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Thomas A. DeGise

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Thomas A. DeGise
Hudson County Executive
Assumed office
November 2002
Preceded byRobert C. Janiszewski
Jersey City Municipal Council President
In office
Personal details
Born1951 (age 69–70)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceJersey City, New Jersey
Alma materSaint Peter's University

Thomas A. DeGise is an American Democratic Party politician who serves as the County Executive of Hudson County, New Jersey. As County Executive, DeGise administers county business, together with the Board of Chosen Freeholders acting in a legislative role.


Thomas DeGise was born and raised in Jersey City. He earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Saint Peter's College in 1973. He worked as teacher and administrator in the Jersey City Schools from 1975, and served as a job placement counselor at Henry Snyder High School before retiring.

He lives in the same Jersey City Heights neighborhood where he was born with his two daughters, Linda and Amy. His wife, Helene, died in 2007.[1]

Elected office and advisory board[edit]

Prior to serving as County Executive, Mr. DeGise was Jersey City, New Jersey's longest serving Municipal Council President, holding that office from 1993 to 2001. Mr. DeGise entered public life as a community leader during the 1980s, founding the New #28 School Neighborhood Association and eventually chairing the Heights Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (HCNA), a group dedicated to improving quality of life in Heights Section of Jersey City.[2]

In 2001, DeGise ran for Mayor of Jersey City in an election won by Glenn Cunningham.[3]

Following the resignation of Robert C. Janiszewski as County Executive in September 2001, DeGise took office after winning a special election in November 2002, one in which he garnered 77 percent of the vote. On his first day in office, he submitted legislation to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to create the first ever Ethics Oversight Board for Hudson County government. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011.[4] His current term will expire on December 31, 2015.

DeGise serves as the Chairman of North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority for a two year term that will end in January 2016.[2]


  1. "Always supportive DeGise's wife dies after sudden heart attack - Described as quiet and reserved Helene E. DeGise the wife of County Executive Tom DeGise died on Friday Aug. 25 at age 55 after a sudden heart attack. Mrs. DeGise was rushed to Ch..."
  2. 2.0 2.1 "DeGise Elected Chairman" (Press release). NJTPA. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  3. "Ex-Council President Elected Mayor of Jersey City". 6 June 2001 – via NYTimes.com.
  4. Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and Democrats sweep county races: new face as register; incumbent freeholders win, only 2 faced challengers Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 09, 2011

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert C. Janiszewski
County Executive
Hudson County, New Jersey

2002 – present
Succeeded by

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