Alcee Hastings

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Alcee L. Hastings
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U.S. House, Florida, District 20
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDebbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.60 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,930,009
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1979-1989
Education
Bachelor'sFisk University & Howard University
J.D.Florida A&M University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 5, 1936
Place of birthAltamonte Springs, Florida
ProfessionAttorney, Judge
Net worth$-4,732,002.50
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Alcee Lamar Hastings (b. September 5, 1936, in Altamonte Springs, Florida) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Florida's 20th Congressional District.

Hastings ran for re-election to Florida's 20th District in 2012.[1][2][3] Hastings was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992 from Florida's 23rd Congressional District.[4]

Hastings is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

Biography

Born in Altamonte Springs, Florida.[4]

Education:[4]

  • Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963: J.D, Florida A&M University

Hastings began to practice law in 1963.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hastings serves on the following committees:[5][6]

2011-2012

Hastings served on the following committees:[7]

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Hastings's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Hastings 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 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Hastings voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Hastings voted in favor of 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Hastings voted in support of 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.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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] Hastings voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of 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. Hastings 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] Hastings 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. Hastings voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Hastings 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.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Hastings 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Hastings 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Hastings voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Hastings voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hastings 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.[23]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Alcee Hastings's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Hastings is a Hard-Core Liberal. Hastings received a score of 78 percent on personal issues and 0 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
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 Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Oppose
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[24]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[25][26] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Hastings was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[25][26]

Controversy

Impeachment and removal from Southern District of Florida

Hastings, serving as a judge for the Southern District of Florida, was impeached and removed from the post in 1989.[27]

On October 20, 1989, Hastings was convicted by the Florida State Senate of engaging in a "corrupt conspiracy" to extort a $150,000 bribe in a case before him, marking the first time a federal official had been impeached and removed from office for a crime he had been acquitted of by a jury.[27] The Senate voted 69 to 26, five votes more than necessary for a conviction, to find him guilty of the charge against him and strip of his lifetime, $89,500-a-year position.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 20th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hastings is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 20th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hastings was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 20th District. Hastings won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Hastings ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[2] The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Florida District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlcee L. Hastings Incumbent 87.9% 214,727
     Independent Randall Terry 12.1% 29,553
     Independent Anthony Dutrow 0% 5
Total Votes 244,285
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hastings is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hastings raised a total of $3,930,009 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[35]

Alcee Hastings's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 20) Won $652,962
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $780,445
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $820,458
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $343,108
2004 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $955,197
2002 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $377,839
Grand Total Raised $3,930,009

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hastings' reports.[36]

Alcee L. Hastings (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 12, 2013$356,105.91$37,307.80$(58,653.32)$234,760.39
July Quarterly[38]July 10, 2013$234,760.39$80,607.80$(60,477.96)$254,890.23
October Quarterly[39]October 13, 2013$254,890.23$48,299.75$(38,961.05)$264,228.93
Year-end[40]January 31, 2014$264,228$145,594$(37,568)$372,255
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$372,255$35,508$(86,268)$321,494
Running totals
$347,317.35$(281,928.33)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Hastings' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hastings won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hastings' campaign committee raised a total of $652,963 and spent $558,062.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Hastings spent $2.60 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Hastings' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Hastings won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Hastings' campaign committee raised a total of $780,445 and spent $778,998 .[44]

U.S. House, Florida District 23, 2010 - Alcee Hastings Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $780,445
Total Spent $778,998
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $105,751
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $106,142
Top contributors to Alcee Hastings's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
BRIDGE PAC$10,000
Desert Caucus$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$54,696
Pro-Israel$48,950
Crop Production & Basic Processing$42,950
Finance/Credit Companies$38,500
Misc Business$37,250

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 personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: 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, Hastings's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-7,348,999 and $-2,115,006. That averages to -$4,732,002.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Hastings ranked as the 440th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2004 and 2012, Hastings' calculated net worth[46] percentage increase was not meaningful as the initial average net worth was less than or equal to zero. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Alcee Hastings Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$-6,207,185
2012$-4,732,002.50
Growth from 2004 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
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, Hastings is a "far-left Democratic leader," as of June 12, 2013.[49]

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.[50]

Hastings most often votes with:

Hastings least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hastings missed 1,143 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 8.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hastings paid his congressional staff a total of $1,154,539 in 2011. He ranks 27th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 33rd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

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.

2012

Hastings ranked 75th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[53]

2011

Hastings ranked 80th in the liberal rankings.[54]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Alcee L. Hastings has voted with the Democratic Party 95% of the time, which ranked 89th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[55]

Personal

Hastings resides in Miramar, Florida.[4]

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See also

External links

References

  1. Sunshine State News, "Bernard Sansaricq Wants a Rematch With Alcee Hastings," accessed December 3, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results, "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
  3. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Alcee L. Hastings-Member of Congress-Florida Congressional District 23, "Biography," accessed October 21, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  7. U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 20, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 Project Vote Smart, "Alcee Hastings Key Votes," accessed September 28, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 On The Issues, "Alcee Hastings Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Washington Post, "Senate Removes Hastings" accessed July 16, 2013
  28. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Alcee L. Hastings," accessed April 4, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Alcee L. Hastings 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Alcee Hastings 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Alcee Hastings 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011
  45. OpenSecrets, "Alcee Hastings (D-FL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. 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).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. 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.
  49. GovTrack, "Alcee Hastings," accessed June 12, 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Rep. Alcee L. Hastings," accessed July 31, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Alcee L. Hastings," accessed March 29, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Alcee Hastings," accessed 2012
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 20
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 23
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
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Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1979-1989
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