Holly Schepisi was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in November 2011 representing the 39th Legislative District. Currently, she serves on the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee. She was also named to the New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation. A strong advocate for the residents of her district and the state, Assemblywoman Schepisi is the leading proponent for local issues such as efforts to retain businesses, finding remedies for the disproportionate funding issues, providing solutions to flooding, or as the loyal opposition to attempts at increasing taxes on Bergen and Passaic Counties. She has continued to work to strengthen the rights of crime victims, provide mandatory treatment for non-violent drug offenders, protect drinking water from drug contamination, and deny bail to dangerous offenders.
Newark’s Star Ledger newspaper named Assemblywoman Schepisi as one of their “Top 9 to Watch in 2015” noting that “the second-term Republican assemblywoman from Bergen County is well-liked by Republicans as well as Democrats” and “is well positioned for a rise in the future.” PolitickerNJ listed her among the “Rising Stars” in their 2014 Year in Review, and the New Jersey League of Municipalities recently honored her with their “2014 Outstanding Women in Government Award.”
Even before her election to the Assembly, Holly Schepisi was known for her active participation and leadership in various community organizations. “I believe in giving back to the community through personal service,” says the Assemblywoman. She received the 2009 Women of Achievement Award from the Girl Scouts of Northern NJ, was Chair and is currently a board member of The Women’s Institute at Bergen Community College, and is a board member of the College’s Foundation. She also serves as a member of the board for the Foundation for Free Enterprise. She is a trustee for the North Jersey Chapter of Fordham University School of Law’s Alumni Association, a member of Women United in Philanthropy, and was a former advisory board member of Interchange Bank and BridgeView Bank.
The Assemblywoman is the founder of her own law firm, Schepisi & Associates, where she practices governmental law, corporate law, land use, employment matters, criminal defense, and structured finance. She is Managing Director of Clear Spring Capital Group, encouraging private investing for job creation. She has also served as the public defender for the Borough of Oakland, the alternate prosecutor for Westwood and Old Tappan and was the township attorney for the Township of River Vale.
Assemblywoman Schepisi holds degrees in politics and psychology from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a juris doctorate from Fordham University School of Law in NYC where she was Senior Symposium Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award and the Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship Award. She began her political career interning for then-Congresswoman Marge Roukema, for the Organization of American States and for Tony Banks, a Labour member of the British Parliament.
The Assemblywoman currently lives in the Township of River Vale, New Jersey with her husband, Paul, and their two children, Kayla and Easton.