John Culberson

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John Culberson
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U.S. House, Texas, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorWilliam Reynolds Archer, Jr. (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.93 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,318,234
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives
1986-2001
Education
Bachelor'sSouthern Methodist University
J.D.South Texas College of Law
Personal
BirthdayAugust 24, 1956
Place of birthHouston, Texas
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$150,501
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Abney Culberson (b. August 24, 1956, in Houston, TX) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Culberson represents Texas' 7th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2000.

Culberson most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated James Cargas (D), Drew Parks (L) and Lance Findley (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Culberson began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served from 1986 until his election to the U.S. House in 2000.

Culberson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

Culberson was born in Houston, Texas. He earned his B.A. from Southern Methodist University and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Culberson serves on the following committees:[3]

  • House Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Chair

2011-2012

Culberson was a member of the following House committees:[4]

  • House Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Chair
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science

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

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Culberson voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Culberson voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

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.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Culberson voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Culberson voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Neutral/Abstain Culberson did not vote on HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Culberson voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

John Culberson'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, Culberson is a Hard-Core Conservative. Culberson received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 100 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly 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 Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Presidential preference

2012

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

John Culberson endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [29]

Campaign themes

2014

Culberson's campaign website lists the following issues:[30]

  • Appropriations
Excerpt: "As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am fully committed to cutting wasteful government spending."
  • Border Security
Excerpt: "We will never win the war on terror until we secure our borders. Lawlessness breeds lawlessness, and this lack of enforcement is allowing illegal aliens and potential terrorists to enter our country."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Dependence on foreign oil is a serious threat to our economy and national security. Congress should provide incentives for domestic oil production and promote alternative forms of energy."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Congress should use free market principles and common sense to control rising health care costs."
  • Houston Transportation
Excerpt: "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am committed to securing funding for critical Houston area transportation projects that reduce congestion and travel time."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Culberson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face James Cargas (D) and Gerald Fowler (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Culberson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 7th District. He defeated Bill Tofte in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated James Cargas (D), Drew Parks (L) and Lance Findley (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31][32]

U.S. House, Texas District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Culberson Incumbent 60.8% 142,793
     Democratic James Cargas 36.4% 85,553
     Libertarian Drew Parks 2% 4,669
     Green Lance Findley 0.8% 1,822
Total Votes 234,837
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Culberson Incumbent 86.3% 37,590
Bill Tofte 13.7% 5,971
Total Votes 43,561

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Culberson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Culberson raised a total of $6,318,234 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[39]

John Culberson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $842,045
2010 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $779,425
2008 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $1,747,989
2006 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $718,882
2004 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $628,783
2002 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $508,138
2000 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $1,092,972
Grand Total Raised $6,318,234

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Culberson's reports.[40]

John Culberson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 10, 2013$32,396.11$120,460.00$(76,457.55)$76,398.56
July Quarterly[42]July 9, 2013$76,398.56$93,006.00$(57,663.84)$111,740.72
October Quarterly[43]October 12, 2013$111,740.72$61,604.00$(61,277.29)$112,067.43
Year-End[44]January 16, 2014$112,067$45,400$(61,522)$95,944
Pre-Primary[45]February 17, 2014$95,944$48,475$(48,364)$96,055
April Quarterly[46]April 11, 2014$96,055$53,784$(27,778)$122,061
Running totals
$422,729$(333,062.68)

2012

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

Culberson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Culberson's campaign committee raised a total of $842,045 and spent $846,831.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Culberson spent $5.93 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Culberson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Culberson's campaign committee raised a total of $779,425 and spent $771,544.[49]

U.S. House, Texas District 7, 2010 - John Culberson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $779,425
Total Spent $771,544
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to John Culberson's campaign committee
Mach Industrial Group$12,000
Abbott Laboratories$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
Boeing Co$10,000
Credit Union National Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$80,550
Retired$65,150
Real Estate$52,400
Health Professionals$36,950
Air Transport$32,900

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, Culberson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-579,996 and $880,998. That averages to $150,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Culberson ranked as the 363rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[51]

John Culberson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$-54,694
2012$150,501
Growth from 2004 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[52]
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, Culberson is a "moderate Republican follower" as of July 2014. In June 2013, Culberson was rated as a "lonely far-right Republican follower."[53]

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.[54]

Culberson most often votes with:

Culberson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Culberson missed 658 of 9,640 roll call votes from January 2001 to July 2014. This amounts to 6.8 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Culberson paid his congressional staff a total of $847,482 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[56]

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

Culberson ranked 107th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[57]

2012

Culberson tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 43rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[58]

2011

Culberson ranked 121st in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[59]

Voting with party

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

2014

Culberson voted with the Republican Party 94.7 percent of the time, which ranked 97th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[60]

2013

Culberson voted with the Republican Party 95.0 percent of the time, which ranked 177th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

Culberson and his wife, Melissa, have one daughter.[4]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "John Culberson," accessed October 22, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official House website, "Biography," accessed October 22, 2011
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  28. 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.
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  51. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  52. 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.
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  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
William Reynolds Archer, Jr. (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 7
2001-Present
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Texas House of Representatives
1986-2001
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