make the state more affordable. Two years later, Tom was named to the upper house of the state legislature. Then in 2008, the Republican Caucus unanimously elected him Senate Republican Leader.
Tom, Rhonda and their two daughters reside in Westfield.