James Joseph Florio, August 29, 1937, was an American Democratic politician who served as the 49th governor of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994, the first American of Italian descent to hold the position.
He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for 15 years between 1975 and 1990.
Florio was one of three children, all sons, born to Lillian Ellen Florio (June 18, 1917 – May 2, 2000) and Vincenzo Florio (May 12, 1914 – April 7, 1994), who wed in 1936.
James and his brothers were raised in Brooklyn, New York. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Scottish, Irish, and German descent.
In Brooklyn, he attended Erasmus Hall High School.
He attended Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and received a J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law–Camden (1967).
After graduating from law school, he volunteered to work for the Democratic Party and was mentored by past Camden Mayor Angelo Errichetti. Florio was an amateur boxer.
He served as an enlisted man in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1958, and afterwards was a reservist until 1975 eventually achieving the rank of lieutenant commander.
After being admitted to the bar, he became the assistant city attorney for the City of Camden, a position he would hold until 1971. He was the borough solicitor for the New Jersey towns of Runnemede, Woodlynne, and Somerdale from 1969–1974.
Jim Florio Children: Did Jim Florio Have Kids?
Who are Jim Florio’s Sons, and daughter?
James Florio was married to Lucinda Florio in 1988, the couple have three children, two sons (Christopher and Gregory) and a daughter (Cathy).
However, there are less details about his children’s life.