Rodney Frelinghuysen

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U.S. Representative

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Appropriations
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for NJ-11

Confirmed: John Arvanites, Rodney Frelinghuysen
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for NJ-11)
On the Web
Official website

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, a Republican, has represented the 11th Congressional District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 56 - 14/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 30 - 6/20 15 - 3/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 80 - 16/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Frelinghuysen voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Frelinguysen v. Ficus

In 2000, satirist Michael Moore ran a Ficus tree against Congressman Frelinghuysen for his program The Awful Truth. [1]

Moore was trying to make a general point that "Most [congress members] run unopposed in their primaries and 95% are re-elected every time in the general election." Ficus was entered in "more than twenty other Congressional districts around the country where the incumbent faces little or no opposition."[2]

Moore targeted Frelinguysen becuase "We think it's time to point out to the Frelinghuysen Family that we live in a democracy, not a dynasty. If no credible human out of the district's 500,000 voters was willing to step forward and challenge Mr. Frelinghuysen, at least the voters now have a houseplant to give them a real choice on June 6."[3]


Frelinghuysen was born April 29, 1946 in New York City. He is the son of Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen II, great-great grandson of Frederick Frelinghuysen, and great-great-great nephew of Theodore Frelinghuysen, who each represented New Jersey in Congress. After graduating from Hobart College in 1969, Frelinghuysen served in the United States Army until 1971. After his military service, Frelinghuysen worked for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders until he was elected to serve as a freeholder in 1974.

In 1983, Frelinghuysen stepped down from his seat as a freeholder to take a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly (the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature), a position he would hold until elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

Congressional career

Frelinghuysen is known as a moderate Republican.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Tom Wyka to face Frelinghuysen in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Frelinghuysen retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Lockheed Martin$ 73,350
Boeing Co$ 27,500
Marotta Controls$ 20,331
Van Scoyoc Assoc$ 15,825
Raytheon Co$ 15,000
Textron Inc$ 15,000
Roundtable Investment Partners$ 14,900
Frontier Performance Polymers$ 12,500
United Technologies$ 11,500
Finmeccanica SpA$ 11,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Rodney Frelinghuysen
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

Political Action Committee

Website: (Reserved)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Rodney Frelinghuysen. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2369 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5034 Fax: 202-225-3186
    Webform email
District offices
  • 30 Schuyler Place, Second Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960
    Ph: 973-984-0711 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

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