Jon Runyan

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Jon Runyan
Jon Runyan.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Adler (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$11.48 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$3,603,467
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania (did not complete degree)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 27, 1973
Place of birthFlint, Michigan
ProfessionProfessional Football Player, Sportscaster
Net worth$10,398,023
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jon Daniel Runyan (b. November 27, 1973, in Flint, MI) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Runyan was elected by voters from New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. Runyan ran for re-election in 2012, and won.[1]

He is not running for re-election in 2014.[2]

Runyan played in the NFL from 1996-2010.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Runyan is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Runyan was born in Flint, Michigan. From 1992-1995, he studied kinesiology at the University of Michigan on a football scholarship, and later took classes in entrepreneurial management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.[4]

Runyan was drafted while in college by the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) in 1996 and helped the Titans reach the Super Bowl in 2000. Runyan then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played as an offensive tackle, helping to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance in 2004. Jon retired from football at the end of the 2010 season.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Runyan's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1996-2010: NFL player

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Runyan serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Runyan served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Runyan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Runyan supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Runyan supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Runyan opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Runyan supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Runyan supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Runyan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Runyan voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Runyan supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Runyan supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

House vote on abortion ban

Nay3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on late-term abortions, or abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy[20][21] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic as the Senate is not expected to take up the bill and the White House has threatened to veto the legislation.[22] Runyan was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban.

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[23] Runyan joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[24][25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Runyan voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Jon Runyan's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Runyan is a Centrist. Runyan received a score of 43 percent on social issues and 53 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Neutral
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Neutral
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Neutral
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Neutral
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Campaign themes

2012

Runyan listed seven campaign issues on his website.[29]

  • Economic Growth & Fiscal Responsibility: "Taxes are too high and the career politicians have spent and borrowed too much. Jon believes that the only way to create jobs and revitalize our economy is to cut taxes, rein in spending and reduce the size and cost of government."
  • Standing Up for Veterans & Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst: "As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Jon has protected local jobs and small businesses by fighting to expand the mission at Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, which is the 2nd largest employer in New Jersey and critical to South Jersey’s local economy. He’s been an outspoken opponent of excessive cuts to defense and military preparedness."
  • Repealing & Replacing Obamacare: "Jon kept a campaign promise made in 2010 to vote in favor of repealing Obamacare because it hasn’t delivered on the promises that were made when it was passed. Millions of Americans will lose their current coverage even if they like it; the law diverts money from Medicare; it doesn’t lower health insurance costs for consumers; and it increases taxes on middle-class families and small businesses."
  • Protecting Women & Children: "As a happily married father of three – including two young girls – protecting women and children is more than a convenient campaign slogan to Jon. While some politicians like to talk about doing what is best for women and children, Jon has taken action. That is why he authored a bipartisan measure aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence and their children."
  • Preserving Medicare & Social Security: "The career politicians in Washington have allowed key social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security to drift closer and closer to insolvency, while burying their heads in the sand and pretending a problem doesn’t exist. Jon has decided to tackle the issue head-on."
  • Reducing Our Dependence on Foreign Oil & Lowering Energy Costs: "Jon believes we must expand domestic energy production through an “all of the above” approach that will lower energy costs for consumers. He supports the use of renewable energies like wind, solar and nuclear, while also increasing domestic oil and gas production through more offshore drilling."
  • Putting a Priority on Conservation & The Environment: "Burlington and Ocean Counties are home to some of our nation’s most beloved natural treasures including the Delaware River, the Pinelands National Reserve, Barnegat Bay and Ocean County’s beautiful beaches. As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Jon is working hard to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy these natural wonders."

Elections

2014

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See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Runyan announced on November 6, 2013, that he would not be running for re-election in 2014. He said, "After a great deal of thought and discussions with my family, I have decided not to seek re- election in 2014. Politics shouldn’t be a career and I never intended to make it one."[2]

Several sources suggested that Runyan was frustrated with the gridlock in Congress and the October shutdown.[30]

2012

See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Runyan ran for re-election in 2012.[31] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Democrat Shelley Adler in the general election.[32]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Shelley Adler 44.9% 145,506
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Runyan Incumbent 53.7% 174,253
     No Slogan Christopher Dennick, Jr. 0.1% 280
     Legalize Marijuana Robert Edward Forchion 0.6% 1,965
     No Slogan Frederick John Lavergne 0.2% 770
     Bob's for Jobs Robert Shapiro 0.3% 1,104
     None of Them Robert Witterschein 0.2% 530
Total Votes 324,408
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

New Jersey's 3rd was considered to be Leaning Republican in 2012, according to the New York Times race ratings. The district became slightly more Democratic between 2010 and 2012, and Adler was thought to have a fund-raising advantage.[33] When drafting the new district map, the Republicans were able to cut the town of Cherry Hill out of the 3rd District and replace it with Brick Township, where the ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans was much smaller. Analysis of the registered voters in the newly-formed district suggested an advantage for Runyan. While the number of registered democrats still exceeded the number of Republicans, the independent voters in the district consistently leaned Republican.[34]

Push for bipartisanship

In the run up to the election, many Republicans tried to show that they were bipartisan and willing to work with Democrats. Runyan started to run ads for his November campaign that emphasized his willingness to work with both parties in Washington. In a poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News, results found that nearly 44 percent of Americans blamed Republicans for the deadlock in Congress. As a consequence, Republicans tried to hold on to their districts by showing themselves to be more bipartisan.[35]

Full history


Polls

2012

Runyan vs. Adler
Poll Shelley Adler Jon RunyanOtherUndecidedSample Size
Richard Stockton College (October 4, 2012)
39%49%3%8%614
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Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Runyan attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Andrews is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Andrews raised a total of $3,603,467 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[37]

Jon Runyan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 3) Won $2,080,014
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 3) Won $1,523,453
Grand Total Raised $3,603,467


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Runyan's reports before announcing that he would not seek re-election.[38]

Jon Runyan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 14, 2013$85,515.36$93,012.35$(50,212.41)$128,315.30
July Quarterly[40]July 12, 2013$128,315.30$181,066.00$(55,700.85)$253,680.45
October Quarterly[41]December 14, 2013$253,680.45$122,810.37$(80,706.69)$295,784.13
Year-End Quarterly[42]December 31, 2013$295,784$-9,950$(51,597)$71,736
Running totals
$386,938.72$(238,216.95)

2012

Runyan won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Runyan's campaign committee raised a total of $2,080,014 and spent $1,999,879.[43]

Cost per vote

Runyan spent $11.48 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Runyan was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,523,453 and spent $1,518,073.[44]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Runyan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $4,975,047 and $15,820,999. That averages to $10,398,023, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Runyan ranked as the 43rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2009 and 2012, Runyan's calculated net worth[46] increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Jon Runyan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$9,992,857
2012$10,398,023.00
Growth from 2009 to 2012:4%
Average annual growth:1%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Runyan is a "centrist Republican" as of July 2014.[50] This was the same rating Runyan received in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Runyan most often votes with:

Runyan least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Runyan missed 86 of 2,714 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.2 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Runyan paid his congressional staff a total of $878,478 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranked 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Runyan ranked 208th in the liberal rankings in 2013. Although he is a Republican, Runyan's liberal ranking was higher than his conservative ranking.[53]

2012

Runyan ranked 219th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[54]

2011

Runyan ranked 181st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[55]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Runyan voted with the Republican Party 87.3 percent of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[56]

2013

Runyan voted with the Republican Party 88.2 percent of the time, which ranked 225th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

Runyan currently resides in Mount Laurel Township with his wife Loretta and three children, Jon, Jr., Alyssa and Isabella.[4]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roll Call, "Jon Runyan Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2014 (Updated)," accessed November 6, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 John Runyan, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey, "Biography"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jon Runyan for Congress, "Bio"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. John Runyan, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey, "Committees And Caucuses"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Jon Runyan's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Runyan on agriculture," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Jon Runyan's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Jon Runyan's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 30, 2013
  20. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  22. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 On The Issues, "Jon Runyan Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  29. Runyan For Congress, "On the Issues," accessed October 13, 2012
  30. Philly.com, "Jon Runyan will not seek re-election; Belgard to run," accessed November 7, 2013
  31. PhillyBurbs.com, "New congressional map favors Runyan," accessed December 24, 2011
  32. WYNC, "Live! NJ Election Results," accessed June 5, 2012
  33. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  34. Politicker NJ, "CD3"
  35. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," accessed September 15, 2012
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jon Runyan," accessed April 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Runyan 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  39. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  40. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  41. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  42. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  43. Open Secrets, "Jon Runyan 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Jon Runyan 2010 Election Data," accessed November 26, 2011
  45. Open Secrets, "Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  50. 50.0 50.1 GovTrack, "Jon Runyan," accessed July 31, 2014
  51. OpenCongress, "Jon Runyan," accessed July 31, 2014
  52. LegiStorm, "Jon Runyan," accessed October 2, 2012
  53. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 31, 2014
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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John Adler
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 3
2011-Present
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