Title: Retired Legislative Staff Member
Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey, United States
Daniel L. Ben-Asher, retired legislative staff member, has been included in the Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals Series for dedication, achievements, and leadership in safety, labor relations and consumer protection.
Mr. Ben-Asher first worked in the private sector as the plant personnel administrator for the Tanatex Chemical Company. However, when an opportunity to work in a meaningful position in the public sector revealed itself, he jumped at it. He began his foray into public service in 1971, becoming a research assistant with the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS) at the New Jersey State Legislature in Trenton. In 1976, he became a research associate with the office and continued in this position until 1987. In that year, Mr. Ben-Asher became a senior research associate for the office. From 1999 to 2003, he provided his research, bill drafting, and advisory services as a senior research analyst for the OLS with the New Jersey State Legislature.
In 1968, Mr. Ben-Asher earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College in New Brunswick and continued at the University of Minnesota to receive a Master of Arts in 1970. In addition to his positions with the OLS, he served as a member of the politics and government judges’ panel for the Best in America Special Edition of the U.S. News and World Report in 1990. He also served on the New Jersey Tobacco Age-of-Sale Enforcement Task Force, staffed the Assembly Housing Committee, the Assembly Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy Committee and the Assembly Commerce and Industry Committee. Furthermore, Mr. Ben-Asher served as the staff for the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Study Commission and the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee.
Mr. Ben-Asher’s last and longest assignment was with the OLS Law and Public Safety Section where he researched and wrote legislation ranging from New Jersey’s first seatbelt law to its Lemon Law and the Graduated Driver License law, which was cited by AAA as a national model for minimizing crashes and injuries involving young people.
In recognition of his volunteer work as the editor and photographer for the Guide to Lawrenceville’s Historic Landmarks which was cataloged by the Library of Congress and as a financial coordinator for the township’s Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, Mr. Ben-Asher received the Podmore-Dwyer Historic Award from Lawrence Township. He also received the Loyal Son Award for Extraordinary Service to Alma Mater from the Rutgers Alumni Association largely for his chairmanship of the university’s Class of ’68 Mason Gross (Presidential) Memorial on the New Brunswick campus.
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