(TRENTON) – Long-time legislative staffer Mitchelle Drulis received the oath of office Tuesday from Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin. Drulis is the first Democrat from Hunterdon County to be elected to the State Legislature in over 40 years. She joins Assemblyman Roy Freiman in representing the 16th Legislative District.
Drulis is well acquainted with the New Jersey State House. She began her career as a legislative aide to then-Assemblyman Bob Smith in December of 2000 before serving as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Joe Eagan from 2002 to 2013.
“I am confident that Mitchelle’s years of service to New Jersey and her experience working in and running legislative district offices will serve her well in the Assembly,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “She will be a true asset to the Assembly Democratic Caucus as we work to tackle the most pressing issue facing New Jersey families.”
In 2018, Drulis served as the Political Director for Tom Malinowski’s congressional campaign. She then took on the mantle of District Director in his office, where she developed and managed a constituent services program that assisted roughly 12,000 individual constituents across the district.
“I am honored that the people of Legislative District 16 have entrusted me to be their voice in Trenton, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to ensure New Jersey is the best place to raise a family,” said Assemblywoman Drulis (D-Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex). “Now more than ever, New Jersey deserves elected officials who are committed to easing the financial burden of property taxes for working families and retirees, and upholding the rights and liberties of its residents. I am excited to get to work.”
Drulis is the owner of a Somerset County-based small business and has volunteered as Vice President of a local Parent Teacher Organization in the Flemington Raritan school district.
Drulis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, where she was an Eagleton Institute of Politics Undergraduate Associate. She currently lives in Raritan Township with her husband and daughter.