Peter Visclosky

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Peter J. Visclosky
Peter J. Visclosky.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1985-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 29
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorKatie Hall (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.65 in 2012
First electedNovember 1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,324,099
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolAndrean High School
Bachelor'sIndiana University Northwest
Master'sGeorgetown University
J.D.Notre Dame Law School
Personal
BirthdayAugust 13, 1949
Place of birthGary, Indiana
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,348,011.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Peter J. Visclosky campaign logo
Peter John "Pete" Visclosky (b. August 13, 1949, in Gary, IN) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Visclosky was elected by voters from Indiana's 1st Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1984.[1]

He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Visclosky is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 6, 2014.[3]

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

Biography

Visclosky was born in Gary, IN, and graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University Northwest, a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master's in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.[1]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Visclosky serves on the following committees:[4][5]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Defense (Ranking member)
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

2011-2012

  • Committee on Appropriations[6]
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Visclosky's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Visclosky 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Visclosky 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Visclosky voted against 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Yea3.png Visclosky 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Visclosky voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] 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. Visclosky joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

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.[17] 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.[18] Visclosky voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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.[20] 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. Visclosky voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Visclosky voted against 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.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Visclosky voted against 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.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Visclosky voted against 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.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png Visclosky voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Visclosky 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 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Peter Visclosky's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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, Visclosky is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Visclosky received a score of 62 percent on social issues and 4 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Oppposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: Indiana's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Visclosky is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 6, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Indiana's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Visclosky ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 1st Congressional District. Visclosky was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Republican Joel Phelps in the November 6 general election.[25]

U.S. House, Indiana District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter J. Visclosky Incumbent 67.3% 187,743
     Republican Joel Phelps 32.7% 91,291
Total Votes 279,034
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Visclosky is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Visclosky raised a total of $6,324,099 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[40]

Peter Visclosky's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Indiana, District 1) Won $785,240
2010 U.S. House (Indiana, District 1) Won $891,338
2008 U.S. House (Indiana, District 1) Won $1,763,060
2006 U.S. House (Indiana, District 1) Won $1,374,303
2004 U.S. House (Indiana, District 1) Won $127,315
2002 U.S. House (Indiana, District 1) Won $935,506
2000 U.S. House (Indiana, District 1) Won $447,337
Grand Total Raised $6,324,099

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Visclosky's reports.[41]

Peter J. Visclosky (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 25, 2013$216,063.08$188,270.72$(102,367.27)$301,966.53
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$301,966.53$92,324.00$(113,361.59)$282,028.94
October Quarterly[44]October 13, 2013$282,028.94$136,324.05$(110,528.09)$307,824.90
Year-end[45]January 31, 2014$307,824$64,328$(96,436)$275,716
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$275,716$111,756$(98,684)$288,788
Running totals
$593,002.77$(521,376.95)

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Visclosky made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Visclosky had received $57,000 from top defense firms.[47]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Visclosky's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Visclosky won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Visclosky's campaign committee raised a total of $785,240 and spent $1,061,227.[48] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

Cost per vote

Visclosky spent $5.65 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Visclosky won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Visclosky's campaign committee raised a total of $891,338 and spent $1,387,951.[50]

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 prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in 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 OpenSecrets.org, Visclosky's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $770,023 and $1,926,000. That averages to $1,348,011.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Visclosky ranked as the 184th most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2004 and 2012, Visclosky's calculated net worth[52] increased by an average of 23 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

Peter Visclosky Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$474,635
2012$1,348,011
Growth from 2004 to 2012:184%
Average annual growth:23%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
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.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Visclosky is a "centrist Democratic follower," as of July 30, 2014. Visclosky was rated as a "moderate Democratic follower" in June 2013.[56]

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.[57]

Visclosky most often votes with:

Visclosky least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Visclosky missed 356 of 18,199 roll call votes from January 1985 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.0 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[58]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Visclosky paid his congressional staff a total of $849,449 in 2011. He ranked 14th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 95th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 35th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[59]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Visclosky was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Visclosky's staff was given an apparent $44,832.00 in bonus money.[60]

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.

2013

Visclosky ranked 117th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[61]

2012

Visclosky ranked 129th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[62]

2011

Visclosky ranked 97th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[63]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Visclosky voted with the Democratic Party 90.0 percent of the time, which ranked 159th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[64]

2013

Visclosky voted with the Democratic Party 92.9 percent of the time, which ranked 147th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[65]

Personal

Visclosky is married to Joanne Royce. They have two sons, John and Tim.[1]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "House of Representatives","Full Biography", accessed August 18, 2014
  2. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana," accessed 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
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  24. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  52. 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).
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. 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.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Katie Hall
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana District 1
1985–present
Succeeded by
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