It should come as no surprise that Michael Horgan is the Board’s current chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee. After graduating from High School East in 2008, he attended Seton Hall University where he double-majored in economics and political science. He graduated summa cum laude in 2012 and was also awarded a certificate in business. While at Seton Hall, he was asked to be the Economics Department tutor in the university’s Academic Resource Center. Currently, Michael works as a budget analyst for the New Jersey Department of Transportation where he is one of 8 people who oversee the department’s $1.5 billion budget. He has worked at the NJDOT for the past five years and is the senior-most analyst in the office.
Before working at the NJDOT, Michael was an international programs and government relations associate at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA). While at the IEEE-SA, he analyzed financial sales data and researched information on geographic areas, educational activities, and other topics.
A lifelong resident of Toms River, Michael is one of eight family members that have attended the district. He credits his parents with stressing the importance of education and influencing him to set high educational and career goals. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in public sector budgeting and financial management, from Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.
His honors and awards include: Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar (2009-2012), New Penn Motor Express Academic Scholarship (2009-2011), Teamsters Local 641 Academic Scholarship (2009-2011), Sonny G. Musso Teamsters Scholarship (2009-2010), an NJEA academic scholarship, induction into Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society), and being on the Dean’s list at Seton Hall every semester. Michael graduated 9th in his class at HSE where he was a member of the National Honor Society, TEAM, and ran varsity track.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys running, cheering on his favorite sports teams, and playing with his kitten Pickles. He is engaged to his high school sweetheart and looks forward to their wedding in 2019.