Rodney Frelinghuysen is a member of a famous political family. His father Peter Frelinghuysen (1916-2011) was also a deputy in the Congress. His ancestors include Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Frederick T. Frelinghuysen (1817-1885) and U.S. Senator Theodore Frelinghuysen ( 1787-1862 ).
He attended until 1969 the Hobart College in Geneva (New York). He then studied at Trinity College in Hartford (Connecticut). Between 1969 and 1971 served Frelinghuysen in the U.S. Army. He was used in Vietnam. In 1972, he was coordinator of federal and state support in Morris County. From 1974 to 1983 he was a member of the local County Council, which he chaired in 1980. After that, he was a member of the Financial Planning Commission of the State of New Jersey. Politically, Frelinghuysen joined the Republican Party. Between 1983 and 1994 he sat as an MP in the New Jersey General Assembly.
In the congressional elections of 1994, Frelinghuysen in the eleventh electoral district of New Jersey was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the deceased in the meantime Dean Gallo on January 3, 1995. After the previous eight elections he can exercise his mandate in Congress today. In the 2010 elections, he was confirmed with 67 % of votes. Frelinghuysen is a member of the Appropriations Committee and three subcommittees. In his time as a congressman of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the Iraq war and the military mission in Afghanistan fell.
Rodney Frelinghuysen is married to Virginia Robinson since 1980. Private family lives in Harding in Northern New Jersey.