Indian American, Vin Gopal Sworn in as New Jersey State Senator, made history

Vin Gopal Makes History in the State of New Jersey

New Jersey state Sen. Vin Gopal, an Indian American Diplomat who ousted long-time Republican incumbent Jennifer Beck in the November election, was sworn into the New Jersey State Senate Jan. 10.Gopal, who was born and raised in New Jersey, earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University.

“It is an absolute honor to be able to represent the 11th District in the State Senate. As a life-long resident of Monmouth County, born and raised here, this is a very humbling moment for me,” said Gopal in a statement.

According to reports, the Senate president Steve Sweeney administered the oath of office to Gopal in the Assembly chamber.

Gopal will serve as vice-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He will also serve as a member of the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee and the Economic Growth Committee.

Gopal added, “I look forward to working with my new Democratic and Republican colleagues on issues that matter to the people in New Jersey, like property taxes, healthcare, transportation and the environment.”

Gopal, in addition to his time as chair of the Monmouth County Democrats, where he helped place the focus of local campaigns on the crushing property tax burden placed on Monmouth County homeowners, served on the board of directors for the now Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce where he chaired the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.

He is a past president of the Hazlet Township Business Owners Association and a past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County.

Gopal is the owner of Community Magazine NJ, which he founded in 2008, and the nonprofit Direct Development LLC, which he founded in 2010 to help local charities and individuals in need.