Meet Joe Kyrillos
Senator Joe Kyrillos proudly serves the people of Monmouth County and New Jersey.
After two terms in the General Assembly, Joe Kyrillos was sworn in to his first term in the Senate in 1992. During a visible and productive career, he has emerged as a leader in job creation, economic growth and good government. He has voted more than 115 times to reduce taxes and fees.
Senator Kyrillos' overall mission is to protect families, make New Jersey more affordable, create good jobs, improve education for our kids, hold government accountable and to continue work to restore New Jersey to its rightful place as one of the great state's of America.
He continues to work tirelessly to help the shore region rebuild in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Joe shares the resilience of the shore communities, as he helps expedite disaster recovery money and insurance claims for local families and small business owners.
When his party was in the majority Joe served as Majority Conference Leader and chaired standing committees on economic development and coastal resources. He was Chairman of the Republican State Committee from 2001-2004. In 2009 he served as the Chairman of Governor Christie's successful campaign and later was a member of the Christie transition team serving as liaison to all transition sub-committees.
In 2012, Senator Kyrillos was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate.
Currently a member of the Economic Growth, Judiciary and Legislative Oversight committees, he sponsors economic incentives and tax reforms to allow job creators to spend on hiring and investment instead of excessive government. He was the original sponsor the state's landmark Business Employment Incentive Program. Joe’s efforts are part of the state’s Business Action Center and “Jobs 4 Jersey” which continue to create thousands of new private-sector jobs
Joe routinely reaches across party lines to inspire Democrats to act on reforms to improve the quality of life for New Jersey. Senator Kyrillos is a prime sponsor of the two-percent cap on property taxes that is putting the breaks on excessive local spending.
He stood with Governor Christie and bi-partisan reformers to begin to fix the state’s broken pension system with reforms to save more than $120 billion in the next 30 years. He also sponsored the Governor's teacher tenure reform bill and has introduced the "Parent Trigger" bill to provide parents a voice in the operation of schools.
Joe will fight endlessly until Democrats pass his legislation to end the public funding massive sick-leave retirement payouts that are burdening taxpayers and other property tax "Tool Kit" reforms.
Earlier in his career, he was the prime sponsor of the School Report Card to hold public schools and teachers accountable. He lead the early fight for clean ocean and beach legislation and pushed green acres and open space efforts. He created the first stable funding for shore protection, sponsored the Environmental Infrastructure Trust, and the NJ Cultural
In addition to his Senate duties, Joe works in the private sector and is affiliated with with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a commercial real estate services firm, and Newport Capital, Red Bank, an investment advisory firm. Senator Kyrillos, 53, graduated from Hobart College and earned a Master’s degree at Boston University
Visible and accessible in his district and around the State, he has appeared from time to time on television on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, New York network affiliates, and local New Jersey outlets.
Joe is driven so that New Jersey children and families will have the opportunity to live the American Dream that he and his wife Susan, and their families were afforded. He wants to help motivate opportunities for success.
Joe’s father and grandparents immigrated to America to live the Dream. His grandfather worked as a tool and die maker at Thomas Edison’s factory in West Orange. His father was a local doctor and his mother raised four children and graduated from college at age 50.
He and Susan live in Middletown with their children, Max and Georgia, and are members at Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank.