David Jolly

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David Jolly
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U.S. House, Florida, District 13
Incumbent
In office
March 14, 2014-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
PartyRepublican
PredecessorC.W. Bill Young (R)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMarch 11, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEmory University
J.D.George Mason University School of Law
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
David Jolly is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Florida's 13th Congressional District. Jolly won election to the U.S. House in a special election on March 11, 2014.[1][2][3] He was sworn into office on March 14, 2014.[4]

He defeated Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher in the Republican primary on January 14, 2014.[5] He defeated Alex Sink (D), Lucas Overby (L) and write-in candidate Michael Levinson in the special general election.[2]

Jolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election. He then defeated Lucas Overby (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Jolly received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He then studied in the evenings to earn a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA.[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2014

Jolly serves on the following committees:[7]

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[8] Jolly joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[9][10]

Issues

Immigration reform

When asked about immigration reform at a debate on February 25, 2014, Alex Sink replied, “Immigration reform is important in our country. It’s one of the main agenda items of the beaches chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons. Because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?...And we don’t need to put those employers in the position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”[11]

Jolly responded at a news conference on February 27, 2014, “I think Alex Sink’s comments reflect a bigotry that should disqualify her from representing the people of this community and should disqualify her from serving in the United States Congress. I think it was a disgusting comment.”[11]

Controversy

1989 accident

On February 24, 2014, Jolly acknowledged that as a 16-year-old driver, he struck and killed a pedestrian in a 1989 accident.[12]

Jolly said of the accident: “It took several years for me to get to a place of peace, but not something anybody would ever get over.”[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Jolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election. He then defeated Lucas Overby (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[13]

He was added to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program on April 16, 2014.[14] The program was designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents in the 2014 election cycle.[15]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly Incumbent 75.2% 168,172
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 24.7% 55,318
     Write-in Michael Stephen Levinson 0% 86
Total Votes 223,576
Source: Florida Division of Elections

2014 special election

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Jolly won election in the special election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 13th District.[1] Jolly defeated Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher in the Republican primary on January 14, 2014.[16] He defeated Alex Sink (D), Lucas Overby (L) and write-in candidate Michael Levinson in the special general election on March 11, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 48.5% 88,294
     Democratic Alex Sink 46.6% 84,877
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8% 8,799
Total Votes 181,970
Source: Unoffocial Results via Associated Press
U.S. House, Florida District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 44.6% 20,337
Kathleen Peters 31% 14,120
Mark Bircher 24.5% 11,158
Total Votes 45,615
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[17]

Endorsements

Young’s widow, Beverly Young, endorsed Jolly on November 2, 2013.[1]

Campaign contributions

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jolly's reports.[18]

David Jolly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Special[19]January 2, 2014$0$388,450$(246,558)$141,891
Year End[20]January 31, 2014$141,891$13,200$(82,136)$72,954
Pre-Special[21]February 27, 2014$72,954$638,536$(529,301)$182,189
Post-Special[22]April 10, 2014$182,189$352,368$(514,811)$19,746
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$19,746$272,607$(95,619)$196,734
Pre-Primary[24]August 14, 2014$196,734$82,505$(172,708)$106,530
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2014$106,530$150,461$(53,734)$203,257
Running totals
$1,898,127$(1,694,867)

Jolly reportedly donated nearly $30,000 to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates since 2006, with the biggest contribution made to former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., but other donations to Dick Durbin, Barbara Mikulski and late Sen. Daniel Inouye.[26]

“David has been a strong Republican supporter as the numbers show. David also has personal relationships with Democrats and Independents, and in non-competitive races he has supported them,” said Sarah Bascom, a spokeswoman for Jolly. “David has said from day one that this race is about working together with Republicans, Democrats and Independents all for the betterment of Pinellas County.”[26]

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: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

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). Jolly received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.

From 2013-2014, 36.37 percent of Jolly's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[27]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
David Jolly Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,722,668
Total Spent $1,616,137
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$266,950
Retired$114,816
Candidate Committees$103,500
Real Estate$86,225
Lobbyists$55,100
% total in top industry15.5%
% total in top two industries22.16%
% total in top five industries36.37%

Analysis

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.[28]

Jolly most often votes with:

Jolly least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Jolly missed 0 of 328 roll call votes from March 2014 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.00 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[29]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Jolly voted with the Republican Party 0.00 percent of the time, which ranked 234th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[30]

Personal

Jolly resides in Indian Shores, FL.[6]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tampa Bay Times, "David Jolly entering race for Young's seat, draws Beverly Young's endorsement," accessed November 4, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Associated Press, "U.S. House - District 13 - General," accessed March 11, 2014
  3. WTSP TV, "David Jolly to be sworn in to Congress on Thursday afternoon," accessed March 13, 2014
  4. U.S. House David Jolly, "David Jolly is Sworn In & Applauds Senate for Moving Swiftly on Flood Insurance Reforms," accessed March 17, 2014
  5. Associated Press, "January 14 Election Results," accessed January 14, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 David Jolly for Congress, "Meet David," accessed November 18, 2013
  7. Sunshine State News, "David Jolly Starts Committee Assignments in Congress," accessed March 26, 2014
  8. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Times, "Democrat slammed for stereotyping immigrants as maids," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Politico, "David Jolly acknowledges fatal 1989 crash," accessed February 25, 2014
  13. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program," accessed April 17, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  16. Associated Press, "January 14 Election Results," accessed January 14, 2014
  17. Associated Press, "U.S. House Florida January 14 election," accessed January 14, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly 2014 Summary reports," accessed February 20, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Pre Special," accessed February 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Post Special," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 Politico, "GOP candidate’s Democratic giving past," accessed November 18, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. David Jolly," accessed September 23, 2014
  28. OpenCongress, "David Jolly," accessed July 28, 2014
  29. GovTrack, "David Jolly," accessed July 28, 2014
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014