Jon Runyan

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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$7,593,012
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Jon Daniel Runyan (b. November 27, 1973) 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]

Runyan played in the NFL from 1996-2010.[2]

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.[3]

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.[2]


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

  • 1996-2010: NFL player

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Runyan serves on the following committees:[4]


Runyan served on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Runyan listed 7 campaign issues on his website.[6]

  • 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."

Specific votes

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 one 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.[7]

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[8][9] 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.[10] Runyan was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban.



See also: New Jersey's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Runyan ran for re-election in 2012.[11] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Shelley Adler in the general election.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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 emphasis 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.[15]

Full history


Runyan vs. Adler
Poll Shelley Adler Jon RunyanOtherUndecidedSample Size
Richard Stockton College (October 4, 2012)
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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.[17]

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


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.[18]


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.[19]


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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Runyan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,315,026 to $11,870,999. That averages to $7,593,012, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[23]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Runyan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,481,018 to $10,624,998. Averaging to a net worth of $7,054,008 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[24]

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.[25]


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.[26]

Percentage 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.[27]

Recent news

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Runyan currently resides in Mount Laurel Township with his wife Loretta and three children, Jon, Jr., Alyssa and Isabella.[28]

External links


  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Runyan, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey "Biography"
  3. Jon Runyan for Congress "Bio"
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. John Runyan, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey "Committees And Caucuses"
  6. Runyan For Congress "On the Issues" Accessed October 13, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  9. U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  10. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  11. "New congressional map favors Runyan," December 24, 2011
  12. WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
  13. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed August 10, 2012
  14. Politicker NJ "CD3"
  15. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," September 15, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jon Runyan," Accessed April 23, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Jon Runyan 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Jon Runyan 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 26, 2011
  20. Gov Track "Jon Runyan," Accessed June 19, 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Runyan," Accessed April 10, 2013
  22. LegiStorm, "Jon Runyan," Accessed October 2, 2012
  23. "Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  24., "Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. Jon Runyan for Congress "Bio"
Political offices
Preceded by
John Adler
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 3
Succeeded by