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Address: 2306 RHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (973) 984-0711

Address: 30 Schulyer Place, Morristown NJ 07960-5128

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Rodney Frelinghuysen Committees
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Rodney Frelinghuysen Biography
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  • Elected: 1994, 10th term.
  • District: New Jersey 11
  • Born: Apr. 29, 1946, New York City
  • Home: Harding
  • Education: Hobart Col., B.A. 1969
  • Professional Career: Aide, Morris Cnty. Bd. of Freeholders, 1972–74.
  • Military Career: Army, 1969–71 (Vietnam).
  • Political Career: Morris Cnty. Bd. of Freeholders, 1974–83; NJ Assembly, 1983–94.
  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Family: Married (Virginia); 2 children

Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, first elected in 1994, has a record as a foreign policy conservative and a fiscal and social moderate. As the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, he is a critical gatekeeper in President Barack Obama’s plans to significantly boost clean energy research in his second term. Read More

Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, first elected in 1994, has a record as a foreign policy conservative and a fiscal and social moderate. As the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, he is a critical gatekeeper in President Barack Obama’s plans to significantly boost clean energy research in his second term.

Frelinghuysen (FREE-ling-high-zen) is the scion of one of New Jersey’s most durable political families. The Frelinghuysens emigrated from Germany near the Dutch border in 1720 and settled in what is now the 11th District. Four Frelinghuysens served as senators from New Jersey, starting in 1793 and as recently as 1923. Theodore Frelinghuysen was the candidate for vice president in 1844 (spawning the memorable chant, ‘‘Hurrah! Hurrah! The country’s risin,’ for Henry Clay and Frelinghuysen’’). Frederick Frelinghuysen was President Chester Arthur’s secretary of state. Peter Frelinghuysen, Rodney’s father, was elected to the House in 1952 and served until his retirement in 1974. “He was always my role model,” the congressman told The Star-Ledger of Newark after his father’s death in May 2011.

History tends to repeat itself, and Frelinghuysens have been involved in every presidential impeachment. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s great-great-grandfather Frederick voted to convict Andrew Johnson in 1868, and his father, Peter, after the revelations of July 1974, would have voted to impeach Richard Nixon if the president had not resigned. The current-generation Frelinghuysen voted to impeach Bill Clinton in December 1998.

As a child, Rodney Frelinghuysen lived in the large brick house on Georgetown’s N Street that was later owned by former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and his wife, Sally Quinn. He attended St. Albans preparatory school with the future Democratic vice president, Al Gore. After college, he served in the Army in Vietnam, where he built roads in the Mekong Delta. In 1972, he was an aide to Morris County Freeholder Dean Gallo, who was later elected to Congress from the 11th District. Frelinghuysen was a freeholder himself from 1974 to 1983, and was elected to the state Assembly in 1983. He ran for Congress in 1990 in what is now the 12th District but lost the primary to Dick Zimmer. In August 1994, Gallo retired from Congress because of illness, and Frelinghuysen was chosen to be the Republican nominee at a September party convention. He was elected with 71% of the vote.

Frelinghuysen has taken moderate and even liberal stands on some issues, but aligns with his party on defense and foreign policy. After the September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, he said in his weekly newsletter to constituents: “The back-and-forth explanations of administration officials seem to point to domestic political considerations overriding the truth.”

He refused to join fellow New Jersey Republican moderates Frank LoBiondo, Chris Smith, and Leonard Lance in supporting the cap-and-trade bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, calling it a “job-killer.” He also cited numerous objections to the health care overhaul, and supported its repeal along with many of the GOP’s biggest priorities in the 112th Congress (2011-12). But he was one of seven House Republicans in March 2011 who voted to protect federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which led to anti-abortion protests outside his New Jersey office. And in 2012, he joined Democrats in opposing GOP measures to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, to eliminate the Economic Development Administration and Legal Services Corp., and to double the number of oil and gas drilling leases on federal land.

While still a freshman, he secured a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee. Because New Jersey had no senator on the Senate Appropriations Committee between 2000 and 2006, Frelinghuysen became the go-to guy for the entire delegation on projects benefiting New Jersey. He concentrated on big projects: construction of the Hudson-Bergen light rail, dredging of channels in the Port of New York and New Jersey, and slowing erosion on the Jersey Shore. With the departure of Democrat Steven Rothman in 2012, he was New Jersey’s lone representative on the House spending panel.

As Frelinghuysen has gained seniority, he was able in 2011 to claim the gavel of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee. He sounded an ominous note for Obama’s clean energy research plans in February 2011, when he said that in theory, he supported the arm of the Energy Department that conducts such research, but that, “I’m not sure in these times I’d find that many members who would agree.” The energy and water bill he got through the House in 2012 reduced energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $886 million. Obama’s Office of Management and Budget objected, saying that amount represented the largest cut in those areas since 2006 and would “leave U.S. competitiveness at risk in new markets and clean energy industries.” However, the bill was eventually rolled into a continuing resolution that maintained funding at current levels.

Frelinghuysen is best known nationally as the sponsor of the “Know Your Caller” law, which bars telemarketers from interfering with Caller ID systems of customers seeking to avoid such solicitations. Another of his pet projects is environmental cleanup in his district, which has a large number of Superfund sites. He tours the sites annually with environmental and local officials to get updates on cleanup progress.

Frelinghuysen has not been seriously challenged for reelection, although in 2012, Democrat John Arvanites held him to 59%, the lowest winning percentage of his career.

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Rodney Frelinghuysen Election Results
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2012 General
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R)
Votes: 182,237
Percent: 58.81%
John Arvanites (D)
Votes: 123,897
Percent: 39.98%
2012 Primary
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R)
Votes: 30,831
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (67%), 2008 (62%), 2006 (62%), 2004 (68%), 2002 (72%), 2000 (68%), 1998 (68%), 1996 (66%), 1994 (71%)
Rodney Frelinghuysen Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 50 (L) : 50 (C) 50 (L) : 50 (C) 50 (L) : 50 (C)
Social 48 (L) : 50 (C) 40 (L) : 60 (C) 45 (L) : 54 (C)
Foreign 44 (L) : 54 (C) 35 (L) : 59 (C) 38 (L) : 60 (C)
Composite 48.0 (L) : 52.0 (C) 42.7 (L) : 57.3 (C) 44.8 (L) : 55.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC5083
LCV2320
CFG4653
ITIC-91
NTU6563
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ACLU-15
ACU6172
ADA1510
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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