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News release no. 20030702b







Congressman Scott Garrett represents New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Sworn in to the 108th Congress on January 7, 2003, Garrett serves as a member of the House Financial Services and Budget Committees. He is a member of the Financial Services Oversight & Financial Institutions Subcommittees.

Congressman Garrett was the first freshmen member of the 108th Congress to pass legislation in House of Representatives.

From 1990-2002, Garrett served in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he was the senior Assemblyman for the 24th legislative district as well as the Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee. During his tenure he also served on the Assembly Education, Transportation, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Joint Committee on Public Schools.

During his tenure in the Assembly, Garrett was also a member the Task Force on Business Retention-Expansion- Export, the Legislative Bi-Partisan Auto Insurance Study Panel, the Governor's Property Tax Study Task Force and the Women's Advisory Committee.

Garrett has been recognized both nationally and statewide for his leadership. He received the "Proactive Policy of the Year Award" from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association for auto insurance reform that was described as "the most important legislation of the decade". He also earned the "Legislative Leadership Visionary Award" from the National Association of the Self-Employed, and was named "Legislator of the Year" by both the Building Officials Association of New Jersey and the National Association of Small Business Owners.

Garrett is a dedicated family man, legislator, and leader in his community. He participates in numerous volunteer and charitable organizations. He is past president of his local chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and sat on the Sussex County Board of Agriculture. Currently, he is a member of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce.

Congressman Scott Garrett graduated from Rutgers University Law School, cum laude from Montclair State University, and from High Point Regional High School.