John Dingell

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John D. Dingell, Jr.
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U.S. House, Michigan, District 12
Incumbent
In office
December 13, 1955-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn D. Dingell, Sr. (D)
Leadership
Dean of the United States House of Representatives
January 1995-Present
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.35 in 2012
First electedDecember 13, 1955
Campaign $$13,421,056
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolGeorgetown Preparatory School, Garrett Park, Maryland
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.Georgetown University Law School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1944-1946
Personal
BirthdayJuly 8, 1926
Place of birthColorado Springs, Colorado
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$5,239,554
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John D. Dingell, Jr. (b. July 8, 1926, in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 12th Congressional District. Dingell, the longest serving representative in U.S. history, was first elected to the House in a 1955 special election following the death of his father, Rep. John D. Dingell, Sr.

On February 24, 2014, Dingell announced that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.[1]

Dingell won re-election in 2012 to the 12th Congressional District seat. He defeated Cynthia Kallgren (R) and Richard Secula (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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

Biography

Dingell was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946, Dingell earned his B.S. and J.D. from Georgetown University in 1949 and 1952, respectively.[2]

Career

Prior to his political career, Dingell worked as an attorney.

  • 1944-1946: United States Army
  • 1952-1953: Research Assistant, United States Circuit Judge Theodore Levin
  • 1954-1955: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Wayne County, Michigan
  • 1955-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Dingell serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

2011-2012

Dingell served on the following committees:[4]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Ex-Officio
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy Ex-Officio
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Dingell 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

Nay3.png Dingell 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Dingell voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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] Dingell voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of 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.[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 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. Dingell joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

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

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.[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. Dingell voted for HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Nay3.png Dingell 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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Dingell 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Dingell 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Dingell 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Dingell 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.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Dingell'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, Dingell is a Moderate Liberal. Dingell received a score of 70 percent on social issues and 25 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 Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN 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.[27]

Campaign themes

2012

Below are several issues which were highlighted on Dingell's campaign website:[29]

  • Jobs & The Economy

Excerpt: "Close tax loopholes that allow outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas and use the savings to pay for Hometown Tax Credits for small businesses to expand American manufacturing jobs... Boost incentives to create American clean energy jobs...Strengthen requirements that U.S. government and contractors buy American."[30]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "The Congressman believes health insurance is a right for all Americans, and for this reason Congressman Dingell has introduced health care reform legislation in every Congress since he was elected in 1955."[31]

  • Food & Drug Protection

Excerpt: "The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a giant leap forward for our food safety system. It will give the Food and Drug Administration much needed tools to oversee our food system, track down dangerous illness-causing pathogens and respond quickly to food borne illness outbreaks through mandatory recall authority and authority to detain tainted products."[32]

  • National Security

Excerpt: "The Congressman is supportive of the Administration’s goal to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan. He supports the Obama Administration’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 30,000, bringing the total to near 100,000, and to begin a responsible drawdown in 2011."[33]

  • Education

Excerpt: "Congressman Dingell is a strong proponent of public education, and voted in August of this year to save the jobs of 242 teachers in Michigan’s 15th Congressional District and 4,700 teachers across the state of Michigan."[34]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

On February 24, 2014, Dingell announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014. By the time his term expires, Dingell will have served in the United States Congress for close to 60 years, the longest in Congress' history.[1]
Dingell cited the political climate as one of his reasons for retiring. "I find serving in the House to be obnoxious," Dingell told The Detroit News. Later that same week, Dingell's wife, Debbie Dingell, announced that she would seek her husband's seek in Congress.[35]

2012

See also: Michigan's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Dingell won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 12th District.[36] He defeated Daniel Marcin in the August 7 Democratic primary. He then defeated Cynthia Kallgren (R) and Richard Secula (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[37]


John D. Dingell, Jr. Campaign ad"[38]
U.S. House, Michigan District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn D. Dingell Incumbent 67.9% 216,884
     Republican Cynthia Kallgren 29% 92,472
     Libertarian Richard Secula 3.1% 9,867
Total Votes 319,223
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Michigan District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dingell 78.6% 41,116
Daniel Marcin 21.4% 11,226
Total Votes 52,342

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Dingell is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Dingell raised a total of $13,421,056 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[67]

John Dingell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $1,444,696
2010 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $1,960,195
2008 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $2,736,892
2006 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $1,557,064
2004 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $1,524,991
2002 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $3,073,004
2000 US House (Michigan, District 16) Won $1,124,214
Grand Total Raised $13,421,056

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

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 Dingell’s reports.[68]

John Dingell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[69]April 15, 2013$387,065.14$39,370.07$(100,383.65)$326,051
July Quarterly[70]July 16, 2013$326,051.56$16,615.49$(90,851.58)$402,015.46
October Quarterly[71]October 15, 2013$402,015.46$83,433.39$(148,046.62)$337,402.23
Year-End[72]January 31, 2014$337,402.23$108,624.67$(114,660.00)$331,366.90
Running totals
$248,043.62$(453,941.85)

2012

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

Dingell won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dingell's campaign committee raised a total of $1,444,696 and spent $1,090,721.[73]

Cost per vote

Dingell spent $2.35 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Dingell won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Dingell's campaign committee raised a total of $1,960,195 and spent $2,790,616.[74]

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, Dingell's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,883,108 and $7,596,000. That averages to $5,239,554, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Dingell ranked as the 71st most wealthy representative in 2012.[75] Between 2004 and 2012, Dingell's calculated net worth[76] increased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[77]

John Dingell Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$4,481,315
2012$5,239,554
Growth from 2004 to 2012:17%
Average annual growth:2%[78]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[79]
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). Dingell received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Electric Utilities industry.

From 1989-2014, 30.53 percent of Dingell's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[80]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
John Dingell Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $19,469,345
Total Spent $19,382,022
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Electric Utilities$1,472,221
Health Professionals$1,332,158
Automotive$1,114,415
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,091,342
TV/Movies/Music$933,121
% total in top industry7.56%
% total in top two industries14.4%
% total in top five industries30.53%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Dingell is a "moderate Democratic follower" as of July 2014.[81] Dingell was rated as a "rank-and-file Democrat" in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[82]

Dingell most often votes with:

Dingell 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, Dingell missed 2,101 of 27,799 roll call votes from January 1956 to July 2014. This amounts to 7.6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[83]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Dingell paid his congressional staff a total of $1,212,009 in 2011. He ranked 10th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 11th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[84]

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

Dingell ranked 137th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[85]

2012

Dingell ranked 104th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[86]

2011

Dingell ranked 158th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[87]

Voting with party

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

2014

Dingell voted with the Democratic Party 91.6 percent of the time, which ranked 139th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[88]

2013

Dingell voted with the Democratic Party 91.1 percent of the time, which ranked 168th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[89]

Personal

Dingell has been married to his wife, Debbie Insley Dingell, for thirty years. He has four grown children and several grandchildren.[90]

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See also

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
John D. Dingell, Sr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan
1955-Present
Succeeded by
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