Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Tom Marino Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Marino Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Tom Marino, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, defeated Scott Brion, who also ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Independent Nick Troiano in the general election.[3] The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[4]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014 (at least 30 days prior to election).[8]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tom Marino (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of Pennsylvania and includes Monroe, Pike, Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna, Bradford, Tioga, Sullivan, Lycoming, Union, Columbia, Snyder, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates


Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 10 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Marino Incumbent 62.5% 111,547
     Democratic Scott Brion 24.8% 44,221
     Independent Nick Troiano 12.7% 22,611
Total Votes 178,379
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Campaign themes

Tom Marino

Marino's campaign website listed the following issues:[13]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "Tom knows that the past few years have been tough on the people of Pennsylvania and he has been fighting for pro-growth policies to get America back to work. As a fiscal conservative, Tom believes that the best way to create jobs is to remove government barriers to the private sector and cut the bureaucratic red-tape that stifles innovation and success."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Tom has continuously voted to repeal, defund, and replace Obamacare at every opportunity in his first term. While Tom believes that every American should have access to quality and affordable health care, he is fundamentally opposed to the government intrusion of Obamacare into the health care decisions of American families."
  • The War on Terror
Excerpt: "Tom understands the importance of protecting the citizens of the United States from acts of terrorists and believes that we must continue to keep our nation safe but still free. Tom wants to see our troops safely return home as soon as possible, but understands that it must be done to ensure safety and stability."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Tom comes from a region that has been blessed with an abundance of natural gas. This resource can make us energy independent and assist in protecting our national security. Our country's dependence on foreign oil has led us to give trillions of American dollars to foreign nations, many of which pose a serious threat to our security."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: " Tom is a member of the National Rifle Association and a strong supporter of gun rights and the Second Amendment."

Scott Brion

Brion's campaign website listed the following issues:[14]

  • Energy & Environment
Excerpt: "Energy and the Environment are inextricably linked and we need to protect our environment through a sensible energy policy."
  • Jobs & the Economy
Excerpt: "The government shutdown, sequester and political grandstanding over the Affordable Care Act are shortsighted and have needlessly damaged the economy and job creation."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Strong publicly funded schools are a cornerstone of America’s greatness. We need to recommit to public education and wisely invest in our future. "
  • Our Society
Excerpt: "The individual right to bear arms is a central part of the American tradition. The right to own and use firearms should be protected while existing laws are effectively enforced. We need to continue the discussion of common sense ways to improve the safety of our communities while respecting the rights of citizens."
  • Campaign Finance
Excerpt: "Unlimited campaign contributions and political spending by corporations is a problem and needs to be addressed. Corporations are not people."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is flawed, but important legislation that provides a great deal of improvement to many aspects of the private insurance system. As a lawful central component of this system, it is now critical that the efforts of congress be focused on improving the ACA to make it work for America."

Key votes

Below are important votes that Marino cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Marino voted in favor of 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 and was largely along party lines.[15]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Marino voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[15]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Marino voted in favor of 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.[16] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[15]

NDAA

Yea3.png Marino voted in support of 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.[15]

Economy

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.[17] 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.[18][19] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[19] Marino voted with 161 other Republican 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.[20][21] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[21] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[22] 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. Marino voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[20]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[23] 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.[24] Marino voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[25]

Nay3.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.[26] 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. Marino voted against HR 2775.[27]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Marino voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Marino voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[15]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Marino voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[28] Marino joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[29][30]

Campaign contributions

Tom Marino

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

Tom Marino (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$16,455.37$108,347.76$(23,030.27)$101,772.86
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$101,772.86$118,811.76$(49,500.81)$171,083.81
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$171,083.81$81,875.00$(25,910.98)$227,047.83
Year-End[35]January 28, 2014$227,047$116,248$(60,747)$282,549
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$282,549.25$128,510.00$(30,044.18)$381,015.07
Running totals
$553,792.52$(189,233.24)

Scott Brion

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brion's reports.[37]

Scott Brion (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$0.00$18,985.00$(5,596.84)$13,388.16
Running totals
$18,985$(5,596.84)

District history

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2012

The 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Tom Marino (R) won re-election in the district.[39]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Philip Scollo 34.4% 94,227
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Marino Incumbent 65.6% 179,563
Total Votes 273,790
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tom Marino won election to the United States House. He defeated Christopher P. Carney (D) in the general election.[40]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Marino 55.2% 110,599
     Democratic Christopher P. Carney 44.8% 89,846
Total Votes 200,445

See also

External links

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