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Frank Pallone
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 22
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBernard J. Dwyer (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$43.84 in 2014
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$16,106,946
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 3
1988-1993
New Jersey State Senate
1983-1988
Long Branch City Council
1982-1988
Education
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College
Master'sTufts University
J.D.Rutgers University
Personal
Date of birthOctober 30, 1951
Place of birthLong Branch, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth(2012) $4,417,083.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank Pallone, Jr. (b. October 30, 1951, in Long Branch, NJ) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. He was first elected to the House in 1988 to represent New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, but switched to the 6th District in 1993.

In 2014, Pallone won re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[2] Pallone defeated Anthony Wilkinson (R) and Dorit Goikhman (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pallone is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Pallone was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1973, an M.A. from Tufts University in 1974 and a J.D. from Rutgers University in 1978.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Pallone's academic, professional and political career:[4][5]

Prior to his congressional career, Pallone worked as a private-practice attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Pallone serves on the following committees:[6]

2013-2014

Pallone served on the following committees:[7]

2011-2012

Pallone served on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Pallone's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Nay3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, including Pallone, voted against the resolution.[10][11][12]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Pallone voted with 176 Democrats to approve the bill.[13][14]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[15] For more information pertaining to Pallone's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[16]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Pallone voted in opposition 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.[17]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Pallone 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.[17]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Pallone 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.[17]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Pallone voted in opposition 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.[18] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[17]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Pallone voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[19] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[20]

King Amendment

Pallone signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[21] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[22] 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.png 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.[23] 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.[24] Pallone voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

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.[25] 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. Pallone voted for HR 2775.[26]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Pallone 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.[27] The vote largely followed party lines.[28]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Pallone has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[29]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Pallone 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.[30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Pallone 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.[31]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Frank Pallone'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 analysis, Pallone is a Hard-Core Liberal.[32] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Pallone listed his positions on 12 separate issues, but he had campaigned largely on environmental issues since his first congressional bid in 1988 for New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District.[33] In 2012, he also focused on the economy and job creation.[34]

  • Economy and jobs: "Congressman Pallone supports the Democrats' ‘Make it in America’ agenda, which does more to encourage businesses to make products in the U.S. and supports investments in important areas like education and clean energy innovation."[35]
  • Education: "Congressman Pallone believes local schools and teachers must be provided with adequate resources and compensation, and a strong emphasis must be placed on hiring and retaining highly trained and talented teaching professionals."[36]
  • Energy and Gas Prices: "Middle class families are doing everything they can to cope with high gas and energy prices and tightening budgets, and that’s why Congressman Pallone advocates an all-of-the-above strategy that expands production of American energy resources. The most critical aspect of this agenda is to incentivize clean, renewable energy such as solar and wind that is manufactured here in America."[37]
  • Environment: "It has always been a top priority of Congressman Pallone’s to protect the water and air and clean up communities so New Jersey residents can lead healthy lives in the areas that they live and work."[38]
  • Equality: "Congressman Pallone continues to fight for policies that reflect our American ideals of equality, fairness and justice, and works to ensure all Americans, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to the same protections under the law."[39]
  • Fisheries: "Congressman Pallone believes that a strong fishing industry is vital to achieving a strong economy in the Sixth District."[40]
  • Foreign Affairs and Defense: "Keeping the country safe is of the utmost importance to Congressman Pallone. He takes seriously his job to protect and defend our nation, and to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the resources and support they deserve."[41]
  • Healthcare: "As the Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Pallone believes that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care and fights for legislation that will help achieve these goals. The Affordable Care Act, or the health care reform law, is a major step towards expanding coverage, lowering health care costs and protecting patients from insurance company abuses. In addition, Congressman Pallone uses his leadership role on the Health Subcommittee to bring drugs to market faster, make our food system safer, and support work that will advance public health. He is particularly passionate about efforts to improve health outcomes for children."[42]
  • Housing: "Congressman Pallone supports the federal government taking necessary steps to give homeowners the tools they need to get back on their feet and modify home loans to avoid foreclosure."[43]
  • Labor: "Congressman Pallone stands with Middle Class families in New Jersey that are working to fight for better wages, benefits and conditions at their places of employment. His highest priority is to create jobs while advancing a ‘Make It In America’ agenda to stop the flow of jobs overseas."[44]
  • New Jersey Specific Issues: "Congressman Pallone’s most important job is to serve the people of the Sixth Congressional District and stand up for the issues that New Jersey residents care about. He regularly submits requests for federal funding for projects in the district, as well as fights for issues and legislation that will benefit the district."[45]
  • Seniors: "The economic struggles of the past few years have been particularly hard on seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes. Congressman Pallone is committed to protecting the programs that seniors rely on, like Medicare and Social Security, while also making them stronger and more secure."[46]
  • Veterans: "Congressman Pallone supports adequate funding for veterans programs to provide the men and women that fought for our country the support they need to stay healthy, get an education and find a good job."[47]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, Pallone won re-election to the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 6th District. Pallone ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, and went on to defeat Anthony Wilkinson (R) and Dorit Goikhman (L) in the general election.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Pallone Incumbent 59.9% 72,190
     Republican Anthony Wilkinson 38.9% 46,891
     Libertarian Dorit Goikhman 1.1% 1,376
Total Votes 120,457
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Pallone announced his bid for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D). Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, Rep. Rush D. Holt, Jr. and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver also sought the Democratic party nomination.[48][49][50] Pallone was defeated by Cory Booker in the Democratic primary on August 13, 2013.[51]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.2% 216,936
Frank Pallone 19.8% 72,584
Rush Holt 16.8% 61,463
Sheila Oliver 4.3% 15,656
Total Votes 366,639
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[52]

2012

See also: New Jersey's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pallone ran for, and won, re-election in 2012.[53] He was unchallenged in the Democratic primary and faced Republican Anna Little in the November general election.[54]

Despite the new shape of New Jersey's 6th Congressional District, the 2012 race strongly resembled the match-up from two years prior between Republican Anna Little and Democratic incumbent Pallone. In the redistricting, the 6th District was shifted to the east, but maintained its political demographics. The ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans remained nearly 3 to 1. Despite tea-party support, Little lost to Pallone by 11 points in 2010.[55]

Pallone hoped to continue his work on environmental issues after re-election.[56]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Pallone Incumbent 63.3% 151,782
     Republican Anna Little 35.2% 84,360
     Libertarian Len Flynn 0.6% 1,392
     Independent Mac Dara Lyden 0.3% 830
     Independent Herbert Tarbous 0.2% 406
     Independent Karen Zaletel 0.4% 868
Total Votes 239,638
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Pallone is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Pallone raised a total of $16,106,946 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 16, 2015.[67]

Frank Pallone's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $3,170,209
2012 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $1,868,760
2010 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $2,235,780
2008 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $2,601,120
2006 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $2,500,568
2004 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $1,595,950
2002 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $1,019,651
2000 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $1,114,908
Grand Total Raised $16,106,946


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Pallone won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Pallone's campaign committee raised a total of $3,170,209 and spent $3,164,507.[68] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[69]

Cost per vote

Pallone spent $43.84 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 6, 2014 - Frank Pallone Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,170,209
Total Spent $3,164,507
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $135,151
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $134,056
Top contributors to Frank Pallone's campaign committee
Saker ShopRites$35,600
Verizon Communications$27,000
Brand Aromatics$15,200
Two River Theater$15,200
American College of Radiology$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$399,650
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$174,072
Lawyers/Law Firms$143,200
Lobbyists$100,000
Real Estate$81,150

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pallone's reports.[70]

2012

Pallone won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pallone's campaign committee raised a total of $1,868,760 and spent $1,593,292.[79]

Cost per vote

Pallone spent $10.50 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Pallone was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a tenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,235,780 and spent $2,573,747.[80]


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 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

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, Pallone's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,164,168 and $6,669,999. That averages to $4,417,083.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Pallone ranked as the 80th most wealthy representative in 2012.[81] Between 2004 and 2012, Pallone's calculated net worth[82] increased by an average of 87 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[83]

Frank Pallone Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$552,433
2012$4,417,083
Growth from 2004 to 2012:700%
Average annual growth:87%[84]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[85]
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). Pallone received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry.

From 1989-2014, 30.65 percent of Pallone's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[86]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Frank Pallone Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $20,136,325
Total Spent $16,691,619
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$2,889,066
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,093,649
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$825,029
Real Estate$694,189
Building Trade Unions$670,525
% total in top industry14.35%
% total in top two industries19.78%
% total in top five industries30.65%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pallone was a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014.[87] Pallone was rated as a "moderate Democratic leader" 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.[88]

Pallone most often votes with:

Pallone 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, Pallone missed 289 of 16,375 roll call votes from January 1989 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.8 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[87]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pallone paid his congressional staff a total of $1,027,960 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranked 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[89]

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

Pallone ranked 20th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[90]

2012

Pallone ranked 38th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[91]

2011

Pallone ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2011.[92]

Voting with party

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

2014

Pallone voted with the Democratic Party 94.5 percent of the time, which ranked 51st among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[93]

2013

Pallone voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[94]

Personal

Pallone lists his religious affiliation as Roman Catholic.[95]

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External links


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Bernard J. Dwyer
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 6
1993-Present
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James J. Howard
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 3
1988-1993
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Jim Saxton
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New Jersey Senate
1983-1988
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Long Branch City Council
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