Michael Soriano

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Michael Soriano
Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills
Assumed office
January 1, 2018
Preceded byJames Barberio
Personal details
Michael Soriano

(1967-05-12) May 12, 1967 (age 55)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceParsippany, New Jersey
Alma materJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice

Michael Soriano (born May 12, 1967)[1] is an American electrician and politician, currently serving as Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. Born in Augusta, Georgia, he was previously an electrician and labor official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 in New York City.[1] Soriano was elected Mayor on November 7, 2017, in his first run for public office. He was sworn in on January 1, 2018 for a four-year term. He is the first Mayor of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Morris County, New Jersey, and one of a handful of Puerto Rican mayors in the mainland United States.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Soriano was born in Augusta, Georgia to a military family living at the Fort Gordon United States Army base.[3] After his father left the service, he was raised in Brooklyn and Flushing, Queens. While attending John Jay College, Soriano worked for the Boy Scouts of America in Washington Heights, Manhattan. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in public administration.[4]

In 1983, he began an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, the same union his father was a member of. After his stint in the Boy Scouts, Soriano became a full-time electrician, and served as a journeyman, foreman and superintendent on various building projects in New York City. Soriano was active in the union, serving on the Apprenticeship Advisory Committee and as legislative chairman of the Santiago-Iglesias Educational Society, the union’s Hispanic-American club.[4]

Political career[edit]

Soriano moved to the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany in 2002[1], and became active in the township’s politics. He served as Chairman of the township’s Democratic committee beginning in 2006.[4]

In 2017, Soriano announced his run for Mayor against two-term Republican incumbent James Barberio.[3] He won the primary election with 89 percent of the vote, and defeated Barberio with 53 percent of the vote in an election that focused on the influence of township attorney John Inglesino.[5] The race attracted statewide attention due the traditionally Republican nature of Morris County and Soriano’s Puerto Rican heritage.[2]

Soriano was sworn into office on January 1, 2018. Soriano began his tenure with replacements of the township attorney[6], chief of police[7] and business administrator[8], restructuring the township’s senior leadership team. His other initiatives have included the opening of the vast Jersey City Reservoir property for public recreation[9] and expansion of special police officer patrols in township schools.[10]

Soriano has been seen as an ally of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. He has joined Murphy’s call for a $15/hour minimum wage in New Jersey, and stood with the Governor in opposing legislative Democrat’s controversial state redistricting proposal.[11] Murphy has formally recognized Soriano for his contributions to New Jersey’s Hispanic-American community, including his service on the state’s Puerto Rico Relief Commission.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Soriano resides in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany with his wife, Jennifer, and one daughter. He is an Eagle Scout.[4]

Electoral History[edit]

Parsippany-Troy Hills Democratic mayoral primary, June 6, 2017[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Soriano 2,224 89.25
Democratic Thomas C. Fulco 260 10.43
Democratic Write-In 8 0.32
Total votes 2,492 100
Parsippany-Troy Hills mayoral election, November 7, 2017[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Soriano 7,438 52.92
Republican James R. Barberio (incumbent) 6,606 47.00
n/a Write-In 12 0.09
Total votes 14,056 100

See also[edit]

  • Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ""Mayor Michael Soriano", Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Fissures Appear in the Morris County GOP Monolith – Starting in Parsippany". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Michael Soriano enters mayor race". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Parsippany Democratic Committee Honors Michael Soriano". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ""Morris County Clerk Election Results"". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  6. "James Lott replaces Inglesino as Township Attorney". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  7. "Parsippany police chief Andrew Miller sworn in". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  8. "Woodland Park mayor hired as Parsippany's administrator". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  9. "Officials celebrate launch of Boonton Reservoir recreation trail". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  10. "Soriano swears in Class III officers". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  11. "Soriano opposes redistricting plan". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  12. "Gov. Murphy honors 3 NJ leaders for contributions to Hispanic community". Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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