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Hector Carlos Lora was born and raised in the City of Passaic, NJ. He is the son of Dominican immigrants Alejandro and Maritza Lora and brother to five siblings: Manuel, Henry, Alex, Angela, and Rita Lora.
Hector attended and graduated from the Passaic Public School system and then enrolled at Seton Hall University. He attended Passaic County Community College where he graduated with an associate degree (Suma Cum Laude) and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Liberty University.
Prior to entering political office, Hector worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic for over 14 years where he served as Director of multiple Ancillary departments and as the Public Health and Patient Liaison within the Public Relations and Marketing department.
Hector C. Lora has been elected in his hometown of Passaic, NJ as a Councilman in 2011, and then elected twice as a Passaic County Freeholder. In 2015 Hector became the first American Latino and first American of Dominican heritage to become the Director of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
He has also served as an Assistant Director and Sunday School Teacher of the Dream Place Children’s Ministry and substitute Preacher and English Interpreter as well as the Community Liaison at the First Spanish Free Methodist Church of Passaic for over 10 years and the Senior English Pastor of the Risen Refuge English/Arabic Ministry in the Egyptian Christian Church of Jersey City for over three years.
Today Hector C. Lora serves as the Mayor of his hometown of Passaic, NJ. He also served as the Board Chairman of the Crossroads Cultural Center at Crossroads Church in Clifton, New Jersey, a Board Member of Legacy Minded Men Ministry, and as a member of the Network of Pastors of the Star of Hope Ministry in Paterson, NJ. Hector was Ordained as an Elder and assigned as a Minister of the North Atlantic Free Methodist Conference in the United States of America.
Hector C. Lora is married to Nicauris De Los Santos-Lora who is a Registered Nurse and together they are raising four boys.