Congressman Jon Runyan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2010 to represent New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, encompassing parts of Burlington, Camden and Ocean counties, stretching from the Pennsylvania border to the Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore.
Elected on a platform of cutting taxes, reducing spending and shrinking the size of government in order to create jobs and improve the economy, Congressman Runyan became the first challenger to defeat an incumbent Congressman in New Jersey since 1998.
In Congress, Runyan is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Natural Resources Committees, as well as the Tactical Air and Land, and Readiness subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee, which will allow him to protect the jobs and mission of those serving at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a joint base for the Air Force, Army and Navy.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Jon’s Dad was a General Motors auto worker for nearly 30 years, while his Mom largely stayed at home to raise him and his younger twin brothers. An all-state high school athlete, Jon earned a scholarship to the University of Michigan to play football, becoming the first person in his family to attend college.
From there, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) in 1996 and helped the Titans reach the Super Bowl in 2000. Jon then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he enjoyed a successful career as one of the game’s best and most durable offensive linemen, helping to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance in 2004. Jon retired from football at the end of the 2010 season to make a run for Congress.
During his time in the NFL Jon was known for his strong work ethic and tenacity on the field, as well as his commitment to community service off the field. He was involved in numerous charities and established a sound reputation as one of the most well-known humanitarians in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area. He worked with the NJ Special Olympics, USO, Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, the American Red Cross, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and served as the Grand Marshall for the Armed Forces Freedom Ride. He also served on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley and hosted his own “Score for the Cure” Golf Tournament benefiting prostate cancer research in New Jersey.
At Michigan, Jon studied Kinesiology, and later took classes in Entrepreneurial Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business. He is only the fourth professional football player to be elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Runyan currently resides in Mount Laurel Township with his wife Loretta and three children, Jon, Jr., Alyssa and Isabella.