WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement on an initial tax reform plan announced by the Trump Administration:
“My goals for tax reform are to unleash economic growth, create millions of new jobs and lower the rates on individuals. I am pleased the President outlined a plan today. There are parts of it I favor and there are parts of it I think need further debate and examination.
“One provision I oppose is the elimination of the state and local tax deduction. New Jersey taxpayers would lose under that plan. I will be a leading voice in negotiations for maintaining that deduction.
“It has been more than a quarter century since comprehensive tax reform was last enacted in Congress. It’s time to level the playing field for U.S. companies so they can invest in and create new American jobs and compete with rivals abroad. And it is time for hard-work to be rewarded and not punished by an outdated system.
“I am eager for this debate to start in Congress.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today participated in a roundtable discussion with over a dozen New Jersey business leaders and members of the United States Chamber of Commerce to discuss the work being done in Congress to help promote growth in the economy.
The meeting was part of an ongoing effort by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring members of Congress together with business leaders to discuss how to best protect U.S. intellectual property (IP) rights. According to the Department of Commerce, IP supports more than 45 million jobs across 81 industries nationwide, accounting for almost one-third of the jobs in the U.S.
“Strong intellectual property protections lead to innovative new discoveries that fuel economic growth,” said Lance. “In New Jersey alone IP supports 1.5 million jobs and IP workers earn almost 28 percent more than their colleagues. Congress should be taking every measure possible to promote patents, trademarks and copyrights in order to encourage development across a variety of industries as we move forward in the 21st century. Today’s discussion was incredibly productive and I welcome the opportunity to continue to work with members of the New Jersey business community on IP related issues.”
Lance has a history of working on legislation to promote IP. As the Republican chairman of the Rare Disease Caucus Lance has championed the MODDERN Act, a bipartisan bill intended to encourage new innovative treatments for a variety of diseases and ailments that do not have currently have cures. The bill was a topic of discussion at today’s forum.
Health care reform, tax reform and the budget were also among the issues discussed by the group.
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will hold his annual Service Academy Information Fair for Seventh Congressional District high school students on Saturday, June 17 at Raritan Valley Community College. Lance’s annual event allows students to meet with academy officials to learn more about the admissions process and how to pursue their interests in serving the Nation.
“It is an honor every year to meet the young people who step forward to be considered for appointment to one of our Nation’s service academies. I consider it a great responsibility to nominate talented students to serve our country,” said Lance. “The academy fair allows students and parents to talk directly with service academy admissions representatives to have their questions answered and gain an understanding of the competitive application process. I hope all interested high school students will attend. I enjoy getting to know these young leaders.”
WHAT: Congressman Lance’s 2017 Service Academy Information Fair
WHERE: Raritan Valley Community College (Conference Center)
118 Lamington Road in Branchburg
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 17
Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the Coast Guard Academy are expected to participate. Additionally, representatives from Lance’s congressional staff will be available to answer questions from students about the nominating process.
Lance’s service academy fair is free and open to all Seventh District high school students. Student should register in advance at lance.house.gov/academyday. Students with questions should contact John Malone by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, today announced New Jersey has secured a $13 million dollar federal grant to combat the opioid crisis. The programming and funding was created under the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation Lance helped write and pass into law last year.
“The opioid crisis is devastating families and communities across the Garden State. In 2015, New Jersey’s heroin death rate was two-and-one-half times the skyrocketing U.S. rate. This grant award will help expand access to treatment, recovery, and prevention programs and strengthen our state’s ability to combat this growing epidemic,” said Lance.
The funding comes from the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Lance and his colleagues are prioritizing five specific strategies: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs and supporting cutting-edge research.Read More
FLEMINGTON, NJ --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited the ShopRite in Flemington, New Jersey to honor World War II veteran Archie Fagan. Fagan, 91, served in the 51st Armored Infantry Battalion of the United States Army from June of 1944 to December of 1946. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp and was a military observer during the Nuremberg Trials. Lance presented Fagan with an American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol and thanked him for his service.
“It was my privilege to meet Archie and show my gratitude for the great sacrifices he has made for this country,” said Lance. “I think it is important, now more than ever, to engage with WWII veterans to ensure that their stories do not go untold and that their lessons are not forgotten. Archie is an outstanding citizen and his life should be an inspiration to all Americans.”
Fagan graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 and then took over his family owned grocery business until 1993. Although he could have retired, Fagan has spent the last 24 years at the Flemington ShopRite because of his passion for the work. He currently lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania with his wife Ellen.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States:
“Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves to be on our Nation’s High Court. Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream conservative who will be a fair jurist on the important issues facing the Nation. I am impressed with his command of jurisprudence and his respect for the rule of law. I commend President Trump on his nomination of Judge Gorsuch and the Senate on its confirmation of him. I congratulate United States Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, NJ --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on Syria:
“The Assad regime is responsible for the death of thousands of innocent civilians and the use of chemical weapons poses a threat to U.S. national security interests. I commend President Trump’s decision for a measured response. This crisis is complex and the Administration must engage Congress in a resolution in accordance with war powers and Constitutional responsibilities. Further actions should be debated in Congress.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host his 43rd in-person town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 12 beginning at 6:30pm at the Mount Olive High School Performing Arts Center in Flanders.
During the town hall meeting, Lance will discuss the important issues facing Congress and the American people, including his recent opposition to the American Health Care Act. Lance is also expected to take questions and share his views on other issues like the Supreme Court, tax reform, strengthening the economy, border security and international affairs.
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: 43rd Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12 6:30pm to 7:30pm
WHERE: Mount Olive High School Performing Arts Center, 18 Corey Road, Flanders 07836
The event is free and open to NJ-07 residents only. Tickets are required for all attendees. Tickets will be available online through Lance’s website at lance.house.gov beginning Friday, April 7 at 10:00am. Tickets will available on a first-come, first-served basis until the auditorium reaches capacity.
For more information, please call Lance’s Westfield District Office at 908-518-7733.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) is hosting a student leadership conference on Saturday, April 29 at Mountainside Borough Hall. Lance is inviting high school students from across the Seventh Congressional District to participate in a morning of hands-on activities and speeches about current events and issues facing the Nation. New Jersey State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. will be serving as the conference’s keynote speaker.
“Nearly 100 students joined us last year to learn about lawmaking and governing. At this conference, students will be put in the role of lawmaker – tasked with balancing the federal budget and reforming tax policy while weighing the priorities of the Nation. All students interested in public policy and politics should participate.” said Lance.
Lance and Kean will discuss public policy ideas and lessons for students interested in public service. Lance will also oversee an interactive federal budget exercise where students will review current spending and tax policies and suggest priorities for the country through evidence and by applying their own policy interests.
Student Government Conference with Congressman Leonard Lance
Keynote Speaker: State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr.
Mountainside Borough Hall
1385 US Highway 22
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Saturday, April 29, 10am – 12:00 noon
This event is free and open to all interested high school students. Interested students should sign up at lance.house.gov/studentconference.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced the creation of a public-private partnership between FirstNet, a first responder network, and AT&T to provide a wireless broadband network for communications. Lance sits on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee which took the lead in the program’s creation following a recommendation by the 9/11 Commission.
“On one of the worst days in the history of our Nation we saw tremendous bravery from first responders. Their iconic heroism on 9/11 is forever engrained in the country’s memory. One of the promises of that day was to deliver to our first responders a nationwide wireless broadband network for improved communications. I thank FirstNet and New Jersey’s AT&T for forming this public-partnership. This is an important new tool for those entering dangerous situations. Robust communications capabilities will save lives.”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.