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Mo Brooks
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U.S. House, Alabama, District 5
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorParker Griffith (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.41 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,765,964
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alabama State House of Representatives
1982-1992
Education
Bachelor'sDuke University, 1975
J.D.University of Alabama, 1978
Personal
BirthdayApril 29, 1954
Place of birthCharleston, SC
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$962,523
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mo Brooks (b. April 29, 1954, in Charleston, South Carolina) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Alabama's 5th Congressional District. Brooks was first elected to the House in 2010.

Brooks most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Parker Griffith in the Republican primary on March 13, 2012.[1] He went on to win the general election on November 6, 2012, defeating Charlie L. Holley.[2]

Brooks began his political career by serving in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1982 to 1992.

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

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

Career

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

  • 1975: Graduated from Duke University with B.A.
  • 1978: Graduated from University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa with J.D.
  • 1978-1980: Practiced law in Tuscaloosa County
  • 1980-1982: Clerk, Circuit Court Judge John Snodgrass
  • 1982-1992: Alabama House of Representatives
  • 1991-1993: District attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Madison County
  • 1995-2002: Special assistant attorney general, state of Alabama
  • 1996-2010: Commissioner, Madison County
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Alabama

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Brooks serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Issues

Legislative actions

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 Brooks's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Brooks 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" Brooks voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 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" Brooks 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] Brooks voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" 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 3 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Brooks joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[13][14]

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] Brooks voted to approve 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. Brooks voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Brooks 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Brooks 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" Brooks 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" Brooks 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" Brooks 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]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Brooks is 1 of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club," a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Brooks is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012

Brooks won re-election to the 5th Congressional District in 2012. He defeated Parker Griffith in the Republican primary on March 13, 2012. He then defeated Charlie L. Holley (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charlie L. Holley 34.9% 101,772
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 64.9% 189,185
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 336
Total Votes 291,293
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Alabama District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 70.9% 65,155
Parker Griffith 29.1% 26,693
Total Votes 91,848

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brooks is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Brooks raised a total of $1,765,964 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 21, 2013.[30]

Mo Brooks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Alabama, District 5) Won $904,753
2010 US House (Alabama, District 5) Won $861,211
Grand Total Raised $1,765,964

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brooks' reports.[31]

Mo Brooks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$499,658.59$22,200.00$(23,868.80)$497,989.79
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$497,989.79$137,820.00$(12,444.68)$623,365.11
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$623,365.11$28,125.00$(18,960.03)$632,530.08
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$632,530$20,525$(1,136,984)$616,070
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$616,070$182,669$(12,232)$786,507
Running totals
$391,339$(1,204,489.51)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Brooks' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Brooks won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Brooks' campaign committee raised a total of $904,753 and spent $455,514.[37] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[38]

Cost per vote

Brooks spent $2.41 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Brooks' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Brooks won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Brooks' campaign committee raised a total of $861,211 and spent $810,790.[39]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Alabama District 5, 2010 - Mo Brooks Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $861,211
Total Spent $810,790
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $929,084
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $777,837
Top contributors to Mo Brooks's campaign committee
McDaniel & Mcdaniel$14,000
Dynetics Inc$11,750
Leo & Brooks$9,900
ABC Supply$8,200
Phoenix Consulting Group$7,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$85,200
Leadership PACs$74,398
Health Professionals$70,200
Lawyers/Law Firms$46,450
Defense Aerospace$23,250

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brooks is a "moderate Republican follower" 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]

Brooks most often votes with:

Brooks least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Brooks missed 15 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives 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. Brooks paid his congressional staff a total of $1,020,319 in 2011. He ranked 46th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries, and he ranked 51st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Alabama ranked 22nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brooks' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $425,047 and $1,500,000. That averages to $962,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Brooks ranked as the 212th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44]

Mo Brooks Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$962,523$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Brooks ranked 74th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[45]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Brooks ranked 140th in the conservative rankings.[46]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Brooks has voted with the Republican Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 187th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

Brooks and his wife, Martha, have four children.

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Alabama Secretary of State, "2012 Alabama Republican primary candidates," January 18, 2012
  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Mo Brooks," accessed October 28, 2011
  4. Congressman Mo Brooks, 5th District of Alabama, "Press release: Rep. Brooks Announces 113th Congress Committee Assignments," January 4, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. 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
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. RedState, "Fight Club," accessed March 6, 2013
  28. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mo Brooks," accessed March 21, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks Summary Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  37. Open Secrets, "Mo Brooks 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Mo Brooks 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 28 2011
  40. Gov Track, "Mo Brooks," accessed June 7 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Mo Brooks," accessed July 30, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Mo Brooks," accessed April 2, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Mo Brooks," accessed August 21, 2012
  44. OpenSecrets, "Mo Brooks (R-Ala), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Parker Griffith
U.S. House - Alabama District 5
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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