Lonna Hooks


Lonna Hooks

Lonna Hooks is the former Secretary of State of New Jersey. She served for four years in the Cabinet of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Governor Whitman said that Secretary Hooks was her business ombudsman as secretary of state.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary of State, Hooks had been an attorney at Schering-Plough, and had served under Whitman at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities as her chief of staff. [Sullivan, Joseph F. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE7DE1F3CF934A35752C1A965958260 " The New Inner Circle: A Small, Trusted Group"] , "The New York Times", November 7, 1993. Accessed December 18, 2007. "Another woman expected to play a major role in the administration is Lonna Hooks, a lawyer at Schering-Plough, who was Mrs. Whitman's chief of staff at the Board of Public Utility Commissioners."] Whitman announced in December 1993 that she would nominate Hooks to serve as Secretary of State.Peterson, Ivar. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE3DC1E38F930A15751C1A965958260 "Close Adviser to Whitman Is to Be Secretary of State"] , "The New York Times", December 23, 1993. Accessed December 18, 2007.]

Hooks is a graduate of Howard University and the Howard University School of Law. She has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey.

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