Frank LoBiondo

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Frank LoBiondo
Frank LoBiondo, Official Portrait, c112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 1995
Preceded by William Hughes
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 1st district
In office
January 12, 1988 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Guy Muziani
Succeeded by Nicholas Asselta
Personal details
Born Frank Alo LoBiondo
(1946-05-12) May 12, 1946 (age 67)
Bridgeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jan LoBiondo (Divorced)
Tina Ercole (2004–present)
Children 2
Alma mater Saint Joseph's University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Frank Alo LoBiondo (born May 12, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1995. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is at the southern end of New Jersey, and by far the biggest Congressional District in the state. It includes all of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties and parts of Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, and Ocean Counties.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, LoBiondo attended Georgetown Preparatory School, and received a B.A. in Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked for twenty-six years in a family-owned trucking company.

Early political career[edit]

LoBiondo served on the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1985 to 1987. In 1987, he was elected to NJ's 1st Legislative district in the lower chamber of the New Jersey General Assembly and served from 1988 to 1994. He won re-election in 1989, 1991, and 1993.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 1992, LoBiondo ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat William Hughes by a wide margin. When Hughes declined to run for re-election in 1994, LoBiondo ran again and was elected to the House. He was a member of the Republican "freshman class" elected in the 1994 midterm election and was part of Speaker Newt Gingrich's Contract with America. Since then, he won every re-election bid with at least 59% of the vote even though he represents a district that is marginally Democratic on paper. Following reapportionment in 2012, however, his district voted for President Barack Obama by 54.1% - the first Democratic candidate for President to carry this district since 1988.

Tenure[edit]

He is a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership. He has opposed federal funding for stem cell research and voted to limit abortion. He voted for the Flag Desecration Amendment, the Iraq War Resolution, banning gay adoption, banning gay marriage, and enforcement of anti-gay hate crime laws. He supported reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.[1]

LoBiondo's record on several issues, particularly the environment, fits a moderate Republican. In 2005 the National Journal ranked him as the most liberal Republican Representative in New Jersey and more liberal than most of New York's Republican Congressional representatives.[2] The Americans for Democratic Action in 2005 did not go that far, but placed him in a higher liberal quotient than most of the Republican representatives in those two states.[3]

Campaign embezzlement

On March 4, 2011, Andrew J. McCrosson Jr., who served as treasurer of LoBiondo's congressional campaign committee from 1995 until August 2010, pleaded guilty in federal district court to charges of embezzling more than $458,000 from campaign accounts over a fifteen year period. The charges included one count of wire fraud and one count of and converting funds contributed to a federal candidate.[4] McCrosson was sentenced 30 months in prison.[5]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

On November 21, 2013, LoBiondo introduced the bill To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of an airman or an air traffic controller for a sleep disorder is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding (H.R. 3578; 113th Congress) into the House.[6] The bill would require that "any federal rules on testing of air traffic controllers for sleep disorders are issued under a formal rulemaking process."[7]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Arts Caucus

Electoral history[edit]

New Jersey's 2nd congressional district: Results 1992–2010[8]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 William J. Hughes 132,465 56% Frank A. LoBiondo 98,315 41% Roger W. Bacon Libertarian 2,575 1% Joseph Ponczek Anti-Tax 2,067 1% Andrea Lippi Freedom, Equality, Prosperity 1,605 1%
1994 Louis N. Magazzu 56,151 35% Frank A. LoBiondo 102,566 65%
1996 Ruth Katz 83,890 38% Frank A. LoBiondo 133,131 60% David Rodger Headrick Independent 1,439 1% Judith Lee Azaren Independent 1,174 1% Andrea Lippi Independent 1,084 <1%
1998 Derek Hunsberger 43,563 31% Frank A. LoBiondo 93,248 66% Glenn Campbell Independent 2,955 2% Mary A. Whittam Independent 1,748 1%
2000 Edward G. Janosik 74,632 32% Frank A. LoBiondo 155,187 66% Robert Gabrielsky Independent 3,252 1% Constantino Rozzo Independent 788 <1%
2002 Steven A. Farkas 47,735 28% Frank A. LoBiondo 116,834 69% Roger Merle Green 1,739 1% Michael J. Matthews, Jr. Libertarian 1,720 1% Costantino Rozzo Socialist 771 <1%
2004 Timothy J. Robb 86,792 33% Frank A. LoBiondo 172,779 65% Willie Norwood Jobs Equality Business 1,993 1% Michael J. Matthews, Jr. Libertarian 1,767 1% Jose David Alcantara Green 1,516 1% Costantino Rozzo Socialist Party USA 595 <1%
2006 Viola Thomas-Hughes 62,364 35% Frank A. LoBiondo 109,040 62% Robert E. Mullock Preserve Green Space 1,993 2% Lynn Merle A New Direction 957 1% Thomas Fanslau We The People 587 <1% Willie Norwood Socialist Party USA 368 <1%
2008 David C. Kurkowski 110,990 39% Frank A. LoBiondo 167,701 59% Jason M. Grover Green 1,763 1% Peter Frank Boyce Constitution 1,551 1% Gary Stein Rock the Boat 1,312 <1% Costantino Rozzo Socialist Party USA 648 <1%
2010 Gary Stein 51,690 31% Frank A. LoBiondo 109,460 66% Peter Frank Boyce Constitution 4,120 2% Mark Lovett Independent 1,123 1% Vitov Valdes-Munoz American Labor Party 727 <1%

References[edit]

  1. ^ On the Issues — Frank LoBiondo
  2. ^ Project Vote Smart
  3. ^ Americans for Democratic Action (see pdf on 2005 voting records)
  4. ^ Jason Grant (2011-03-04). "U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo's former campaign aide admits stealing $458K". New Jersey Star Ledger. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  5. ^ John Barna (2011-09-08). "Former LoBiondo campaign treasurer to spend 30 months in prison for embezzling $458,000". New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  6. ^ "H.R. 3578 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (7 February 2014). "Next week: Undoing military pension cuts". The Hill. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Hughes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd congressional district

1995–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom Latham
United States Representatives by seniority
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Succeeded by
Zoe Lofgren