Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen House Appropriations Chair Leaves Vacant a Seat in an Increasingly Competitive District
On January 29, 2018, U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-R-11) has announced that he will not be running for re-election once he finishes his current term in Congress.
Congressman Frelinghuysen chairs the House Appropriations Committee. He served over two decades in the House, first winning his seat in 1994.
Congressman Frelinghusyen gave a statement that included the following remarks,
“During my time serving here there have been times of great tragedy including the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the ravages of Hurricane Sandy on my home state. In my role on the House Appropriations Committee, I made sure that New Jersey’s needs were met in both the immediate aftermath as well as over time in the wake of these events. I have proudly been able to secure key federal investments for New Jersey to strengthen our economy, our institutions of higher education, our hospitals and public transportation systems, to preserve open space and protect the environment and to better serve our veterans and our fellow citizens with mental illness and disabilities.
“As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, this past year I have had a singular focus on “getting our work done”. We completed 12 appropriations bill left over from 2017, we passed all 2018 bills in record time through regular order, and three Disaster Supplementals Appropriations bills, historic in scope, and the expediency with which we acted to help our fellow citizens. In my remaining year as chairman, I am determined to finish the FY18 bills and pass our FY19 bills through regular order. Every member, Republican and Democrat, will continue to have ample opportunity to directly impact the Congressional power of the purse and decide the best and highest use of limited taxpayer money. This will require — and I will happily devote — all my energies to this task.
“Throughout my service in this House, my deepest devotion has been to supporting our Armed Forces, all volunteers, and their families, here and abroad, and those warfighters who have returned home with injuries and who depend on a functioning veterans’ health care system. To those of you I have met while you served us overseas and to those of you that I have sat by your bedside, I hope and trust I have served you well.
“I have worked in a bipartisan manner, not just in times of crisis but always, because I believe it best serves my constituents, my state and our country. My father reminded me often that we are temporary stewards of the public trust. I have sincerely endeavored to earn that trust every day and I thank my constituents and my home state of New Jersey for the honor to serve and I will continue to do so to the best of my abilities through the end of my term.”
Frelinghuysen’s term will end in January 2019. The midterm elections which will include the election for his vacant seat will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
The majority of New Jersey’s 11th congressional district includes most of Morris County, a significant portion of Essex County and also towns in Passaic and Sussex Counties.