Rodney Frelinghuysen was born April 29, 1946 in New York City. He is the son of Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen II, great-great grandson of Frederick Frelinghuysen, and great-great-great nephew of Theodore Frelinghuysen, who each represented New Jersey in Congress. After graduating from Hobart College in 1969, Frelinghuysen served in the United States Army until 1971. After his military service, Frelinghuysen worked for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders until he was elected to serve as a freeholder in 1974.
In 1983, Frelinghuysen stepped down from his seat as a freeholder to take a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly (the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature), a position he would hold until elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, representing New Jersey's 11th District, will hold a “Town Meeting” at the Mount Olive Middle School (located on Wolfe Road, Budd Lake) in the auditorium on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 9am. The meeting will be an opportunity for Congressman Frelinghuysen to discuss the key issues he is working on in Congress, while also giving attendees a chance to address their individual concerns.