A new Smart Politics report examines the rarity of two-term New Jersey U.S. Representative Jon Runyan’s decision not to run for reelection in 2014:
- A Smart Politics analysis finds that Jon Runyan is the first two-term New Jersey U.S. Representative who chose not to seek a third term since 1948 – ending a streak of 56 consecutive sophomore delegation members from the state who sought reelection.
- Runyan becomes just the sixth New Jersey U.S. Representative out of the 110 to serve in a second term during the 20th or 21st Centuries who opted not to run for reelection or seek higher office, or just 5 percent. Ninety-nine others ran for reelection, three ran for or were appointed to higher political office, and two died in office.
- The last Garden State two-term U.S. House member who did not run for reelection was Republican Frank Mathews in 1948. Over the next 65 years until Runyan’s announcement on Wednesday, each of the subsequent 56 sophomore New Jersey U.S. House members since 1948 sought a third term.
- Of the other five two-term delegation members who did not run for reelection, two opted to serve in the Army during World War II instead (Republicans Albert Vreeland and Frank Osmers in 1942). Democrats Archibald Hart (1916) and Charles O’Brien (1924) round out the list.
Smart Politics is the non-partisan political news site authored by Dr. Eric Ostermeier at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.