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Jon Runyan
Jon Runyan.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorJohn Adler (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,603,467
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania (did not complete degree)
Date of birthNovember 27, 1973
Place of birthFlint, Michigan
ProfessionProfessional Football Player, Sportscaster
Net worth$10,398,023
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Jon Daniel Runyan (b. November 27, 1973, in Flint, Michigan) 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.


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]


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

  • 1996-2010: NFL player

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Runyan serves on the following committees:[5]


Runyan served on the following committees:[6]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Runyan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "No" 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)

Voted "Yes" 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]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" 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]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" 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.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[23]

Campaign themes


Runyan listed 7 campaign issues on his website.[24]

  • 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."



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

Runyan announced on November 6, 2013, that he will 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 Runyan was fed up with the gridlock in Congress and the October shutdown.[25]


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

Runyan ran for re-election in 2012.[26] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Democrat Shelley Adler in the general election.[27]

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 is considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. The district has become slightly more Democratic since 2010, and Adler is thought to have a fund-raising advantage.[28] 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 is much smaller. Analysis of the registered voters in the newly formed district suggests an advantage for Runyan; while the number of registered democrats still exceeds the number of republicans, the independent voters in the district consistently lean to the right.[29]

Push for bipartisanship

In the run up to the election, many republicans were trying to show that they are bipartisan and willing to work with Democrats. Runyan has started to run ads for his November campaign that emphasize his willingness to work with both parties in Washington. In a recent poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS news, results found that nearly 44% of Americans blamed Republicans for the deadlock in Congress. Republicans are trying to hold on to their districts with showing themselves to be more bipartisan.[30]

Full history


Runyan vs. Adler
Poll Shelley Adler Jon RunyanOtherUndecidedSample Size
Richard Stockton College (October 4, 2012)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

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.[32]

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


Candidates for Congress were 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.[33]


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

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.[38]

Cost per vote

Runyan spent $11.48 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Runyan's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
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.[39]


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.[40]

Runyan most often votes with:

Runyan 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, Runyan is a "centrist Republican," as of June 19, 2013.[41]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Runyan missed 16 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to .9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[41]

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 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.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[43]

Jon Runyan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:4%
Average annual growth:1%[44]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[45]
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.

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. Runyan tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 219th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Runyan was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 181st in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[47]

Voting with party


Jon Runyan voted with the Republican Party 88.2% of the time, which ranked 225th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]


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


  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, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. Runyan For Congress, "On the Issues," accessed October 13, 2012
  25. Philly.com, "Jon Runyan will not seek re-election; Belgard to run," accessed November 7, 2013
  26. PhillyBurbs.com, "New congressional map favors Runyan," accessed December 24, 2011
  27. WYNC, "Live! NJ Election Results," accessed June 5, 2012
  28. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  29. Politicker NJ, "CD3"
  30. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," accessed September 15, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jon Runyan," accessed April 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Runyan 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  34. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  35. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  36. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  37. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Jon Runyan 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Jon Runyan 2010 Election Data," accessed November 26, 2011
  40. OpenCongress, "Jon Runyan," accessed August 6, 2013
  41. 41.0 41.1 GovTrack, "Jon Runyan," accessed June 19, 2013
  42. LegiStorm, "Jon Runyan," accessed October 2, 2012
  43. Open Secrets, "Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  45. 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.
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Adler
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 3
Succeeded by