Tom MacArthur

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Tom MacArthur
Tom MacArthur official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Jon Runyan
Member of Randolph Township Council
In office
2011–2013
Personal details
Born (1960-10-16) October 16, 1960 (age 57)
Hebron, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Toms River, New Jersey
Alma mater Hofstra University
Religion Episcopal

Thomas Charles MacArthur (born October 16, 1960) is an American businessman and politician. He is the member of the United States House of Representatives for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district. A Republican, MacArthur was previously mayor of Randolph, New Jersey.[1]

Early life

MacArthur grew up in Hebron, Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree from Hofstra University.[2] MacArthur worked in the insurance industry. He was chairman and chief executive officer of York Risk Services Group for 11 years. He served on the Randolph, New Jersey, Township Council from 2011 through 2013, including a tenure as mayor in 2013.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 election

When Jon Runyan, a Republican who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, announced that he would not run for reelection in 2014, MacArthur chose to run for the Republican Party nomination. MacArthur resigned from the Randolph council to move into the congressional district.[3] He ran against Steve Lonegan in the Republican Party's primary election, and defeated him.[4]

He faced Aimee Belgard of the Democratic Party in the general election. MacArthur largely self-financed his congressional campaign.[5] He outspent Belgard by about three to one.[6] MacArthur defeated Belgard by nearly a 10-point margin, decisively winning the popular vote in Ocean County, and coming in a very close second in Burlington County, losing that part of the district by only 352 votes.[7]

2014 New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary Election[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tom MacArthur 15,908 59.7
Republican Steve Lonegan 10,643 40.3
Turnout 26,551 100.0
2014 New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District Election[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tom MacArthur 100,471 53.76
Democratic Aimee Belgard 82,537 44.09
D-R Party Frederick John Lavergne 3,095 1.61
Turnout 186,103 100.0

2016 election

MacArthur is running for re-election in 2016. He is running unopposed in the Republican primary. In the general election, he will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which will take place on June 7, 2016.[9]

Committee assignments

114th Congress

MacArthur was sworn in on January 6, 2015, along with 58 other new member of the House of Representatives.[10] He was assigned to the Armed Services Committee and two of its subcommittees, the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and Subcommittee on Military Personnel. MacArthur was elected Vice Chairman of the latter subcommittee. He was also assigned to the Natural Resources Committee as well as two of its subcommittees, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans.[11]

On February 2, 2015, MacArthur introduced the "Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015"[12] that will prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency from taking back disaster relief funds from individuals who applied for them in good faith.[13] On March 25, 2015, MacArthur introduced the "Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act"[14] to allow veterans with a Choice Card to access mental health care at any facility eligible for reimbursement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.[15][16] Both bills have been referred to the appropriate subcommittees.[17][18]

Personal life

MacArthur lives in Toms River, New Jersey, and also owns homes in Randolph and Barnegat Light, New Jersey.[19] He is married, and has a son and daughter. Another daughter died in 1996 at the age of 11.[2][20]

References

  1. "N.J.'s rookie Republican learns: Even in divided D.C., he's got to deal with Dems". NJ.com. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "A look at congressional candidate Tom MacArthur". Associated Press. May 3, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  3. Knapp, Claire. "Former fire chief is new Randolph Councilman; Forstenhausler will fill MacArthur's term", Randolph Reporter, February 10, 2014. Accessed July 6, 2014. "Mark Forstenhausler, 54, was sworn in as a member of the Township Council on Thursday, Feb. 6, to complete the term vacated by Tom MacArthur."
  4. "MacArthur, Belgard to compete for N.J.'s Third District seat". Philly.com. June 5, 2014. 
  5. "Rep. Thomas MacArthur, Cycle Fundraising, 2013 - 2014". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  6. "New Jersey Congressional Races in 2014". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Official List Candidates for House of Representatives for General Election" (PDF). 2014 Election Information Archive. State of New Jersey, Department of State. December 2, 2014. p. 6. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  8. "Official List Candidates for House of Representatives for Primary Election" (PDF). 2014 Election Information Archive. State of New Jersey, Department of State. August 6, 2014. p. 6. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  9. Levinsky, David (March 31, 2016). "Tom MacArthur kicks off congressional re-election campaign". Burlington County Times. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  10. Dooley, Erin; Saenz, Arlette; Parkinson, John (January 6, 2015). "Home > Politics 114th Congress' Opening Day: Republicans Take the Reins on Capitol Hill". ABC News. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  11. "Congressman Tom MacArthur, 3rd District of New Jersey, Committees and Caucuses". House of Representatives. 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  12. "H.R. 638 – Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015". Congress.gov. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  13. Zimmer, Russ (3 February 2015). "Another proposal to stop FEMA's Sandy aid clawbacks". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  14. "H.R. 1604 – Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act". Congress.gov. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  15. Joyce, Tom (24 April 2015). "Congressman MacArthur pushing to expand mental health service options for veterans". Newsworks. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  16. Levinsky, David (26 April 2015). "MacArthur: Veterans need better access to mental health care services". Burlington County Times. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  17. "All Actions H.R.1604 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)". Congress.gov. Library of Congress. April 7, 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  18. "All Actions H.R.638 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)". Congress.gov. Library of Congress. February 5, 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  19. Mulvihill, Geoff (May 5, 2014). "Correction: NJ Congress-3rd District story". The Washington Times. Washington, DC. Associated Press. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  20. "MacArthur leaving Randolph; Set to pursue seat in Congress". New Jersey Hills Media Group. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jon Runyan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mia Love
R-Utah
United States Representatives by seniority
410th
Succeeded by
Martha McSally
R-Arizona