About - Senator Vin Gopal
State Senator Vin Gopal was elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2023 with more than 60% of the vote in a landslide election in what is considered one of New Jersey’s most politically competitive districts. Senator Gopal has championed legislation to provide aid for education and local businesses; provided property tax rebates for taxpayers, seniors and veterans; made life more affordable for seniors; make mental health services more accessible, improved public safety and teared down barriers to employment and services for members of the disabilities community - with dozens of his bills signed into law.
During his first two terms in the Senate, Senator Gopal served on a number of committees in leadership positions - including, Co-Chair of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Vice-Chair of Senate Transportation, Vice-Chair of Senate Tourism and as a Member of the Senate Health Committee. Senator Gopal currently chairs the Senate Education Committee and serves as Senate Majority Conference Leader. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his 30s, Senator Gopal is currently the youngest member of the NJ State Senate and the first South-Asian American to be elected to the Senate in New Jersey history.
A dedicated volunteer who works with many nonprofit organizations to assist people in need, Senator Gopal is also the Founder and President of the Vin Gopal Civic Association, a 501c(3) organization dedicated to helping Monmouth County charities and individuals in need. His community contributions as a volunteer include serving as a past Board of Trustees Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County, and he served for many years as a volunteer first responder and EMT. He is also a former Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University and is currently the co-chair of the Monmouth University School of Civil Discourse.
An entrepreneur, Senator Gopal has started and built several businesses and is currently a business consultant and coach. Senator Gopal has served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce, and as President of the Hazlet Township Business Owners Association. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, he created a districtwide organization of business, community, church, and nonprofits leaders to address the challenges of the coronavirus to the local economy.
Born in Neptune Township and raised in Monmouth County, Senator Gopal holds a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He resides with his wife, daughter and puppy in Long Branch.
Jan. 24, 2024
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Senator Vin Gopal, D-Monmouth, issued the following update regarding his bills that the governor signed into law during the final days of the 2022-2023 legislative session.
Jan. 31, 2024
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) announced that the governor has signed into law legislation updating the requirements and standards for prior authorization of medicines and health services to patients.
Senator Gopal Secures Millions in State Budget to Support Schools and Nonprofits in Helping People in Need of Mental Health Services
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal, D-Monmouth, secured 2024 State Budget grants for numerous Monmouth County nonprofit organizations and school districts engaged in helping residents in need of mental health services.
Funds address the needs of schools, police departments, nonprofit organizations, mental health and medical services.
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - For the past several months Senator Vin Gopal, D-Monmouth, has been working in a bi-partisan effort with legislative leadership in Trenton to secure millions of dollars in direct aid for the residents of Monmouth County.
In Monmouth County alone the number of households struggling to make ends meet has recently increased to 29 percent, according to the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Here's a look at the nonprofit organizations that will receive assistance on the 2024 State Budget that was approved on June 30, 2023.
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