Barbara Buono (born July 28, 1953) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate since 2002, where she represents the 18th Legislative District. Before entering the Senate, Buono served in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the General Assembly, from 1994 to 2001, where she served as the Minority Parliamentarian. In the Assembly, Buono became the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Budget Committee. She was Democratic Conference Chair from 2004 to 2007. She is the New Jersey Senate Majority Leader-designate, succeeding Stephen M. Sweeney the President-designate of the New Jersey Senate, who took office on January 12, 2010. She began her career as a criminal trial attorney for the New Jersey State Department of the Public Advocate and later entered private practice. Buono served on the Metuchen Borough Council from 1993 to 1994. While the Metuchen Police Commissioner, She worked to increase safety in suburban neighborhoods and instituted Metuchen's community policing program. Buono served in the Senate on the Budget and Appropriations Committee (as Chair), the Intergovernmental Relations Commission and the Joint Budget
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