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Rodney Frelinghuysen
Rodney Frelinghuysen.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 11
In office
January 3, 1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 20
PredecessorDean Gallo (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.50 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,228,314
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Bachelor'sHobart College
Master'sTrinity College (no degree earned)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-1971
Date of birthApril 29, 1946
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionPolitical staffer
Net worth$45,402,595.50
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 was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 11th Congressional District of New Jersey.[2]

Frelinghuysen served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 93rd Engineering Battalion (Construction) stationed in the Mekong Delta.[3][4][5][6][7]

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.


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.[8][3][4][5]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Frelinghuysen's academic, professional and political career:[3][4][5][6][7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Frelinghuysen serves on the following committees:[9][10][3][5][6][7]

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


Frelinghuysen served on the following committees:[3][4]

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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[11] For more information pertaining to Frelinghuysen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

National security

Syria intervention
See also: United States involvement in Syria

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."[13]

Frelinghuysen elaborated, "I found the people in my district did not want to us to intervene. I think they are horrified but I am not sure that limited military strikes are going to accomplish whatever President Obama has in the way of a strategic plan. I don’t see it. I don’t think there is a great partisan divide. I think people just want to know what the president’s plan is."[14]

Israel trip

Frelinghuysen went to Israel for the first time in 12 years in September 2013. While there, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Frelinghuysen expressed concern for Israel if Iran obtains nuclear weapons. He said, "I think the most immediate threat to Israel’s survival is what is happening in Iran in terms of its nuclear capacity. I feel they are hell-bent on doing that, no matter what else is happening on the world stage. They have missile capacity, and hopefully the marriage of their missiles and their nuclear arms will not happen, but in reality, I think it will happen."[14]

He also commented on Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhan. He said, "From the briefings we have had, I think he has an aura of having a more worldly view of things. But I heard he has a pretty sordid past and we shouldn’t take his words at face value."

“The people I’ve talked to think he is highly anti-Semitic, and he has been involved in activities that have led to people’s deaths and disappearances. So I don’t see him as particularly trustworthy, although I know a whole group of Republicans who feels he represents a new generation and new opportunity.”[14]


Voted "Yes" Frelinghuysen 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.[15]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Frelinghuysen 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.[15]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Frelinghuysen 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.[15]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Frelinghuysen 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.[16] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[15]

House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

Frelinghuysen is expected to take over as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. The previous chair was C. W. Bill Young. Young died in office on October 18, 2013.[17]

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.[18]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Frelinghuysen supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[19] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[20]

Budget debate
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Frenlinghuysen released a statement blaming Democrats for the government shutdown on October 1, 2013. He said, "The House has now approved multiple government appropriation bills, known as Continuing Resolutions, which would have fully funded the operations of the federal government until December 15. Unfortunately, the Senate, with the encouragement of the President, has rejected all House offers to keep the government open for business." He added, "I hope the President will agree to join with us to end the shutdown and delay the implementation of the worst aspects of the President’s new health care law."[21] Frelinghuysen was named to a bi-partisan conference committee of the House and Senate. The committee is meeting to find a compromise and end the shutdown.[22]

Frelinghuysen is not happy about the shutdown, although he thought it was appropriate for the spending bill to have the Obamacare attached to it. He said, "When you take over one-sixth of the American economy (health care costs) and hand it to the federal government, that’s major stuff. I’m not against healthcare reform but there have been so many problems." He also realizes that the shutdown reflects poorly on Congress. He added, "There is a whole new group, mostly on our side (Republicans) who don’t remember as I do how public perception in Congress was better in 1995."[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] Frelinghuysen voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

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.[25] 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. Frelinghuysen voted for HR 2775.[26]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Frelinghuysen 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.[27] The vote largely followed party lines.[28]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Frelinghuysen supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[29]

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[30][31] 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.[32] Frelinghuysen was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban.[33][34]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[35][36][34]


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 faced Democrat Cory Booker on October 16, 2013.[37]



See also: New Jersey's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Frelinghuysen ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 11th District. Frelinghuysen sought the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[38]
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.[48]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Frelinghuysen's reports.[49]


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.[59]

Cost per vote

Frelinghuysen spent $6.50 per vote received in 2012.


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.[60]


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.[61]

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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[62]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Frelinghuysen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $20,908,191 and $69,897,000. That averages to $45,402,595.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Frelinghuysen ranked as the 14th most wealthy representative in 2012.[63]

Rodney Frelinghuysen Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
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. Frelinghuysen ranked 196th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[64]


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.[65]

Voting with party


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.[66]


Frelinghuysen resides in Harding Township, New Jersey, with his wife, Virginia. He has two daughters.[7][3][5] In 2013, he was awarded the Navy's highest civilian honor, the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.[67] 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.[68] Rodney's father, Peter Frelinghuysen, represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1952-1974.[69][70]

He is affiliated with the Liberty & Prosperity PAC.[71]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Gallo
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Succeeded by
Anthony Bucco
Preceded by
Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
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