Vincent will be the first out LGBTQ member of the New Jersey State Senate!
Vincent Solomeno believes in the power of public service to improve people’s lives. The third generation of his family to call Monmouth County home, he has demonstrated his commitment to community through his service as an Army officer, veterans advocate, and community leader.
Vincent attended public schools and graduated from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (M.A.S.T.) at Sandy Hook before earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton. He is the recipient of the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship and J. William Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright Scholar, he received a Master of Arts from the University of Amsterdam for his study of the roots of radicalization in Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the Netherlands. He also worked as a Truman Summer Fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr.
Vincent is a Captain in the New Jersey Army National Guard. He deployed overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a future operations officer for U.S. Army Central Command. A recipient of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, he was called to active duty during and after Superstorm Sandy, working in devastated communities across Monmouth County. In 2020, he was an operations officer helping coordinate the New Jersey National Guard’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
When elected, he will make history as the first openly LGBTQ member of the New Jersey State Senate.