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Ann Wagner
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U.S. House, Missouri, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTodd Akin (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$10.55 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,705,873
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
Personal
BirthdaySept. 13, 1962
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri
Net worth$5,873,061
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ann Wagner campaign logo
Ann Wagner (b. September 13, 1962, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Missouri's 2nd Congressional District. She was first elected on November 6, 2012 and is currently serving her first term, having won the election on November 6, 2012, by 23%.[1]

Wagner began her political career as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township before becoming the first woman hold the chair of the Missouri Republican Party.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wagner is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Wagner is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Wagner was born and raised in St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Business School in 1984, focusing on Logistics.[2]

Career

Wagner held management positions at Hallmark Cards and Ralston Purina. She served for 9 years as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township.[2] She became the first woman to occupy the post of chair of the Missouri Republican Party in 1999.[3] During her tenure as chair, Republicans in the state won historical gains.[2] In 2001, she became co-chair of the Republican National Committee, and between 2005 and 2009, Wagner served as U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Wagner serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

On her campaign website, Wagner listed nine issues. They were:[5]

  • Job Creation
  • Her campaign website said, "Ann understands that in order for businesses to grow and prosper entrepreneurs need certainty in government policies, most especially in the areas of tax, healthcare and energy. If Ann is elected to Congress, one of her biggest priorities will be to fight for job creators, whether it is a one-man shop or a large corporation. Ann will make decisions that minimize over-regulation and promote certainty so entrepreneurs can spend more time growing their business. Ann does not want businesses to simply survive in the Second District. She wants them to thrive."
  • Spending & Debt
  • Her campaign website said, "Ann knows that it is time to rein in spending before we mortgage our children’s future. She firmly believes that we owe future generations the chance to achieve their dream rather than the responsibility of paying off our debt. However, Ann understands that we cannot limit debt without controlling spending. She supports cutting up the government credit card and instituting a Balanced Budget Amendment that prevents government from spending more than it takes in. Ann also supports returning power to individual states. By doing so, costs will be lowered and the redundancy between the state and federal government will be eliminated."
  • Obamacare
  • Her campaign website said, "Simply put, Ann believes that we must repeal Obamacare. She sides with the 71% of Missourians who voted in support of Proposition C to exempt Missouri from complying with the unconstitutional mandate. At a time when our country is already going broke, Ann understands that you cannot take an industry like healthcare that makes up one-sixth of the economy and shift the burden to the government. She supports free market principles that encourage individuals to take healthcare into their own hands and to make the decisions most suited to their lifestyle. Forced competition among carriers will not only drive costs down but will also improve the quality of care."
  • Tax Reform
  • Her campaign website said, "Ann supports a true overhaul of the current tax code. Seventy thousand-plus pages of tax policy put businesses and individuals at an unfair advantage. Businesses are forced to spend countless time and money focusing on what they must do to comply rather than on bettering their craft. Ann supports simplifying the code to make policies more straightforward and to eliminate tax loopholes. These measures will help provide businesses with real, long-term certainty in the tax structure that will promote innovation and job creation."
  • National Security
  • Her campaign website said, "Ann believes it is extremely important to support those who defend our freedom and fight for our country. As the mother of a son who serves in the military, Ann understands the sacrifices that the men and women of the military make for our safety and liberty. She supports giving deference to commanders on the ground to make the necessary assessments of security situations. Ann also believes in maintaining a strong relationship with Israel, an ally in the fight for freedom and peace in the Middle East."
  • Restore Integrity
  • Her campaign website said, "Ann believes that we do not need elected officials who are going to recycle the old way of doing things. She believes we need strong, effective, conservative leaders who will stand in the gap between the people and the federal government. Ann also supports a full ban on insider trading and believes we need to prevent the revolving door policy of legislators becoming lobbyists."
  • Protecting the Unborn
  • Her campaign website said, "Ann believes that life is truly our greatest gift from conception to natural death. In Congress, she will fight for the day when abortion is not only illegal but unthinkable. She will support the Hyde Amendment to bar federal funds from being used to pay for abortions and will work to defund Planned Parenthood and similar organizations."
  • The Second Amendment
  • Her campaign website said, "Ann is honored to be the only Republican candidate in this race to receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. Whether it is hunting, sporting and recreation, or for purposes of protection, Ann believes that the founding fathers meant for all law-abiding citizens to have the right to bear and maintain firearms as provided for by the Second Amendment. Ann supports recent decisions by the United State Supreme Court to strike down various gun bans and pledges her support in continuing the fight to protect this fundamental right for all individuals."
  • Energy
  • Her campaign website said, "Whether it is clean coal, exploration drilling, solar, wind, natural gas, hydro, or creating a new pipeline like Keystone XL, Ann believes we need to have a true “all-of-the-above” approach to transforming our energy policy. In the 21st century global economy, it is crucial that we become less dependent on foreign energy sources and more reliant on what we already have to offer, which will in turn strengthen our national security and grow our economy. The St. Louis area is fortunate to have many energy interests such as Peabody, Ameren, Arch and Patriot and others, that call the region home. Focusing on a true “all-of-the-above” approach and fighting for energy independence will lead to more job creation and will ultimately be a stimulant for our economy. Ann also supports getting rid of the over-burdensome regulations set forth by agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency that destroy our energy independence, job growth and national security, and force employers to expend resources on unnecessary and extreme regulations."

Legislative actions

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Wagner's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]



National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Wagner voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Wagner voted in opposition 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Wagner voted in support 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Wagner 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.[8]

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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Wagner voted with 161 other Republican 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Wagner voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government Shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

On September 30, 2013, the day before the government shutdown, Wagner submitted a letter to Congress requesting she not get paid as long as the government remains shutdown.[16]

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] 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.[18] Wagner voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" 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.[20] 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. Wagner voted against HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Wagner voted in support of 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. Clay was 1 of 144 Democrats who opposed the bill, while 44 voted for it.[22][8]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Wagner voted in support of 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.[23][8]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Wagner voted in support of 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.[24][8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Wagner voted in support of 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.[24][8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Wagner voted in opposition 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.[8]

Elections

2014

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See also: Missouri's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Wagner is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Missouri's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Wagner ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 2nd District. She won the nomination on the Republican ticket. Wagner defeated John Morris, James O. Baker and Randy Jotte in the August 7 primary.[25][26] She won election on November 6, 2012.[27]

Politico listed the 2nd District race as one of the top five primaries in the list 5 primaries to watch in 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Missouri District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Glenn Koenen 37.1% 146,272
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Wagner 60.1% 236,971
     Libertarian Bill Slantz 2.3% 9,193
     Constitution Anatol Zorikova 0.5% 2,012
Total Votes 394,448
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Missouri District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Wagner 65.8% 53,583
Randy Jotte 22.9% 18,644
John Morris 7.4% 6,041
James O. Baker 3.9% 3,185
Total Votes 81,453

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wagner is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Wagner raised a total of $2,705,873 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[29]

Ann Wagner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. (Missouri, District 2) Won $2,705,873
Grand Total Raised $2,705,873

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 Wagner's reports.[30]

Ann Wagner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 16, 2013 (amended)$205,509.73$288,208.13$(72,369.86)$421,348.00
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$421,348.00$452,462.88$(117,788.85)$756,022.03
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$756,022.03$255,115.00$(110,211.40)$880,925.60
Year End (amended)[34]February 4, 2014$880,925.60$228,154.00$(83,905.30)$1,025,174.30
Running totals
$1,223,940.01$(384,275.41)


2012

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

Wagner won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Wagner's campaign committee raised a total of $2,705,873 and spent $2,500,363.[35] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

Cost per vote

Wagner spent $10.55 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Wagner missed 0 of 92 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[37]

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.[38]

Wagner most often votes with:

Wagner least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Wagner's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,339,123 and $8,406,999. That averages to $5,873,061, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Wagner ranked as the 63rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[39]

Ann Wagner Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$5,873,061$71,000

Personal

Wagner has three children with her husband, Ray.[40]

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See also

External links


References

  1. State of Missouri, "November 6, 2013 General Election," accessed May 30, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Wagner for Congress, "Meet Ann," accessed May 30, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 St. Louis Business Journal, "Wagner confirmed as ambassador to Luxembourg," June 17, 2005
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Ann Wagner, "Issues," accessed September 12, 2014
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Project Vote Smart, "Ann Wagner's Political Summary," accessed September 11, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. WBIR.com, "Missouri Congresswoman asks for her pay to be withheld," October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Congress.gov, "H.R.273 - To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees.," February 25, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," August 9, 2013
  25. STLToday.com, "Field is set in Missouri elections," April 3, 2012
  26. AP Results, "U.S. House in Missouri Results," accessed August 7, 2012
  27. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results"
  28. Politico, "5 primaries to watch," accessed April 18, 2012
  29. OpenSecrets, "Ann Wagner," accessed May 16, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress Year End," accessed February 6, 2014
  35. OpenSecrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  37. GovTrack, "Ann Wagner," accessed March 26, 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ann Wagner," accessed July 29, 2013
  39. OpenSecrets, "Wagner, (R-MO), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  40. Official Campaign Site, "About Ann," accessed January 16, 2012
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