Senator Raymond J. Lesniak After a 40-year career in the NJ Legislature, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak has formed The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership at Kean University to teach the leaders of America the art and politics of public advocacy. Senator Lesniak served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969. He graduated from Rutgers University, class of 1971, and with honors from St. John’s Law School in 1974. He served in the State Assembly from 1978 to 1983 and had been in the Senate since 1983. He retired from the state legislature January 2018. As a champion of animal welfare, Senator Lesniak sponsored the first law in the nation which banned the trade of ivory products to help save elephants and other ivory tusk, preventing the mammals from extinction. He also banned “trophies” of endangered species from entry and transportation in New Jersey. He championed for Nosey’s Law, S1093 and NJ became the first state in the nation to ban the use of exotic animals from performing in the state. “Nosey’s Law”; prohibits use of elephants and other wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts