Bachelor in History, Harvard University, 1977. Master of Business Administration in Marketing, Columbia University, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing, New York University, 1991.
Handlin filled the seat of fellow Republican Joseph Azzolina whom she defeated in the June 2005 Grand Old Party primary. In the Assembly, Handlin serves on the Regulated Professions and Financial Institutions and Insurance Committees. Handlin was elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1989 and re-elected in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004.
Previously, she served as Deputy Mayor and Township Committeewoman in Middletown Township.
Handlin is a former Commissioner on the New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education and Chair of Monmouth County"s Communities Against Tobacco Coalition. Named 2003 Elected Official of the Year by the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, she has also been honored by the American Cancer Society of New Jersey, Prevention First, 180:Turning Lives Around and many other public health organizations for her work to reduce teen smoking.
Handlin has also served on the boards of the New Jersey League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women, among others She is a past recipient of the Legislative Award of the New Jersey Environmental Federation, the Humanitarian Award of Brandeis University Women, the Rose and Scroll Award of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, and numerous other citations for civic leadership.
Handlin, the author of the 1998 book Whatever Happened to the Year of the Woman? Why Women Still Aren"t Making lieutenant to the Top in Politics, and the books Be Your Own Lobbyist, (Praeger, 2010) and Government Grief (Praeger 2011).
She has also been a columnist for the New Jersey Reporter, a public-affairs magazine. A past Chair of the Central Jersey Israel Exposition, she has also co-chaired the United Jewish Communities" Northeast Leadership Conference. She is currently Associate Professor of Marketing at Monmouth University and a former Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Issues.
Handlin was one of the main proponents of the ban enacted in 2007 on consumption of alcohol in the PNC Bank Arts Center parking lots.
Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 13th District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:
Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos (R)
Assemblyman Declan O"Scanlon (R).
Member Monmouth County (New Jersey) Board Freeholders, since 1989. Deputy mayor, township committeewoman Middletown Township, New Jersey, 1988-1990. Board directors American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Coalition of Control New Jersey, New Jersey Republican Women of the 90's.
Vice chair advisory board Monmouth Medical Center Cancer Superior vena cava syndrome. Chair Monmouth County Recycling and Alternative Technologies Committee. Former chair Monmouth County advisory Commision on Women.
Member League of Women Voters (New Jersey state board directors, former chapter board directors).
Married David Stephen Handlin, August 20, 1977.