Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance


Lance on Memorial Day


Memorial Day is a time when Americans pay tribute, honor and remember those who have served our country bravely and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom and democracy.  Across the country we will honor our fallen heroes over the coming days at picnics, county fairs and town parades.

We not only memorialize those gone but we give thanks to the more than 20 million American veterans alive today.  These brave service men and women have made significant sacrifices and we have an obligation to honor them by "keeping the promise" to those who have worn the uniform.

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Lance Hails Committee Passage of 21st Century Cures Initiative



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WASHINGTON, DC — Continuing to make good on his promise to cut federal spending, Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will be returning nearly $225,000 from his 2014 congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury for the purposes of deficit reduction.  Since coming to Congress in Jan. 2009, the Seventh District lawmaker has returned nearly one-half of a million dollars from his office operating budget.

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Lance Announces Academy Fair


Forum Will Allow Students To Learn How To Be Nominated For U.S. Service Academies

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Lance Bill Would Give North Plainfield Unique Zip Code


NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited the North Plainfield Post Office today to announce he has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would give North Plainfield a unique zip code and end years of inconvenience for borough residents.   Lance joined leaders in North Plainfield to rally in support of H.R. 2112, which would direct the United States Postal Service (USPS) to designate a single, unique zip code for the borough.  The move comes after the USPS again denied North Plainfield’s request for its own zip code.

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Lance: House Bill Includes $500,000 for Rahway River Study


WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced today’s House-passed Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act (H.R. 2028) included a $500,000 allocation for the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study.  

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Lance To Host Town Hall in Berkeley Heights


WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, May 4 in Berkeley Heights — his 33rd in-person town hall meeting.

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Lance Statement on Passage of House-Senate Balanced Budget


WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement today after House passage of S. Con. Res. 11, the Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2016 and the first bicameral budget document in more than a decade that balances without raising taxes on American families:

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Lance Hosts 2015 Congressional Art Contest


Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed participants in the 2015 Congressional Art Contest to the Merck Campus in Kenilworth for a public display of their submissions.  The display featured 71 original pieces of art, all created by high school students from New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District.  A panel of judges selected Remnants of An American Dream, an oil painting by Helen Zhang of Belle Mead, as the winner.  Helen will head to Washington in June to see her artwork displayed in the United States Capitol Building.

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Lance Honored As Champion for Manufacturing Jobs


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 Committee.  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Lance the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award in a special ceremony in New Providence, New Jersey at C. R. Bard, Inc.

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Contact Information

133 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5361
Fax 202-225-9460

Committee Assignments

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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