Norman F. Lent

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Norman Frederick Lent
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by John W. Wydler
Succeeded by David A. Levy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Allard K. Lowenstein
Succeeded by John W. Wydler
Personal details
Born (1931-03-23)March 23, 1931
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Died June 11, 2012(2012-06-11) (aged 81)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Barbara Morris Lent
Residence Arlington, Virginia
West Palm Beach, Florida
Alma mater Hofstra University
Cornell University Law School
Occupation Attorney

Norman Frederick Lent (March 23, 1931 – June 11, 2012) was a former Republican-Conservative member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Lent was born in Oceanside, Long Island, New York. He graduated from Malverne High School in 1948, from Hofstra University in 1952, and from Cornell University Law School in 1957. Lent served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-54, during and immediately after the Korean War, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.

Following his military service, Lent worked as a lawyer in private practice in Lynbrook, New York beginning in 1957, and served as an Associate Police Justice in East Rockaway in 1959-60. He then worked as the Confidential Law Secretary (law clerk) to New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas P. Farley from 1960-62.

In 1962, Lent was elected to the New York State Senate from Nassau County, and served from 1963 until 1970, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to serving as a Congressman, Lent was selected as a delegate or alternate delegate to the 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, and 1992 Republican National Conventions.

1970 House election[edit]

Lent entered Congress by defeating an incumbent, the controversial Democratic representative Allard K. Lowenstein, by 9,300 votes in a hotly contested election in a newly drawn, largely Republican district. One of his campaign slogans was the play on words, "Let's vote out Lowenstein for Lent." Long Island's generally liberal Five Towns region had recently been removed from the district, and the far more conservative Massapequa added, during Congressional re-districting by the Republican controlled State legislature.

The election was viewed nationwide as a referendum on President Richard Nixon's conduct of the Vietnam War. Lent supported Nixon's policy of gradually withdrawing American Forces from Vietnam while turning the fighting over to the South Vietnamese Army.

Congressional service[edit]

After first being elected in 1970, Lent was reelected to Congress ten times, serving as a member of the 92nd to 102nd Congresses, from January 3, 1971 to January 3, 1993.

As a U.S. Representative, Lent was endorsed several times by Long Island's largest newspaper, Newsday, whose editors called Lent a "key player in environmental and energy legislation". He was most active as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, ultimately becoming the ranking minority member of both committees.

Lent worked on drafting and handled floor debate for the Republican minority on some of the most sweeping environmental, energy, telecommunications and transportation legislation enacted during his tenure. These included the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, National Energy Policy Act of 1992, Cable Television Act, Legislation ending the 1992 National Rail Strike, the Superfund Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TOSCA), the Conrail Privatization Act, and the Insider Trading and Securities Fraud, Enforcement Act.

Lent retired undefeated from Congress in 1992, not seeking renomination to the 103rd Congress.

Honors and awards[edit]

Lent held Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees from Hofstra University (1988) and Molloy College (1985) and was the recipient of the Prime Minister's Medal, State of Israel (1977), Distinguished Achievement Medal, Holland Society of New York (1987) and the George Estabrook achievement Award, Hofstra University (1967), along with many other awards.


Lent died on June 11, 2012 at his Arlington, Virginia home from cancer, aged 81.[1]


  1. ^ "Former GOP Rep. Norman Lent Dies at 81". Roll Call. June 13, 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Daniel G. Albert
New York State Senate, 2nd, 6th and 7th District
Succeeded by
Norman J. Levy
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Allard K. Lowenstein
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Wydler
Preceded by
John W. Wydler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
David A. Levy