Frank A. LoBiondo (born May 12, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1995. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is at the southern end of New Jersey, and by far the biggest Congressional District in the state. It includes all of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties and parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties.
Early life, education, and business career
Born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, LoBiondo attended Georgetown Preparatory School, and received a B.A.
in Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked for twenty-six years in a family-owned trucking company.
Early political career
LoBiondo served on the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1985 to 1987 and was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly (the lower chamber of the New Jersey Legislature) from 1988 to 1994.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 1992, LoBiondo ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat William Hughes by a wide margin. When Hughes declined to run for reelection in 1994, LoBiondo ran again and was elected to the House.
He was a member of the Republican "freshman class" elected in the 1994 midterm election and was part of Speaker Newt Gingrich's Contract with America. Since then, he won every re-election bid with at least 59% of the vote.
He is a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership. He is viewed as conservative when compared to other members of the Republican Main Street Partnership. He has opposed federal funding for stem cell research and voted to limit abortion. He voted for the Flag Desecration Amendment, the Iraq War Resolution, banning gay adoption, banning gay marriage and banning affirmative action.
The National Rifle Association has given him an "A" rating, and the ACLU has given him a 13% percent rating because of his strong stance against illegal drugs, support for the death penalty and other conservative positions.
LoBiondo's record on several issues, particularly the environment, fits a moderate Republican. In 2005 the National Journal ranked him as the most liberal Republican Representative in New Jersey and more liberal than most of New York's Republican Congressional representatives. The Americans for Democratic Action in 2005 did not go that far, but placed him in a higher liberal quotient than most of the Republican representatives in those two states.
On March 4, 2011, Andrew J. McCrosson Jr., who served as treasurer of LoBiondo's congressional campaign committee from 1995 until August 2010, pleaded guilty in federal district court to charges of embezzling more than $450,000 from campaign accounts over a fifteen year period. The charges included one count of
wire fraud and one count of and converting funds contributed to a federal candidate. He faces up to twenty-five years imprisonment on his sentencing date of June 16.
December 13th, 2011