Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance


Lance Helps Secure Grant For Hampton Fire Company


Hampton, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced that the Hampton Fire Company was awarded a $137,000 federal grant in a recent visit to the Company.   The Congressman was joined by the President of the Hampton Fire Company, Rob Walton, and former Chief Roger Zimmerman, as well as members of the Fire Company.  The grant will enable the Fire Company to purchase 13 new state-of-the-art breathing devices. “Our emergency responders need the best equipment to keep themselves and others safe during an emergency,” said Lance.  “When these brave men and women enter into a dangerous situation they need to have the confidence that they are working with the best tools to get the job done.” Walton added, “We certainly would have a hard time funding this import equipment without these federal funds.  We are thankful we have responsible congressmen like Rep. Lance who worked to pass a budget with this critical funding intact.”  The Hampton Fire Company was founded in 1899 and is a volunteer agency covering Hampton Borough and Bethlehem Township in Hunterdon County.  The Fire Company responds to approximately 100 calls each year and has about 35 active members.    As a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the Seventh District lawmaker has voted to increase federal investments for both the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.  These programs were created by Congress to help address the significant staffing, equipment, training and health and safety needs of our Nation's First Responders. Read More

Lance: Hillsborough Rescue Squad Earns Federal Grant


Hillsborough, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week announced that the Hillsborough Rescue Squad was awarded a $55,000 federal grant in a special ceremony at the Rescue Squad station on East Mountain Road.   The Congressman was joined by Hillsborough Mayor Doug Tomson and Township Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, as well as members of the Rescue Squad.  The grant will enable the Squad to install a vehicle exhaust capture system for 6 bays at its main station, a key element to keeping the 24/7 staffed facility safe. “We need top-of-the-line equipment to keep people safe and protect emergency responders when they are on the job,” said Lance.  “To keep the Squad ready and prepared for emergency situations these tools will allow easier utilization of emergency vehicles and protection from cancer-causing exhaust substances.” "Air quality in the station has been a significant problem. We appreciate Congressman Lance's help in getting this project funded," said Chief David Gwin. The Hillsborough Rescue Squad was founded in 1955 and is a combination career/ volunteer EMS and Rescue agency serving the nearly 40,000 residents of Hillsborough, New Jersey in Somerset County.  The Squad responds to approximately 3,100 calls each year and has about 90 members.    As a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the Seventh District lawmaker has voted to increase federal investments for both the FIRE and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.  These programs were created by Congress to help address the significant staffing, equipment, training and health and safety needs of our Nation's First Responders. Read More

Lance Joins Rep. Payne in Fight Against Colorectal Cancer


Bipartisan working group forms to provide expertise, advice and guidance in establishing legislative priorities to fight colorectal cancer FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he has joined the Fight Colorectal Cancer Congressional Advisory Committee.  Lance joins his colleagues Reps. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) who will serve as an honorary members and work collaboratively for the establishment of legislative priorities that support the vision of victory over colorectal cancer. “I’ve joined the fight against colorectal cancer because cancer awareness is the best protection and well-rounded care during and after treatment is the best therapy,” said Lance, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee who has successfully guided cancer research legislation to be signed into law.  “The Fight Colorectal Cancer Congressional Advisory Committee will connect doctors, lawmakers and advocates in a united effort to end this terrible disease.” “We couldn’t be more honored to have four highly respected members of Congress launch our Congressional Advisory Committee,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “Each member has shown a vested interest in our cause and is prepared to ensure colorectal cancer is a national priority in Congress.” “I am pleased to serve as an inaugural Honorary Congressional Advisory Committee member of Fight Colorectal Cancer,” said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10). “After witnessing my father’s heartbreaking battle with this sometimes fatal, yet preventable and treatable cancer, it has become my mission to support the advocacy community to raise awareness, educate and help save lives. I look forward to working with Fight Colorectal Cancer on this critical mission.” Colorectal cancer affects one in 20 Americans and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  Both Lance and Payne have been personally touched by colorectal cancer: Lance lost his mother as a child to the disease and Payne lost his father in 2012.  Both have supported policies that will further colorectal cancer screening and treatment. The lawmakers are working to increase medical research funding and fix loopholes that prevent life-saving screenings.  The goal is better policies that address screenings, greater cancer awareness and incorporating the ideas of stakeholders and advocates towards life-saving changes to regulatory and research issues.  To that end, Rep. Dent introduced H.R. 1070, Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, to remove an error in Medicare law charging seniors a co-pay when they undergo a screening colonoscopy and a polyp is removed during the procedure.  Currently the bill has 127 co-sponsors, including all four of the honorary committee members. About Fight Colorectal Cancer Fight Colorectal Cancer is a leading national colorectal cancer nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Through patient education, advocacy, and research efforts the group spreads awareness and demands a cure for the second-leading killer in the United States. As the leading advocacy group, the organization serves as a resource for colorectal cancer patients, grassroots advocates, policy makers, medical professionals and health care providers. Learn more at http://www.FightColorectalCancer.org. Read More

Estate taxes - It’s time to pull the plug


OUR nation’s economy is not recovering at the pace any of us would like and it is well past time to think outside the box to shake up the economic status quo. A bipartisan measure in the U.S. House of Representatives has garnered a majority of cosponsorship, and momentum is building in state capitals, including Trenton, to eliminate the onerous estate tax. Doing so could create jobs and actually increase revenue to the Treasury, and definitely would encourage savings and investment to boost overall economic growth. No one likes paying taxes. But the estate tax, also known as the “death tax,” is especially unpopular and punitive. The fruits of one’s labor belong to that person’s family at his or her death, not to the government. These estates have already been taxed during the life of the person who has died. Too often an overzealous effort to tax success twice only results in job losses, stifled innovation  and less economic activity. The top federal estate tax rate is 40 percent. In New Jersey, we take a double hit, being one of only two states in the country with both an estate and an inheritance tax, which forces countless small-business owners and farmers to be treated like robber barons, not hard-working businessmen and women. Because New Jersey has some of the highest property values in the country, the value of assets at death is particularity steep. Property values Our excellent schools, quaint small towns and proximity to major metropolitan areas make living in New Jersey highly desirable and this reality is reflected in our residential property values. But in the eyes of the IRS, these high property values in conjunction with owning a successful small business or farm could push an estate into the threshold for paying the federal estate tax. Some have had to sell their business because they do not have enough liquid assets to foot the federal estate tax bill. Unexpected death also complicates estate planning, where assets had been set aside for investment or for the cost of higher education for children or grandchildren. Currently Uncle Sam must come first. People would more likely save and invest if they knew the federal government would not seize a significant portion of their assets at death. In turn, a pattern will form. A part of those savings will be spent in economic activity, resulting in more sales tax revenue to state capitals. Investment will result in capital gains with greater revenue for Washington. And businesses that buy new equipment and start new endeavors will create jobs, sending more personal income taxes to the federal treasury. The estate tax accounts for less than one percent of federal tax revenue; its repeal might actually result in greater tax revenue, not less. Not worth loss of jobs Legislation to repeal the estate tax has more than 220 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, but Congress has not held a vote on this matter in nine years, before the Great Recession. These are the economic policy decisions that should be debated in Congress. Is the potential revenue from continuing to impose the estate tax worth the loss of jobs and stifled productivity to the Nation’s economy? Is it fundamentally fair to tax twice, during a person’s life and again at death? Estate tax elimination, or raising the threshold in a compromise package, solves only a portion of the problem of our nation’s outdated and antiquated tax code, but it should be part of the economic shake-up our stalled economy needs. With trillions of dollars in debt and high unemployment and underemployment, growth is more important than ever. No idea should be off the table, including elimination of the federal estate tax. Death should not be a taxable event. Read More

Lance: House Passes Another Jobs Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today issued a video release summarizing the success of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in advancing policies that will create new jobs through responsible production of America’s energy resources.  The success includes this week’s passage by the full House of Representatives of H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, which passed with a strong bipartisan majority. Text of Lance’s video release:   Hello, I'm Congressman Leonard Lance representing New Jersey's 7th District and a proud member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Throughout  the 113th Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee has pursued policies to realize the benefits of America’s newfound energy abundance.  We have passed dozens of bills to build a modern energy infrastructure, promote the safe and responsible production of America’s energy resources, ensure all Americans have access to affordable and reliable electricity, promote efficient new technologies, and unleash the power of energy diplomacy.  This week, the House will stand up in support of jobs and lower energy prices as we will pass the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, legislation reaffirming our support for commonsense energy solutions. The package includes solutions to build a modern new energy infrastructure, ensure Americans have access to affordable energy, encourage new efficient and renewable energy technologies, promote the development of our energy resources, and embolden America’s energy diplomacy.  This bipartisan legislation is expected to be added to the list of more than 300 House-passed bills, including nearly 50 jobs bills, that are awaiting consideration in the United States Senate.  All of these bills pending before the Democratic-controlled Senate would benefit American families and small businesses, and encourage much-needed economic growth.  We need the President and Senate Democrats to re-examine their priorities and focus on passing bills that will spark our economy.   Working together we can act to lower taxes, bring down energy prices and provide more take-home pay for middle-class working families. I'm Congressman Leonard Lance and thank you for watching.  Read More

Lance Statement on Effort to Confront ISIS Threat


Watch Lance address the House of Representatives during amendment debate WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight released the follow statement follow passage of H.J. Res. 124 which fulfills the President's request to train and equip vetted Syrian forces against the terrorist group ISIS: “ISIS poses a savage threat to the world: To Muslims and Christians in Iraq and Syria, to our allies and to the United States.  It has executed heinous acts of terror and violence and, tragically, will continue to do so. Allowing it to thrive unchallenged is not in the national interest of the United States of America. Today’s vote is not a blanket authority but a thoughtful, detailed and limited effort to confront ISIS. Despite reservations and questions, in my judgment we must take action.  The threat is real and ISIS must be confronted now.”    Read More

Lance Votes To Audit The Fed


Years Long Effort to Audit the Federal Reserve Passes House WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today praised House passage of H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, which will require government audits of Federal Reserve monetary policy, as well as scrutinize figures the central bank has lent and will lend to specific banks.  “Americans deserve to know how their money is being lent and spent by the Federal Reserve.  I believe this long overdue measure will bring much-needed transparency and accountability to our government's finances and potentially eliminate waste.  Today’s strong bipartisan vote demonstrates great interest in the strong fiscal health of our Nation’s monetary policy,” said Lance, a cosponsor of the measure which passed with a strong bipartisan majority of 333 to 92.      The Seventh District lawmaker has long supported an audit of the Fed.  Lance, then a member of the House Financial Services Committee, joined former colleague Congressman Ron Paul (TX-14) and others in passing legislation 327 to 98 in the 112th Congress to require an independent audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the Federal Reserve banks.  The U.S. Senate failed to consider the bill despite its strong support in the House. “Today’s overwhelming bipartisan support should send a clear message to our friends in the U.S. Senate that it is time to ensure the Fed is held to the same reporting standards as the rest of the federal government,” concluded Lance. Read More

Lance Calls for Estate Tax Repeal


Effort Sees New Momentum Nine Years Since Last Vote WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he has joined a coalition of thirty lawmakers asking the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring to a vote a repeal of  the federal estate tax, or “Death Tax.”  “From state capitals to the halls of Congress, there is growing movement to bring an estate tax repeal bill up for a vote in U.S. House of Representatives,” said Lance, one of 221 cosponsors of H.R. 2429, the Death Tax Repeal Act.  “It’s been nine years since the U.S. House has passed a death tax repeal measure.  With more than a majority of the House co-sponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act, it is time that we show our support for family business owners, employees, farmers and consumers and vote to kill the death tax.” Daryn Iwicki, New Jersey State Director for Americans for Prosperity, called the repeal of the estate tax a right and just measure for all Americans, especially New Jersey families.  “This tax hits families when they are most vulnerable in a state of grievance for the loss of a loved one.  Repeal will have an immediate economic benefit on jobs as former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin found repeal of the death tax would create nearly one million small business jobs.  More importantly the farming communities in New Jersey would benefit greatly allowing family farms to be passed down to future generations.” Jim Martin, Chairman of the senior citizen advocacy group the 60 Plus Association, added, “I want to applaud Congressman Lance’s efforts to force a death tax repeal vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The time for House members to stand up and be counted on death tax repeal is long overdue.” “The federal death tax discourages savings and investment, undermines job creation and suppresses productivity and wage growth.  With our Nation’s economy struggling it’s time to finally repeal the death tax,” concluded the 7th District lawmaker.  Text of the letter signed by the thirty lawmakers: Speaker John Boehner              Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy    Whip Steve Scalise H-232 The Capitol                    H-107 The Capitol                           H-329 The Capitol US House of Representatives   US House of Representatives           US House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515            Washington, DC 20515                    Washington, DC 20515 Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Majority Whip Scalise, We write to respectfully request that H.R. 2429, the Death Tax Repeal Act, be brought to the floor for a vote at the earliest possible opportunity. It has been nine years since the House of Representatives last voted to repeal the federal estate tax, or ‘death’ tax.  The 236 members who have been elected in the intervening period had not yet had an opportunity to vote to repeal this onerous, destructive tax, the repeal of which has bipartisan support.  Repeal of the death tax is an important issue to our constituents, including the family business owners, employees, farmers and consumers whose livelihoods would benefit from repeal.  The staggering 40% taxation rate of the death tax has a particularly acute impact on the family farms that make up 96%[1] of our nation’s agriculture sector and the small businesses that are 99%[2] of our nation’s employers. The death tax creates a nearly insurmountable hurdle for small business owners and farmers who wish to pass the fruits of their life’s labor from one generation to the next. The very concept of a death tax is counter to the idea of private property that our nation was founded upon. Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp also recently made comments in support of a floor vote on the death tax: “While the fiscal cliff agreement finally provided some much-needed certainty when it comes to estate planning, I have long-supported, and would still like to see, the full repeal of the death tax. I think it is important for Congress to go on record – especially all the new Members who have been elected in recent years – to show the bipartisan support for killing this tax, which forces the sale of family farms and small businesses.”[3] With a majority of the House cosponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act, we believe that it is time to bring this measure to a vote on the floor and address an issue that resonates across the nation. Thank you for your consideration. [1] http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/ag_systems/in_focus/familyfarm_if_overview.html [2] http://www.sbecouncil.org/about-us/facts-and-data/ [3] http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanellis/2014/06/18/u-s-house-may-soon-kill-the-death-tax/ Read More

Lance Issues Proclamation in Honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day


September 19th designated to honor those still missing WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued a proclamation acknowledging POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, September 19th which honors the members of the Armed Forces who have been imprisoned or remain missing in service to the United States. “I can imagine no greater heartache than that of a family unaware of the whereabouts of a POW or MIA service person.  These brave men and women stepped forward in service to our Nation and we must stand together in gratitude until they are returned home,” said Lance. Mr. Bob Looby, Past New Jersey State Commander of the American Legion, has taken a leading role in the annual recognition day.  “National POW/MIA Recognition Day is more than day on the calendar, but a decade’s long effort to highlight the American service members who never got a homecoming, never received the welcoming embrace of a loved one or the honor of a military burial.  For many of us, we remember everyday those still unaccounted for, but on September 19th we will have the chance to remind those across the country of the ongoing tragedy of our POW/MIA’s.  God bless them all.” Lance’s proclamation follows the action of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proclaiming September 19, 2014 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in the State. Proclamation text: WHEREAS, the United States of American stands as a symbol of freedom and liberty throughout the world, in gratitude to the servicemen and women who have stepped forward in service to the Armed Forces; and WHEREAS, many service members did not return from their willingness to defend our Nation and our way of life and have been imprisoned or remain missing; and WHEREAS, the United States joins the families and loved ones of those who await closure and resolution to the whereabouts of brave POW/MIA service members and this Nation vows to account for all personnel from past conflicts; and WHEREAS, their lives and service are continually honored by the work of organizations and movements dedicated to our unreturned veterans, America’s MIAs; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Honorable Leonard Lance, Member of the House of Representatives, recognizes POW/MIA persons and those who stand to account that all our servicemen and women return home to a grateful Nation. Read More

Lance Meets With Rahway River Mayors


Vows to Continue Fighting to Complete Flooding Project For Central New Jersey WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed members of the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control to Washington this week to present their constituent petition and meet with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to address the chronic flooding problems that plague the municipalities along the Rahway River.  Lance has vowed to continue working on a solution and secured a meeting between the Council and Mark Mazzanti, Chief of the USACE Civil Works Program.  Lance and the Council then met on Capitol Hill to discuss action to further the cause of completing the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study to ensure flood mitigation in central New Jersey. “Completing this project is vital to these municipalities and we will continue to work across all levels of government to see it through,” said Lance, the federal representative for several of the affected towns. “The project has strong merits and this prolonged process leaves thousands of residences, businesses and infrastructure in the towns and counties in the Rahway River basin vulnerable to more flooding and more clean-up costs as a result of future storms.” The USACE and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) signed a Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement for this project in 2002. Twelve years later the study has yet to be completed.  Lance again agreed to lead a letter to the USACE to ask them to find the funding to complete the Feasibility Study by allocating resources from any source currently available including disaster funds or general appropriations in the USACE budget.  For the past several fiscal years, Lance has led an effort and letter writing campaign to urge the USACE to include the completion of the Rahway River Basin in upcoming fiscal year priorities.  Lance believes the course of action decided by the Council is the most economical and cost-efficient and deserves further consideration from USACE. Lance has expressed frustration at the pace of decision-making and earlier this year backed a measure in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (Public Law 113-121) that limits feasibility studies to three years.  The Rahway River Basin’s feasibility study has continued on far longer than that.    “The project has merit, a plan and the support of the community.  It’s time to finalize the details and give central New Jersey towns the protection they need,” concluded Lance. Meeting Attendees:   Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman Cranford Mayor Andis Kalnins Millburn Mayor Robert Tillotson Union Mayor Clifton People Springfield Deputy Mayor David Barnett Maplewood Deputy Mayor Kathleen Leventhal Read More

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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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