WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week backed two major bills concerning our Nation’s veterans. One measure (H.R. 1994) holds the Veterans Administration accountable for numerous failures and the second (H.R. 675) boosts the cost-of-living adjustment for compensation that countless veterans rely on.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight voted in favor of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act – which requires any agency rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to receive congressional approval.Read More
Meeting in Millburn will be 34th Town Hall hosted by 7th District lawmaker
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, August 4 in Millburn — his 34th in-person town hall meeting.Read More
United Nations Signed Off on Deal Hours After Congress Received Text
WASHINGTON, D.C.--- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today introduced a resolution of disapproval in the House of Representatives criticizing the Obama Administration’s decision to obtain the United Nations Security Council’s approval of the Iran nuclear agreement on the first day Congress started its review period.Read More
Congressman Lance joins Mike Beneduce, Jr., owner and winemaker of Beneduce Vineyards in Pittstown, during a tour of the vineyard
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his co-sponsorship of H.R. 2903, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The measure would eliminate outdated regulations and make the U.S. tax code more fair, which is vital to New Jersey’s vibrant wine vineyards, craft brewers, cider and distilled spirits industries.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his staff will bring the constituent services provided by his district offices directly to area residents during mobile office hours Thursday, July 30. 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. Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are encouraged. For more information, please call Lance’s Westfield DistricRead More
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced an agreement in nuclear negotiations with Iran:Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his staff will bring the constituent services provided by his district offices directly to Somerset County residents during mobile office hours Tuesday, July 21. 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. Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are encouraged. For more information, please call Lance’s WestfieRead More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today hailed passage of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, landmark legislation to modernize our health care system, encourage innovation, support research and streamline drug and device approval.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight called for the resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta and Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour following today’s disclosure that the personal information of more than 21 million federal employees was compromised in a data breach.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.