|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 11th district
January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Dean Gallo|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 25th district
January 10, 1984 – January 3, 1995
|Succeeded by||Anthony Bucco|
|Member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders|
January 1, 1974 – January 1, 1983
April 29, 1946 |
New York City, New York
|Spouse(s)||Virginia Robinson (m. 1980)|
|Residence||Harding Township, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||Hobart College|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1969-1971|
|Unit||93rd Engineer Battalion|
Early life, education, and early political career 
Frelinghuysen is a member of a family long prominent in New Jersey politics. He is the son of Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen II, great-great-grandson of Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, and great-great-great-nephew of Theodore Frelinghuysen, who each represented New Jersey in the Congress. After graduating from Hobart College in 1969, where he had been president of the Kappa Alpha Society, Frelinghuysen enrolled at Trinity College for graduate work. However, the United States Army drafted Frelinghuysen before he could graduate from Trinity. Following basic training at Fort Dix, he served with the 93rd Engineer Battalion in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.
In 1983, Frelinghuysen was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 25th legislative district. He ran in 1990 for New Jersey's 12th congressional district, but finished third to Dick Zimmer and Phil McConkey.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Midway through his sixth term, incumbent U.S. Congressman Dean Gallo decided to retire after discovering he had incurable prostate cancer (he died two days before the election). Rodney was chosen to be the Republican nominee after Gallo dropped out. He defeated Democrat State Senator Frank Herbert 71%-28% in November 1994. After that, he won re-election with at least 62% of the vote. He was only challenged in the Republican primary twice, 2008 and 2010. In 2008, he defeated Kate Erber in the June primary 87%-13%. In 2010, he defeated Richard Luzzi 76%-24%.
Like most other Republicans from New Jersey, Frelinghuysen has a relatively moderate voting record. He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans for Choice and Republicans For Environmental Protection. However, the Sunlight Foundation pointed out that among the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Frelinghuysen has the third-highest amount of investment in oil stocks. Frelinghuysen's scores from the League of Conservation Voters dropped sharply after 2008, from the 42-67% range during 1999-2008 to 21-23% during 2009-12. During the 2011-12 Congress, his League of Conservation Voters rating was 11th out of 13 members of the House from New Jersey, and 4th among the 6 Republicans from the state.
Frelinghuysen's record on abortion is somewhat mixed, receiving a 50% from the NRLC and a 30% from NARAL in 2003. When he was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, he made a small financial contribution to the activist/civil disobedience group ACT UP.
In 2000, left-wing activist Michael Moore attempted to have a ficus challenge Frelinghuysen's unopposed re-election, to make the point that most Members of Congress "run unopposed in their primaries and 95% are re-elected every time in the general election". Adding, "we think it's time to point out to the Frelinghuysen family that we live in a democracy, not a dynasty." (Since 1793, New Jersey has sent six Frelinghuysens to Congress — four to the U.S. Senate and two to the House of Representatives.)
On May 24, 2007, Frelinghuysen chased down a pickpocket who had stolen his wallet near his home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Two Washington police officers saw the chase and arrested the 18-year-old suspect who had been caught by the 61-year-old congressman.
In 2009, Frelinghuysen was the chief sponsor of 16 bills, 11 of which had no co-sponsors. He co-sponsored 90 other bills, occasionally with Democrats on non-controversial issues.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Appropriations
Electoral history 
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|1994||Frank Herbert||50,211||28%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||127,868||71%||Mary Frueholz||LaRouche Was Right||1,065||1%||*|
|1996||Chris Evangel||78,742||31%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||169,091||66%||Ed DeMott||Independent||2,870||1%||Austin S. Lett||Independent||2,618||1%||*|
|1998||John P. Scollo||44,160||30%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||100,910||68%||Austin S. Lett||Independent||1,737||1%||Agnes James||Independent||1,409||1%||*|
|2000||John P. Scollo||80,958||30%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||186,140||68%||John Pickarski||Independent||5,199||2%||James Spinosa||Independent||1,541||1%|
|2002||Vij Pawar||48,477||26%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||132,938||72%||Richard S. Roth||Libertarian||2,263||1%|
|2004||James W. Buell||91,811||31%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||200,915||68%||John Mele||Immigration
|1,746||1%||Austin S. Lett||Libertarian||1,530||1%|
|2006||Tom Wyka||74,414||37%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||126,085||62%||Richard S. Roth||Libertarian||1,730||1%||John Mele||Constitution||842||<1%|
|2008||Tom Wyka||105,095||37%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||177,059||62%||Chandler Tedholm||For the People||3,526||1%|
|2010||Douglas Herbert||55,472||31%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||122,149||67%||Jim Gawron||Libertarian||4,179||2%|
|2012||John Arvanites||123,897||40%||Rodney Frelinghuysen||182,237||59%||Barry Berlin||Opposing Congressional Gridlock||3,725||1%|
See also 
- "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier". Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "The Sunlight Foundation Blog - Oil Industry Influence: Personal Finances'". Sunlight Foundation. August 8, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- Ficus Plant Announces Candidacy For Congress
- "Congressman chases down pick-pocket". Reuters. 2007-05-25.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- NJ Secretary of State 2010 election results
- "Election Statistics - US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
- Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen official U.S. House site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Profile at SourceWatch
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from New Jersey's 11th congressional district
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