State of New Jersey
Executive Order #80

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey
WHEREAS, Senator Wesley L. Lance was a significant contributor in creating the modern constitutional structure and legal institutions that govern New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance served New Jersey as an Assemblyman, jurist, Senator, Senate President, and delegate to the seminal 1947 New Jersey Constitutional Convention; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance began his service to the citizens of New Jersey by teaching high school civics and coaching athletics, prior to entering Harvard Law School from which he graduated in 1935; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance was first elected to New Jersey's General Assembly in 1937, was subsequently appointed to an unexpired Senate term in 1941, and was elected to the Senate in 1942; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance resigned his position in 1943 to enlist in the United States Navy; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance served as a sailor on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Boxer in the Pacific Theater; and

WHEREAS, following Senator Lance's service in World War II, Governor Alfred E. Driscoll appointed Senator Lance to the position of Hunterdon County Judge in 1947; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance was also elected as a delegate to New Jersey's 1947 Constitutional Convention; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance was a significant voice in the deliberations of the 1947 Constitutional Convention and substantially contributed to drafting New Jersey's modern Constitution, which has served as a model for other states; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance rejoined the New Jersey Senate in 1953 and, during his tenure as a Senator, was subsequently elected Senate President and, in that capacity, also served as Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance was a drafter and prime sponsor of the Fox-Lance Act, legislation that has substantially assisted in the redevelopment of our urban areas; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance again served with distinction as a delegate to New Jersey's 1966 Constitutional Convention and, in that capacity, assisted in the development of New Jersey's modern Legislature; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance practiced law in New Jersey for seventy years, was the attorney for Lebanon Township for more than 60 years, and provided legal advice and counsel to Hunterdon County and the Sate Farm Bureau; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance's significant role in drafting New Jersey's Constitution will not be forgotten, nor will his devotion to the common good and welfare of the State; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance was a trusted advisor and counsel to many citizens, lawyers, and public officials; and

WHEREAS, Senator Lance is widely recognized for his legal and legislative achievements, as well as his unique and long-standing commitment to the State of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Senator Lance, recognize the extent of his achievements, and extend our sincere sympathy to his sons, family, and friends; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and appropriate to honor the memory and passing of Senator Wesley L. Lance;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff in all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Thursday, August 30, 2007, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Senator Wesley L. Lance.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 29th day
of August, Two Thousand and Seven, and of
the Independence of the United States, the
Two Hundred and Thirty-Second.

/s/ Richard J. Codey

Acting Governor



/s/ Kenneth H. Zimmerman

Chief Counsel to the Governor