|U.S. House, New York, District 24|
|January 3, 2013-January 3, 2015|
|Predecessor||Richard L. Hanna (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|U.S. House, New York, District 25|
|Master's||Columbia University, Harvard University|
|Date of birth||July 4, 1968|
|Place of birth||Syracuse, NY|
|Net worth||(2012) $-7,998.50|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Key votes
- 3.1 113th Congress
- 3.2 National security
- 3.3 Economy
- 3.4 Immigration
- 3.5 Healthcare
- 3.6 Social issues
- 3.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
In 2012, Maffei was one of only five House Democrats to win his seat back from freshman Republicans that had taken it two years earlier.
Maffei lost his 2014 re-election bid. He ran unopposed for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014, but was then defeated by John Katko (R) in the general election.
Maffei worked as a television news reporter for Channel 9 in Syracuse, and he served as a communications and policy advisor for Senators Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He served in the U.S. House from 2009 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015.
Maffei served on the following committees:
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Oversight - Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Maffei's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Maffei 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.
DHS Appropriations Act (2014)
Maffei voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Maffei 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.
Maffei 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 permitted 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.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Maffei voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown 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. 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. Maffei voted for HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Maffei 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.
Maffei has voted against attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Maffei 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. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Rep. Maffei voted for the stimulus bill. A total of 57 percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Only 38 percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.
Maffei also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill. According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.
Maffei supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed it would help. Only 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.
Finally, Maffei voted in favor of the health care reform bill. A total of 57 percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. About 35 percent of likely voters opposed repeal. A total of 51 percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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, Maffei is a Liberal Populist. Maffei received a score of 55 percent on social issues and 7 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Opposes||Human needs over animal rights||Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Favors||Stay out of Iran||Favors|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
Maffei listed the following campaign themes on his website:
- Tax Relief
- Balanced Budget
- Retirement Security
- Iraq and Afghanistan
- Ending Bailouts
- Making Trade Work
In January 2015, after losing his congressional seat to John Katko (R), Maffei announced in an interview that he would not seek to win back the seat in 2016. Maffei stated, "I have no plans to ever be involved as a candidate in electoral politics... I mean, you never say 'never.' But I just can't imagine at this point -- unlike in 2010 -- I'm not going to come run in two years for Congress again. The Democrats will need to find another candidate."
In 2014, Maffei lost his bid for re-election to the U.S. House to represent New York's 24th District. Maffei ran unopposed for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. He was then defeated by John Katko (R) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, New York District 24 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Dan Maffei Incumbent||39.5%||80,304|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections|
Maffei was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.
Biden and Clinton campaigning for Maffei
Later that same month, former President Bill Clinton (D) announced that he would join Maffei at a "get-out-the-vote" event on October 14. Clinton attended similar rallies for Maffei in 2010 and 2012, attracting crowds of 800-1,000 people.
- In September 2014, Maffei released an ad attacking his Republican challenger, John Katko, for opposing equal pay for women.
Maffei ran for U.S. House in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families Party primaries and faced incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle (R) and Ursula Rozum (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Maffei won the election.
|U.S. House, New York District 24 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Ann Marie Buerkle Incumbent||41.9%||127,054|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Maffei attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Maffei is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Maffei raised a total of $2,032,959 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.
|Dan Maffei's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (New York, District 24)||$2,032,959|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,032,959|
|Dan Maffei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||May 16, 2013||$59,851.52||$307,242.41||$(89,675.47)||$277,418.46|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$277,418.18||$315,388.34||$(107,478.07)||$485,328.78|
|October Quarterly||October 11, 2013||$485,328.73||$278,192.69||$(65,994.10)||$697,527.32|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$697,527||$213,129||$(5,422)||$903,194|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2014||$903,194.02||$315,230.52||$(75,411.05)||$1,143,013.49|
|Pre-Primary||June 11, 2014||$1,143,013.49||$200,078.37||$(86,901.12)||$1,256,190.74|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$1,256,190.74||$226,674.51||$(30,513.37)||$1,452,351.88|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,452,351.88||$464,883.52||$(1,053,464.11)||$863,771.29|
|Pre-General||October 22, 2014||$863,771.29||$107,735.68||$(467,186.11)||$504,320.86|
Cost per vote
Maffei spent $14.32 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New York District 24, 2012 - Dan Maffei Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,018,350|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,056,079|
|Top contributors to Dan Maffei's campaign committee|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$23,250|
|League of Conservation Voters||$16,693|
|New Democrat Coalition||$12,251|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$81,500|
|Securities & Investment||$81,262|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-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 two different metrics:
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Maffei's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-81,995 and $65,998. That averages to $-7,998.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Maffei ranked as the 418th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2007 and 2012, Maffei's calculated net worth decreased by an average of 29 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Dan Maffei Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2007 to 2012:||-144%|
|Average annual growth:||-29%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Maffei received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.
From 2005-2014, 26.8 percent of Maffei's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Dan Maffei Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$502,004|
|% total in top industry||8.1%|
|% total in top two industries||13.98%|
|% total in top five industries||26.8%|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Maffei most often voted with:
Maffei least often voted with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Maffei missed 42 of 2,775 roll call votes from January 2009 to August 2014. This amounts to 1.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.
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.
Maffei ranked 186th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Maffei voted with the Democratic Party 78.1 percent of the time, which ranked 191st among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.
Maffei voted with the Democratic Party 78.7 percent of the time, which ranked 195th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Maffei is married to Abby Davidson-Maffei. They live in DeWitt, New York.
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- Media coverage:
- The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
- Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
- New York State Board of Elections, "New York State Unofficial Election Night Results," accessed November 9, 2014
- Campaign website, "Bio," accessed October 12, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maffei's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 10, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
- Vote Smart, "Maffei on agriculture," accessed October 10, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maffei's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 10, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maffei's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 10, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Maffei on abortion," accessed October 10, 2013
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," accessed January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," accessed August 24, 2010
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," accessed June 9, 2009
- Rasmussen, "54% Oppose 'Cash for Clunkers' Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," accessed June 23, 2009
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," accessed June 26, 2009
- Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," accessed June 30, 2009
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," accessed September 20, 2010
- On The Issues, "Dan Maffei Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- 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.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 12, 2012
- Syracuse, "U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei in exit interview: I won't seek public office again," accessed January 6, 2015
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
- Syracuse Media Group, "VP Joe Biden to campaign in Syracuse for U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei," accessed October 14, 2014
- Syracuse, "Bill Clinton will campaign in Syracuse for U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei," accessed October 23, 2014
- YouTube, "Family," accessed September 12, 2014
- AP/CSPAN, "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, New York," accessed November 7, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Fundraising for Dan Maffei," March 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Dan Maffei 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Dan Maffei (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Dan Maffei," accessed September 26, 2014
- GovTrack, "Dan Maffei," accessed August 12, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Dan Maffei," accessed August 12, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 12, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Richard L. Hanna
|U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 24
| Succeeded by|
James T. Walsh
|U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 25
| Succeeded by|
Ann Marie Buerkle
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