Succeeding Prieto, Mejia becomes first Dominican to serve in state Legislature

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Succeeding former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Secaucus business owner Pedro Mejia became the first Dominican-American to serve in the state Legislature yesterday.

“It is a tremendous honor to join the New Jersey General Assembly and to represent the residents of District 32 in Trenton,” Mejia said in a statement.

“I am ready to get to work addressing the issues important to our communities and to the stateI look forward to working alongside my colleagues to improve the lives of New Jersey residents.”

Mejia immigrated to the United States at the age of 15 and became a naturalized citizen in 2000. He is also a small business owner in the residential real estate industry and has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry.

Currently, he is the owner of Mejia Corporation which helps to maintain residential properties throughout the state.

As Hudson County View first reported, Mejia was selected to fill Prieto’s seat by the Democratic committees of the 32nd Legislative District late last month.

Prieto left public office in February to to lead the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for $280,000 a year.