(TRENTON) – Dan Hutchison and Cody Miller received the oath of office from Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin on Tuesday to become members of the New Jersey General Assembly. The pair now represent the 4th Legislative District in Camden, Atlantic, and Gloucester counties.
“Cody and Dan are filling big shoes left by two long-time dedicated public servants who set the bar high,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “I know they will quickly become integral members of our caucus, leveraging their backgrounds to benefit the residents of New Jersey. During Dan’s 27-year career as a bankruptcy attorney, he has been a problem solver and an advocate – two traits needed for success in the Assembly. Similarly, Cody’s deep ties to the education community will be a terrific asset as the Assembly Democrats continue to focus on affordability in the upcoming session.”
Hutchison is a five-term Gloucester Township Councilman who has dedicated his career to helping people cope in difficult financial times. As a bankruptcy attorney, he has helped over 7,500 people save their homes and cars and obtain relief from crushing debt. He also served as the Gloucester County Regional Coordinator for the Financial Literacy Program.
“My interactions and conversations with families working their way back from financial hardships have reinforced the importance of the need for having sound fiscal policies,” said Assemblyman Hutchison (D-Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester). “I’m excited to hit the ground running and focus on a legislative agenda that puts New Jerseyans first.”
Hutchison lives in Gloucester Township with his wife Karen and four children. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Rider College and his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University. He expects to complete his Master of Law Degree from Saint John’s University this Spring.
Miller currently serves on the Monroe Township Board of Education, helping to lead the charge for full-day pre-K and secure $25 million to upgrade schools. He is also the Director of Foundation and Alumni Relations at Rowan College of South Jersey. Miller previously served on the Monroe Township Council, where he established numerous redevelopment and rehabilitation design sites, spurring business and economic development. He is also a volunteer firefighter with the Williamstown Fire Company #1.
“As the first one in my family to graduate college and the son of a single mom, I understand the issues that so many people confront in New Jersey,” said Assemblyman Miller (D-Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester). “I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle challenges facing New Jersey residents at kitchen tables throughout the state.”
Miller lives in Monroe where his family (Scarpinato family) has resided for 100 years after emigrating from Sicily. He earned his Associate degree in History/Political Science from Rowan College of South Jersey, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and his Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers University – Camden. Miller has completed all of his doctoral coursework and is presently working on his dissertation for the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree at Rowan University.