Dina Titus

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Dina Titus
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U.S. House, Nevada, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorShelley Berkley (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$10.71 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Campaign $$1,273,981
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Nevada, District 3
2008-2010
Nevada Senate
1988-2008
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of William and Mary
Master'sUniversity of Georgia
Ph.D.Florida State University
Personal
BirthdayMay 23, 1950
Place of birthThomasville, Georgia
ProfessionProfessor of Political Science
Net worth$5,479,041.50
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dina Titus campaign logo
Alice "Dina" Titus (b. May 23, 1950, in Thomasville, GA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Nevada. Titus previously represented the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada from 2009 to 2011, having lost the 2010 election to Rep. Joe Heck.

Titus was one of nine individuals elected to the U.S. House in 2012 who had prior congressional experience, and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 to reclaim a seat two years later.[1][2]

Titus won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014.[3] Titus then defeated Annette Teijeiro (R), Richard Charles (L) and Kamau Bakari (Constitution Party) in the general election.[4]

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

Biography

Titus was born in Thomasville, Georgia, and grew up in Tifton, Georgia. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary, Titus went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from Florida State University. She then taught American and Nevada government classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for 34 years until her retirement in 2011. She was also a state senator representing SD-7 for 20 years until her election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada's 3rd Congressional District in 2008, a seat she lost two years later in a close race against Rep. Joe Heck.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Titus' academic, professional and political career:[6]

  • 1970: Earned B.A. from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • 1973: Earned M.A. from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • 1976: Earned Ph.D. from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • 1977-2011: Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • 1989-2008: Member of the Nevada State Senate
    • 1993-2008: Minority leader of the Nevada State Senate
  • 2009-2011 and 2013-present: U.S. Representative for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Titus serves on the following committees:[7]

  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Aviation - 10
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Titus's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Titus supported 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Titus voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Titus 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Titus supported 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Titus voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

King Amendment

Titus signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[14] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[15]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn 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.[16] 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.[17] Titus voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Yea3.png 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.[18] 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. Titus voted for HR 2775.[19]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Titus 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Titus has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Titus 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.[23]

Previous congressional sessions

Voting record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009, to June 16, 2010, Titus had voted with the House Democratic leadership 96.6 percent of the time.[24] That same analysis reported that she had also voted with party leadership 97.7 percent of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that she voted 97.1 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[25]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Dina Titus' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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, Titus is a Liberal Populist. Titus received a score of 41 percent on social issues and 24 percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[26]

Elections

2014

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

Titus won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. Titus then defeated Annette Teijeiro (R), Richard Charles (L) and Kamau Bakari (Constitution Party) in the general election.[4]

U.S. House, Nevada District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDina Titus Incumbent 56.8% 45,643
     Republican Annette Teijeiro 37.9% 30,413
     Libertarian Richard Charles 3.3% 2,617
     Independent American Kamau Bakari 2% 1,626
Total Votes 80,299
Source: Nevada Secretary of State
U.S. House, Nevada District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDina Titus Incumbent 86% 12,966
Herbert Peters 14% 2,106
Total Votes 15,072
Source: Nevada Secretary of State - Official Election Results

2012

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

Titus ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 1st District. With incumbent Democrat Rep. Shelley Berkley seeking election to the U.S. Senate, Titus faced no challengers in the June 12, 2012, Democratic primary. Ruben Kihuen had declared his candidacy for the seat, but withdrew in January when he was outpaced in fundraising and early polls.[28]

U.S. House, Nevada District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDina Titus 63.6% 113,967
     Republican Chris Edwards 31.5% 56,521
     Libertarian William Pojunis 2.6% 4,645
     Independent American Party of Nevada Stan Vaughan 2.3% 4,145
Total Votes 179,278
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Titus attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Titus is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Titus raised a total of $5,696,585 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[31]

Dina Titus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Nevada, District 1) Won $1,273,981
2010 US House (Nevada, District 3) Defeated $2,565,868
2008 US House (Nevada, District 3) Won $1,856,736
Grand Total Raised $5,696,585


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

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 Titus' reports.[32]

Dina Titus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$54,359.97$87,931.50$(62,764.98)$79,526.49
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$79,526.49$152,332.13$(89,135.42)$142,723.20
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$142,723.20$101,787.20$(101,523.86)$142,986.54
Year-End Quarterly[36]December 31, 2013$142,986$122,721$(106,129)$151,528
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$151,528.23$131,997.37$(45,067.45)$238,458.15
Pre-Primary[38]May 29, 2014$238,458.15$41,090.27$(43,680.71)$235,867.71
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2014$235,867.71$139,264.63$(30,437.24)$344,695.10
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2014$344,695.10$150,961.65$(218,298.06)$277,358.69
Running totals
$928,085.75$(697,036.72)

Titus raised $151,142.13 in the second quarter of 2013. Taking into account her campaign debts, she had $41,116.87 cash on hand.[41]

2012

Titus won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Titus' campaign committee raised a total of $1,273,981 and spent $1,219,612.[42]

Cost per vote

Titus spent $10.71 per vote received in 2012.


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

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Titus' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,261,083 and $8,597,000. That averages to $5,479,041.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Titus ranked as the 64th most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2007 and 2012, Titus' calculated net worth[44] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Dina Titus Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$5,625,798
2012$5,429,041
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-3%
Average annual growth:-1%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
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.

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). Titus received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2007-2014, 25.8 percent of Titus' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[48]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Dina Titus Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,474,709
Total Spent $6,084,739
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$443,184
Leadership PACs$400,244
Retired$296,715
Women's Issues$268,010
Real Estate$262,560
% total in top industry6.84%
% total in top two industries13.03%
% total in top five industries25.8%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Titus is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014.[49] This was the same rating Titus received in June 2013.

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.[50]

Titus most often votes with:

Titus least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Titus missed 16 of 2,752 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[49]

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.

2013

Titus ranked 125th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[51]

Voting with party

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

2014

Titus voted with the Democratic Party 93.0 percent of the time, which ranked 110th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[52]

2013

Titus voted with the Democratic Party 94.6 percent of the time, which ranked 108th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Personal

Titus has been married to her husband, Professor Thomas C. Wright, for over 30 years.[5]

Titus is affiliated with the Greek Orthodox Church.[54]

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See also

External links


References

  1. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," accessed December 8, 2012
  2. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," accessed November 18, 2012
  3. Associated Press, "Nevada - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dina Titus Campaign Website, "About Dina Titus," accessed March 22, 2012
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "TITUS, Alice (Dina), (1950 - )," accessed October 13, 2014
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 23, 2013‎
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 28, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Titus on agriculture," accessed September 28, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  15. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Dina Titus on abortion," accessed September 28, 2013
  24. A Line of Sight, "2010 House Dem Voting Report," accessed January 31, 2013 (timed out)
  25. Washington Post, "U.S. Congress Votes Database, 111th Congress," accessed January 31, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 On The Issues, "Dina Titus Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  27. 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.
  28. Politico, "Nevada's Titus courts Hispanics in House race," accessed March 23, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Dina Titus," accessed April 18, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Titus 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  33. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  34. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  35. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  36. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  37. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  38. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  39. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  40. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  41. Las Vegas Sun, "Joe Heck leads the pack in campaign contributions," accessed July 17, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Dina Titus 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Dina Titus (D-NV), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. 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.
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. 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.
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Dina Titus," accessed September 23, 2014
  49. 49.0 49.1 GovTrack, "Dina Titus," accessed July 29, 2014
  50. OpenCongress, "Dina Titus," accessed July 29, 2014
  51. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 29, 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. The Pew Forum, "The Religious Affiliation of Each Member of Congress," accessed October 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Shelley Berkley (D)
United States House of Representatives - Nevada District 1
2013-present
Succeeded by
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