In January, New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen ’69, L.H.D. ’01 assumed the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee (HAC), which, along with the Senate Appropriations Committee, is granted budget authority and is responsible for allocating money to fund federal government programs.
“In Congress, we often refer to Democrats, Republicans and the Appropriations Committee,” he reflected in a 2015 article in the Colleges’ alumni and alumnae magazine, the Pulteney Street Survey when he was a senior member of the HAC. “We scrub the budget. We challenge its assumptions, from the lowest level of detail to the highest.”
Now, with this “moment to shine” as chair, as the New York-based newspaper Observer noted in a recent profile, Frelinghuysen “has reached the zenith of a long political career.”
Frelinghuysen has been New Jersey’s 11th district representative in Congress since 1995. During his tenure on the HAC, he has served on seven different subcommittees, including Defense, Energy and Water Development, Commerce, Justice and Science, Homeland Security, VA-HUD, State-Foreign Operations and the District of Columbia.
In 2013, 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 and 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 HWS since his graduation, including hosting students in the Washington, D.C. program, “A Day on the Hill.” He has provided outstanding leadership in fundraising efforts as a past chair of the alum 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 of 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.