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Frank LoBiondo
Frank LoBiondo.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Hughes (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.03 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,764,242
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
1988-1995
Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders
1985-1988
Education
Bachelor'sSt. Joseph’s University
Personal
BirthdayMay 12, 1946
Place of birthBridgeton, New Jersey
ProfessionSmall businessman
Net worth$336,505
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank A. LoBiondo (b. May 12, 1946, in Bridgeton, New Jersey) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. LoBiondo was elected by voters from New Jersey's 2nd congressional district. He ran for re-election in 2012 against Cassandra Shober (D), John Ordille (L), David Bowen Sr. (I), Charles Lukens (I) and Frank Faralli Jr. (I), and won.[1]

He is set to run for re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Prior to serving in the U.S. House, LoBiondo served in the New Jersey State Assembly from 1988-1994.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, LoBiondo 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

LoBiondo was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey. He graduated with a B.A. from St. Joseph’s University in 1968.[3] After earning his undergraduate degree in business administration, LoBiondo joined his family's trucking company before entering public office.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of LoBiondo's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

LoBiondo serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

LoBiondo served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[7] According to the report, LoBiondo has helped secure $4.68 million for beach monitoring and nourishment along the shores of Ventnor City, N.J., where he and his wife own a home about 850 feet from the beach.[8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" LoBiondo 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.[9]

Legislative actions

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.[10] For more information pertaining to LoBiondo's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" LoBiondo 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.[12]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" LoBiondo supported HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" LoBiondo 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.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" LoBiondo supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png In July 2013 the Republican controlled House narrowly passed a scaled-back version of the farm bill after stripping out the popular food-stamp program.[14][15] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[16] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[17] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[17][18] LoBiondo was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.[17]

The farm bill historically has included both billions in farm subsidies and billions in food stamps. Including both of the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities.[16] After the bill failed in the House in June 2013 amid opposition from rank-and-file Republicans, House leaders removed the food stamp portion in a bid to attract conservative support.[16]

Budget debate
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

LoBiondo is one of several congressional members who will not take a salary while the government is on shutdown.[19]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" LoBiondo 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Lofgren has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" LoBiondo supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

LoBiondo is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New Jersey's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

LoBiondo ran for re-election in 2012.[24] He defeated Michael Assad in the June 5 Republican primary and will face Independent David Bowen Sr. and Democrat Cassandra Shober in the general election.[25]

LoBiondo was not expected to lose.[26][27]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Cassandra Shober 40.3% 116,462
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank LoBiondo Incumbent 57.7% 166,677
     Libertarian John Ordille 0.9% 2,699
     Independent David Bowen Sr. 0.3% 1,010
     Independent Charles Lukens 0.5% 1,329
     Independent Frank Faralli Jr. 0.3% 892
Total Votes 289,069
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank LoBiondo Incumbent 87.6% 20,551
Michael Assad 12.4% 2,914
Total Votes 23,465

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for LoBiondo is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, LoBiondo raised a total of $8,764,242 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 19, 2013.[37]

Frank LoBiondo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 2) Won $1,566,499
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 2) Won $1,253,306
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 2) Won $1,365,485
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 2) Won $1,549,238
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 2) Won $1,292,841
2002 US House (New Jersey, District 2) Won $923,311
2000 US House (New Jersey, District 2) Won $813,562
Grand Total Raised $8,764,242

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 LoBiondo's reports.[38]

Frank LoBiondo (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]4/15/2013$690,690.40$150,471.68$(87,632.11)$753,529.97
July Quarterly[40]7/15/2013$753,529.97$132,602.90$(78,708.28)$807,424.59
Running totals
$283,074.58$(166,340.39)

2012

Breakdown of the source of LoBiondo's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

LoBiondo won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, LoBiondo's campaign committee raised a total of $1,566,500 and spent $1,336,918.[41]

Cost per vote

LoBiondo spent $8.03 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of LoBiondo's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
LoBiondo was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,253,306 and spent $1,430,664.[42]

Analysis

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.[43]

LoBiondo most often votes with:

LoBiondo least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, LoBiondo is a "centrist Republican," as of June 19, 2013.[44]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, LoBiondo missed 26 of 12,401 roll call votes from January 1995 to April 2013. This amounts to .2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[45]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. LoBiondo paid his congressional staff a total of $1,059,062 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 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.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, LoBiondo's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $51,012 to $621,999. That averages to $336,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 55.64% from 2010.[47]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, LoBiondo's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $386,806 to $1,217,793. Averaging to a net worth of $802,299.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[48]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. LoBiondo ranked 190th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House. He is one of 12 republicans who scored higher on the liberal ranking than they did on the conservative one.[49]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. LoBiondo ranked 225th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[50]

Voting with party

2013

Frank LoBiondo voted with the Republican Party 88% of the time, which ranked 226th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]

Recent news

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Personal

LoBiondo currently resides in Atlantic County with his wife Tina and their two rescued Weimaraners, Lola and Luca.[52]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project VoteSmart "LoBiondo," Accessed June 19, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "LoBIONDO, Frank A., (1946 - )"
  4. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 2nd District "Biography"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Representing New Jersey's 2nd District "Committee"
  7. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  8. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Frank LoBiondo's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding," accessed July 15, 2013
  15. USA Today, "House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program," accessed July 15, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Fox News, "House narrowly passes farm bill after Republicans carve out food stamps," accessed July 15, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Washington Post, "Which Republicans voted against the Farm Bill?," accessed July 15, 2013
  18. Politico, "Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version," accessed July 15, 2013
  19. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary", accessed October 1, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Frank LoBiondo's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Frank LoBiondo's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 30, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Frank LoBiondo," accessed September 30, 2013
  24. The Press of Atlantic City "Absecon man announces challenge of LoBiondo for New Jersey House seat," November 14, 2011
  25. WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
  26. New Jersey Spotlight "U.S. Congressional Race: District 2," May 23, 2012
  27. New Jersey Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Frank LoBiondo," Accessed April 19, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission "LoBiondo 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  39. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  40. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Frank LoBiondo 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "Frank LoBiondo 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 26, 2011
  43. OpenCongress, "Frank LoBiondo," Accessed August 6, 2013
  44. Gov Track "Frank LoBiondo," Accessed June 19, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "LoBiondo," Accessed April 10, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Frank LoBiondo," Accessed October 8, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets.org "Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Proudly Serving New Jersey's 2nd District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Hughes
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 2
1995-Present
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New Jersey General Assembly - District 1
1988-1994
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Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders
1985-1988
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