James Florio has been active in public life for more than 50 years, including 25 years in elected office. He began his career in public service in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 22 years with the rank of lieutenant commander. He served the State of New Jersey as General Assembly member from 1969 to 1975, U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1990, and as the state’s 49th Governor from 1990 to 1994. Governor Florio served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board during the Clinton administration, he was a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC) to the U.S. Trade Representative, and he served as a member of The Bretton Woods Committee, a private bipartisan group committed to international economic leadership.
Governor Florio has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1993 Profile in Courage Award, presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2008 he was designated as a Lifetime Honoree Member of the New Jersey Short Line Railroad Association, and he is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees. He is a Senior Fellow for Public Policy and Administration at the Edward J. Bloustein Graduate School of Public Policy at Rutgers University, where he taught for more than 20 years. He also taught at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute for Politics and Rutgers’ Law School in Camden.
Governor Florio currently serves on the board of directors of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and as co-chair of the Regional Plan Association’s New Jersey Committee. He is a founding partner of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, and serves as chair of the firm’s environmental law and government and regulatory affairs law groups. He has been a trustee of The Fund for New Jersey since 2008.