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Diana DeGette
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U.S. House, Colorado, District 1
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPat Schroeder (D)
Assistant Minority Leader, Colorado House of Representatives
1993-1996
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.62 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,480,000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives
1992-1996
Education
Bachelor'sColorado College, 1979
J.D.New York University, 1982
Personal
BirthdayJuly 29, 1957
Place of birthTachikawa, Japan
Net worth$1,901,012
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Diana DeGette campaign logo
Diana DeGette (b. July 29, 1957, in Tachikawa, Japan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 1st Congressional District. DeGette was first elected to the House in 1996.

DeGette was most recently re-elected in 2012. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. She then defeated Frank Atwood (L), Danny Stroud (R), Gary Swing (G) and Thomas Henry Juniel (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

DeGette began her political career in the Colorado House of Representatives. She served in that position from 1992 to 1996.

DeGette serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[3]

DeGette is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

DeGette serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations - Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

2011-2012

DeGette served on the following committees:[6]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Ranking Member

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 DeGette's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. DeGette was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

NDAA

Voted "No" DeGette voted against 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.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" DeGette 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.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" DeGette 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.[13]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other 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.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16]DeGette voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against 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.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] 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. DeGette joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[17][18]

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.[20] 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.[21] DeGette voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. DeGette voted for HR 2775.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" DeGette 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.[25]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" DeGette 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.[26] The vote largely followed party lines.[27]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain DeGette did not vote on 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.[28]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" DeGette 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.[29]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" DeGette 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. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, DeGette's 1st District only saw minor changes. The Denver Metro area district remains a safe Democratic seat.[31]

Campaign themes

2014

DeGette's campaign website lists the following issues:[32]

  • Health care
Excerpt: "Diana is a leading voice on health care reform in Congress. Her efforts were critical to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a landmark piece of legislation that has expanded access to health care for millions of Americans Diana’s top health care reform initiatives include access to high quality, affordable care for all children, prevention and wellness, strengthening the health care workforce, and expanding primary care and community health center services."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Threats to our natural resources and our environment are cause for serious concern in Colorado and across the country. Diana is a leading voice on environmental issues in Congress and is working to protect both Colorado’s public lands and our global environment."
  • Stem Cell Research
Excerpt: "Diana was the chief architect of legislation to expand stem cell research, which was passed twice with broad, bipartisan support in Congress. The measure was vetoed twice by President George W. Bush – including his very first presidential veto. In March of 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order reversing former President Bush’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Standing next to the President as he signed the order, U.S. Rep. DeGette is working with the Obama Administration on codifying the order into law."
  • Food and Consumer Product Safety
Excerpt: "Diana has taken a leading role in advocating for the protection of our nation’s food supply. In light of the daunting food contamination outbreaks, Diana believes that the protection of our nation’s food supply should be recognized as a critical component of our national security."
  • Reproductive rights
Excerpt: "As the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, Diana has fought for common-sense family planning and reproductive rights. She is a lead sponsor of the Prevention First agenda, which is a comprehensive, bi-partisan approach to reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion."

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

DeGette is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Colorado's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

DeGette won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 1st District. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. She defeated Frank Atwood (L), Danny Stroud (R), Gary Swing (G) and Thomas Henry Juniel (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]

U.S. House, Colorado District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiana DeGette Incumbent 68.2% 237,579
     Republican Danny Stroud 26.8% 93,217
     Libertarian Frank Atwood 3.6% 12,585
     Green Gary Swing 1.4% 4,829
Total Votes 348,210
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DeGette is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, DeGette raised a total of $5,480,000 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[42]

Diana DeGette's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $1,051,538
2010 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $825,016
2008 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $808,491
2006 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $635,208
2004 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $632,594
2002 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $863,351
2000 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $663,802
Grand Total Raised $5,480,000

2014

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

Diana DeGette (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 14, 2013$62,321.36$79,658.91$(114,036.27)$27,944.00
July Quarterly[45]July 12, 2013$27,944.00$134,088.74$(87,148.05)$74,884.69
October Quarterly[46]October 14, 2013$74,884.69$112,309.64$(115,192.93)$72,001.40
Year-End[47]January 30, 2014$72,001$117,583$(127,211)$62,373
Running totals
$443,640.29$(443,588.25)

2012

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

DeGette won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, DeGette's campaign committee raised a total of $1,051,538 and spent $1,098,046.[48] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

Cost per vote

DeGette spent $4.62 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

DeGette won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, DeGette's campaign committee raised a total of $825,016 and spent $822,289.[50]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Colorado District 1, 2010 - Diana DeGette Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $825,016
Total Spent $822,289
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $196,993
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $196,993
Top contributors to Diana DeGette's campaign committee
Qwest Communications$21,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Dental Assn$10,000
American Podiatric Medical Assn$10,000
AmerisourceBergen Corp$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$113,144
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$84,765
Lawyers/Law Firms$82,884
TV/Movies/Music$39,600
Public Sector Unions$31,250

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DeGette is a "moderate Democratic leader" 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]

DeGette most often votes with:

DeGette least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. DeGette paid her congressional staff a total of $1,131,801 in 2011. She ranked 34th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 42nd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

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, DeGette's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $837,026 and $2,964,998. That averages to $1,901,012, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. DeGette ranked as the 152nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[54]

Diana DeGette Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$1,901,012$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. DeGette ranked 32nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[55]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. DeGette ranked 48th in the liberal rankings.[56]

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, DeGette has voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

DeGette and her husband, Lino Lipinsky, have two children.

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External links


References

  1. Associated Press, "Unofficial election results," June 26, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Diana DeGette," accessed November 1, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Ranking Member, Representing the 1st District of Colorado, "Committee and Caucus Memberships," accessed December 9, 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. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
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Preceded by
Pat Schroeder
U.S. House of Representatives - Colorado, District 1
1997-Present
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Colorado House of Representatives
1992-1996
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