Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., could fill the chairmanship caused by the death of Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., two weeks ago. Frelinghuysen is now the top ranking Republican on the Defense subcommittee. He has been on the Appropriations Committee since he came to Congress in 1995.
Frelinghuysen is one of the more wealthy members of Congress and is ranked by Roll Call as the 18th richest. View his personal financial report. He has also filed various stock transaction reports for 2013 activity.
Since the 1981-1982 cycle he has raised $9.7 million for his campaigns, including $3.4 million from PACs and other committees. As of 9/30 his principal campaign committee had $310,905 cash on hand. The committee also listed debts outstanding of $441,079 that are owed to him for a loan to the 1982 campaign.career PAC totals
In the 2012 cycle, defense PACs gave $104,500 to his campaign. Many defense PAC gave the maximum $10,000 in the 2012 cycle, including BAE Systems Inc. PAC, DRS Technologies Inc. Good Government Fund, Employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation PAC, Honeywell International PAC, Lockheed Martin Corporation Employees' PAC, Raytheon Company PAC, and United Technologies Corporation PAC. In the 2013-2014 cycle, SAIC Voluntary PAC has already maxed out at $10,000.
Individual donors in 2013 to his campaign include Washington lobbyists, such as John Scofield of Shockey Scofield Solutions LLC; Paul Cambon, Martin Cancienne, Bernie Robinson, J. Allen Martin and former Rep. Robert Livingston of the Livingston Group LLC; Letitia H. White of Innovative Federal Strategies; Lawrence Grossman and Chelsey Hickman of the Grossman Group LLC. View his 2013-2014 financial profile.
Currently, Frelinghuysen is chairman of the Appropriations' subcommittee on Energy and Water and has jurisdiction over the Corps of Engineers, which was vital to the New Jersey recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy. He also sits on the Appropriations' subcommittee on Homeland Security, which sets funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
His New Jersey 11th Congressional district includes the Army's Picatinny Arsenal, the headquarters of Honeywell International in Morristown, and the headquarters or facilities of many other Fortune 500 companies.