Greg Walden

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Greg Walden
Greg Walden.jpg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 2
Incumbent
In office
1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRobert Smith (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$10.51 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State Senate
1995-1997
Oregon House of Representatives
1989-1995
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 10, 1957
Place of birthThe Dalles, Oregon
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$2,781,015
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Greg Walden (b. January 10, 1957, in The Dalles, Oregon) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oregon. Walden was first elected to Oregon's 2nd Congressional District in 1998.

Walden most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Joyce Segers (D) and Joe Tabor (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He is running for re-election in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[2]

Walden began his political career in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he served from 1989 to 1995. He went on to serve in the Oregon State Senate from 1995 to 1997.

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

Biography

Walden was born in The Dalles, Oregon. He earned his B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1981.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Walden serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Walden served on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Walden's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

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

Walden announced on September 9, 2013, that he opposed authorizing a U.S. military strike to retaliate against Syria's use of chemical weapons.[8]

After attending a classified briefing, Walden said that top Obama administration officials failed to "make the case that dragging America into a civil war in the Middle East is in our national security interests."[8]

"Absent a direct threat to the United States or our allies and a clear goal and definition of victory, I must oppose using military force in Syria...The situation in Syria is complex and dangerous, and what’s happened to innocent civilians there is a tragedy. From day one, though, the Administration has mishandled this situation. The President has not shown strong leadership in the region or on the world stage," Walden said.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Walden voted in favor 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Walden voted against 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Walden voted in favor of 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Walden voted in support 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.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[11] 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.[12] Walden voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" 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.[14] 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. Walden voted against HR 2775.[15]

Statement on government shutdown

Walden was the only Pacific Northwest congressional member to stand against the shutdown. His fellow Oregon/Washington congressional members reacted negatively to Walden's stance. In response, Walden released the following statement:

"This temporary plan does nothing to address the epic problem: spending borrowed money we don’t have and cannot sustain. It kicks the can down the road yet again for only three months, and we’ll be right back where we ended up this week. Enough is enough. Every day, families throughout Oregon and the country sit down around their kitchen tables to balance their budgets and discuss crises and practical ways to resolve them. It’s long overdue that Washington, D.C. do the same."[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Walden voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Walden voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Walden voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Walden voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Walden 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 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[17]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Greg Walden endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [18]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Walden'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, Walden is a Hard-Core Conservative. Walden received a score of 18 percent on social issues and 91 percent on economic issues.[19]

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[20]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Neutral Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[19]

Controversy

Trey Radel arrested for cocaine possession

Walden, the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said he would refrain from comment on whether Radel should resign until he hears what he has to say about the incident.[21]

Walden said on November 20, 2013, that he had not talked to Radel since he plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession.[21]

Walden also said that “he’s [Radel] going to need to explain what happened, and then make some decisions.”[21]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Walden is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. He defeated Dennis Linthicum in the primary.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Oregon District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Walden 76.4% 46,639
Dennis Linthicum 23.6% 14,416
Total Votes 61,055
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

The Club for Growth announced in November 2013 that it plans to target Walden in the 2014 elections.[22]

2012

See also: Oregon's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Walden won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oregon's 2nd District.[1] Walden defeated Joyce Segers (D) and Joe Tabor (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23]

U.S. House, Oregon District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joyce Segers 29.1% 96,741
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Walden Incumbent 68.6% 228,043
     Libertarian Joe Tabor 2.1% 7,025
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 446
Total Votes 332,255
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Walden is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Walden raised a total of $10,414,501 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[31]

Greg Walden's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Oregon, District 2) Won $2,736,873
2010 U.S. House (Oregon, District 2) Won $1,944,720
2008 U.S. House (Oregon, District 2) Won $1,582,984
2006 U.S. House (Oregon, District 2) Won $1,349,417
2004 U.S. House (Oregon, District 2) Won $1,226,113
2002 U.S. House (Oregon, District 2) Won $861,674
2000 U.S. House (Oregon, District 2) Won $712,720
Grand Total Raised $10,414,501

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Walden’s reports.[32]

Greg Walden (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$962,598.88$411,997.83$(313,202.86)$1,061,393.85
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$1,061,393.85$456,541.00$(171,900.09)$1,346,034.76
October Quarterly[35]October 13, 2013$1,346,034.76$395,288.24$(207,108.35)$1,534,214.65
Year-End Quarterly[36]December 31, 2013$1,534,214$416,038$(281,547)$1,668,394
April Quarterly[37]April 14, 2014$1,668,394.71$493,782.25$(337,914.82)$1,824,262.14
Running totals
$2,173,647.32$(1,311,673.12)

2012

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

Walden won re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Walden's campaign committee raised a total of $2,736,873 and spent $2,395,608.[38]

Cost per vote

Walden spent $10.51 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Walden won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Walden's campaign committee raised a total of $1,944,720 and spent $1,657,953.[39]

U.S. House, Oregon District 2, 2010 - Greg Walden Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,944,720
Total Spent $1,657,953
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $33,573
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $33,573
Top contributors to Greg Walden's campaign committee
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$20,800
McKesson Corp$20,000
Endeavour Capital$13,000
National Assn of Broadcasters$13,000
US Oncology$12,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$107,850
Lobbyists$93,089
Health Professionals$84,950
Real Estate$74,708
Electric Utilities$70,750


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 pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

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, Walden's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,682,030 to $3,880,000. That averages to $2,781,015, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Walden ranked as the 115th most wealthy representative in 2012.[40] Between 2004 and 2012, Walden‘s calculated net worth[41] decreased by an average of 5 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[42]

Greg Walden Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$4,780,887
2012$2,781,015
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-42%
Average annual growth:-5%[43]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[44]
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.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Walden is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014.[45] This was the same rating Walden received in June 2013.[46]

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.[47]

Walden most often votes with:

Walden least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Walden missed 163 of 10,854 roll call votes from January 1999 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.5%, which is better than the median of 2.5% among current congressional representatives as of July 2014. [48]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Walden paid his congressional staff a total of $923,264 in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranked 8th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[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

Walden ranked 169th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[50]

2012

Walden ranked 197th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[51]

2011

Walden ranked 159th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[52]

Voting with party

2014

Greg Walden voted with the Republican Party 94.4 percent of the time, which ranked 111 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[53]

2013

Greg Walden voted with the Republican Party 97.3 percent of the time, which ranked 46 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]

Personal

Greg Walden is married to Mylene. They have one child.[55]

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See also

External links


References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "WALDEN, Greg, (1957 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Information"
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  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Oregon Live.com, "Rep. Greg Walden says he will vote against U.S. military action in Syria," accessed September 10, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Vote Smart, "Greg Walden Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
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  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  17. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  18. MSNBC, "Romney snags another endorsement from GOP leadership member," December 7, 2011
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Walden Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  20. 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.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Politico, "NRCC chief: No comment on Trey Radel resignation," accessed November 21, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Now emboldened, conservative groups promise retribution for Republicans who stand in their way," November 4, 2013
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  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
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  39. Open Secrets, "Greg Walden 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  40. Open Secrets, "Walden, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  41. This figure represents the total 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).
  42. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  44. 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.
  45. GovTrack, "Greg Walden," accessed July 22, 2014
  46. GovTrack, "Greg Walden," accessed June 7, 2013
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  48. GovTrack, "Greg Walden," accessed July 22, 2014
  49. LegiStorm, "Greg Walden," accessed September 24, 2012
  50. National Journal, "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," July 22, 2014
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  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. House.gov, "Biography," accessed April 3, 2014
Political offices
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Bob Smith
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon, District 2
1999–present
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Oregon State Senate
1995-1997
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Oregon House of Representatives
1989-1995
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