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Rep. Leonard Lance

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 7th District

pronounced LE-nerd // lans

Lance was the representative for New Jersey’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2009 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2015 Lance was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

May. 8, 2015 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Jul. 31, 2015 House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities
Photo of Rep. Leonard Lance [R-NJ7, 2009-2018]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Lance.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lance is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Lance sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 83% Americans for Prosperity: 80% NumbersUSA: 80% FreedomWorks: 70% League of Conservation Voters: 60% Human Rights Campaign: 58% The Club for Growth: 48% NIAC Action: D The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D American Civil Liberties Union: 14%

Enacted Legislation

Lance was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Lance sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (47%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) International Affairs (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Lance’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lance voted Nay

Passed 369/47 on Dec 12, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and ...

Lance voted No

Passed 239/173 on Jan 10, 2018.

The Rules Committee Print includes the text of S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify ...

Lance voted Nay

Passed 248/179 on Jul 19, 2017.

H.R. 2910 strengthens the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for jurisdictional ...

Lance voted Nay

Passed 240/175 on Mar 16, 2017.

H.R. 1181 prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from sending the name of an individual to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion on the ...

Lance voted Nay

Passed 234/186 on Feb 7, 2017.

Note: This bill passed both chambers in highly partisan votes with Republican support. The following summary was written by House GOP in support of the ...

Lance voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Lance voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Lance voted Aye

Lance voted No

Lance voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Lance voted Yea

Passed 250/177 on Jan 27, 2009.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (Pub.L. 111–2, S. 181) is a federal statute in the United States that was the first bill ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Dec 2018, Lance missed 4 of 7,000 roll call votes, which is 0.1%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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