Mark Udall

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Mark Udall
Mark Udall.jpg
U.S. Senate, Colorado
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PredecessorWayne Allard (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$16,850,055
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
Colorado State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sWilliams College, 1972
BirthdayJuly 18, 1950
Place of birthTucson, AZ
Net worth$1,784,531
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Udall campaign logo
Mark Udall (b. July 18, 1950, in Tucson, Arizona) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Colorado. Udall was first elected to the Senate in 2008. He defeated Bob Schaffer (R), Douglas Campbell (American Constitution), Bob Kinsey (G) and three write-in candidates in the general election.

Udall began his political career in 1996, winning election to the Colorado House of Representatives. He served one term in the state house and then won election to the U.S. House in 1998. Udall served in that position until his election to the Senate in 2008.

Udall is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.

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


Below is an abbreviated outline of Udall's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1972: Graduated from Williams College with B.A.
  • 1974: Field coordinator, Morris K. Udall for President
  • 1985-1995: Executive director, Colorado Outward Bound School
  • 1996-1998: Colorado House of Representatives
  • 1999-2009: U.S. Representative from Colorado
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Senator from Colorado

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Udall serves on the following committees:[2]


  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Energy
    • Subcommittee on National Parks, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
  • Intelligence
  • Aging

Key votes

113th Congress


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.[3] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Udall's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Udall voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[5]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[6] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. 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 if or when prices were to drop.[7] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[7] Udall joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[8][9] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[9] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[10] 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Udall voted with the Democratic party in favor of the bill.[8][9]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[11] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Udall voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[12]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Udall voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[13]


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Udall voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Udall voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Udall 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]


On The Issues Vote Match

Mark Udall's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Udall is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Udall received a score of 72 percent on personal issues and 22 percent on economic issues.[17]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
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 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 Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[17]



See also: United States Senate elections in Colorado, 2014

Udall is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014, unopposed.[18] He will face Cory Gardner (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Udall is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Udall raised a total of $16,850,055 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[25]

Mark Udall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 US Senate (Colorado) Won $11,667,048
2006 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,512,865
2004 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,122,459
2002 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,144,547
2000 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,403,136
Grand Total Raised $16,850,055


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Udall's reports.[26]

Mark Udall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 18, 2013$1,358,707.07$1,595,645.64$(405,728.39)$2,548,624.32
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$2,548,624.32$1,345,544.51$(460,351.33)$3,433,817.50
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$3,433,817.50$1,143,765.56$(436,501.20)$4,141,081.86
Year-End[30]January 28, 2014$4,141,081$1,161,151$(578,188)$4,724,044
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$4,724,044$2,063,112$(882,623)$5,904,534
Pre-Primary[32]June 12, 2014$59,004,534$1,742,747$(2,021,323)$5,625,957
Running totals


Top recipients of lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from, Udall ranked 5th on the list with $79,850 in lobbyist contributions.[33]


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

Udall won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Udall's campaign committee raised a total of $11,667,048 and spent $12,867,562.[34]

His top 5 contributors between 2007-2008 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 personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: 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, Udall's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $887,057 and $2,682,000. That averages to $1,784,531, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Udall ranked as the 54th most wealthy senator in 2012.[35] Between 2004 and 2012, Udall's calculated net worth[36] decreased 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.[37]

Mark Udall Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-5%
Average annual growth:-1%[38]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[39]
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.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Udall is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[40]

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.[41]

Udall most often votes with:

Udall least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Udall missed 21 of 1,274 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.6%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Udall paid his congressional staff a total of $2,705,295 in 2011. He ranked 27th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 69th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 18th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

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. Udall ranked 39th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[44]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Udall ranked 30th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators.[45]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Udall has voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 28th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[46]


Udall and his wife, Maggie Fox, have two children.

Udall's brother, James “Randy” Udall, has been missing since June 28, 2013, following a solo backpacking trip.[47]

Son's arrest

Udall's son Jed was arrested on January 29, 2014, on charges of vehicular trespassing and drug possession. According to reports, he broke into three cars and was found with heroin in his pocket. Senator Udall responded by saying, "Maggie and I are deeply distressed to learn of our son's arrest. We love our son and stand with him in his commitment to getting the treatment he needs. We appreciate the private space to deal with this as a family."[48]

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See also

External links


  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Mark Udall," accessed October 20, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  6., "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 )," accessed February 12, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  10. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 On The Issues, "Mark Udall Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  18. Colorado Secretary of State, "Primary election results," accessed June 24, 2014
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mark Udall," accessed March 25, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall Summary Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  33. Open Secrets, "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013," accessed July 3, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Mark Udall 2008 Election Cycle," accessed October 22, 2011
  35. OpenSecrets, "Mark Udall (D-Colo), 2012," accessed March 4, 2013
  36. 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).
  37. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  38. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  39. 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.
  40. Gov Track, "Mark Udall," accessed June 7, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Mark Udall," accessed July 30, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Mark Udall," accessed April 2, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Mark Udall," accessed August 6, 2012
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  47. The Washington Post, "Brother of Sen. Mark Udall missing," July 2, 2013
  48. Huffington Post, "Mark Udall's Son Arrested On Vehicular Trespassing, Drug Charges," January 30, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Wayne Allard
U.S. Senate - Colorado
Succeeded by