New Jersey's 39th Legislative District

Senator Holly Schepisi

Senator Holly Schepisi




Senator Holly Schepisi

Born: December 20, 1971


  • B.A. The Catholic University of America (Politics/Psychology)
  • J.D. Fordham University School of Law

Occupation: Owner/Attorney, Schepisi Consulting & Law, LLC/p>

Public/Party Service:

  • Borough of Oakland Public Defender 2012-2014
  • Township of River Vale Attorney 2007-2011
  • Borough of Old Tappan Alternate Prosecutor 2010-2011
  • Borough of Westwood Alternate Prosecutor 2002-2011

Legislative Service:

  • Senate 2021-present, Deputy Conference Leader 2020-2021
  • General Assembly 2012-2021, Deputy Republican Leader 2020-2021, Assistant Republican Leader 2018-2020

Holly Schepisi served as an Assemblywoman from 2012 until she was sworn into the Senate to fill the seat of the late Senator Gerry Cardinale on March 26, 2021. Senator Schepisi represents the 39th Legislative District, which includes 20 municipalities in Bergen County and three in Passaic County. Ms. Schepisi earned a Bachelor's degree in politics and psychology in 1993 from Catholic University of America and a law degree from Fordham University Law School in 1997.

Senator Schepisi is a practicing attorney and started her own firm, Schepisi Consulting & Law, LLC. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Holy Name Medical Center and President of its Foundation. Prior to her role at Holy Name, she was special counsel at the law firm of Huntington Bailey, LLP, where she practiced governmental law, corporate law, land use law, employment matters, criminal defense, and structured finance law.

Experienced in public issues, she served as the public defender for the Borough of Oakland from 2012 to 2014, and was the township attorney for River Vale from 2007 to 2011. She is a board member of the Bergen Community College Foundation and serves as an advisory board member of SB One Bank.

Senator Schepisi serves as a member of the Coummunity & Urban Affairs Committee and the Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee in the Senate. While in the Assembly, among other things, she was one of the most vocal representatives in Trenton fighting against overdevelopment in our district, fighting to reopen our restaurants, bars and small business, fighting to get our children back to school under safe conditions, and fighting against the increased tax burdens and uncontrolled spending driving out our middle class. She has introduced legislation to change the unfair school funding formula that disproportionately impacts our District 39 communities and is the primary reason for our high property taxes.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, her office has served as the primary point of contact for residents both in and outside of District 39 for unemployment issues, for seniors and those at high risk who are having trouble getting vaccinated, and for our local business owners.

The Senator resides in River Vale with her husband and two children.

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