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Jim Saxton served the Third Congressional district of New Jersey from 1993-2008

Hugh James "Jim" Saxton, a Republican represented the Third Congressional District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-2008 (map).

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Saxton voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

In 2003, Saxton offered an amendment (H.AMDT.146) to the FY2004 Defense Authorization which would suspend the requirement that U.S. military officers serving as diplomats to France in defense-related areas are either brigadier generals or rear admirals---two of the highest military ranks one can achieve. Saxton argued that the motion was an appropriate way to castigate France for opposing the Iraq War. While the amendment was heavily supported, many Democrats argued it would place further strains on the already tense diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and France. The amendment passed in a 302-123 vote.

Main article: Congressional actions on the Iraq War following the 2003 U.S. invasion
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Jack Abramoff's money

Recently Saxton donated to charity thousands of dollars in campaign contributions made by lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

House Armed Services Committee earmarks

A review of funding requests by the House Armed Services Committee revealed millions of dollars worth of earmark trade-offs for members' campaign contributers. Saxton, ranking member of the Air and Land Forces subcommittee, received the most contributions, totaling $91,000, from companies' employees and political action committees (PACs) for whom he requested tens of millions of dollars in appropriations. The information on earmark requets became available for the first time due to new ethics rules passed by the House when the Democratic party took control of the chamber in January 2007.[2]



Saxton, born January 22, 1943 in Nicholson, Pennsylvania, attended East Stroudsburg State College (now East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania) and Temple University, then pursued a career as an elementary school teacher and small business owner.

Saxton served in the New Jersey General Assembly (the lower chamber of the New Jersey Legislature) from 1976 to 1981 and again in the General Assembly from 1982 to 1984, when he was elected to the House to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Congressman Edwin B. Forsythe.

Congressional career

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Richard J. Sexton to face Saxton in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Saxton retained his seat.

2008 elections

Saxton announced on November 9, 2007 he was not running for re-election. He said he was not running because of health reasons with a spokesman noting that Saxton was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late spring and was also being treated for chronic sciatica, a painful back and leg condition. "Although I intended to run in 2008 and was planning a strong campaign, recent developments regarding my health have prompted me to make this decision," Saxton said.[3][4]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Jim Saxton
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Airpower Caucus
  • Army Caucus
  • Congressional Boating Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Older Americans Caucus
  • Assistant Whip
  • Co-Chair, Impact Aid Coalition
  • National Guard and Reserve Components Organization
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Co-Chair, Peace Accord Monitoring Group
  • Policy Committee
  • Republican Steering Committee
  • Task Force on Terrorism & Unconventional Warfare, Chair
  • Honorary Board, Republicans for Environmental Protection [5]

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Ocean County Task Force on Elder Abuse and Senior Victimization
  • Coastal Caucus
  • Cost Guard Caucus
  • Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Notch Coalition
  • Fire Services Caucus
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Elks
  • Leadership Foundation of New Jersey
  • Burlington County Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • American Cancer Committee
  • Association of the United States Army
  • United States Air Force Association
  • Rotary International
  • Director, Environmental Law Institute [6]

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jim Saxton. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2217 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3003
Web Email

District Office- Cherry Hill:
One Maine Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: 856-428-0520
Fax: 856-428-2384 (call first)

District Office- Mount Holly:
100 High Street
Mount Holly, NJ 08060-1401
Phone: 609-261-5800
Fax: 609-261-1275

District Office- Toms River:
247 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: 732-914-2020
Fax: 732-914-8351

Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Alexander Bolton, "Light shines on authors of earmarks" The Hill, June 8, 2007.
  3. Susan Crabtree and Mike Soraghan, "Saxton, Cubin to retire," The Hill, November 9, 2007.
  4. Raymond Hernandex, "Citing Health, lawmaker Announces Plan to Retire," The New York Times, November 10, 2007.
  5. Honorary Board, Republicans for Environmental Protection, accessed September 14, 2010.
  6. Directors, Environmental Law Institute, accessed June 5, 2009.

External Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Airpower Caucus, Army Caucus, Congressional Boating Caucus, Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, Older Americans Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Terrorism Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Fisheries Wildlife and Oceans, Joint Economic Committee
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 6, 1984
First Took Current Office:
November 6, 1984
Next Election:
Term Ends:
January 3, 2009
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey General Assembly
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. One Maine Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: 856-428-0520 / Fax: 856-428-2384 (call first)
2. 100 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060-1401
Phone: 609-261-5800 / Fax: 609-261-1275
3. 247 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: 732-914-2020 / Fax: 732-914-8351

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Date of Birth: January 22, 1943