In a unanimous vote of the present members, the New Jersey State Senate confirmed Joseph V. Doria, Jr. as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
“I thank the Senate for this gracious honor,” said Doria. “I look forward to continuing my work with advocates, non-profit organizations and local officials as we look to make a positive impact on the lives of New Jersey residents.”
Doria served as mayor of Bayonne from 1998 until 2007, and also served as an assemblyman from 1979 until 2004 and state senator from 2004 until 2007 for the 31st Legislative District. He served as speaker of the Assembly from 1990 until 1992 and also as minority leader from 1992 until 2002. Doria graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Peter’s College with majors in History, English and French, holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Boston College, and received his doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He and his wife, Maribeth, were married in 1978 and have one daughter, Margaret Mary.
Doria has been serving as Acting Commissioner of the DCA since Oct. 9. An official swearing in date has yet to be set.