Senator Fred H. Madden Jr., born March 30, 1954, has served in the Senate since 2004.
Prior to his legislative service, he was a career law enforcement officer. He rose to
the rank of lieutenant colonel in the New Jersey State Police and led the force of
4,000 enlisted and civilian employees as acting superintendent. Senator Madden
retired in July of 2002 and was serving as chief of investigators in the Gloucester
County Prosecutors Office when he was recalled by the Governor in October of 2002
to serve another stint as acting superintendent. He left the position in February of
2003 to seek a seat in the New Jersey Senate.
Under Senator Madden’s command, the State Police established its Internet sexual
offender registry, a computer crimes initiative to combat crimes against children. He
also served as a member of New Jersey’s State Domestic Preparedness Task Force
created to address issues of homeland security and counter-terrorism.
In the Legislature, Senator Madden has worked to protect children and has
advocated for veterans and first responders.
He sponsored legislation that requires certain sexual predators to wear Global
Positioning System (GPS) devices to allow tracking by law enforcement and to
prevent them from re-offending. He authored landmark legislation, signed into law in
2007, to keep schools and child care centers from opening on contaminated sites.
Known as the “Kiddie Kollege” bill, the measure was drafted in response to a day
care center by that name discovered operating on the grounds of a former
thermometer factory in Gloucester County.
The senator sponsored a bill giving surviving spouses of fallen police officers and fire
fighters permanent workers’ compensation. He pushed for the law that created the
“Troops to College Program,” making the transition into the classroom easier for
veterans. He also sponsored legislation to honor New Jersey’s service members by
designating November of each year “Veterans’ Month.”
Senator Madden has earned recognition from numerous organizations for his
legislative work. He was awarded with the NJ State Chamber Legislative award for
2012-13. He was also awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislator of the Year
2011, the Family Resource Network and Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey
Legislator of the Year Award in 2010; the Arc of New Jersey Legislator of the Year
Award in 2009; the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter Public Servant
Award in 2007; and the National Kidney Foundation’s Bruce Zakheim M.D. Memorial
and Advocacy Award in 2007.
The senator earned an Associate of Science degree in law enforcement from Camden
County College, a B.A. from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and an
M.S. in criminal justice administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
He has taught as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall and Rutgers universities. He
currently serves as dean of the Police Academy at Gloucester County College.
Senator Madden has lived in Washington Township for three decades. He and his
wife, Patti, a registered nurse, have seven grandchildren.