Joseph A. LeFante

Joseph Anthony Lefante (September 8, 1928 – February 26, 1997) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 14th congressional district for one term from 1977 to 1978.

Joseph A. LeFante
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Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
In office
December 15, 1978 – February 10, 1982
GovernorBrendan Byrne
Preceded byPatricia Sheehan
Succeeded byJohn Renna
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – December 14, 1978
Preceded byDominick V. Daniels
Succeeded byFrank Joseph Guarini
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
January 13, 1970 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byJohn J. Fekety
Addison McLeon
Succeeded byStephen R. Kopycinski
ConstituencyDistrict 12A (1970–1974)
31st District (1974–1977)
Personal details
Born(1928-09-08)September 8, 1928
Bayonne, New Jersey
DiedFebruary 26, 1997(1997-02-26) (aged 68)
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Political partyDemocratic

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Lefante graduated from Bayonne High School. He completed courses at the Real Estate Institute of New Jersey in 1957. He served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1947 to 1952.

Political careerEdit

He was a business owner and served as a member of the Bayonne city council from 1962 to 1970. He was also a member of the Bayonne Board of Education from 1964 to 1967.

He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly and served from 1969 to 1976.

Disputed quoteEdit

On January 13, 1976, he addressed the general assembly, during which he stated: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." This quote has been misattributed in internet memes to Winston Churchill. Although the original source of this aphorism is unknown, LeFante is the first known source and there is no evidence that Winston Churchill is the source for this saying.[1]

He served as a delegate to the New Jersey state Democratic convention, 1975. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1975.

CongressEdit

Lefante was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth Congress, serving until his resignation on December 14, 1978.

After CongressEdit

He was appointed Commissioner of Community Affairs by Governor Brendan Byrne, serving from 1978 to 1982.[2]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1982.

DeathEdit

He died on February 26, 1997, in Manhattan, New York City. He was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Joseph A. LeFante (id: L000561)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ "FACT CHECK: DID WINSTON CHURCHILL SAY THIS QUOTE ABOUT COURAGE?". Check Your Fact. August 26, 2019. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Joseph A. LeFante, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Accessed October 3, 2018.
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
John J. Fekety
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 12A district

January 13, 1970–January 8, 1974
Succeeded by
District abolished
Preceded by
District created
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 31st district

January 8, 1974–January 3, 1977
Succeeded by
Stephen R. Kopycinski
Political offices
Preceded by
S. Howard Woodson
Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
1976
Succeeded by
William J. Hamilton
Preceded by
Patricia Sheehan
Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
December 15, 1978–February 10, 1982
Succeeded by
John Renna
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dominick V. Daniels
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 14th congressional district

January 3, 1977–December 14, 1978
Succeeded by
Frank Joseph Guarini