FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the passing of former State Senator Raymond Bateman:
“Ray Bateman was one the preeminent leaders of New Jersey in the second half of the Twentieth Century. He was a legislator's legislator and his tremendous positive effect on the state is virtually incalculable. His children, including State Senator Kip Bateman, and his grandchildren should be enormously proud of the life of this distinguished public servant. Heidi and I extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Bateman family.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) congratulated Mountainside resident Mary Cate Greeley for receiving the Congressional Gold Medal recently at a special ceremony in Washington. The Congressional Award Gold Medal is the highest honor for youth service. Mary Cate earned the award by setting achieving goals in public service, personal development and physical fitness.
Mary Cate’s main service project was working on a New Jersey sand museum which depicted iconic locations of the Jersey Shore. She was tasked with publicity, helped with the sand packing, gave tours and assisted with fundraising. Donations were used to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. She was nominated and selected to be among the national winners in the special ceremony on Capitol Hill.
“Mary Cate did a great amount of charity work in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She has a strong affinity for public service and she demonstrated a great passion for helping others and being a part of her community. I was pleased to meet her in Washington and I am sure she will continue to be of service to those in need,” said Lance after the presentation.
“Through the Congressional Award I discovered that the possibility of what I can do is endless. The process showed me that I am a leader and when I put my mind to something I can achieve my goals. The knowledge I have gained from this experience will be instrumental in pursuing future endeavors. I was so happy to meet with Congressman Lance and tell him about my public service. I enjoyed my time visiting Washington,” Mary Cate said.
The Congressional Award was established by Congress to recognize America’s youth for volunteerism and goal setting. Recipients are announced each year and invited to Washington for an awards ceremony. Mary Cate Greeley is a graduating senior at Governor Livingston high school in Berkeley Heights and will be attending Marist College in the fall. She is the daughter of Mary and Bob Greeley of Mountainside.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today hailed the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Texas, which upholds the lower court’s decision that President Obama’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlawful:
“Our defense of the Constitution was vindicated today by the Supreme Court, which upheld my long-held belief that the President’s executive amnesty program was unlawful. The Constitution is clear: Congress writes the laws, not the President. I am proud to have been a leader in the U.S. House in making sure we stopped the President’s unlawful actions.”
Lance was one of the first members of the U.S. House to call for litigation. With Lance’s support, the House then - as an institution - crafted legislation joining the legal challenge. Lance made the point in debate on the House Floor that “prosecutorial discretion cannot be expanded to break the rule of law.” That point was made during the winning oral arguments.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s decision to reverse course and release the Orlando shooter's full 9-1-1 call transcript:
“The American people were rightfully outraged that information critical to national security was censored by the Administration. I am glad that the Administration reversed course and shared the full transcript with the American people and hope it will stop trying to downplay this attack’s significant ties to terrorism. To defeat this threat we must know the enemy we are facing. The Administration needs to be straightforward as the investigation continues.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) called on President Obama to release the Orlando shooter's full, unredacted 9-1-1 call transcript, without censoring references to ISIS:
“The decision to remove Omar Mateen’s pledge of loyalty to ISIS from the transcript of the shooter's 9-1-1 calls to police during the Orlando terrorist attack is ludicrous. I call on President Obama to release the full, unredacted transcript immediately. The American people deserve to know the clear truth about the terrorist attack and murder of 49 innocent people in Orlando.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this morning helped secure passage of a major overhaul of the country’s mental health care system in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Lance is an original cosponsor of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and was key in ensuring this legislation passed through the committee system.
“Too many people in this country have not been well served by a mental health care system that is outdated for today’s challenges, helps too few and misdirects those who need the most care. I am proud to have helped steer this landmark reform in this process and I look forward to passage of this legislation through the U.S. House. Families across the country are waiting for these reforms,” Lance said after the bill passed unanimously.
Lance is an original cosponsor of Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646). The measure builds on reforms included in Lance’s 2014 legislation that put community mental health centers on more equal footing with other health centers by improving quality standards and expanding access. H.R. 2646 takes a clinical approach to supporting families and individuals undergoing sudden or long-term mental health crises. The bill targets programming and resources on psychiatric care for patients and families most in need of services by increasing inpatient and outpatient treatment options. It also makes judicial reforms by clarifying standards used to commit an individual to medical care and updates legal framework to help families and physicians make informed decisions. The bill views those who need care through the mental health lens, not just through the criminal justice system. The legislation also fixes patient access problems in the Part D program and Medicaid.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today called for an increased focus on online radicalization in response to the Orlando terrorist attack.
“The gunman who launched the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 was radicalized by Islamist propaganda found online,” said Lance. “We must push back against the surge of online radicalization.”
FBI Director James Comey said he was "highly confident" that Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen had been "radicalized" while consuming online propaganda. This admission comes on the heels of the December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, which federal investigators believe could have been fueled by Islamic State propaganda disseminated on social media.
Lance called on Congress to pass and President Obama to sign into law measures focused specifically on combatting the use of social media by radical Islamic terrorists both at home and abroad, including:
“The battlefront in the war against radical Islam includes those who use social media and we need to employ every tool at our disposal,” concluded the Seventh District lawmaker.
On Tuesday, Lance attended a classified briefing on the Orlando terrorist attack conducted by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement on the Orlando terrorist attack:
“Radical Islamic terrorism struck in Orlando this morning murdering dozens of innocent people. All Americans are heartbroken by this unspeakable action and this act of terrorism is a reminder that this Nation must remain vigilant in protecting our homeland. Heidi and I are devastated by today's news and we are grateful to the law enforcement personnel who responded to the situation. Tomorrow I will return to Washington and will be working with my colleagues to continue addressing the pressing national security and homeland security issues facing the United States.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) introduced legislation today in the House of Representatives that would permit the President of the United States to award David Dunnels White the Medal of Honor posthumously for the act of gallantry during the Civil War. White is an ancestor of the White Family of Lebanon, New Jersey.
For years the White Family has researched and fought for the recognition that was earned by David Dunnels White, a member of the Union 37th Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War. At the battle at Sailor’s Creek, Virginia in 1865, Union forces captured Confederate Major General George Washington Custis Lee, the eldest son of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Harris S. Hawthorn, a veteran of the 121st New York Regiment, applied for and was awarded a Medal of Honor for the capture of Custis Lee. However, the White Family has uncovered hundreds of pages of supporting documents proving that it was White, not Hawthorn, who captured Lee.
“The White Family asked for my assistance and I was happy to meet with them regarding their strong case. The capture of Custis Lee was a turning point in the Civil War and proved a psychological blow to Robert E. Lee. I have reviewed the materials presented by the White Family and I am convinced that it has merit. Introducing this legislation will raise awareness about the issue and help advance a formal review of this award,” said Lance.
Frank White of Lebanon, who originally asked Lance for assistance, said, “I sought out my federal representative, Congressman Lance, to help me advance this case and he has helped me navigate the red tape to make sure my case and research is heard. This matter is of great importance to me and my family and I believe when the facts are reviewed the Pentagon will see the strength of my argument to awarding my ancestor this award.”
Lance’s legislation will be referred to the House Armed Services Committee for consideration. Frank White is scheduled for a meeting at Pentagon next month on the matter.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the Zufall Health Center in Dover has secured a $3.2 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.
“Zufall is the reason that many New Jersey residents have access to high quality health care. Strong community health centers bring medical professionals into communities, thus reducing emergency room visits, saving taxpayer funds and resulting in healthier lives. Zufall is very deserving of this merit grant,” said Lance.
Eva Turbiner, President and CEO of Zufall, added, “This important support from the federal government will allow Zufall Health to continue to make much-needed, affordable health care services available to low-income patients throughout north and central New Jersey. We also appreciate the strong support we receive from Congressman Lance that ensures that Zufall and the community health centers across the country receive the funding they need.”
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.
Last year, 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.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.