Jared Polis

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Jared Polis
Jared Polis.jpg
U.S. House, Colorado, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMark Udall (D)
Leadership
Chair of the Colorado Board of Education
2004-2005
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.41 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,749,496
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado State Board of Education
2001-2007
Education
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Personal
BirthdayMay 12, 1975
Place of birthBoulder, Colorado
ProfessionPublic Administration
Net worth$197,945,705
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jared Polis campaign logo
Jared Schutz Polis (b. May 12, 1975, in Boulder, Colorado) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 2nd Congressional District. Polis was first elected to the House in 2008.

Polis was most recently re-elected in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Randy Luallin (L), Kevin Lundberg (R) and Susan Hall (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Polis is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2012. He will face George Leing (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Polis is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Polis was born in Boulder, Colorado. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1996.[2]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Polis serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Polis 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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Polis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Polis 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Polis 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Polis 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Polis 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] 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. Polis joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

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.[17] 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.[18] Polis voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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.[20] 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. Polis voted for HR 2775.[21]

Polis returned his pay earned during the shutdown to the U.S. Treasury.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Yea3.png Polis voted for 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. Polis was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[23]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Polis 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

Obamacare

Polis told a Colorado health policy think tank that premiums under the Affordable Care Act may be too expensive for some of the state's wealthiest residents. He said, "We will be encouraging a waiver. It will be difficult for Summit County residents to become insured. For the vast majority, it’s too high a price to pay."[26]

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Polis 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.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Polis 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.[28]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Polis 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.[29]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Jared Polis' 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, Polis is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Polis received a score of 64 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.[30]

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[31]
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 Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[30]

Campaign themes

2014

Polis' office website lists the following issues:[32]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "With American families and businesses still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, Congress must have a singular focus on job creation and expanding opportunity. We must build ladders of opportunity and tear down barriers for all Americans who are willing to work hard and take responsibility so that everyone can achieve the American Dream."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Congressman Polis uses his business background, education policy knowledge and school leadership experience to work with his colleagues to enact meaningful education reform. He believes that building an excellent public education system that provides each and every child with the opportunity to succeed is the best possible investment in America’s future."
  • Energy & Environment
Excerpt: "Colorado’s landscape and environment are the heart of our state’s character. Visitors from across the globe come to Colorado year-round to get a taste of what we’re surrounded by every day. Our state’s natural beauty is itself a precious resource that we must preserve."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Congressman Polis believes that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care. It is unacceptable that a country that spends more on health care than any other cannot provide affordable treatment for all its citizens."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Since our founding, the United States has been a beacon of hope for immigrants. We have welcomed people like Congressman Polis' great-grandparents, who came to our shores in search of religious freedom and the opportunity for a better life for their family. It is our immigrant experience and our diversity as a nation that has set us apart, making America the land of innovation as well as the land of opportunity."

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, Fort Collins and Larimer County became part of Polis' 2nd District. Polis said of the changes, "Fort Collins, Loveland and the cities and towns of the new 2nd Congressional District are dynamic, wonderful communities that I would be honored to serve in the new Congress. I am particularly pleased to have the chance to represent two of our state’s finest universities, including the new businesses their presence helps create as we work to provide jobs and opportunities for all Coloradans."[33]

Elections

2014

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

Polis is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014, unopposed.[34] He will face George Leing (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Polis won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 2nd District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Randy Luallin (L), Kevin Lundberg (R) and Susan Hall (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[35]

U.S. House, Colorado District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJared Polis Incumbent 55.7% 234,758
     Republican Kevin Lundberg 38.6% 162,639
     Libertarian Randy Luallin 3.3% 13,770
     Green Susan Hall 2.5% 10,413
Total Votes 421,580
Source: Colorado 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 Polis attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Polis is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Polis raised a total of $9,749,496 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[38]

Jared Polis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,147,923
2010 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,248,539
2008 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $7,353,034
Grand Total Raised $9,749,496


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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 Polis' reports.[39]

Jared Polis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$25,376.55$97,742.59$(80,492.25)$42,626.89
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$42,626.89$121,345.53$(56,573.59)$107,398.83
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$107,398.83$66,621.92$(58,718.32)$115,302.43
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$115,302$138,468$(47,362)$206,408
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$206,408$159,454$(65,368)$300,493
Pre-Primary[45]June 12, 2014$300,493$176,727$(52,007)$425,213
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2014$425,213$12,803$(45,445)$392,571
Running totals
$773,162.04$(405,966.16)

2012

Polis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Polis' campaign committee raised a total of $1,147,923 and spent $1,504,673.[47] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Polis spent $6.41 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Polis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Polis' campaign committee raised a total of $1,248,539 and spent $895,953.[49]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


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, Polis' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $69,791,412 and $326,099,998. That averages to $197,945,705, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Polis ranked as the 2nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2007 and 2012, Polis' calculated net worth[51] increased by an average of 0 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

Jared Polis Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$194,790,026
2012$197,945,705
Growth from 2007 to 2012:2%
Average annual growth:0%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
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, Polis is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Polis received in June 2013.[55]

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.[56]

Polis most often votes with:

Polis 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, Polis missed 262 of 4,333 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[57]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Polis paid his congressional staff a total of $1,067,870 in 2011. He ranked 117th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 96th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[58]

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

Polis ranked 144th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[59]

2012

Polis ranked 146th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[60]

2011

Polis ranked 100th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[61]

Voting with party

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

2014

Polis voted with the Democratic Party 87.2 percent of the time, which ranked 172nd among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[62]

2013

Polis voted with the Democratic Party 92.2 percent of the time, which ranked 160th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[63]

Personal

Polis has a partner, Marlon Reis.

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See also

External links

References

  1. Associated Press, "Unofficial election results," June 26, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "POLIS, Jared, (1975 - )," accessed November 1, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Jared Polis," accessed November 1, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressman Jared Polis, 2nd District of Colorado, "Caucus," accessed December 9, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
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  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Fox News, "ObamaCare too costly for the rich Colorado residents, Dem congressman says," October 23, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  29. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 On The Issues, "Jared Polis Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  31. 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.
  32. Office website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  33. Coloradoan, "County to get new representation," December 6, 2011
  34. Colorado Secretary of State, "Primary election results," accessed June 24, 2014
  35. Associated Press, "Unofficial election results," June 26, 2012
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  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
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  39. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Jared Polis July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  47. Open Secrets, "Jared Polis 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Jared Polis 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  50. OpenSecrets, "Jared Polis (D-Colo), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  51. 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).
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. 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.
  55. GovTrack, "Jared Polis," accessed July 21, 2014
  56. OpenCongress, "Jared Polis," accessed July 18, 2014
  57. GovTrack, "Jared Polis," accessed July 21, 2014
  58. LegiStorm, "Jared Polis," accessed August 21, 2012
  59. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
  60. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  61. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  62. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  63. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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2009-Present
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