U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen ’69, L.H.D.’01 (R-N.J.) has been named chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. According to an article that appeared in Law360, he will vacate his previous position as head of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
“Rodney is a thoughtful, steady and strong leader, is staunchly dedicated to doing what is best for the country and his district, and has a determined focus that allows him to rise above politics to get things done,” the article quotes House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers, R-Ky. “He has an unwavering devotion to the safety and security of our nation, and to the care and protection of our men and women in uniform, and I know he will be a great leader of the Defense Subcommittee.”
Frelinghuysen is serving his 10th term as the Representative for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. He serves on two other key appropriations subcommittees, in addition to Defense: Energy and Water Development and Homeland Security. His Congressional outreach initiatives include his Youth Advisory Committee and the Picatinny Working Group.
Earlier this year, he was honored with the U.S. Navy’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award. He has served on the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors since 2008. Frelinghuysen is active in numerous volunteer and charitable organizations. He is a member of the American Legion Post 59 and a life member of the VFW Post 3401.
At Hobart, Frelinghuysen majored in American history, was named a Druid and was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army as a member of the 93rd Engineering Battalion (Construction) stationed in the Mekong Delta.
He has remained active at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since his graduation, including hosting students in the Washington, D.C. program, “A Day on the Hill.” He has provided outstanding leadership in fund raising efforts as a past chair of the alumni phonathon, past chair of the Hobart Alumni Fund, class agent, a leader of the reunion gift committee, and a member of the Capital Campaign steering committee. In recognition to his commitment to HWS, he has twice been honored with the Alumni Citation Award, and received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Colleges in 2001.
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Rep. Frelinghuysen Named Defense Appropriations Chair
Dietrich Knauth • November 13, 2013
Law360, New York (November 13, 2013, 3:02 PM ET) — U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., has taken up the leadership of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, after a Wednesday reshuffling of committee leadership caused by the death of long-serving Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla., and the retirement of another senior Republican.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., announced the changes Wednesday. Frelinghuysen will take over the subcommittee, vacating his previous position as head of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
“Rodney is a thoughtful, steady and strong leader, is staunchly dedicated to doing what is best for the country and his district, and has a determined focus that allows him to rise above politics to get things done,” Rogers said in a statement. “He has an unwavering devotion to the safety and security of our nation, and to the care and protection of our men and women in uniform, and I know he will be a great leader of the Defense Subcommittee.”
Frelinghuysen has served on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee since 1999 and recently served as Young’s vice chairman. Frelinghuysen’s seniority on the subcommittee made him a front-runner for the chairmanship, and he said Wednesday that he was grateful for the opportunity to lead.
“The security and budget challenges we face are real and dramatic,” Frelinghuysen said. “The job before us is to provide for a strong national defense and support the men and women who provide for that defense each and every day.”
Frelinghuysen’s congressional district houses the Army Program Executive Office for Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, and he is a Republican in the largely Democratic area of northern New Jersey. An appointment as Defense Subcommittee chair could help him advocate for contractors selling munitions to the Army and could provide him additional political clout during an expected battle for reelection.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, will take chairmanship of the energy and water development subcommittee vacated by Frelinghuysen, and Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., will be promoted to take Simpson’s place as chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., will become the new chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, which was vacated when the previous chairman, Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., left Congress to become secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Veterans Affairs.
The subcommittee chairs have an “incredibly important job” with great responsibility, Rogers said.
“Year after year, these subcommittee chairs are called on to do the tough work of funding the federal government, rooting out waste, making hard decisions on where and how to best use taxpayer dollars, and being responsible and pragmatic leaders who get the job done,” Rogers said. “I have full confidence that these new chairmen will meet these challenges – and more – as we face the difficult fiscal landscape ahead.”
Young, 82, died in October after having chaired the powerful defense budgeting committee since 1995. He was the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives, elected for 22 terms.
–Editing by Jeremy Barker.