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Adam Schiff
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U.S. House, California, District 28
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorHenry Waxman (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.74 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,506,115
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
1996-2000
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
BirthdayJune 22, 1960
Place of birthFramingham, Massachusetts
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,119,013
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Adam Bennett Schiff (b. June 22, 1960, in Framingham, MA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 28th Congressional District. Schiff was first elected to the House in 2000.

Schiff most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 28th District. He defeated Phil Jennerjahn (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] He was displaced from district 29 by redistricting.[2]

Prior to his career in the U.S. House, Schiff served in the California State Senate from 1996 to 2001.

Schiff is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Schiff is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Schiff was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. He earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard University in 1985.[3]

Career

Outside of political life, Schiff worked as an attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Schiff serves on the following committees:[4][5]

2011-2012

Schiff served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Schiff's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Schiff voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Schiff joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Schiff voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Schiff voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Schiff voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Schiff voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Schiff voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[28]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Adam Schiff's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Schiff is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Schiff received a score of 63 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[30]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Neutral
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 28th Congressional District elections, 2014

Schiff is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and Steve Stokes (I) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Sal Genovese (D). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[31]

U.S. House, California District 28 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Schiff Incumbent 74.5% 46,004
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stokes 17.9% 11,078
     Democratic Sal Genovese 7.5% 4,643
Total Votes 61,725
Source: California Secretary of State

2012

See also: California's 28th Congressional District elections, 2012

Schiff won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 28th District.[1] He was displaced from district 29 by redistricting. He and Phil Jennerjahn (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Jonathan Ryan Kalbfeld (D), Massie Munroe (D), Sal Genovese (D), Garen Mailyan (R) and Jenny Worman (R). Schiff went on to defeat Jennerjahn in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32][33]

U.S. House, California District 28 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Schiff Incumbent 76.5% 188,703
     Republican Phil Jennerjahn 23.5% 58,008
Total Votes 246,711
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 28 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Schiff (D) Incumbent 59% 42,797
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Jennerjahn (R) 17.4% 12,633
Jenny Worman (R) 8.2% 5,978
Garen Mailyan (R) 5.2% 3,749
Sal Genovese (D) 3.9% 2,829
Massie Munroe (D) 3.4% 2,437
Jonathan Ryan Kalbfeld (D) 2.9% 2,119
Total Votes 72,542

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schiff is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Schiff raised a total of $12,506,115 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[40]

Adam Schiff's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 28) Won $1,333,321
2010 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,378,951
2008 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,190,021
2006 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,200,905
2004 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,488,304
2002 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,253,899
2000 US House (California, District 27) Won $4,660,714
Grand Total Raised $12,506,115

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schiff's reports.[41]

Adam Schiff (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2013$2,059,330.24$53,833.56$(95,228.80)$2,017,935.00
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$2,017,935.00$130,945.24$(100,984.79)$2,047,895.45
October Quarterly[44]October 15, 2013$2,047,895.45$85,344.66$(105,867.10)$2,027,373.01
Year-End[45]January 31, 2014$2,027,373$155,561$(139,751)$2,043,183
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$2,043,183$95,714$(121,532)$2,017,365
Pre-Primary[47]May 22, 2014$2,017,365$32,954$(51,094)$1,999,225
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2014$1,999,225$84,335$(41,034)$2,042,527
Running totals
$638,687.46$(655,491.69)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Schiff's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Schiff won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Schiff's campaign committee raised a total of $1,333,321 and spent $1,082,976.[49] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[50]

Cost per vote

Schiff spent $5.74 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Schiff's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Schiff won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Schiff's campaign committee raised a total of $1,378,951 and spent $1,222,795.[51]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 29, 2010 - Adam Schiff Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,378,951
Total Spent $1,222,795
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $675,595
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $671,228
Top contributors to Adam Schiff's campaign committee
Quinn Emanuel LLP$11,600
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Blue Dog PAC$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$171,900
Health Professionals$68,100
TV/Movies/Music$62,700
Retired$60,000
Building Trade Unions$41,000

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schiff's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $568,026 and $1,670,000. That averages to $1,119,013, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Schiff ranked as the 198th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52] Between 2004 and 2012, Schiff's calculated net worth[53] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[54]

Adam Schiff Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,203,895
2012$1,119,013
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-7%
Average annual growth:-1%[55]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[56]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schiff is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014. In June 2013, Schiff was rated as a "moderate Democratic leader."[57]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[58]

Schiff most often votes with:

Schiff least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Schiff missed 123 of 9,640 roll call votes from January 2001 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.3 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[59]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schiff paid his congressional staff a total of $927,182 in 2011. He ranked 39th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 175th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[60]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Schiff ranked 90th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[61]

2012

Schiff ranked 94th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[62]

2011

Schiff ranked 132nd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[63]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Schiff voted with the Democratic Party 95.9 percent of the time, which ranked 7th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[64]

2013

Schiff voted with the Democratic Party 98.2 percent of the time, which ranked 5th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[65]

Personal

Schiff and his wife, Eve, have two children.

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See also

External links

References

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  30. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  54. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  55. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  56. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Preceded by
Henry Waxman
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2001-Present
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California State Senate
1996-2000
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