Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance

NEW JERSEY's 7th DISTRICT

Lance Statement on Second Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

2014/10/29

FLEMINGTON, N.J.– Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ 07) this morning released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy: “From the shore to the suburbs to our biggest cities, nearly every New Jersey municipality was affected by Superstorm Sandy two years ago.  Today we remember how Americans came together to help families, friends and neighbors.  First responders answered the call to provide safety and comfort to those in need.  And federal, state and local elected officials worked hand-in-hand on the storm’s aftermath to help provide much needed federal disaster relief for the rebuilding efforts.  Today we recall the Herculean recovery and clean-up efforts of all of the first responders, volunteers, federal agencies and local governments who continue to work together to rebuild New Jersey and make it stronger than before.” Read More

Lance Honored As Champion for Manufacturing Jobs

2014/10/28

WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been named a ‘Champion of Manufacturing’ for his pro job-creating policies to rebuild the American manufacturing industry and for his work on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Lance the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award based on his votes in Congress and unyielding support for the estimated 18.6 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. “By enacting pro-growth policies we will empower an American manufacturing renaissance that will create well-paying new jobs, higher wages for existing jobs and reaffirm the presence of American goods and services in the global market,” said Lance who has visited many New Jersey manufacturers to hear first-hand what tools they need from Washington to grow and hire.  “Lowering tax rates to compete globally, easing the burdens of regulations, leveraging American-made energy and providing economic incentives to start new projects all will facilitate the type of manufacturing backbone our economy needs.” “Manufacturers in New Jersey and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Congressman Leonard Lance who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.” The Seventh Congressional District includes nearly 600 manufacturing facilities that employ 40,000 employees.  According to NAM, policies on taxes, energy and trade make it 20 percent more expensive to do business in the United States which has a tremendous adverse effect on starting new companies and expanding existing ones.  NAM specifically cited Lance for voting to lower the corporate tax rate as the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate among major industrial nations. “The 21st century can be another century driven by American manufacturing if we work now to put smart policies in place,” concluded Lance. Read More

Lance joins Rep. Maloney and Holocaust survivors: End Benefits for Nazis

2014/10/27

WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has joined Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Holocaust survivors in calling on Congress to act immediately to terminate Social Security benefits for former Nazis.  Lance joined Rep. Maloney and Jewish leaders at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City to outline their legislation that will cut off any federal benefits, including Social Security benefits, for those involved in the Nazi persecution. The measure will be introduced when Congress is back in session in mid-November. “The world can never forget the hate and intolerance that claimed the lives of millions and forever scarred the face of mankind,” said Congressman Lance, the co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus who continues the work of his predecessor, the late Congressman Bob Franks, who championed the effort in 1999. “Congress must close this loophole and right this wrong in the name of the lives that were lost.  To think Nazis are living off the tax funds of the children of liberators is sickening and morally wrong.  Congress must put an end to it.”   “Our bill will provide the Justice Department with the authority it needs to terminate benefits of Nazi war criminals,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “It is modeled on the approach taken by the late Representative Bob Franks in a bill I co-sponsored in 1999, and I am grateful for his work on this issue. I am hopeful that the House will take this bill up when it returns for the lame duck session this November. We should work in a bi-partisan and expeditious manner to terminate these benefits once and for all. The American taxpayer should not be subsidizing the retirements of those guilty of the worst atrocities in human history.” Many Holocaust survivors and Jewish community leaders joined the representatives for the event, including Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Vice President of the Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants; Michael Miller, of the Jewish Community Relations Council; Rabbi Elie Weinstock of the New York Board of Rabbis; and Chana Wiesenfeld, a Holocaust survivor of Transnistria Concentration Camp. “Our tri-state region enjoys significant solidarity with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and the decades long struggle for peace in the world following the Nazi atrocities.  The world will never make it right, but when given the chance to take a stand and put an end to an egregious practice we must act,” Lance concluded.   The Nazi Benefits Termination Act of 2014 would:  Affirmatively declare Nazi war criminals to be ineligible for federal benefits. Establish a new immigration hearing process in order to terminate all federal benefits, including Social Security payments, to Nazi war criminals. The lack of this process has been the major reason why benefits have not already been terminated. Charge the Department of Justice with bringing individual cases forward to terminate benefits, under this new process.  An immigration judge would then determine if the individual was a participant in Nazi persecution and if so, the judge would be required to promptly issue an order declaring the individual to be ineligible for any federal benefit, including Social Security.  Any appeal to the judge’s final order must be filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit no later than 30 days after the order becomes final.   Additional Background: In a recently released report, the Associated Press reopened the discussion on Social Security benefits paid to Nazi war criminals. The investigation revealed that dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States and that four are still collecting benefits. ### Read More

Lance Tours Hunterdon Company on Frontlines of Ebola Crisis

2014/10/23

Lawmaker also sends letter to Administration on preparedness efforts FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today toured ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc., a Readington company whose technology is being used for a number of applications in the effort to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa as well as the United States. "ClorDiSys Solutions is on the front lines of the Ebola crisis both in the United States and abroad,” said Lance immediately following the tour.  “This Hunterdon County-based company is providing the our military, federal health agencies and private hospitals with cutting-edge technologies that work.”  ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc. is providing its chlorine dioxide gas generation technology to the U.S. Army, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the sterilization of Ebola-infected equipment in field hospitals in Africa.  The company’s ultraviolet light system called "the Torch” is also being utilized to disinfect the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Patient Care Unit where it successfully treated Ebola patients. ClorDiSys Director of Operations Paul Lorcheim added, “We are glad that Congressman Lance understands the severity of the situation. As a company knowledgeable about microbial contamination, the situation gravely concerns us.”   The Seventh District lawmaker also announced that he and fellow members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to President Obama and other federal health officials today seeking further information on the Administration’s preparedness efforts to treat those with Ebola, prevent any further spread in the United States, and stop the spread of the virus at its source in West Africa. In the letter, sent to the President as well as Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the Energy and Commerce Committee members requested more information about the Administration’s plan to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States, rationale behind its opposition to travel restrictions, efforts to improve the development of diagnostic testing and screening, and the capacity of the U.S. public health system to identify and treat patients with Ebola.  CLICK HERE to read the Energy and Commerce Committee letter. “The House Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to lead congressional efforts is leading the effort to ensure that federal agencies have a clear and effective strategy in responding to the Ebola outbreak.  As lawmakers we stand ready to work with the Administration on this issue,” concluded Lance. Read More

Lance Helps Secure Grant for School Safety Officer

2014/10/22

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ– Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the Phillipsburg Police Department will receive a $125,000 community policing grant that will be used to hire an additional officer. The officer will service as School Resource Officer (SRO) for both the Phillipsburg and Alpha School districts working primarily in the kindergarten through eighth grade schools. The SRO will be responsible for crime prevention and youth outreach.  The SRO will work directly with students, administrators and school personnel to expand crime prevention efforts, increase community justice initiatives work with other collaborative partners ensuring environmental changes occur to reduce crime in and around schools. “Youth safety is of paramount concern for any school district and I am pleased Phillipsburg is going to be expanding its resources to keep students safe in school,  engage young adults in the community and shape role models for younger peers,” said Lance, who has voted to maintain and expand the federal community policing oriented services grant funding.   Lance was joined at the event by Phillipsburg Mayor Harry L Wyant Jr., Norwescap Deputy Director Georgejean Trinkle, Phillipsburg School Superintendent George Chando, Alpha School Superintenden Dr. Greg McGann, Alpha School Board President Brian Korbobo as well as officers of the Police Department.  Police Chief Faulborn stated “The Phillipsburg Police Department is proud and honored to receive this grant that will enable the Police Department to continue reaching out to members of the community working in a collaborative effort to reduce crime and improve the quality-of-life for all the citizens of Phillipsburg and Alpha.” The Phillipsburg Police Department was founded in 1861 and protects the Town of Phillipsburg and the Borough of Alpha, in Warren County.  The Department responds to approximately 31,000 calls for service each year and has 37 officers.   The funds, administered from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS Grants, are designed to help local law enforcement with enhanced safety resources and equipment.  Since 1995, the COPS program has awarded over $14 billion to police agencies across the country. Lance is a member of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus and Congressional Fire Services Caucus and has led efforts in the House of Representatives to maintain funding for the program.  “Police departments need resources to keep our communities safe.  COPS help them do it,” concluded Lance. Read More

Lance Named a ‘Guardian of Small Business’

2014/10/21

Leading Small Business Organization Recognizes 7th District Lawmaker for His Pro-Growth Votes WESTFIELD, N.J. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been named a ‘Guardian of Small Business’ by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading small business association in the country.   The group recognized Lance for his strong voting record on issues important to small-business owners and the middle-class consumers who keep American’s Main Streets thriving. “Small businesses are the engine that drives our economy forward,” said Lance, who was recently named ‘Hero of Main Street’ by the National Retail Federation.  “Seven in ten jobs are created because of small businesses and as representatives we must give them the tools they need to grow, expand and create jobs.  I am proud to receive this award and will continue to support New Jersey’s small businesses.” NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Lance for standing up for small-business.  “The record shows that Rep. Lance is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.  Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.” The NFIB highlighted several Lance-backed efforts that earned the recognition:   Giving Workers Flexibility:  Congressman Leonard Lance voted to allow employees the choice of taking time-and-a-half compensatory time as payment in lieu of overtime pay.  If an employer chose to offer compensatory time, the offer would be completely voluntary for employees, and at any time employees could change their mind and receive overtime compensation in cash.  NFIB members and employees felt this would allow greater flexibility for raising a family while working full-time. Boosting American-made energy production:  By supporting measures to boost American-made energy, Congressman Leonard Lance has voted for policies that will drive down energy prices on both consumers and small-businesses.  This will give consumers more take-home pay while also saving NFIB member business costs that otherwise might raise product prices or decrease hiring. Protecting Small Businesses From Obamacare:  Congressman Leonard Lance was one of the House leaders in passing legislation to replace the new 30-hour per week full-time or full-time equivalent employee definition in ObamaCare with a 40-hour per week definition.  ObamaCare defines full-time employees for the purpose of the employer mandate as an employee who works an average of 30-hours per week, resulting in employees being denied additional working hours to prevent them from hitting the threshold. Providing Tax Relief:  Congressman Leonard Lance voted to make permanent small business expensing levels at $500,000, for qualifying purchases, and then adjusted to inflation.  This is a major incentive for New Jersey employers to buy new equipment and start new projects. Read More

Lance: Breast Cancer Awareness Month a Time To Deliver for Patients

2014/10/17

“Studies have shown women are not fully informed of their care options.  Vital information should be accessible to all women.” FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today joined the bipartisan original cosponsors of the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell calling for the Department to take more steps to better educate women on all the options available after breast cancer diagnosis. “During this special month of awareness, teamwork and hope we again renew our call for all women to know what options are available after the heartbreak of a diagnosis.  Now is the perfect time to do something tangible and meaningful for America’s women and to highlight this important cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Lance, a leader on breast cancer issues and member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.  Last year, Lance unveiled the legislation at The Steeplechcase Cancer Center, where he was joined by New Jersey breast cancer survivors and patients, officials with Somerset Medical Center and representatives from the Susan G. Komen North Jersey affiliate to discuss the legislation.  Published studies have shown that an overwhelming majority of women eligible for breast reconstruction associated with breast cancer surgery are not fully informed of their care options.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, only 33 percent of eligible women with breast cancer undergo breast reconstruction, and nearly 70 percent are not informed of their care options by their general surgeon.  The letter calls for the Secretary to publishing educational materials and make them readily available for circulation to patients and medical practitioners. “It is my hope the Secretary will take administrative steps to bridge the gap between information and knowledge and give women honest and critical information when they need it most,” added Lance. Letter text: The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell Secretary United States Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Burwell: We write today regarding an important health care issue for women.  Because of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, all health insurance plans that provide coverage for breast cancer treatment and procedures are required to cover the costs of related breast reconstruction and prostheses.  However, most breast cancer patients are unaware they are eligible for these important healthcare services.  We believe that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can take clear steps to educate breast cancer patients about their reconstruction and prosthetic options. Unfortunately, published studies have shown that an overwhelming majority of women eligible for breast reconstruction associated with breast cancer surgery are not fully informed of their care options.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, only 33 percent of eligible women with breast cancer undergo breast reconstruction, and nearly 70 percent are not informed of their care options by their general surgeon.  This is of particular concern for underserved communities, as African-American women under the age of 40 have a greater incidence of breast cancer than Caucasian women of the same age, and breast cancer is the most common cancer among Hispanic women. We introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2013 to address these gaps in education and awareness available to women navigating breast cancer care.  Several states have enacted laws requiring that women receive information about their breast cancer treatment and reconstruction options. This vital information should be accessible to all women.  Given your secretarial authority to undertake educational activities, we respectfully request that you prioritize publishing educational materials and making them readily available for circulation.  We also ask that you provide educational material to medical practitioners so they are mindful of all the options available to their patients.  Done properly, HHS cansignificantly increase awareness of women’s reconstructive options. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a perfect opportunity to do something tangible and meaningful for America’s women.  We hope that you will use your distinct authority as the Secretary of HHS to plan and implement an education campaign to inform breast cancer patients of their options for breast reconstruction and prostheses.    Thank you for making patient education for women navigating breast cancer treatment a priority. Read More

Lance Calls On President To Consider Ebola Travel Ban; Visa Suspensions

2014/10/16

FLEMINGTON, NJ — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement in response to news of a second health care worker infected with Ebola flew to Dallas earlier this week: “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a threat to our Nation’s public health.  And while I have confidence in our country’s medical infrastructure, I share many of the concerns expressed by my constituents about the federal response to date. “The House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, is actively assessing the federal health agencies’ response to the crisis and hearings have already begun.  Every agency involved must be held accountable, and I am confident that the House stands ready to act in a bipartisan capacity if federal officials are unable to address the Ebola threat aggressively and effectively. “To this end, I call on President Obama to consider implementing immediately a temporary ban on U.S. travel to and from countries afflicted with the virus and suspending visas for travelers from Ebola-stricken areas abroad until the outbreak is under control as suggested by the leaders of the House Homeland Security Committee. “Ultimately, the best way to defeat this outbreak is at its source and I am confident that members of Congress will work with the Administration on appropriate policy options that will help slow and eventually halt the spread of Ebola both internationally and here at home.” Read More

Lance Statement on President Obama’s Efforts to Import Terrorists to the United States

2014/10/10

FLEMINGTON, NJ -- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement following reports that President Obama is considering bypassing Congress and allowing terrorists housed at Guantanamo Bay into the United States: “An overwhelming number of Americans and bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate oppose allowing terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay into the United States.  If the White House wants to amend the law it must bring its proposal before Congress, where I suspect such a reckless plan would be defeated overwhelmingly." Lance has consistently voted to keep terrorists housed at Guantanamo Bay out of the United States.  Over the last four years, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate have consistently passed – and President Obama has signed – legislation that prohibits him from transferring the terrorists housed at Guantanamo Bay.  Lance visited Guantanamo Bay and saw firsthand the military operations there were safe, humane, legal and transparent.  Read More

Lance Statement On The Proposed PennEast Natural Gas Pipeline Project

2014/10/09

FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement concerning the proposed PennEast Natural Gas Pipeline Project:   “My constituents are right to be concerned about the current PennEast pipeline project.  After careful consideration and review, I have significant questions about the project’s current path and expected use of lands under farmland preservation protection and within the Delaware River Watershed.  "As someone who has lived here my entire life, I fully understand how important open space and farmland preservation are to the residents of Hunterdon County and surrounding communities.  I have sponsored legislation in the Legislature to protect and preserve these open spaces.   "It is my hope that PennEast Pipeline company representatives will reexamine the project’s proposed path and work with New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, the congressional delegation, state and local elected officials as well as concerned citizens in presenting a new plan that protects property rights and preserves public and private lands." Read More

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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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