Headmaster Jonathan Lamb has announced that former US Senator Robert G. Torricelli, of New Jersey, will speak at The Storm King School’s 151st Commencement. Also an alumnus, Senator Torricelli graduated from The Storm King School in 1970. According to Headmaster Lamb, “the School is honored to host Mr. Torricelli at his alma mater and to hear the inspiring messages he will offer to the graduating class of 2019.”
The Storm King School’s 151st Commencement exercises will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 10 am.
Senator Torricelli was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1951. After graduating from The Storm King School in 1970, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in 1974, followed by a degree in law from the Rutgers University School of Law in 1977. He also completed a Master’s degree at Harvard University in 1980.
Senator Torricelli served as Deputy Legislative Counsel to Governor Brendan T. Byrne from 1975 to 1977, and as Deputy Counsel to Vice President Walter F. Mondale from 1978 to 1981. He was a member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors from 1977 to 1982. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Ninth District of New Jersey that same year, he was re-elected six times prior to his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996.
During his tenure in the Senate, Senator Torricelli was a member of the Senate Finance, Governmental Affairs, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, and Rules Committees. As Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, he was the first Senator ever elected to the Senate Leadership in his first term.
During his service on the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Torricelli played a central role in rewriting federal bankruptcy rules, assuring federal financing for healthcare institutions, and was a leading voice for tax reduction. He was also the author of the provisions making college tuition tax deductible. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Torricelli was a leading expert on Middle East and Latin American policy issues.
Upon retiring from the Senate, Senator Torricelli established Rosemont Associates, a national and international business strategy firm. His second firm, a real estate development business called Woodrose Properties, has built, renovated, or invested in approximately 50 projects. In 2003, Senator Torricelli was appointed by the Federal Courts to oversee one of the largest environmental projects in the nation–a billion-dollar chromium contamination remediation project– that will enable redevelopment of a 100-acre parcel in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Today, Senator Torricelli resides in Palm Beach, Florida.