Brian Bilbray

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Brian Bilbray
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U.S. House, California, District 50
Former member
In office
1995-2001, 2006-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 6, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Supervisor, San Diego County
1984-1994
Mayor, City of Imperial Beach
1978-1984
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1951
Place of birthCoronado, California
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Campaign website
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Brian Bilbray (b. January 28, 1951) was a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 50th Congressional District from 2007 to 2013.

Bilbray ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 52nd District as a Republican. He was displaced from district 50 by redistricting.[1] Challenger Scott Peters (D) defeated Bilbray (R) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after polls closed.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bilbray was a "rank-and-file Republican."[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Bilbray served on the following committees:[5]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Brian Bilbray endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Campaign themes

2012

Bilbray's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • Afghanistan
Excerpt: "Since October 2001, our men and women in uniform have fought bravely to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. We cannot forget that in eight years, United States Forces and her allies have removed the Taliban from power, helped develop a new democratic Afghan government, and formed an Afghan National Security Force that is increasingly tasked with military operations."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "The future success of our American Republic rests with its most valuable asset, its citizens. For our nation to continue to lead the world, we need to put the health and well-being of our citizens first."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "As Chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, I have worked across party lines to secure our border and fight against amnesty. As a nation, we need to ensure respect for the laws of this country and fairness for the millions of immigrants who came here legally and have waited in line."
  • Renewable Energy and the Environment
Excerpt: "In this time of wide partisan divides, I think there is something that everyone -whether they’re Democrat, Republican, or Independent – agree on! I think we agree that the economic and environmental future of this nation depends on our development of clean, new, domestic energy technologies."
  • Spending and the Deficit
Excerpt: "Washington has a spending problem. Unfortunately, their spending problem is our problem, since we have to pay the bill. The proposed federal budget next year is $3.6 trillion dollars — more than twice the budget in 1996! Do you feel Washington is doing twice as good of a job? Of course not."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Bilbray 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 52nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Bilbray ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 52nd District as a Republican. He was displaced from district 50 by redistricting. He and Scott Peters (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Lori Saldana (D), Shirley Decourt-Park (D), Gene Hamilton Carswell (R), Wayne Iverson (R), John Stahl (R), John Subka (R), Jack Doyle (Independent), and Ehab Shehata (Independent). Peters defeated Bilbray in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

U.S. House, California District 52 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters 51.2% 151,451
     Republican Brian Bilbray Incumbent 48.8% 144,459
Total Votes 295,910
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 52 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Bilbray (R) Incumbent 43.1% 61,930
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters (D) 23.7% 34,106
Lori Saldana (D) 23.2% 33,387
John Stahl (R) 3.8% 5,502
Wayne Iverson (R) 3.1% 4,476
Shirley Decourt-Park (D) 1.6% 2,368
John Subka (R) 0.8% 1,091
Gene Hamilton Carswell (R) 0.6% 828
Total Votes 143,688

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bilbray won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Francine Busby (D), Lars Grossmith (Libertarian), and Miriam Clark (Peace and Freedom) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, California District 50 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Bilbray Incumbent 56.7% 142,247
     Democratic Francine Busby 39% 97,818
     Libertarian Lars Grossmith 2.2% 5,546
     Peace and Freedom Miriam Clark 2.2% 5,470
Total Votes 251,081

Campaign donors

2012

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

Bilbray did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bilbray's campaign committee raised a total of $2,659,541 and spent $2,772,270.[12]

2010

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

Bilbray won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Bilbray's campaign committee raised a total of $1,207,757 and spent $1,104,328.[13]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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

Between 2005 and 2012, Bilbray's calculated net worth[14] increased by 214.5 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[15]

Brian Bilbray Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2005$539,020
2012$1,695,088
Growth from 2005 to 2012:214%
Average annual growth:31%[16]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[17]
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

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bilbray paid his congressional staff a total of $993,305 in 2011. He ranked 53rd on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 173rd overall of the highest 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.[18]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Bilbray was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Bilbray's staff was given an apparent $6,717.25 in bonus money.[19]

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

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Bilbray's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,111,014 and $1,434,004. That averages to $1,272,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

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. Bilbray ranked 195th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Bilbray ranked 210th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[22]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Brian Bilbray voted with the Republican Party 90.2 percent of the time, which ranked 185 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[23]

Personal

Bilbray and his wife, Karen, have five children.

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External links


References

  1. UT San Diego, "Democrats say they'll target Bilbray," accessed March 10, 2012
  2. Post Bulletin, "GOP Rep. Bilbray loses re-election bid in California" November 16, 2012
  3. GovTrack, "Brian Bilbray" accessed April 22, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Brian P. Bilbray," accessed November 16, 2011
  5. Congressman Brian Bilbray, Proudly Serving California's 50th District, "Committees and Caucuses"
  6. Los Angeles Times, "Three area Republican congressmen endorse Mitt Romney," December 7, 2011
  7. Campaign website, Issues
  8. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets, "Brian Bilbray 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 19, 2013
  13. Open Secrets, "Brian Bilbray 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  14. 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).
  15. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  16. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  17. 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.
  18. LegiStorm, "Brian Bilbray"
  19. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets, "Bilbray, (R-Cali), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Duke Cunningham
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 50
2006-2013
Succeeded by
Duncan Hunter
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U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 50
1995-2001
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Supervisor, San Diego County
1984-1994
Succeeded by
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Mayor, City of Imperial Beach
1978-1984
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