Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will deliver the commencement address at Raritan Valley Community College’s 46th annual spring commencement, Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. The Lt. Governor also will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony, which will be held on the soccer field at the College’s Branchburg Campus.
Approximately 1,200 students are expected to be awarded associate degrees or certificates.
Kim Guadagno was sworn in as New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor on January 19, 2010, and was elected to a second term in 2013. She also serves as the 33rd Secretary of State.
Lt. Governor Guadagno has been a practicing lawyer for 32 years, admitted in New York and New Jersey. She began her public service career as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, New York, and later became an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General in New Jersey. She taught at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark for eight years and served for 19 years on the Monmouth Beach Planning and Zoning Board. Her first elected office was as commissioner to the non-partisan Borough of Monmouth Beach where she served from 2005 to 2007 as the head of the Department of Public Works.
In 2007, Kim Guadagno was elected as the first female sheriff in Monmouth County, New Jersey's history. As Sheriff, she managed a 650-member law enforcement agency encompassing the county jail, the county 911 communications center, and a law enforcement department of 100 men and women.
Today, Lt. Governor Guadagno leads the Christie Administration's efforts to improve New Jersey's economic vitality, encourage job growth, streamline government, and make businesses feel welcome again in New Jersey. She chairs the Red Tape Review Commission, which is an ongoing review and reform of the State’s regulatory process, and the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force. The Task Force is charged with forging an effective blueprint for securing the long-term growth and viability of New Jersey's military bases and U.S. Coast Guard installations.
As the Secretary of State, Lt. Governor Guadagno is New Jersey’s chief election official, oversees promotion of the state’s $40 billion tourism industry, and administers programs related to the arts, culture, and history.