Parliamentarian Michael Patrick Carroll
District: 25 – Morris & Somerset Counties
Born: April 8, 1958
Education: B.A. Johns Hopkins University (History/Political Science), J.D. Rutgers University School of Law – Newark
Legislative Service: General Assembly 1996-present, Parliamentarian 2002-05
Committee(s): State & Local Government; Judiciary
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Michael Patrick Carroll was first elected to the Assembly in 1995. Carroll’s primary legislative emphasis is on the structure of government, ensuring political responsibility, and reaffirming the appropriate separation of powers. Toward that end, he has proposed constitutional amendments to reverse judicially imposed public policy determinations in abortion, land use, and education; proposed reforming local tax policy by eliminating the state income tax; proposed that Supreme Court justices face retention elections; and proposed the convening of a constitutional convention to address reformation of the structure of government.
In 1980, Carroll graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in social and behavioral sciences. While at the university, he served as president of the school’s Republican Club and was a regional co-director of the College Republican National Committee. He earned a J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1983. He is a member of the Federalist Society, an organization of lawyers devoted to traditional judicial standards. He practices law in Morristown.
Carroll had been a member of the Morris County Republican Committee since 1980, founded and served as chairman of the Morris County Young Republicans, and is a former chairman of the Morristown Republican Committee.
He was born in Fayetteville, N.C., where his father was serving in the military. His family returned to New Jersey and he attended Delbarton School in Morristown.
Carroll and his wife, the former Sharon Anderson, have six children; Sean Michael, born in 1983; James Patrick, 1986; Brian Christopher, 1988; Jane Eleanor, 1990; Benjamin Franklin, 1993; and Robert Edward Lee, 1995.top