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Francis J. Blee Edit Profile

politician , member of the New Jersey General Assembly

Francis J. "Frank" Blee is an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1995–2008, where he represented the 2nd legislative district.

Background

Blee, Francis J. was born on May 29, 1958 in Absecon, New Jersey, United States.

Education

Bachelor in Political Science, Dickinson College, 1980;District of Columbia, Life Chiropractic College, Marietta, Georgia, 1985.

Career

Blee was appointed in 1995 to fill the unexpired term of the late Assemblyman John Gaffney. Blee was the Republican Whip in the Assembly from 2002 to 2008. He served in the Assembly on the Budget Committee, the Tourism Committee and on the Legislative Services Commission.

Blee sponsored legislation which established the nation's first statewide screening and education program for the Hepatitis C virus. This bill was signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Christine Whitman in 1998. Blee also sponsored legislation establishing a 15-member Drug Utilization Review Board which has review authority with respect to the Medicaid program, New Jersey's Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program, the AIDS drug distribution program and any other State and federally funded pharmaceutical benefits program.

The board reviews and evaluates these pharmaceutical benefit programs to make certain they are operating efficiently. Assemblyman Blee sponsored the "Senior Gold Prescription Drug Discount Act" which significantly increases the income eligibility level for Seniors to qualify for prescription drug coverage, allowing over 100,000 previously ineligible seniors to participate in this program. Blee served on the Absecon City Council from 1991–1995, serving as Absecon's youngest ever Council President from 1992-1993.

Blee graduated with a B.A. from Dickinson College in Political Science and received a D.C. from Life Chiropractic College (now known as Life University). He is a resident of Absecon. Currently, Blee is an adjunct professor at Stockton University, teaching a course in Public Policy.

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 2nd Legislative District for the 2006-2007 legislative session were:Assemblyman Jim Whelan, andSenator James J. McCullough.

Achievements

  • Achievements include World Natural Powerlifting Federation National and International champion, 1994, 95.

Membership

Board trustees Absecon Education Foundation. Past board of trustees Atlantic Mental health Organisation. Board directors CARING Medical Day.

Past varsity head coach Absecon Blue Devils Youth Football Team. Past head coach St. Augustine Prep Cross Country and Track Teams. Active The 200 Club of Cape May and Atlantic County.

Vice-chair Task Force on Reorganization, Capitol Commission Assembly. Member Absecon Kiwanis (past board directors).

Connections

Married Kathy Blee; children: Samantha, Francesca.

spouse:
Kathy Blee

children:
Samantha Blee

Francesca Blee