Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance

NEW JERSEY's 7th DISTRICT

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

Lance Visits Qualcomm in Bridgewater

2014/10/09

WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week toured Qualcomm, the country’s leading innovator in wireless communications and a recognized pioneer in the development of 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies.  Lance toured Qualcomm’s Bridgewater facility and spoke with the company’s leadership and engineers about how best to create technology jobs here in the United States.    “Qualcomm is an American company with a major presence right here in New Jersey that is delivering state-of-art digital technologies to consumers worldwide.  If you have a smart phone, tablet or other advanced mobile device, you likely are using some form of Qualcomm-developed technology,” Lance said after his tour.  “Congress needs to work together to enact policies that will allow innovative companies like Qualcomm to continue to develop breakthrough technologies that will power our economy through the 21st Century.”    Qualcomm is the world’s largest provider of chips for wireless devices and the world’s largest licensor of mobile technology.  The company also broadly licenses its technologies to hundreds of manufacturers worldwide that make wireless network equipment, handsets, and other consumer devices.  On the Bridgewater campus they focus on development and design of small cell networks, mobile ad hoc and device-to-device communications, telematics and related wireless technologies.   As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Leonard Lance has championed policies that will modernize the laws governing the communications and technology sector and allow companies like Qualcomm to stay ahead of the curve in the global economy.  The 7th District lawmaker has voted to advance patent reform, free-trade agreements, research and development policies and mobile health IT applications — policies important to companies like Qualcomm. Read More

Lance Applauds Enhanced Screening Efforts

2014/10/08

Newark and JFK Two of Five U.S Airports Slated For Enhanced Ebola Screenings WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today applauded the Obama Administration’s announcement that enhanced screening measures aimed at finding travelers infected with Ebola will be utilized at five of the busiest international airports in the United States, including Newark Liberty and JFK. “Today’s announcement by the Obama Administration is an important step toward containing the Ebola and protecting our citizens from the deadly virus,” said the 7th District lawmaker who last week called for stricter screening at U.S. ports of entry.   Federal health and homeland security agencies will be be sending additional staff to put into place enhanced screening procedures at Newark, JFK, Washington-Dulles, Chicago-O'Hare, and Atlanta International.  Together, these five airports receive 94 percent of passengers traveling here from Ebola-affected nations, with nearly half of the passengers traveling through JFK. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Congressman Lance has been receiving regular, bipartisan briefings from the CDC for the last several weeks regarding the outbreak and agency’s preparedness.  The Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is expected to hold a hearing on the Ebola response on Oct. 16. “The Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to play an important oversight role to ensure that federal health and homeland security agencies are working hand-in-hand on securing our Nation’s borders and screening travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken areas abroad," concluded Lance.   Read More

Lance Visits Morris County Expo and Odyssey Specialty Vehicles

2014/10/03

Spends Manufacturing Day Highlighting Garden State Innovation WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today visited the Emergency Vehicle Manufactures’ Expo hosted by Odyssey Specialty Vehicles in Morris County as part of National Manufacturing Day.  Odyssey Specialty Vehicles hosted the showcase featuring leading emergency vehicle and equipment used by police, fire and rescue units.  Odyssey is a custom designer and manufacturer of specialty law enforcement vehicles, fire and EMS command and support vehicles, as well as specialized commercial vehicles including surveillance, service and patrol.  Odyssey also designs and manufactures custom cabinet systems and components for use in a wide variety of command, emergency and commercial vehicles.  Lance spent over an hour touring the displays and hearing from exhibitors.   “Odyssey provides a vital product that emergency personnel depend on,” said Lance, during his second stop on his Manufacturing Day tour.  “They need the confidence of this strong Made-in-America and New Jersey brand and I enjoyed seeing firsthand their expertise in helping first responders utilize state-of-the-art equipment.  I will continue to work in Washington to ensure that American-made ingenuity continues to drive the Nation’s economy.”    Daniel Huang, Odyssey Specialty Vehicle’s Chief Executive Officer added, “At the end of each day, we take a hard look inward and ask ourselves if Odyssey performed to the best of its abilities that day? Did we build the very best emergency vehicles we are capable of building?  Did we serve our clients -- whether law enforcement, fire, EMS or other clients -- to their highest level of expectations?  Every single day we want the answer to be ‘Yes, definitely.’  We know that quality speaks for itself, and our clients expect (and demand) that quality each and every day.  Quite frankly, every day we get excited by the challenge of exceeding our client's expectations.  Through good economies or weak economies, there are always knowledgeable clients who will understand the difference between price and value and demand uncompromising performance in their vehicles.  We feel privileged that those clients come to Odyssey.” Lance sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and serves as Vice Chair of its Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee.  The lawmaker has visited many small businesses in the Seventh Congressional District to learn how Washington can help incentivize innovation, eliminate red-tape and boost job creation.  During Manufacturing Day, Lance is focusing on how to empower American-made brands to compete against global competitors and how best to keep American jobs and creativity in the U.S.  Lance has brought the ideas and suggestions of these constituencies back to Washington to help craft policy and pass more than 40 jobs bills out of the House of Representatives. Read More

Lance Calls On President To Develop Comprehensive Plan To Contain Deadly Ebola Virus Here At Home

2014/10/03

FLEMINGTON, NJ — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today called on the Obama Administration to develop a comprehensive plan to fight the spread of Ebola in the United States — including the enactment of a more aggressive Ebola screening program for travelers at U.S. ports of entry.  This follows the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that a patient in a Dallas, Texas hospital has tested positive for Ebola. “News of Ebola in the United States is a ringing alarm for a comprehensive prevention plan against this deadly virus,” said Lance.  “The Obama Administration must be more responsive in taking the necessary steps to contain the deadly virus, protect citizens and medical professionals and aggressively treat those who may be infected.” The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended that unaffected countries with an international transportation hub should establish a process to manage travelers who have unexplained fever and are traveling from an Ebola-infected region.  The Seventh District lawmaker is concerned that federal health and homeland security agencies are not putting in place a plan in a timely fashion. “Recent events in Dallas clearly highlight the need for elevated levels of screening at U.S. ports of entry nationwide,” said Lance.  “Yet it’s unclear where federal health and homeland security agencies are working hand-in-hand on securing our Nation’s borders and screening travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken areas abroad." As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Lance has been receiving regular, bipartisan briefings from the CDC for the last several weeks.  The Congressman added that the Energy and Commerce Committee leaders recently sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell seeking more information regarding the outbreak and preparedness and announced that the Committee will be holding a hearing on the issue on October 16. “The Energy and Commerce Committee will play an increasingly important role in the federal efforts to contain and combat Ebola.  I look forward to hearing from top administration officials on October 16,” concluded Lance. Read More

Lance Visits L & Z Tool & Engineering in Watchung

2014/10/03

Spends Manufacturing Day Highlighting Garden State Innovation WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, kicked off National Manufacturing Day with a tour of L & Z Tool & Engineering in Watchung.   L & Z Tool and Engineering, Inc. is a third generation New Jersey company that specializes in engineering and creating plastic molds and dies for the auto, medical, defense, power tool, service goods, toys, house ware, pet supply and other industries.  They are located on Rt. 22 in Watchung.    “L & Z prides itself on hard-work, dedicated personnel and continuing to evolve with state-of-the-art technology, equipment and diversity of projects,” said Lance, on the first stop of his Manufacturing Day tour.  “I am honored to represent this Made-in-America and New Jersey brand and will continue to work to level the playing field against foreign competitors to keep these good jobs and great ideas in the U.S.”    Tom La Marca, President and CEO of the company added, “L & Z represents a culmination of the American Dream.  It’s founder was an immigrant arriving on the shores of America at eight years old and put immediately to work.  Through life sacrifices, he worked hard and honestly, became a citizen at first opportunity, contributed to family and country and eventually, through total personal risk, founded a business.  His family has carried on the ideals and disciplines required of a small business, and through the ethic of honesty and hard work, by all, the company has survives as a grass roots, New Jersey, made in USA story.”  Lance sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and serves as Vice Chair of its Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee.  The lawmaker has visited many small businesses in the Seventh Congressional District to learn how Washington can help incentivize innovation, eliminate red-tape and boost job creation.  During Manufacturing Day, Lance is focusing on how to empower American-made brands to compete against global competitors and how best to keep American jobs and creativity in the U.S.  Lance has brought the ideas and suggestions of these constituencies back to Washington to help craft policy and pass more than 40 jobs bills out of the House of Representatives. Read More

Lance Statement on The One-Year Anniversary of ObamaCare

2014/10/01

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Seventh District Congressman Leonard Lance released the following statement on today’s ObamaCare anniversary: “On Oct. 1, 2013, the ObamaCare exchanges and the Healthcare.gov website were launched with disastrous results. “One year later we now know that ObamaCare’s enrollment system has cost taxpayers more than $2 billion while millions of individuals, employees and working families have either seen their plans cancelled or health care costs rise.  "Everyday more and more families and small businesses are facing the tough and costly realities of ObamaCare: Higher health insurance premiums, burdensome taxes, regulations and mandates and the loss of the health plan Americans have and like.  That’s why I have long called for the repeal of the President’s unpopular health care law and passage of bipartisan health care solutions that lower health care costs, protect jobs and allow Americans to keep their health care if they like it.” As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Lance has been on the front lines in congressional efforts to repeal, replace and amend the health care law.  To date, Lance has voted more than 60 times to repeal, defund, amend or dismantle the law.  Of these votes, 16 different bills have been signed into law by President Obama — including 10 that directly repeal or rescind funding from ObamaCare. For his part, the Seventh District lawmaker has called for replacing the health care law with more patient-centric sensible proposals.  They include bolstering health savings accounts, incentives for states to control health care costs, allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, permitting small businesses to pool together to purchase coverage for their employees, creating state-based insurance pools for individuals with pre-existing conditions and medical malpractice reform. 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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