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Ed Pastor
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U.S. House, Arizona, District 7
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 23
PredecessorJohn Shadegg (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$10.56 in 2012
First electedSeptember 24, 1991
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,733,887
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County
Bachelor'sArizona State University, 1966
J.D.Arizona State University, 1974
BirthdayJune 28, 1943
Place of birthClaypool, Arizona
ProfessionAttorney, Politician
Net worth$1,404,006
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Ed Pastor (b. June 28, 1943, in Claypool, AZ) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 7th Congressional District. Pastor was first elected to the House in 1991.

Pastor most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 7th District. He defeated Rebecca DeWitt in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Scott Fistler (R write-in) and Joe Cobb (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Pastor is not seeking re-election in 2014.[2]

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


Below is an abbreviated outline of Pastor's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1966: Graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe with B.A.
  • 1974: Graduated from Arizona State College of Law with J.D.
  • 1971-1972: Aide to Arizona Governor Raul Castro
  • 1977-1991: Maricopa County Supervisor
  • 1972-2008: Delegate, Democratic National Conventions
  • 1991-Present: U.S. Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Pastor serves on the following committees:[4]


Pastor served on the following committees:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Key votes

113th Congress


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.[5] For more information pertaining to Pastor's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


Voted "No" Pastor 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Pastor voted against 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 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Pastor voted for 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.[9]


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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Pastor 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Pastor joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

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.[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] Pastor voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] 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. Pastor voted for HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Pastor 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.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Pastor 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Pastor voted against 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.[24]

Social issues


Voted "No" Pastor 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.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Pastor 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 one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]


On The Issues Vote Match

Ed Pastor's 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, Pastor is a Hard-Core Liberal. Pastor received a score of 83 percent on social issues and 15 percent on economic issues.[27]

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[28]
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 Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Campaign themes


Pastor 's campaign website listed the following issues:[29]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "I have always believed that our obligations to current and future generations of Americans require fiscal responsibility and a commitment to broad-based economic prosperity. We must work together to balance the budget and reduce our national debt, so that debt payments do not undermine our children's economic prospects."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a former chemistry teacher, I believe that education is a lifelong activity that is essential not only to improving the lives of individuals, but to improving the health, security and prosperity of our communities. The federal government plays an important role in expanding educational opportunities."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy costs are a growing burden on family budgets, while energy production poses an increasing threat to our environment. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water, I am proud to support a strong national investment in programs promoting research and development of clean and renewable energy technologies."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Millions of Americans cannot afford the comprehensive health insurance they need to receive quality preventative health care in addition to emergency care. The employer-based insurance system our nation relies on excludes many workers and their families, strains small businesses, and no longer meets our nation's needs. For that reason, I have long advocated for universal comprehensive health coverage and have co-sponsored and voted for the Affordable Care Act."



See also: Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Pastor is choosing to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014.[2]


See also: Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pastor won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 7th District. He defeated Rebecca DeWitt in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Joe Cobb (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31][32]

U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor Incumbent 81.7% 104,489
     Libertarian Joe Cobb 18.3% 23,338
Total Votes 127,827
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Arizona District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor Incumbent 79% 22,664
Rebecca DeWitt 21% 6,013
Total Votes 28,677

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pastor is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Pastor raised a total of $6,733,887 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[44]

Ed Pastor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 7) Won $1,025,610
2010 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $1,014,291
2008 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $1,174,759
2006 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $1,092,996
2004 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $845,637
2002 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $837,418
2000 US House (Arizona, District 2) Won $743,176
Grand Total Raised $6,733,887


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pastor's reports.[45]

Ed Pastor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2013$1,314,389.49$89,581.25$(49,899.21)$1,354,071.53
July Quarterly[47]July 15, 2013$1,354,071.53$65,181.76$(68,594.06)$1,350,659.23
October Quarterly[48]October 15, 2013$1,350,659.23$68,185.55$(48,820.31)$1,370,024.47
Year-End[49]January 31, 2014$1,370,024$62,710$(76,996)$1,355,738
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2014$1,355,738$1,300$(46,957)$1,310,081
Running totals


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

Pastor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pastor's campaign committee raised a total of $1,025,610 and spent $1,103,157.[51] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[52]

Cost per vote

Pastor spent $10.56 per vote received in 2012.


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

Pastor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Pastor's campaign committee raised a total of $1,014,291 and spent $1,092,555.[53]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Arizona District 4, 2010 - Ed Pastor Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,014,291
Total Spent $1,092,555
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $80,896
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $80,858
Top contributors to Ed Pastor's campaign committee
Pinnacle West Capital$15,500
Phoenix Children's Hospital$11,800
General Dynamics$11,250
First Strategic$10,600
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$65,000
Electric Utilities$60,250
Air Transport$46,900
Lawyers/Law Firms$46,650

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, Pastor's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $863,012 and $1,945,000. That averages to $1,404,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Pastor ranked as the 180th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54] Between 2004 and 2012, Pastor's calculated net worth[55] increased by an average of 15 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[56]

Ed Pastor Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:122%
Average annual growth:15%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
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.


Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pastor missed 378 of 15,416 roll call votes from October 1991 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.5 percent, which is equal to the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[59]

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.[60]

Pastor most often votes with:

Pastor 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. Pastor paid his congressional staff a total of $757,011 in 2011. He ranked 3rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 31st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranked 47th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[61]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Pastor is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Pastor's staff was given an apparent $15,500.00 in bonus money.[62]

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.


Pastor ranked 77th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[63]


Pastor ranked 94th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[64]


Pastor ranked 95th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[65]

Voting with party

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


Pastor voted with the Democratic Party 91.9 percent of the time, which ranked 132nd among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[66]


Pastor voted with the Democratic Party 94.5 percent of the time, which ranked 132nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[67]


Pastor and his wife, Verma, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Shadegg
U.S. House of Representatives - Arizona, District 7
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County
Succeeded by