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Frelinghuysen went to Israel for five days in August 2013 with Florida Republican Representative [[Ileana Ros-Lehtinen]], where they met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials.  He attended as part of his role as vice-chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.  According to Frelinghuysen, Netanyahu is most concerned with Iran's nuclear weapon development.  The trip included "discussions focused on continued threats of violence linger, the implications for a nuclear Iran, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, political instability in Egypt and the current state of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority."<ref>[http://newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/news/harding-s-rodney-frelinghuysen-finds-fears-in-israel-over-iran/article_6aced37a-05a7-11e3-bb46-0019bb2963f4.html ''New Jersey Hills.com'', "Harding's Rodney Frelinghuysen finds fears in Israel over Iran", accessed August 19, 2013]</ref>
 
Frelinghuysen went to Israel for five days in August 2013 with Florida Republican Representative [[Ileana Ros-Lehtinen]], where they met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials.  He attended as part of his role as vice-chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.  According to Frelinghuysen, Netanyahu is most concerned with Iran's nuclear weapon development.  The trip included "discussions focused on continued threats of violence linger, the implications for a nuclear Iran, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, political instability in Egypt and the current state of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority."<ref>[http://newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/news/harding-s-rodney-frelinghuysen-finds-fears-in-israel-over-iran/article_6aced37a-05a7-11e3-bb46-0019bb2963f4.html ''New Jersey Hills.com'', "Harding's Rodney Frelinghuysen finds fears in Israel over Iran", accessed August 19, 2013]</ref>
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On September 3, 2013, Frelinghuysen said he would not support military strikes on Syria, unless Obama can prove the strikes would lead to an end to Syria's civil war.  He said, "While I am horrified by the deaths of so many innocent men, women and children, I want to know how the president's strategic plans will change the course of this civil war. I cannot support any authorization unless and until my questions are answered fully."<ref>[http://www.njherald.com/story/23331968/frelinghuysen-wants-more-from-obama ''New Jersey Herald'', "Frelinghuysen wants more from Obama on Syria", accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==

Revision as of 10:36, 4 September 2013

Rodney Frelinghuysen
Rodney Frelinghuysen.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 11
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDean Gallo (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,228,314
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
1983-1994
Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
1974-1983
Education
Bachelor'sHobart College
Master'sTrinity College (no degree earned)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-1971
Personal
BirthdayApril 29, 1946
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionPolitical staffer
Net worth$47,990,593
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (b. April 29, 1946, in New York, New York) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Frelinghuysen was elected by voters from New Jersey's 11th congressional district. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

Frelinghuysen served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 93rd Engineering Battalion (Construction) stationed in the Mekong Delta.[2][3][4][5][6]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Frelinghuysen 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

Frelinghuysen was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. from Hobart College in 1969, and pursued graduate studies at Trinity College.[7][2][3][4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Frelinghuysen's academic, professional and political career:[2][3][4][5][6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Frelinghuysen serves on the following committees:[8][9][2][4][5][6]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Chair
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security

2011-2012

Frelinghuysen served on the following committees:[10][11]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Issues

Endorsements

Frelinghuysen has endorsed Republican Steve Lonegan in the October 16, 2013 special election to fill the late Frank Lautenberg's senate seat. Lonegan won the Republican primary and will face Democrat Cory Booker on October 16, 2013.[12]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Frelinghuysen 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.[13][14][15]

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[16][17] 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.[18] Frelinghuysen was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban.[19][15]

Terror watch list

Frelinghuysen voted against an amendment in July 2013 that would have barred people on the FBI's terror watch list from purchasing guns. He voted with 26 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Frelinghuysen defended his vote, explaining, "First of all, anyone who thinks that terrorists will actually purchase their weapons through legal means is not living in the real world. Secondly, the terrorist watch lists are currently a mess — so filled with errors that they include thousands of innocent Americans and once contained the names of Sen. Ted Kennedy and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela." However, on August 8, 2013, Governor Chris Christie, also a New Jersey Republican, signed a law that bans terror watch list members from purchasing weapons, citing, "the obligation of government to ensure the safety and security of its people." Although Christie supported the amendment, he agreed with Frelinghuysen that the list accuracy needed to improve.[20]

Visit to Israel

Frelinghuysen went to Israel for five days in August 2013 with Florida Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, where they met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials. He attended as part of his role as vice-chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. According to Frelinghuysen, Netanyahu is most concerned with Iran's nuclear weapon development. The trip included "discussions focused on continued threats of violence linger, the implications for a nuclear Iran, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, political instability in Egypt and the current state of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority."[21]

Syria intervention

On September 3, 2013, Frelinghuysen said he would not support military strikes on Syria, unless Obama can prove the strikes would lead to an end to Syria's civil war. He said, "While I am horrified by the deaths of so many innocent men, women and children, I want to know how the president's strategic plans will change the course of this civil war. I cannot support any authorization unless and until my questions are answered fully."[22]

Elections

2012

See also: New Jersey's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Frelinghuysen ran for re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat John Arvanites in the November 6 general election.[23]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Arvanites 40% 123,897
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Frelinghuysen Incumbent 58.8% 182,237
     Independent Barry Berlin 1.2% 3,725
Total Votes 309,859
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Frelinghuysen is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Frelinghuysen raised a total of $5,228,314 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[33]

Rodney Frelinghuysen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 11) Won $1,101,627
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 11) Won $1,044,840
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 11) Won $1,084,231
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 11) Won $1,054,826
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 11) Won $942,790
Grand Total Raised $5,228,314

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 Frelinghuysen's reports.[34]

Rodney Frelinghuysen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]4/12/2013$241,919.76$35,292.42$(39,624.16)$237,588.02
July Quarterly[36]7/11/2013$237,588.02$148,253.52$(98,964.88)$286,876.66
Running totals
$183,545.94$(138,589.04)

2012

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

Frelinghuysen won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Frelinghuysen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,101,628 and spent $1,184,498.[37]

Cost per vote

Frelinghuysen spent $6.50 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Frelinghuysen's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Frelinghuysen was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a ninth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,044,840 and spent $1,104,388.[38]

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.[39]

Frelinghuysen most often votes with:

Frelinghuysen 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, Frelinghuysen is a "centrist Republican," as of June 19, 2013.[40]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Frelinghuysen missed 242 of 12,401 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 2%, 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. Frelinghuysen paid his congressional staff a total of $644,088 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

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Frelinghuysen's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $21,655,186 to $74,326,000. That averages to $47,990,593, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Frelinghuysen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $20,350,188 to $65,451,000. Averaging to a net worth of $42,900,594 which is higher than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[44]

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. Frelinghuysen ranked 196th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[45]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Frelinghuysen was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 206th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Rodney Frelinghuysen voted with the Republican Party 90.9% of the time, which ranked 214th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

Frelinghuysen resides in Harding Township, New Jersey, with his wife, Virginia. He has two daughters.[6][48][4] In 2013, he was awarded the Navy's highest civilian honor, the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.[49] Frelinghuysen comes from a long line of New Jersey Senators. In 1720, Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen, an evangelist of the Dutch Reformed Church and an influential figure in the Great Awakening, arrived in colonial New Jersey from Germany. His grandson, Frederick, served in the Continental Congress in 1779, led a regiment in the Revolutionary War, and finally won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1793. Four Frelinghuysens have served as senators since 1793.[50] Rodney's father, Peter Frelinghuysen, represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1952-1974.[51][52]

He is affiliated with the Liberty & Prosperity PAC.[53]

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Representing the 11th District of New Jersey "Meet Rodney"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Campaign Website "About," Accessed August 2, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 VoteSmart "Frelinghuysen bio," Accessed August 2, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 GOP.gov "Bio," Accessed August 2, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 NJGOP.org "Frelinghuysen," Accessed August 2, 2013
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "FRELINGHUYSEN, Rodney P., (1946 - )"
  8. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. Govtrack.us "Rodney Frelinghuysen," Accessed August 2, 2013
  10. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Representing the 11th District of New Jersey "Meet Rodney"
  11. Campaign Website "About," Accessed August 2, 2013
  12. Think Progress, "New Jersey Republicans Nominate Koch Brothers Operative For Senate", accessed August 19, 2013
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. VoteSmart "Frelinghuysen," Accessed August 2, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Washington Post "Key votes," Accessed August 2, 2013
  16. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  18. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  19. VoteSmart "Frelinghuysen," Accessed August 2, 2013
  20. New Jersey.com, "Frelinghuysen, Christie split on letting terror watch list members buy guns", accessed August 19, 2013
  21. New Jersey Hills.com, "Harding's Rodney Frelinghuysen finds fears in Israel over Iran", accessed August 19, 2013
  22. New Jersey Herald, "Frelinghuysen wants more from Obama on Syria", accessed September 4, 2013
  23. NJ.gov "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," Accessed April 2, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Rodney Frelinghuysen," Accessed April 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Frelinghuysen 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  35. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  36. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Rodney Frelinghuysen 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Rodney Frelinghuysen 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 1, 2011
  39. OpenCongress, "Rodney Frelinghuysen," Accessed August 6, 2013
  40. Gov Track "Rodney Frelinghuysen," Accessed June 19, 2013
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  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Rodney Frelinghuysen (D-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  48. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Representing the 11th District of New Jersey "Meet Rodney"
  49. New Jersey Hills.com "Navy’s highest civilian honor goes to Frelinghuysen," Accessed August 2, 2013
  50. Washington Times, "EDITORIAL: Daughters in the pipeline", accessed August 19, 2013
  51. Washington Times "Frelinghuysen," Accessed August 2, 2013
  52. ABC News "Top 5 Political Heirs," Accessed August 2, 2013
  53. OpenSecrets, "Felinghuysen", accessed August 26, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Gallo
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 11
1995-Present
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly
1983-1994
Succeeded by
Anthony Bucco
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Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
1974-1983
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