Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance

NEW JERSEY's 7th DISTRICT

Lance: Russia Is Up to No Good

2017/02/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) is co-sponsoring the Russia Sanctions Review Act after a series of Russian actions suggest it remains a major antagonist against the United States and its interests. 

Russia has meddled in the affairs of the United States and it has done nothing to show it seeks cooperation on the world stage.  Russia is a bad actor and it does not share American interests or values.  I am absolutely against lifting sanctions against Russia and this legislation will ensure Congress gets the final say,” said Lance.

Lance cosponsored the bipartisan Russia Sanctions Review Act amid growing concern and evidence of nefarious Russian political operations in the U.S. and abroad.  The measure would mandate congressional approval before the lifting of any sanctions against Russia.  Lance believes any sanctioning decision should involve the legislative branch.  Lance also announced he is supporting the bipartisan investigation into recent Russian actions initiated by both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Permanent Select Committees on Intelligence.

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Lance: White House Reopens for Public Tours

2017/02/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the White House Visitors Office will resume public tours of the White House on March 7th.

Every year many families from New Jersey travel to visit our Nation’s Capital and enjoy the historic monuments, scenery and national treasurers that Washington, D.C. has to offer.  I am pleased the Trump Administration has reopened the White House to public tours and I encourage constituents to plan a visit to Washington,” said Lance.

Lance’s Capitol Hill Office can assist in booking tours of the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate chambers and other federal attractions.  Tours can be booked online through Lance’s website at lance.house.gov.  Several weeks advance planning is recommended.   

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Lance 41st Town Hall Set For February 22

2017/02/09

FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host his 41st in-person town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 7:00pm at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.

During the town hall meeting, Lance is expected to discuss the important issues facing Congress and the American people.  He will take questions and share his views on issues like strengthening the economy, tax reform, border security, international affairs and repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Additionally, members of Lance’s staff will be available to assist residents who are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, the State Department or any other federal agency.

WHAT:   Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 7:00pm to 8:30pm

WHERE:  Raritan Valley Community College, Edward Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

For more information, please call Lance’s district office at 908-788-6900 (Flemington) or 908-518-7733 (Westfield).

**The RSVP portal has closed.** 

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Lance Vote Returns Power To School Boards

2017/02/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported striking down two burdensome new standards on public teacher education and preparation imposed in the waning days of the Obama Administration.

Education decisions should be made by local school boards, not officials in Washington.  When the school board is in charge of decision-making, students, parents and teachers have control.  When a government official in Washington issues costly decrees there is little community involvement and accountability.  Congress is now stepping in and using the powers under the Congressional Review Act to strike down this rushed Obama Administration order that would have diverted more funds to compliance and fewer funds to students,” said Lance. 

One of the major accomplishments of the 114th Congress was the replacement of ‘No Child Left Behind’ with reforms that greatly reduces one-size-fits-all Washington policies and restores local control and decision making.  President Obama signed that reform package into law, but in the closing days of his Administration the Department of Education issued two compliance orders the education community found overly burdensome and expensive.  The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to step in and strike down such provisions when needed. 

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Lance Votes to Strengthen Email Privacy

2017/02/07

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported passage of the Email Privacy Act, a bipartisan measure he co-sponsored to modernize electronic privacy laws and protect internet users from warrantless searches.  Lance serves as the Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and updating privacy laws is one of his top priorities. The measure would revise an arcane 1986 law permitting warrantless searches of emails dated older than 6 months.   

Right now government officials can legally search some electronic communications—even emails—without a warrant.  That needs to change.  I firmly believe the protection from illegal search and seizure extends to emails and the digital space and this measure ends the ability of government to overreach.  Email users deserve privacy and they do not want invasive federal agencies obtaining personal email account information and other digital communications without a warrant.  It’s time to update email privacy laws and bring them into the 21st century,” said Lance.

The measure will update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows government agencies the ability to access electronic communications that have been stored for 180 days without a warrant. Under this statute, emails and other electronic communications do not receive the same Fourth Amendment protections as physical correspondence, which would require a warrant to access.  

By updating this statute we build trust among government, service providers and consumers,” concluded Lance.

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Lance Statement on Iran Sanctions

2017/02/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released a statement on the Trump Administration placing new sanctions on Iran:

“Iran’s latest ballistic missile test was again in total disregard and violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and international law.  For too long Iran has been under the impression that it can test missiles, finance terrorism and abuse its own people without ramifications.  I am pleased President Trump took this action.  Iran needs to get the message that its provocations will not go unanswered,” said Lance.   

Lance this week also joined colleagues Peter J. Roskam (IL-06), Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Doug Lamborn (CO-05) in introducing the Iran Nonnuclear Sanctions Act that would target the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism, human rights abuses and ballistic missile program.  Senator Marco Rubio (FL) is introducing similar legislation in the U.S. Senate. The four lawmakers chair the House Republican Israel Caucus.  The Iran Nonnuclear Sanctions Act would impose new sanctions against Iran’s military and elements that help terrorism.  It also imposes new sanctions against those who knowingly aid Iran’s ballistic missile program.

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Lance Statement on Judge Gorsuch's Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

2017/02/01

WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court: 

"Neil Gorsuch is a thoughtful and qualified choice to replace the great Justice Antonin Scalia.  Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream conservative who I am confident will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Nation's highest court."

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Lance Statement on Travel Ban Executive Order

2017/01/29

FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the travel ban executive order: 

"The Trump Administration has every right to be concerned about the safety and security of the American People. The first responsibility of the federal government is to secure the homeland and keep the American people safe. And while I do support increased vetting of individuals applying to travel from countries with extensive terrorist ties or activity, the President’s current travel ban executive order appears rushed and poorly implemented. Reports of green card holders and those who assisted us in the War on Terror being denied or delayed entry into the U.S. is deeply concerning and must be remedied immediately. It is Congress’ role to amend our immigration laws and I strongly urge President Trump to work with legislators to enact a clear, effective and enhanced vetting and monitoring process."

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Lance Statement on President Trump's Executive Action on Pipelines

2017/01/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), a senior member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order advancing two important national pipeline projects:

“Today's action by President Trump will allow the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to be built.

“Energy production is the lifeblood of the American economy and the American people want and expect new sources of energy to be safely developed to create jobs and drive prices down for consumers.  And as many Americans experience a cold winter, every option for safe and reliable U.S.-made energy should be on the table.

“Both pipeline projects have been deemed environmentally safe and endorsed by labor unions and business organizations alike.  I am pleased with the President’s executive action and for making a promising commitment to North American energy independence.”

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Lance is committed to working in a bipartisan capacity to advance energy and infrastructure projects that will boost our economy and create thousands of good-paying jobs in New Jersey and across the country.

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Lance Statement on the Presidential Inauguration

2017/01/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the 58th Presidential Inauguration:

“I congratulate President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on their inauguration.  Today’s celebration was one of American freedom and the peaceful transfer of power.  It is now important for the two elected branches of government to address the challenges confronting the Nation.  I stand ready to work  in a bipartisan fashion to address these important issues and I will work to build the common ground to achieve the results the American people expect.”

Lance hosted over two hundred constituents from New Jersey who had entered a ticket lottery to attend the ceremony.  

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Congressman Lance discusses the passing of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg

2013-06-04 14:52:20


Congressman Leonard Lance discusses the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline

2013-05-22 20:12:48


Lance speaks in support of Hurricane Sandy relief for New Jersey

2013-01-15 21:41:57


Congressman Lance discusses the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act

2012-12-19 18:54:51


Lance praises Wade Martin of Montgomery Township

2012-11-16 15:20:37


Lance Calls On Congress To Back His Cancer Research Legislation

2012-09-20 13:18:58


Lance Reflects on the Anniversary of 9-11

2012-09-11 16:25:10


Lance Praises Bipartisan FDA Reform Bill

2012-06-20 19:18:41


Congressman Lance Calls For The Full Repeal Of The Medical Device Tax

2012-06-07 20:32:27


Congressman Leonard Lance serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee

2012-04-25 13:07:16


Congressman Leonard Lance discusses repealing the IPAB

2012-03-21 20:17:19


Congressman Leonard Lance speaks on the House floor regarding the passing of Congressman Don Payne.

2012-03-06 21:25:29


LANCE: SPEAKS OUT IN SUPPORT OF RARE DISEASE AWARENESS DAY

2012-02-29 17:30:39


LANCE CELEBRATES THE CENTENNIAL OF FIRST LADY PATRICIA NIXON

2012-02-29 16:30:55


Congressman Lance discusses the importance of preventing maternal mortality

2012-02-15 18:21:31


Congressman Leonard Lance speaks in support of repealing the CLASS Act

2012-02-01 19:47:02


Lance Speaks Out Against Debt Limit Increase

2012-01-18 18:04:49


Congressman Lance speaks in support of the balanced budget Amendment

2011-11-16 17:54:22


Lance comments on the passing of Michael Cole

2011-09-22 19:56:45


pediatric doctors shortage

2011-09-21 13:26:24


Contact Information

133 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5361
Fax 202-225-9460
lance.house.gov

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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