Stockton University Commencement Ceremony

Stockton University had their 2017 Commencement ceremony with over 1300 students at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday. Senator Jim Whelan did the commencement address. May 12, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, who spent more than 30 years in public life, died Tuesday. He was 68.

Whelan, a former Atlantic City teacher, was the city's mayor from 1990 to 2001. He also served on the City Council and was a member of both the state Assembly and Senate.