Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Shuster 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 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent, Bill Shuster will face Alanna Hartzok, who run unopposed in the Democratic primary, in the general election. Schuster defeated Art Halvorson and Travis Schooley in the Republican primary. The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[3]
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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014 (at least 30 days prior to election).[7]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Bill Shuster (R), who was first elected in 2001.

Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District is located in the south central portion Pennsylvania and includes Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Somerset, Fayette, Green and Washington counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Shuster Incumbent 51.9% 18,518
Art Halvorson 36.5% 13,007
Travis Schooley 11.6% 4,154
Total Votes 35,679
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Politico published a list in August 2013 of the five primaries to watch in 2014. Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District was included on the list.[12] Bill Shuster defeated Art Halvorson, who won early endorsements from RedState founder Erick Erickson and the Madison Project, a conservative group that ran a 60-second radio ad criticizing Shuster for his votes to raise the debt ceiling.[12] Halvorson, a wealthy commercial real estate developer who put more than $100,000 towards his campaign, was critical of Shuster for his record on spending issues. Schuster also defeated U.S. Army veteran Travis Schooley.[12]

It was not the first time Shuster faced a serious primary. In 2004, he held off Republican challenger Michael DelGrosso, 51 percent to 49 percent.[12]

Key votes

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

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Shuster 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.[13]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Shuster 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.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Shuster 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

NDAA

Yea3.png Shuster 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.[13]

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.[15] 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.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Shuster 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.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] 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. Shuster voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[18]

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.[21] 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.[22] Shuster voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

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.[24] 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. Shuster voted for HR 2775.[25]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Shuster 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.[13]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Shuster 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.[13]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Shuster 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.[13]

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.[26] Shuster joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[27][28]

Polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Bill Schuster Art HalvorsonTravis SchooleyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
September 30, 2013 - October 1, 2013
62%11%5%21%+/-4.16555
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

Bill Shuster


"Listens" - Bill Shuster for Congress

"Meet Art Halvorson" - Bill Shuster for Congress

Campaign contributions

Bill Shuster

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bill Shuster's reports.[29]

Bill Shuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$284,858.84$496,211.55$(168,733.27)$612,337.12
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$612,337.12$651,974.36$(343,031.29)$921,280.19
October Quarterly[32]October 13, 2013$921,280.19$382,496.39$(141,712.11)$1,162,064.47
Year-End[33]January 31, 2014$1,162,064$550,730$(353,597)$1,359,197
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$1,359,197.39$737,379.09$(844,093.76)$1,252,482.72
Running totals
$2,818,791.39$(1,851,167.43)

Art Halvorson

Art Halvorson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$0$30,145$(4,115)$126,030
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$126,030.00$13,760.00$(14,280.47)$125,509.53
Year-End[37]January 8, 2014$125,509$8,699$(61,810)$72,398
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$72,398.64$8,821.21$(24,727.33)$56,492.52
Running totals
$61,425.21$(104,932.8)

Travis Schooley

Travis Schooley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$0.00$6,721.53$(6,524.79)$196.74
Year-End[40]January 23, 2014$196$5,542$(5,068)$670
April Quarterly[41]April 13, 2014$670.66$9,602.49$(4,581.02)$5,692.13
Running totals
$21,866.02$(16,173.81)

District history

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2012

The 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bill Shuster won re-election in the district.[42]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Karen Ramsburg 38.3% 105,128
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Shuster Incumbent 61.7% 169,177
Total Votes 274,305
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bill Shuster won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Tom Conners (D) in the general election.[43]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Shuster 73.1% 141,904
     Democratic Tom Conners 26.9% 52,322
Total Votes 194,226

See also

External links

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