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Frank A. LoBiondo (R-N.J.)

U.S. Representative (since January 1995)

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Why He Matters

Known as a moderate Republican, LoBiondo has broken with his party on a series of high-profile issues. In July 2009, he was one of only eight Republicans who helped pass legislation to lower greenhouse gas emissions by creating a "cap-and-trade" system. He's also lent his name to the 2009 Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize.

Representing New Jersey's 2nd district, covering the southern and most rural part of the state, LoBiondo has made shoreline preservation and military funding priorities.

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At a Glance

  • Career History: New Jersey Assembly (1988-1994); Operations manager, LoBiondo Brothers Trucking Company
  • Birthday: May 12, 1946
  • Hometown: Rosenhayn, N.J.
  • Alma Mater: Saint Joseph's University, B.B.A., 1968
  • Spouse: Tina
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Committees: Armed Services ; Transportation and Infrastructure ; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
 

Path to Power

A South Jersey native born in 1946, LoBiondo grew up in a farmhouse still owned by the family in Deerfield, N.J., where his father, Frank LoBiondo Sr., once served as mayor and was a founder of the family's trucking business.

LoBiondo attended Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia before joining the family business, where he would come to serve as the operations manager.

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The Issues

During the 110th Congress, LoBiondo followed the party line 80.2 percent of the time, ranking as the sixth most independent member of the GOP. The American Conservative Union gives him a lifetime rating of roughly 67.

LoBiondo is one of two House Republicans to cosponsor the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize.

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The Network

LoBiondo is known for playing pick-up basketball games and sharing sausage and his family label wine with close friends and fellow legislators. Among his closest friends is Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).

Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), who represents Las Vegas, is LoBiondo's co-chair on the Congressional Gaming Caucus.

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Additional Resources

  1. Almanac of American Politics
  2. Askin, Frank, "Free choice or no choice for U.S. workers" The Star-Ledger, March 20, 2009
  3. "LOBIONDO VOTES TO OVERRIDE PRESIDENTIAL VETO TO APPROVE NUMEROUS PROVISIONS WITHIN WATER RESOURCES LEGISLATION FOR SOUTH JERSEY COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND WATERWAYS" Nov. 6, 2007
  4. "LCV Endorses U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo" League of Conservation Voters, Feb. 26, 2008
  5. Nunnally, Derrick, "Reaction to Obama's Iraq plan generally positive" The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 28, 2009
  6. LoBiondo House web site, "Ensuring South Jersey's Interests Are Protected" Feb. 2, 2009
  7. "H.R. 5449" Introduced May 22, 2006
  8. "LOBIONDO APPLAUDS HOUSE-PASSAGE OF MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE" Jan. 10, 2007
  9. LoBiondo, Frank, "Vote for energy independence was needed (Rep. Frank LoBiondo)" The Hill, June 29, 2009
  10. Walsh, Daniel, "LoBiondo says he will vote against proposed health care reform bill" The Press of Atlantic City, Nov. 5, 2009
  11. Braun, Bob, "N.J. Republicans give energy bill a boost" The Star-Ledger, July 6, 2009
  12. Murphy, Dan, "Most NJ politicians oppose McCain on offshore drilling" The Star-Ledger, June 17, 2008
  13. Springer, Jason, "Van Drew won't challenge LoBiondo 'this cycle'" Blue Jersey, Jan. 23, 2010
  14. "American Conservative Union Ratings"
  15. "South Jersey Priority Projects Request Disclosure" LoBiondo Web site
  16. "LoBiondo Bill Protects Mariners Defending Their Vessels in Pirate Attacks" June 22, 2009
  17. Chebium, Raju, "NJ congressmen split on offshore drilling bill" Gannett News Service, Sept. 18, 2008
  18. "Washington Post Votes Database"
  19. Braun, Bob, "N.J. Republicans give energy bill a boost" Star-Ledger, July 6, 2009
  20. Turcol, Thomas, "GOP RACE TIGHTENS DOWN THE STRETCH BILL GORMLEY LOOKED LIKE A SHOO-IN FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL NOD. A SCRAPPY FRANK LOBIONDO HAS CHANGED THAT." Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 1994
  21. Bell, Tom, "N.J. congressman backs away from term limit promise" The Associated Press, July 7, 2003
  22. "H.R. 1409" introduced March 10, 2009
  23. Bruan, Bob, "NO PLACE LIKE JERSEY FOR THIS D.C. VETERAN" The Star-Ledger, Oct. 9, 2009
  24. "Election Statistics" House of Representatives
  25. "Chairman Frank's Bill to Regulate Internet Gambling Reaches 50 Co-Sponsors" July 29, 2009
  26. Braun, Bob, "U.S. House version of health care bill reflects amendments by N.J. members" The Star-Ledger, Nov. 12, 2009
  27. Coomes, Jessica, "Casinos want piece of stimulus pie" The Gloucester County Times, March 30, 2009