Born and raised in Newark, Reginald Bledsoe attended the Newark Public Schools at Quitman Street School and Morton Street School and graduated from Newark Tech in 2009. Reginald studied at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania before completing his studies in Political Science at Montclair State University (MSU), where he was elected the First African American Student Trustee on MSU’s Board of Trustees.
He recently served as a Legislative Aide to Newark Municipal Council Member Eddie Osborne. Reginald’s public service career began in 2010, when he was elected the youngest Democratic District Leader in District 5 of the Central Ward. He had the pleasure of serving as a Legislative Aide to Former Freeholder President Blonnie R. Watson. He has served in a variety of public and private internships, including with the Newark Municipal Government and with the late United States Senator Frank Lautenberg.
Reginald volunteered on the Youth/Activities Committee of High Park Gardens, where he resides in the Central Ward of Newark. He is also a former member of the New Jersey Federation of Housing Cooperatives and is current member of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives. He serves on the Board of Directors for United Community Corporation (UCC), Newark Pride, and One Voice for LGBTQ issues.
He is the recipient of numerous community awards. In 2015, he was featured in Observer New Jersey’s List of 50 Powerful Young Black Democrats, and, in 2016, he was featured as one of New Jersey’s 30 Under 30: Political Up-and-Comers.