Sean Byrnes is a husband, father, veteran, business owner, lawyer, elected official and dedicated volunteer in his community. His skills cut across many levels, and he intends to wield them as part of a concerted effort to move New Jersey toward economic prosperity.
Watch: Sean Byrnes speaks about his background and why he is running for State Senate.
Husband & Father
Sean Byrnes has been married to his wife Anne Clabby Byrnes for 29 years. They have five children, two dogs and nine chickens. As a father, Byrnes has confronted the difficulties parents face raising children in this modern world. From staggering educational costs and high interest student loans to a lackluster jobs market, he understands the financial and societal challenges facing today’s parents.
Byrnes has 21 years of service with the United States Coast Guard, seven years on active duty and 14 years in the Coast Guard Reserve. He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1985 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government with Honors. He served as the Operations Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Gentian in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. He also worked at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC for the Chief of Staff overseeing the Coast Guard’s operating budget. Byrnes received two individual Commendation Medals for his service while on active duty. While in the Coast Guard Reserve, Byrnes was activated as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served the Coast Guard’s Activities New York Command at Fort Wadsworth as Reserve Logistics Officer, Sector New York. He was again activated after Hurricane Katrina to serve in New Orleans as the Assistant Operations Officer and received a Coast Guard Achievement Medal for his service there. Byrnes retired from the Coast Guard in 2007 with the rank of Commander.
After starting his legal career at New Jersey’s largest law firm, McCarter & English in Newark, Byrnes decided to come back to Monmouth County to practice law, to volunteer in the local community and to be closer to his family. In 2010 he founded and is Managing Partner of the law firm Byrnes, O’Hern & Heugle, located in Red Bank.
Byrnes served on the Board of Directors for the Community YMCA for 13 years, including two years as the Board Chair, and five years as the Chair of the Red Bank Branch Board. He was one of the founding members of the Board of the Parker Family Clinic in Red Bank, and remained on that Board for nine years. He has served on the Board of Red Bank RiverCenter, currently serves on the Board of the Monmouth County SPCA, and volunteers for the Mercy Center in Asbury Park. He has also coached many teams over the years as part of Red Bank Soccer League, Lincroft Soccer, Middletown Flag Football League, and the Bill Grier Basketball League.
Byrnes served on the Board of Education in Red Bank and was elected to a three-year term on the Middletown Township Committee serving from 2007 to 2010.
Byrnes graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1992. He is the Managing Partner of Byrnes, O’Hern & Heugle in Red Bank. He also served for three years as the Prosecutor for Atlantic Highlands. He provided legal assistance to service members and advice to the Commander, First Coast Guard District in Boston Massachusetts as Staff Legal Counsel from 1996 to 2003.