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Brad Sherman
Brad Sherman.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 30
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAdam Schiff (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$41.30 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,691,977
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 24, 1954
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionAccountant, Attorney
Net worth$1,731,007
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bradley James "Brad" Sherman (b. October 24, 1954, in Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 30th Congressional District. Sherman was first elected to the House in 1996.

Sherman most recently won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 30th District. He defeated fellow Democratic incumbent Howard Berman in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from district 27 by redistricting.[2]

The 2012 primary battle between Howard Berman and Sherman made Politico's list of the five ugliest member vs. member battles.[3]

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

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Sherman's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sherman serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Sherman served on the following committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy
    • Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia

Issues

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

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Sherman voted for 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" Sherman voted against 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 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Sherman 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 "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] Sherman 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 3 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Sherman 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] Sherman 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. Sherman voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Sherman 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" Sherman 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" Sherman 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" Sherman 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" Sherman 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 1 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]

Campaign themes

2012

Sherman's campaign website listed the following issues:[29]'

  • Fixing the Economy
Excerpt: "When the recession hit, Brad Sherman made job creation his top priority. He voted for legislation that saved or created more than 3 million jobs. As a result, construction was accelerated on transportation projects in the San Fernando Valley, like the 405-Sepulveda Pass freeway widening project."
  • Standing Up to Wall Street
Excerpt: "As a CPA and tax policy expert, Brad Sherman led the effort to oppose the Bush Administration’s TARP bailouts of Wall Street. He successfully fought to prevent future bailouts. He helped author the legislation to protect consumers from credit and mortgage fraud, increase capital requirements for banks, and end conflicts of interest for bond rating agencies. "
  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "Top Republican leaders are proposing privatizing Social Security and Medicare, cutting benefits, and raising the retirement age to 70. Brad Sherman strongly opposes all efforts to replace Social Security with private accounts that will place retirees at the mercy of the Wall Street."
  • Protecting the Environment
Excerpt: "Brad Sherman has been a strong environmental leader, providing critical support for the protection and expansion of park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains. He has worked to improve the Sepulveda Basin recreation area, and to build more local playgrounds, sports fields and bike lanes."
  • The U.S.-Israel Relationship
Excerpt: "For almost 15 years, I have served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I have been the lead Democratic member on the subcommittee dealing with Terrorism and Nonproliferation since 2003. Throughout my term in Congress, I have worked to support U.S. friendship and increased cooperation with Israel, our only close ally in the Middle East."
  • Strengthening U.S.-Armenia Ties
Excerpt: "As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I have focused on recognizing the Armenian Genocide, increasing funding to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and increasing military training aid for Armenia. I have also recently met with the President of Armenia as well as the Speaker of the Parliament of Nagorno-Karabakh to discuss strengthening ties between the United States, Armenia, and Artsakh."
  • The U.S.-Greece Relationship
Excerpt: "As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, I am a supporter of a strong U.S.-Greek relationship."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 30th Congressional District elections, 2014

Sherman is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 30th Congressional District elections, 2012

Sherman won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 30th District.[1] He was displaced from district 27 by redistricting. He and district 27 incumbent Howard Berman (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Vince Gilmore (D), Mark Reed (R), Susan Shelley (R), Navraj Singh (R) and Michael Powelson (Green). Sherman went on to defeat Berman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31] Sherman was considered a vulnerable incumbent.[32]

The race between Sherman and Howard Berman heated up in a debate on October 11 when the two candidates nearly had a physical altercation. Berman moved over to Sherman's side of the stage and put a finger in his face. Sherman responded by putting his arm around Berman and asking "Do you want to get into this." A sheriff's deputy soon walked between the men, calming them down.[33]

U.S. House, California District 30 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Sherman Incumbent 60.3% 149,456
     Democratic Howard Berman Incumbent 39.7% 98,395
Total Votes 247,851
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 30 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Sherman (D) Incumbent 42.4% 40,589
Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Berman (D) Incumbent 32.4% 31,086
Mark Reed (R) 12.5% 11,991
Navraj Singh (R) 5.8% 5,521
Susan Shelley (R) 4% 3,878
Michael Powelson (G) 2.1% 1,976
Vince Gilmore (D) 0.8% 792
Total Votes 95,833

Full history


Polls

2012

Brad Sherman vs. Howard Berman
Poll Brad Sherman Howard BermanUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
(September 20, 2012)
45%32%23%+/-4628
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sherman is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Sherman raised a total of $10,691,977 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[42]

Brad Sherman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 30) Won $3,201,860
2010 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,743,592
2008 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,267,706
2006 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,262,634
2004 US House (California, District 27) Won $813,351
2002 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,227,124
2000 US House (California, District 24) Won $1,175,710
Grand Total Raised $10,691,977

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sherman's reports.[43]

Brad Sherman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2013$47,778.49$181,071.37$(181,761.79)$47,088.07
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2013$47,088.07$162,591.00$(127,669.24)$82,009.83
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2013$82,009.83$144,463.00$(136,935.30)$89,537.53
Year-End[47]January 31, 2014$89,537$191,894$(192,361)$89,070
Running totals
$680,019.37$(638,727.33)

2012

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

Sherman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sherman's campaign committee raised a total of $3,201,860 and spent $6,172,614.[48] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

Cost per vote

Sherman spent $41.30 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Sherman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Sherman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,743,592 and spent $818,273.[50]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 27, 2010 - Brad Sherman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,743,592
Total Spent $818,273
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $112,837
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $107,134
Top contributors to Brad Sherman's campaign committee
Speciality Merchandise Corp$16,800
Rodeo Realty$14,100
Credit Union National Assn$13,250
Keyes Automotive Group$12,800
Ticketmaster Corp$11,100
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$118,569
Lawyers/Law Firms$110,715
TV/Movies/Music$97,500
Retired$70,950
Health Professionals$67,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sherman is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[51]

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.[52]

Sherman most often votes with:

Sherman least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Sherman missed 131 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[53]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sherman paid his congressional staff a total of $949,870 in 2011. He ranked 48th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 200th 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.[54]

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, Sherman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,000,016 and $2,461,999. That averages to $1,731,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Sherman ranked as the 162nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[55]

Brad Sherman Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$1,731,007$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sherman ranked 113th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[56]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sherman ranked 85th in the liberal rankings.[57]

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, Sherman has voted with the Democratic Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 43rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[58]

Personal

Sherman and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  2. Washington Post, "California incumbents seek new districts to call home," August 11, 2011
  3. Politico, "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles," accessed April 18, 2012
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Brad Sherman," accessed November 6, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congressman Brad Sherman, Serving the San Fernando Valley, "Committee Assignments," accessed August 1, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  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
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  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  33. The Washington Post, "Berman-Sherman debate turns nasty, in a House race that is already heated," October 12, 2012
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  44. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Sherman April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
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  49. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
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  51. GovTrack, "Brad Sherman," accessed June 7 2013
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Preceded by
Adam Schiff
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 30
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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