Frank X. McDermott served in leadership posts in both the New Jersey General Assembly and Senate. He was first elected In 1963 to the Assembly from Union County, serving as assistant majority leader in 1965 and minority leader in 1966 . In 1967 McDermott was elected to the New Jersey Senate, serving as majority leader in the following year and in 1969 as Senate President, serving as acting governor in the absence of Governor Richard J. Hughes. Also in 1969, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey, losing the Republican primary to later Governor William Cahill. He was Senate President pro tempore from 1970 to 1973, but was defeated for re-election in the 1973 Democratic landslide that elected Brendan T. Byrne as governor and during which he chaired the campaign of Byrne’s Republican opponent, Congressman Charles Sandman. In 1975 he was again elected to the General Assembly, serving one term. In 1977, he considered running in the Republican primary for governor but ultimately became the campaign chairman for Thomas Kean. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, and a Master of Public Administration and Master of Laws from New York University. He was admitted to practice as an attorney in New York and New Jersey. In 1955 he served as New Jersey delegate to the White House Conference on Education. McDermott is co-founder of the law firm Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy and he continues to serve as of counsel to the firm. He is the author of Employer Guide to New Jersey Labor Laws. He has also served as Chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike and Highway Authority and as a Trustee for Kean University.
Interview on June 6, 2006
Interview on June 20, 2006 – Transcript available here (pdf)