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Raymond Lesniak
Former NJ Senator
New Jersey

Former New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak is best known within the sports betting industry for the crucial role he played in the successful campaign to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

A staunch supporter of NJ’s valuable gaming industry throughout his 35 years as a Senator, Lesniak spent a decade fighting to overturn PASPA and legalize sports betting in the Garden State.

He launched a lawsuit in 2009 that claimed PASPA was unconstitutional, which although dismissed, subsequently proved to be a pivotal moment in the campaign.

Lesniak was also a central figure in the passing of legislation to permit sports wagering in NJ in both 2012 and 2014. These Acts set in motion the succession of legal cases that ended with the Supreme Court ruling in 2018 that PASPA was unconstitutional, paving the way for individual states to legalize sports betting.