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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5361

Address: 133 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: lance.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (908) 518-7733

Address: 425 North Avenue East, Westfield NJ 07090

Flemington NJ

Phone: (908) 788-6900

Fax: (908) 788-2869

Address: 361 Route 31, Flemington NJ 08822

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Leonard Lance Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: New Jersey 7
  • Born: Jun. 25, 1952, Easton, PA
  • Home: Clinton Township
  • Education:

    Lehigh U., B.A., 1974; Vanderbilt U., J.D. 1977; Princeton U., M.P.A. 1982

  • Professional Career:

    Law clerk, Warren Cnty Court, 1977-78; Asst. cnsl., Gov. Thomas H. Kean, 1983-1990.

  • Political Career:

    NJ Assembly, 1991-2001; NJ Senate, 2002-08, minority leader 2002-08.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Heidi Rohrbach); 1 children

Leonard Lance is a wonky, self-styled “Eisenhower Republican” elected in 2008. His moderate stances have drawn primary challenges from the right, but his brand of pragmatic fiscal conservatism and social liberalism have proven popular in a suburban district that, politically, still likes Ike. Read More

Leonard Lance is a wonky, self-styled “Eisenhower Republican” elected in 2008. His moderate stances have drawn primary challenges from the right, but his brand of pragmatic fiscal conservatism and social liberalism have proven popular in a suburban district that, politically, still likes Ike.

Lance’s English-German ancestors have lived in Hunterdon County for 300 years, and he and his twin brother, James, grew up there in the small town of Glen Gardner. Politics is in Lance’s blood. His father, Wesley Lance, was a state senator and eventually rose to Senate president. The younger Lance went to Lehigh University in neighboring Pennsylvania, and then headed south to Vanderbilt University to go to law school. He returned to New Jersey to pursue a master’s degree from Princeton University.

One of his early jobs was as Republican Gov. Thomas Kean’s assistant counsel for county and municipal matters. In 1990, he was elected to the New Jersey legislature, where he made a name for himself as a budget hawk and independent thinker. He opposed a spending plan by GOP Gov. Christie Whitman, a move that cost him the Budget Committee chairmanship.

In 2008, GOP Rep. Mike Ferguson did not seek reelection after narrowly holding on to his seat two years earlier in a race against Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Stender. Well-known in the district, Lance got into the primary race against six other candidates. He was the establishment Republicans’ pick, but he faced tough competition from Whitman’s daughter, Kate Whitman, who outraised him and questioned his fiscal bona fides. He was forced to spend nearly all of his funds early on, yet he won the primary by a surprisingly large margin, besting Whitman 39%-20%.

Financially drained by the primary, Lance started the general election campaign seriously outmatched by Stender, who was running again and ultimately outspent him 2-to-1. She criticized Lance for opposing her legislation to make it mandatory for pharmacies to fill prescriptions for birth control pills, including emergency contraception. Lance said he voted against the bill because he believed that mom-and-pop pharmacies should have the right to decide whether to fill such prescriptions. Both political parties pulled out all the stops for this seat. President George W. Bush stumped for Lance, and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton both came to the district to campaign for Stender. Lance did better than expected, winning by 50%-42%.

In the House, Lance frequently joined the conservatives in his party on major legislation in the 112th Congress (2011-12). Despite his backing of abortion rights, he voted with Republicans in 2011 to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood; he said he had never supported public funding of abortions. He also voted in favor of New Jersey Republican Scott Garrett’s budget proposal that year that cut spending even further than Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s blueprint, and for a measure to repeal the ban on incandescent light bulbs established in the 2007 energy law. But Lance resisted Republican attempts to eliminate or slash funding for such programs as the Foreign Agricultural Service and Legal Services Corp. He also provided a crucial “yes” vote on an amendment to boost spending on renewable energy and energy efficiency programs that narrowly passed as part of the fiscal 2012 energy spending bill. He sponsored bipartisan bills to repeal ethanol subsidies, to streamline the regulatory process for gases used in anesthesia, and to promote development of treatments for patients with chronic or rare diseases.

In his first term, Lance was one of just eight Republicans to support energy legislation that included a cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and one of just three to back the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act assisting victims of wage discrimination lawsuits. He held firm against most of President Barack Obama’s economic agenda, voting against the stimulus bill even as he touted a flood control project in his district that was ready for stimulus money. A former member of the Financial Services Committee, he was a critic of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying he was especially troubled by its reliance on unused government bailout funds.

Lance’s moderate stances brought him a GOP primary challenge in 2010, but he was able to defeat three tea party-backed challengers with 56% after winning the support of local Republican organizations. He then faced Democrat Ed Potosnak, a former staffer for Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif. Potosnak, who is openly gay, criticized Lance’s opposition to repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay military service members. But Lance outraised him by 4-to-1 and won easily, 59%-41%. For keeping the seat in GOP hands, he was rewarded with a plum spot on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Lance drew another primary challenge in 2012 in tea party-backed candidate David Larsen, who called his rival “totally disconnected from the people.” But Lance won, 61%-39%. He then easily dispatched Democrat Upendra Chivukula in the general election with 57%.

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Leonard Lance Election Results
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2012 General
Leonard Lance (R)
Votes: 175,704
Percent: 57.0%
Upendra Chivukula (D)
Votes: 123,090
Percent: 40.0%
2012 Primary
Leonard Lance (R)
Votes: 23,432
Percent: 60.57%
David Larsen
Votes: 15,253
Percent: 39.43%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (59%), 2008 (50%)
Leonard Lance 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 51 (L) : 48 (C) 38 (L) : 60 (C) 52 (L) : 47 (C)
Social 46 (L) : 53 (C) 48 (L) : 52 (C) 49 (L) : 50 (C)
Foreign 41 (L) : 57 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 46.7 (L) : 53.3 (C) 39.7 (L) : 60.3 (C) 40.8 (L) : 59.2 (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
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CFG5377
ITIC-100
NTU6778
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ACLU-0
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ADA205
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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: Y
    • 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: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
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