Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo currently is serving his sixth term in the New Jersey General Assembly having been first elected in 2007. In the Legislature, he serves as Deputy Speaker; chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee; vice-chairman of the Assembly Military and Veterans Committee; member of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and as a member of the New Jersey Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs.
During his tenure in the General Assembly, DeAngelo authored notable laws such as creating hiring preference for veterans in the New Jersey State Police; routing out fraud in the unemployment insurance system by stopping payments to the incarcerated or deceased from receiving benefits and strengthening consumer interaction with third-party energy providers. He has worked to change school board elections to November; protected New Jersey’s military bases and those businesses connected to them; cracked down on deadly road-rage and auto insurance fraud; create civilian job opportunities for veterans in nursing and teaching; and established the Silver Alert system for missing individuals.
Wayne served on the Hamilton Township Council, including a term as President. While on Council, DeAngelo pushed for the creation of Pedophile-Free Zones in the Township to protect children from predators while at school or at play in a community park. He also worked to reform local government by banning nepotism in hiring, and requiring developers to disclose campaign contributions. DeAngelo serves as a member of the Township's Planning Board, and was previously a member of the Hamilton Township Zoning Board of Adjustments to prevent over-development of our communities.
An active leader in local and regional labor union organizations, Wayne serves as the president of the Mercer County Building Trades. He previously served as the secretary/ treasurer of the organization.
Wayne became a journeyman electrician with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 269 after graduating from Hamilton Township's Steinert High School in 1983. He worked his way through the ranks of IBEW Local 269 to become assistant business manager, a post he held since 1999. As a leader of IBEW Local 269, Wayne led the implementation of one of the state's first large solar panel systems to encourage energy independence and promote use of alternative sources of energy.
Currently, Wayne is a member of the board of trustees of the Mercer County ARC, a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Hamilton Elks Club #2262, as well as President and youth soccer coach at the Hibernian Athletic Association. He previously sat on the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Mercer County.
The assemblyman has received honors including Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Library Association of New Jersey and the Legislative Leadership award from the New Jersey Association of Community Providers. DeAngelo has been named by Irish Echo as a Top 50 Irish Labor Leader in 2011. Earlier the same year, DeAngelo was chosen to serve as the Grand Marshall of the Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He also has been recognized with the Distinguished Citizenship Award by the Elks Lodge.
A life-long resident of Hamilton Township, Wayne and his wife, Toni, have two daughters, Natalie and Julia.