Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single
Ron LeGrand hasn’t had just one successful career. When you look at his résumé, it appears he’s had dozens.
The counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security started out as a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, conducting dangerous undercover investigations across the country.
He then received his law degree from Boston College and went to work for the Justice Department as a special narcotics prosecutor. Stints as counsel to the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control and the Senate Judiciary Committee followed in the late 1980s.
“I am incredibly blessed,” he says. “I don’t know how it happened. I’m just thankful it did.”
It’s just another humble statement from the tall, broad-shouldered gentleman with the infectious laugh. It’s not about the glory for LeGrand, but instead a remarkable call to serve, something he learned from his mother.
“I always try to live a life that would make her proud,” he says of the 88-year-old Jersey City resident. “I think we have a responsibility toward each other and toward the communities we are a part of.”
That’s a lesson he has also passed on to his six sons, one of whom recently joined the Air Force and shipped off to Afghanistan.
When LeGrand isn’t volunteering or serving on the boards of several charities, he squeezes in four to five gym sessions a week to stay in shape. But even with all his hard work and accomplishments, LeGrand was shocked when his name came up on the 50 Most Beautiful People list.
“It was a total surprise, because I’ve never considered myself in that category,” he says, warning he might blush. “It’s an honor. It’s something totally unexpected.”
— Debbie Siegelbaum