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Henry Waxman
Henry Waxman.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 33
Incumbent
In office
1975-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 39
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn H. Rousselot (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$15.50 in 2012
First elected1974
Campaign $$6,622,701
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1969-1974
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
J.D.University of California, Los Angeles
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1939
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,199,010
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Henry Waxman (b. September 12, 1939, in Los Angeles, CA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 33rd Congressional District. Waxman was first elected to the House in 1974.

Waxman most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 33rd District.[1] He defeated Bill Bloomfield (Ind) in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from the 30th District by redistricting.[2]

Waxman began his political career in the California State Assembly, where he served from 1969 to 1974.

Waxman is not seeking re-election in 2014. He cited frustrations with the lack of productivity in Congress. He said, "It’s been frustrating because of the extremism of Tea Party Republicans. Nothing seems to be happening."[3]

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

Biography

Waxman was born in Los Angeles, California. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961 and 1964, respectively.

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Waxman serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Waxman served on the following committees:[6]

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Waxman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Waxman 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Waxman 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Waxman voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Waxman voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent 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. Waxman joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

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.[18] 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.[19] Waxman voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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.[21] 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. Waxman voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Nay3.png Waxman 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.[23]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Waxman 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Waxman 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.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Waxman 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.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Waxman 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.[28]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Henry Waxman'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, Waxman is a Hard-Core Liberal. Waxman received a score of 83 percent on social issues and 18 percent on economic issues.[29]

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[30]
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 Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly 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 Neutral
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[31][32] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Waxman was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[31][32]

Campaign themes

2012

Waxman's campaign website listed the following issues:[33]

  • Jobs & The Economy
Excerpt: "Congressman Waxman believes the top priority for this Congress should be putting America back to work. When President Obama was sworn into office, our country was facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "In one of the most powerful, industrialized countries in the world, no one should have to choose between taking their child to a doctor and paying the rent. Congressman Henry A. Waxman has spent decades crafting and debating policy that advances equality and opportunity - a legislative journey that has been interrupted and delayed far too many times at the expense of the health and well-being of the American public."
  • Medicare & Medicaid
Excerpt: "Congressman Waxman strongly opposes efforts by the Republican majority in the House to end Medicare as we know it and to cut Medicaid. The GOP budget plan inflicts terrible harm on Americans from all walks of life – while protecting the wealthiest taxpayers in America, both individuals and corporations. "
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Protecting the environment has been a top priority for Congressman Waxman throughout his congressional career. He has fought tirelessly to address global climate change, create new jobs in American clean energy and reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign oil."
  • Consumer Protection
Excerpt: "Congressman Henry A. Waxman has been fighting for years to protect the rights of America's consumers, promoting a thriving commercial environment while protecting the vulnerable and advocating for protections from corrupt and deceptive business practices."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Waxman is not seeking re-election in 2014. He cited frustrations with the lack of productivity in Congress. He said, "It’s been frustrating because of the extremism of Tea Party Republicans. Nothing seems to be happening."[3]

2012

See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Waxman won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 33rd District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from the 30th District by redistricting. He and Bill Bloomfield (Ind) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Zein Obagi (D), Tim Pape (D), Bruce Margolin (D), Christopher David (R), Steve Collett (L) and David William Steinman (G). Waxman went on to defeat Bloomfield in the general election on November 6, 2012.[34][35]

U.S. House, California District 33 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Waxman Incumbent 54% 171,860
     Independent Bill Bloomfield 46% 146,660
Total Votes 318,520
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 33 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Waxman (D) Incumbent 45.3% 51,235
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Bloomfield (NPP) 24.6% 27,850
Christopher David (R) 15.3% 17,264
Bruce Margolin (D) 4.4% 5,020
Steve Collett (L) 4.3% 4,916
David William Steinman (G) 3.5% 3,940
Zein Obagi (D) 1.8% 1,988
Tim Pape (D) 0.7% 847
Total Votes 113,060

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Waxman is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Waxman raised a total of $6,622,701 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[55]

Henry Waxman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 33) Won $1,894,271
2010 US House (California, District 30) Won $1,538,103
2008 US House (California, District 30) Won $990,870
2006 US House (California, District 30) Won $648,175
2004 US House (California, District 30) Won $564,007
2002 US House (California, District 30) Won $469,632
2000 US House (California, District 29) Won $517,643
Grand Total Raised $6,622,701


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2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Waxman's reports.[56]

Henry Waxman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[57]April 15, 2013$220,611.74$52,962.22$(94,151.07)$179,422.89
July Quarterly[58]July 15, 2013$180,422.89$167,748.15$(75,427.23)$272,743.81
October Quarterly[59]October 11, 2013$272,743.81$252,799.48$(60,503.26)$465,040.03
Running totals
$473,509.85$(230,081.56)

2012

Waxman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Waxman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,894,271 and spent $2,663,178.[60] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[61]

Cost per vote

Waxman spent $15.50 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Waxman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Waxman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,538,103 and spent $1,440,465.[62]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Personal Gain Index

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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, Waxman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $667,021 and $1,731,000. That averages to $1,199,010, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Waxman ranked as the 187th most wealthy representative in 2012.[63] Between 2004 and 2012, Waxman's calculated net worth[64] increased 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.[65]

Henry Waxman Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,148,594
2012$1,199,010
Growth from 2004 to 2012:4%
Average annual growth:1%[66]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[67]
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). In the 113th Congress, Waxman is the ranking Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Waxman received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry.

From 1989-2014, 40.64 percent of Waxman's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[68]

Henry Waxman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $9,033,747
Total Spent $8,818,760
Ranking member of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$1,124,016
TV/Movies/Music$857,680
Lawyers/Law Firms$639,085
Public Sector Unions$587,415
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$462,800
% total in top industry12.44%
% total in top two industries21.94%
% total in top five industries40.64%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Waxman is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Waxman received in June 2013.[69]

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.[70]

Waxman most often votes with:

Waxman 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, Waxman missed 2,158 of 23,867 roll call votes from January 1975 to July 2014. This amounts to 9 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[71]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Waxman paid his congressional staff a total of $1,226,333 in 2011. He ranked 5th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 6th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[72]

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

Waxman ranked 73rd in the liberal rankings in 2013.[73]

2012

Waxman ranked 26th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[74]

2011

Waxman ranked 39th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[75]

Voting with party

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

2014

Waxman voted with the Democratic Party 93.8 percent of the time, which ranked 79th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[76]

2013

Waxman voted with the Democratic Party 97.5 percent of the time, which ranked 14th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[77]

Personal

Waxman and his wife, Janet, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John H. Rousselot
U.S. House of Representatives - California
1975-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly
1969-1974
Succeeded by
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