Jon Runyan

Jon Runyan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by John Adler
Succeeded by Tom MacArthur
Personal details
Born Jon Daniel Runyan
(1973-11-27) November 27, 1973
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Loretta Runyan
Children 3
Alma mater University of Michigan, Ann

University of Pennsylvania
Website House website
Jon Runyan
No. 69
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-11-27) November 27, 1973
Place of birth: Flint, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 1996 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Games played: 207
Games started: 192
Stats at
Stats at

Jon Daniel Runyan (born November 27, 1973) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 2011 to 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before entering politics, he was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League, where he played for fourteen seasons. He was a participant in the 2003 Pro Bowl following the 2002 NFL season.

He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft and later played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers. Runyan was the last active NFL player to have played for the Oilers. He played college football at Michigan where he was a 1995 All-Big Ten Conference selection. In high school, he had been an All-State (Michigan) selection in basketball and two-time state champion shot putter.

On November 6, 2013, Runyan announced he would not seek reelection to Congress in 2014.[1]


  • Football career 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Professional 1.2
      • Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans 1.2.1
      • Philadelphia Eagles 1.2.2
  • U.S. House of Representatives 2
    • Elections 2.1
    • Tenure 2.2
    • Sponsored legislation 2.3
    • Committee assignments 2.4
    • Caucus memberships 2.5
  • Electoral history 3
  • Personal life 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Football career

Early years

Runyan was born in Flint, Michigan where his father was an employee of General Motors.[2]

Runyan continues to hold the Flint, Michigan Carman-Ainsworth Middle School shot put record with a 1988 heave of 50 feet 7 inches (15.42 m).[3] Runyan was a two-time Michigan High School Athletic Association state shotput champion for Carman-Ainsworth High School (1991 57 feet 6 inches (17.53 m); 1992 59 feet 5 inches (18.11 m)).[4] He was a 1992 Detroit News second team All-State basketball Center (basketball).[5] He was recruited by Michigan State men's basketball, though he declined in order to play football. He chose to play for the Michigan Wolverines football team where he was an All-Big Ten Conference selection for the 1995 Wolverines.[6]


Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans

Runyan was drafted in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans). He played with the Houston Oilers in 1996 and became a starter in only the sixth game of his rookie season. He moved with the team as they became the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and 1998, and finally played one year in the new jerseys as the Tennessee Titans in 1999 when the team made it to Super Bowl XXXIV. Runyan was the last active player in the NFL to have played for the Houston Oilers.[7]

Philadelphia Eagles

Runyan was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to a six-year, $30 million contract on February 14, 2000 as an unrestricted free agent. The contract made him the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time.[8] Runyan was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002.

On March 24, 2006, the Eagles announced that Runyan had re-signed with the team with a three-year contract.[9] He had visited with the New York Jets on March 21 prior to re-signing with the Eagles.[10]

In a Sports Illustrated magazine in October 2006, Runyan was ranked second on a list of the Dirtiest Players in the NFL.[11] Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman stated that Runyan "was one of the dirtiest players I've ever been against in my whole entire life. He was real good at being dirty".[12] Runyan did not deny the charges, criticizing the current game instead: "That's the way the game's supposed to be played. I think they’ve tried to change that over the years. It's turned into a basketball game out there."[12]

In a 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Runyan instructed Eagles running back Brian Westbrook to take a knee at the one-yard line rather than score a touchdown with two minutes left in the game so that Dallas would not get the ball back. Westbrook followed Runyan's direction, the play worked, and Philadelphia won the game.[13]

A 2008 poll revealed that getting blocked by Runyan on a screen pass was one of the scariest things in the NFL.[14]

Runyan held the remarkable streak for an offensive lineman of having started 190 consecutive regular season games. This was the second longest streak among active NFL players in 2008. He has also started in all 18 playoff games his teams have appeared in during this streak.

On January 28, 2009, Runyan had microfacture surgery on his right knee.[15] In February 2009, Runyan's contract expired with the team. He worked out for the Eagles on September 10,[16] but did not sign a contract. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers, playing in five games before retiring.

U.S. House of Representatives



In November 2009 published reports indicated Runyan was interested in running.[17] On November 24, 2009, Runyan announced his congressional bid. Even though he now played for the Chargers, he maintained a home in Mount Laurel, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.[18] On March 7, 2010, the Ocean County Republicans endorsed Runyan.[19] On June 8, Runyan won the Republican nomination.[20] On November 2, 2010, Runyan defeated Adler 50%–47%. He is the fourth NFL player to be elected to Congress, after Jack Kemp, Steve Largent, and Heath Shuler.[21]

Runyan won the seat against Democratic incumbent John Adler for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district. Libertarian nominee Russ Conger and Your Country Again nominee Lawrence J. Donahue were also running.


Runyan was re-elected, defeating attorney Shelley Adler, the widow of John Adler. Adler had defeated Jason Sansone for the Democratic nomination.[22] Runyan won 54% of the vote, to Adler's 45%.


Runyan announced that he would not seek re-election, after expressing frustration with his fellow Republicans over the government shutdown.[23]


As of June 2012, Runyan had sponsored 15 pieces of legislation.[24] He votes with his party 92% of the time. Key votes he supported include the payroll tax cut, the Balanced budget amendment, defunding of National Public Radio, and the Republican budget plan.[25]

In June 2013, Runyan was one of the sponsors to pass an amendment to H.R. 2217, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014, which increased the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants, and the Assistance to Firefighter Grants (FIRE) by $2.5 million each.[26]

On November 6, 2013, Runyan announced he would not seek reelection in 2014.[1]

The following is a partial list of bills specifically sponsored (introduced) by Rep. Runyan.

Committee assignments

  • House Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
  • House Committee on Veterans Affairs
    • Chairman – Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Health
  • House Committee on Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Caucus memberships

  • Bipartisan Military Veterans Caucus
  • Congressional Brain Injury Caucus
  • House Army Caucus
  • House Air Force Caucus
  • House Coast Guard Caucus
  • House Guard and Reserve Caucus
  • House Oceans Caucus
  • House Republican Israel Caucus
  • House Special Operations Caucus
  • House USO Caucus
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Military Family Caucus

Electoral history

New Jersey's 3rd congressional district: Results 2010[28]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2010 John Adler 104,252 47% Jon Runyan 110,215 50% Peter DeStefano New Jersey
Tea Party
3,284 1% Russ Conger Libertarian 1,445 <1% Lawrence J.
Your Country
1,113 <1%
2012 Shelley Adler 145,506 45% Jon Runyan 174,253 54%

Personal life

Runyan has three children with his wife, Loretta; they reside in Mount Laurel.[29] His son, Jon Runyan Jr., is a 2015 commitment for the Michigan Wolverines football program.[30]

Runyan has taken a course in entrepreneurship from the Wharton School.

Runyan appeared as a construction worker alongside other Philadelphia Eagles in the Season 4 episode "America's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model Contest" of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

See also


  1. ^ a b "John Runyan won't seek re-election to Congress in 2014". New Jersey On-Line. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ Runyan campaign bio
  3. ^ "Middle School Records". Carman-Ainsworth High School. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Track & Field Champions – 1990s: Class A".  
  5. ^ "Detroit News All-State – 1990s". Detroit PSL Basketball. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/ 
  7. ^ McClain, John (April 20, 2008). "And then there was one – After McNair's retirement, Eagles tackle Runyan is last Oiler standing".  
  8. ^ "RB Stewart heads to Motor City". February 15, 2000. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (March 24, 2006). "Eagles, OT Runyan agree to three-year contract".  
  10. ^ Robinson, Charles (March 21, 2006). "Bargain shopping begins". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Pats' Harrison can't wash hands of dirtiest player label".  
  12. ^ a b "Yahoo! Sports – Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more". Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Eagles RB Westbrook credits Runyan for his stop inside 1-yard line". December 17, 2007. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ ESPN article on 2008 poll re getting blocked by Runyan
  15. ^  
  16. ^ Eagles Work Out Runyan – Philadelphia Eagles
  17. ^ "Former Eagles player is possible Adler opponent". Politicker NJ. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Runyan, now a Charger, announces NJ-3 congressional bid". Politicker NJ. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Ocean County Republicans back Runyan for Congress". March 6, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  20. ^ "On Politics: Covering the US Congress, Governors, and the 2010 Election –". June 8, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Meet the GOP Freshmen, From Cotton Farms, Funeral Homes and the NFL", Politics Daily by Patricia Murphy (November 8, 2010)
  22. ^ "Shelley Adler set to announce bid for Congress". PolitickerNJ. 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  23. ^ "Jon Runyan won't seek re-election to Congress in 2014". 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  24. ^
  25. ^ The Washington Post 
  26. ^ Fabrikant, Mel (June 7, 2013). "Pascrell, Runyan Amendment to Increase Funding for First Responders Passes House". The Paramus Post. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "H.R. 1300 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  29. ^ Brookover, Bob. "Free agent Runyan to visit Jets today: The right tackle is also talking to the Birds. His goal is to stay near home and also get a good deal.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 2006. Accessed March 25, 2011. "Runyan, 32, said this is likely to be his last NFL contract, and it is clear that he would like to remain with the Eagles if the price is right. Barring that, he wants to remain as close to his Mount Laurel home as possible."
  30. ^ Sullivan, Tim. "Runyan Jr. follows dad to Ann Arbor". Retrieved June 25, 2013. 

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

Succeeded by
Tom MacArthur
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