Former Congressman Passes Away Over The Weekend

UNION COUNTY – Former U.S. Rep. Robert D. Franks died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 58.

Franks served four terms in Congress after spending 14 years in the State Assembly. He served two separate terms as the GOP State Chairman and made unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate in 2000 and the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2001.


Since stepping aside from public office, Franks had been the president of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey

Franks is survived by his wife, Fran, and three daughters, Sara, Abigail and Kelly.

“Bob Franks was an American Patriot,” said Gov. Chris Christie. “Bob loved his country, he loved New Jersey, he loved public service and he loved his family.”

New Jersey Republican State Committee Chairman Jay Webber said, “We were all deeply saddened to hear about the passing of former Representative Bob Franks. His enthusiasm and passion for public service and to the Republican Party as Assemblyman, Congressman and NJGOP Chairman spanned a lifetime. With heavy hearts, we remember him as a man dedicated to serving New Jersey with unsurpassed drive and vigor that crossed party lines.”

“We have lost a statesman and true leader,” said state Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union. “Bob’s civility and warmth should serve as a reminder to all elected officials of the importance to respect each other and our institutions of government.”

“We lost an incredible public servant who, whether in the public sector or in the private sector always chose the high road,” said state Sen. Tom Kean, R-Union. “Bob Franks was my mentor, my colleague, and most importantly… my friend.”

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