Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Michael F. Doyle Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michael F. Doyle Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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

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The 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Michael F. Doyle defeated Janis Brooks in the Democratic primary. Doyle ran unopposed in the general election.
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. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[3][4][5]

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).[6]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Michael F. Doyle (D), who was first elected in 1994.

Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District is located in the southwest region of Pennsylvania and includes the entire city of Pittsburgh. It also includes portions of Allgheny county.[7]


General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 14 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael F. Doyle Incumbent 100% 148,351
Total Votes 148,351
Source: Pennsylvania Secretary of State

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 14 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael F. Doyle Incumbent 84.1% 56,796
Janis Brooks 15.9% 10,744
Total Votes 67,540
Source: Results via Associated Press

Key votes

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

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.[9] 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.[10] Michael Doyle voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

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.[12] 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. Michael Doyle voted for HR 2775.[13]


Campaign themes

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

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "My highest priority throughout my service in Congress has been promoting economic growth and the creation of good jobs in southwestern Pennsylvania."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "I believe that the richest, most powerful country on Earth ought to be able to figure out how to guarantee all of its citizen’s affordable, high quality health care. Americans are justifiably proud of the remarkable medical advances our country has made, but we should be ashamed that tens of millions of Americans are currently uninsured and that many Americans can’t afford to get the care they need."
  • Energy Policy and Global Warming
Excerpt: "I believe that Americans deserve affordable, reliable energy supplies -and that most Americans share my desire to free our nation from its current dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world. Consequently, I have been working for years to put in place a comprehensive national energy policy that would make the United States energy-independent."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The most important thing we can do to ensure that all Americans have a decent standard of living is provide them with a good education. And if we fail to provide a good education to everyone in this country, it’s safe to say that our country will be in great danger of losing its place as the richest, most vibrant country in the world."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Our veterans who have served the nation so bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve our help in returning to civilian life once their military service ends."
  • Social Security, Medicare, and Retirement
Excerpt: "Older Americans deserve freedom from fear of poverty and from unmanageable medical expenses. The American people have earned the right to a decent income and affordable high quality health care through their many years of contributions to the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds."

Campaign contributions

Michael Doyle

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Michael Doyle's reports.[15]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michael F. Doyle (D) won re-election in the district.[21]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael F. Doyle Incumbent 76.9% 251,932
     Republican Hans Lessmann 23.1% 75,702
Total Votes 327,634
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Michael Doyle won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Haluszczak (R) and Ed Bortz (Green) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 14 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael F. Doyle incumbent 68.8% 122,073
     Republican Melissa Haluszczak 28.2% 49,997
     Green Ed Bortz 3% 5,400
Total Votes 177,470

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Votes PA, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  8. Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed March 18, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Doyle 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Doyle Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  21. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013