Senator Beck was born and raised in Erie, PA.She attended BostonCollege, where she majored in Physics and Mathematics. She also was a walk-on for the BC track team where she was named co-captain her senior year. She then got her Masters in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the Universityof Pennsylvania.
She started her career as Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Joe Azzolina, before leaving for the private sector, where she ran theTrenton office of MWW,New Jersey’s largest public affairs firm.
Before serving in the Senate, Jennifer served one term as an Assemblywoman. She also served two terms on the Red Bank Borough council, getting elected and re-elected in a town in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a significant margin. She was the only elected Republican on the council during her tenure.
Jennifer has received accolades from multiple organizations during her political career, including receiving the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award in 2008, presented by WPC – NJ/PAC, an honoree for the Forty Who Make a Difference presented by 4074 Magazine and the Millicent Fenwick Award for Public Service by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women. In 2008, the Senator was also honored when she was one of 24 elected public officials across the country selected to receive the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.
Ms. Beck was one of the prime sponsors of the Historic Pensions and Benefits Reform legislation. She worked hard to ensure thatNew Jersey’s pensions system did not drive the state into bankruptcy while protecting the pension ofNew Jersey’s public employees. Senator Beck has been an active advocate of horse racing inNew Jersey, working with all parties involved to guarantee the long term viability of this important industry. She also sponsored the bill that created the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority to promote lasting economic redevelopment for those affected by the closing of the fort and to assist with a smooth transition of the property..
Senator Beck is President of JAB Marketing, a media relations and marketing firm. She is also a trustee with the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a member of the Red Bank Womans Club and formerly was a rape crisis counselor at what is now 180/Turning Lives Around.
She is an avid runner and participates in road races and triathlons all over the United States.
She is married to Dan Shields and lives in Red Bank with her dog, Scout.