Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance


Lance Statement on Obama Budget


WASHINGTON, D.C.  --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement after President Obama unveiled his budget proposal:

“The President announced a budget plan today that raises taxes on every single American.  His budget plan does not balance – ever –  and does nothing to improve our economy or create jobs, preserve our Nation’s entitlement programs for future retirees or fund our national security to the levels needed in an increasingly dangerous world.  I will staunchly oppose it.”   

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Lance Statement on President Obama's $10-a-barrel tax on oil


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposal to add a $10 tax on every barrel of oil:

“The President’s plan to impose a new tax on energy will hit American families hard.  As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am committed to making American energy more affordable and strengthening the U.S. economy.  This plan by the President will do neither - which is why there will be overwhelming bipartisan opposition to it.  A $10-per-barrel tax on oil will raise energy prices across the board.  This plan is dead on arrival in Congress.”



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Lance Statement On Signing Of Trans-Pacific Partnership


WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, released the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement:

The President’s trade representative has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership on behalf of the United States with little fanfare.  I have long believed that President Obama and his Administration must make his trade agenda more transparent and to engage Congress, the representatives of the American people,  in a significant debate over this nearly 6,000 page agreement.  Thanks to trade promotion authority legislation passed by the U.S. House, the American public will now have the ability to review the details of the agreement during the ratification phase.  I urge the Obama Administration to come to Congress and explain the merits of this package,” said Lance.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 126 to 302 against legislation necessary to complete negotiations on the President’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade initiative.  Lance joined the majority in the House in voting against the legislation, saying, “Like many of my constituents, I support free trade and increasing good-paying jobs and economic growth in New Jersey.  I voted against reauthorizing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) as part of the debate on the President’s TPP trade negotiations because my constituents also want trade agreements that are transparent and good for American workers and American taxpayers.  My vote sends a very clear message to President Obama that we can do better in these areas.”

The TPP text can be found at: https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/trans-pacific-partnership/TPP-Full-Text

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Lance Welcomes Upton To Seventh District Congressional Report


WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the next episode of his constituent update program, the Seventh District Congressional Report.  Lance hosted Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Lance is a member. 

The duo discussed the many accomplishments of the Committee, which includes producing dozens of bills that have been signed into law in areas such as making health care more affordable and patient-centered, harvesting American made energy, boosting technological advancements and creating jobs.     

Key excerpts:

Record of Success

“The Energy and Commerce Committee is where the work really gets done…We’ve passed 30 bills into law last year…We can get together and get bills to the President…We are relied on to provide a lot of the heft for major bills.”

Finding 21st Century Cures

“We really listened…what is it we can really do to find the cures for diseases that impact every family…We passed 21st Century Cures because we cannot wait.”

American-made Energy

“We were the only country on the planet with energy reserves where we were not allowed to export...We ended that… We are now exporting millions of barrels of oil…raising revenue for the treasury…and creating thousands of jobs.”


“Committee work has created tens of thousands of jobs fostering the digital economy.”

Lance Accomplishments on Consumer Protection  

“You’ve been particularly helpful in allowing some more firewalls to actually protect the individual…You’ve done a very good job.”

Lance invites guests on the program to discuss issues before Congress.  View them all here.

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Lance Backs Bill To Cut Red Tape to Start-Up Capital


WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today backed H.R. 1675, the Capital Markets Improvement Act, which will ease regulations on access to capital for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

I regularly tour businesses from Phillipsburg to Westfield and I often hear that onerous regulations make it harder to retain and create jobs.  Making it easier to allow entrepreneurs and those with good ideas to have access to capital should be the mission of government entities.  Instead federal agencies are imposing regulations at a record pace and freezing capital and other tools needed to help Main Street and especially those with lower incomes.  The House is acting to end that practice,” said Lance.

H.R. 1675 will reduce the burden on small businesses from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) regulatory requirements.  According to a Pepperdine University survey, a majority of entrepreneurs believe the current business financing environment is restricting growth opportunities and many also agree that it is restricting their ability to hire new employees.

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Lance Backs Obamacare Repeal & Replace Effort


WASHINGTON, D.C.  --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s vote to override President Obama's veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.  The House of Representatives failed to override President Obama’s veto by a bipartisan vote of 241 to 186 — 44 short of the votes necessary to overcome the presidential veto:

“H.R. 3762 was the first Obamacare repeal bill to reach the President’s desk.  And although we were unsuccessful in our attempt to overturn President Obama’s veto, I believe it was important that Congress keep its promise to the American People and take the repeal effort all the way to the end of the process under our U.S. Constitution.  What’s more, our actions have laid the necessary groundwork for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a new administration in 2017.

“For my part I support replacing Obamacare with H.R. 2300, a sensible proposal that includes bolstering health savings accounts, incentives for states to control health care costs, allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, permitting small businesses to pool together to purchase coverage for their employees, creating state-based insurance pools for individuals with pre-existing conditions and medical malpractice reform.  This much-needed repeal and replacement bill will lower costs, increase quality of care, and put patients back in charge of their healthcare coverage.”

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Lance: Sanctions Will Keep Iran In Check


WASHINGTON, D.C.  --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today backed H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, legislation that would prevent the Obama Administration from lifting any sanctions related to Iran’s missile testing or other recent provocations.    

This week Iran is pinning medals on the captors of our U.S. Navy sailors, declaring an ‘offensive’ in response to sanctions and preparing another missile test.  After the Obama Administration handed Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief we must take action to demonstrate that we will not tolerate Iranian actions to destabilize the world and taunt the United States,” said Lance.   

When the legislation was debated in January, Lance took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to urge his colleagues to hold Iran accountable for its provocative actions against the United States.  H.R. 3662 strengthens congressional oversight of U.S. sanctions against Iran and prohibits the Administration from lifting sanctions specifically targeting Tehran’s destabilizing activities, including the testing of its ballistic missile program, abhorrent human rights abuses and support for some of the world’s worst actors and terrorists organizations. 

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Lance Announces 2016 Congressional Art Contest


FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he is inviting high school students in the Seventh Congressional District to participate in the 2016 Congressional Art Contest.    

Every year the Congressional Art Contest grows with greater participation showcasing the incredible work and creativity of New Jersey students.  Last year’s contest saw over 70 original pieces.  I look forward to the talent and hard work that will go into this year’s contest and I urge all interested young artists to participate,” said Lance, the current Republican Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus and Congressional Humanities Caucus and past chair of the annual national contest.

Lance’s contest is free and open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in the Seventh Congressional District of New Jersey.   All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution.  

The Congressional Art Contest began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.  Since that time more than 650,000 high school students have been involved in the competition.  The winning art work will hang in a corridor in the United States Capitol Building for one year along with art from similar art contests held in congressional districts across the country.  The winner will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and see the art on display during a special ceremony. 

All entries must be submitted to Lance’s Flemington or Westfield district office no later than Friday, April 1.   Entries will then be formally displayed in a public ceremony on Saturday, April 16, at Merck’s Kenilworth facility, located at 2000 Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033.

Students who would like to participate should contact Ben Colalillo in Lance’s Flemington office for further details at 908-788-6900 or visit http://lance.house.gov/services/art-competition.

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Lance: $1.5 Million Grant Awarded to Zufall In Dover


FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the Zufall Health Center in Dover has secured a $1.5 million federal grant through the Department of Health and Human Services.  Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, has helped lead the effort in Congress to preserve and protect community health centers.

I have visited Zufall quite a few times and I have seen first-hand the tremendous work the health care professionals there do for patients.  Zufall in Dover is very deserving of this grant.  Community Health Centers, including the facilities Zufall maintains throughout New Jersey, serve millions of patients.  They bring high-quality care through professionalism, responsive treatments and 21st century tools.  Many people depend on the care provided by Zufall.  It is important we keep this option of care for those who otherwise might not receive it,” said Lance.   

Since the first community health centers were founded nearly fifty years ago, health centers have become the Nation’s largest primary care network, collectively serving more than 22 million patients in more than 9,000 communities in every state and territory.  Health centers are locally-governed small businesses providing a comprehensive range of primary care services while remaining responsive to community needs.  Health centers employ more than 150,000 people, and generate an economic impact in the billions in some of the nation’s most economically deprived communities.  Studies have shown health centers generate savings to the health care system on the order of $24 billion annually, primarily through reductions in unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

In 2015, Lance was presented with the  “2015 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award” by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  NACHC honored Lance for his steadfast commitment to the Nation’s Community Health Centers and the millions of people they serve.

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Lance Blasts Senate for Failure to Pass Refugee Reform


WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after U.S. Senate Democrats blocked consideration of H.R. 4038, legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan veto-proof majority.  The bill would have temporarily paused the President’s refugee resettlement program and proposed reforms for a more effective vetting and monitoring process.

 I am disappointed Harry Reid and Senate Democrats chose political posturing over adding an additional needed layer of security to our refugee vetting process.  We know ISIS terrorists are trying to infiltrate our Nation’s immigration system.  The House took action and passed a serious bill with a bipartisan veto proof majority that imposes rigorous vetting and still allows those in need to seek refuge.  Yet the Senate decided not even to proceed to debate this issue.  This continued gridlock is the reason why I support ending the Senate filibuster,” said Lance.            

H.R. 4038 would have placed new standards for a proposed Syrian or Iraqi refugee, reforms overwhelmingly supported by the American people:

•The country’s top security officials—the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence— must unanimously certify that the individual does not represent a security threat;

•It directs the FBI to validate that the background checks are thorough enough to keep dangerous individuals out of the country;

•It mandates Congress must receive certifications before admittance;

•And it instructs the DHS Inspector General to assess the refugee approvals independently—making sure that high-risk individuals do not slip through the cracks.

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Congressman Leonard Lance serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee

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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

Congressman Leonard Lance was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2008 and reelected to a third term on November 6, 2012 to represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.

As a result of the 2011 congressional redistricting process the 7th Congressional District now includes parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren counties as well as all of Hunterdon County.

Prior to coming to Congress, Lance served as a member of the New Jersey State Senate beginning in 2002, where he represented the 23rd Legislative District. He held the position of Minority Leader of the Senate from 2004 to 2008.

Lance was sworn in as a Member of Congress on January 6, 2009 and was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, where he worked on a wide range of issues relating to the financial services sector and the American economy.

In 2011 Congressman Leonard Lance left the House Financial Services Committee and has been appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce has a broad legislative jurisdiction including national energy and environmental policy, health and health facilities, interstate and foreign commerce, consumer affairs and consumer protection, and travel and tourism.

As a member of the powerful committee Lance will play a greater role in protecting and growing jobs in New Jersey’s energy, life sciences and telecommunication sectors.

Before his election to the State Senate Lance served in the New Jersey General Assembly for 11 years (1991-2002), where he chaired the Budget Committee.

As a member of the State Legislature Lance led the fight against borrowing without voter approval. In 2004 he successfully sued Governor James McGreevey on the issue before the State Supreme Court and in 2008 New Jersey voters approved the “Lance Amendment” to the State Constitution, which requires all future borrowing to be approved by the voters. Lance also authored the successful effort to require funding for open space preservation and he was the prime sponsor of the measure that established funds for the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

Leonard Lance was the third generation of his family to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature, following his great-uncle, H. Kiefer Lance, and his father, Wesley L. Lance.

Lance was born in 1952 and raised in Hunterdon County, where he attended North Hunterdon Regional High School. Lance received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a law degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.

Lance served as the law clerk to the Warren County (NJ) Court in 1977 and 1978. He was assistant counsel for county and municipal matters to Governor Thomas H. Kean from 1983 to 1990. He has been a member of the New Jersey Council on the Humanities and a trustee of the Newark Museum, McCarter Theatre in Princeton and Centenary College in Hackettstown.

He is married to Heidi A. Rohrbach and they have a son, Peter Frank, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. The Lances reside in Clinton Township.

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