James William "Jim" Holzapfel (born October 9, 1944) is an American Republican Party politician, who serves in the New Jersey State Senate starting on January 10, 2012, representing the 10th legislative district. Before his election to the Senate he had served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2003.
Born in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Holzapfel is a graduate of Point Pleasant Beach High School. He received a B.A. from Monmouth College in Pre-Law and was awarded a J.D. degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a resident of Toms River. He is married to Joyce Holzapfel (née Holden) and has two children, Dennis and Jennifer.
Holzapfel served as a Trustee of Ocean County College from 1988-1994. He was the Ocean County Prosecutor from 1987-1992. Holzapfel has been admitted to practice law since 1969 before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States and the Florida Supreme Court.
Following the resignation of Assemblywoman Virginia E. Haines to become the executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, Holzapfel was appointed to fill her seat and took office on August 15, 1994. He was subsequently reelected in the 1994 special election and the regular biennial elections thereafter. He was the Deputy Republican Leader from 2002-2003 and was the Assistant Majority Whip from 1998-1999. Holzapfel serves in the Assembly on the Regulated Professions Committee.
Having announced that he would not run again for office after 20 years in the Senate, Andrew R. Ciesla announced in February 2011 that he would support Holzapfel as his successor. In the November 2011, Holzapfel defeated Democrat Charles Tivenan by a 64%-36% margin.
Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 10th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session were:
- Assemblyman David W. Wolfe, and
- Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin
|Republican||Jim Holzapfel (incumbent)||45,565||69.7|
|Democratic||Charles P. Tivenan||16,105||36.0|