Patrick Diegnan was born in South Plainfield, New Jersey as the last of seven children. Both of his parents emigrated from Ireland in the late 1920’s. They experienced the depression first hand. As a result all of the Diegnan children were taught the value of hard work and the importance of family and faith. Senator Diegnan graduated from South Plainfield High School in 1966 where he was honored by induction into its Hall of Fame in 2002. He worked his way through Seton Hall University and Seton Hall Law School.
Upon graduation from law school he opened a private law firm in his home town and became a member of the faculty at Middlesex County College where he taught Business Law and Accounting until 1983.
Availability of affordable, quality education to all members of society, regardless of economic status, has always been a top priority to Patrick. He was a long-time advocate for Middlesex County families as an Assemblyman in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2002 until his swearing-in as a State Senator to fill the vacancy left by the confirmation of Senator Peter Barnes as a Superior Court Judge in 2016. Patrick is privileged to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee and as a member of both the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee and Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation.
The greatest joy in Senator Patrick Diegnan’s life is his family. He and his wife Anita have been married for 40 years. They have two children Heather and Tara. Tara is married to Thomas Webster. They have three grandchildren, Vanessa and Alexa Paragano and Brooke Webster.