Renee Ellmers

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Renee Ellmers
Renee Ellmers.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBob Etheridge (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.85 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,205,245
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sOakland University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 9, 1964
Place of birthIronwood, Michigan
ProfessionNurse, Hospital Administrator
Net worth$-101,498
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Renee Ellmers (b. February 9, 1964, in Ironwood, MI) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

Ellmers was first elected to the House in 2010 for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District and won re-election on November 6, 2012. She is currently serving her second consecutive term.[1]

Ellmers is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2]

Prior to her congressional career, Ellmers served as chair of the North Carolina Planning Board.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ellmers is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Ellmers was born in Ironwood, Michigan. She earned a B.A. from Oakland University in 1990.[3]

Career

After earning her degree, Ellmers worked as a registered nurse, as a hospital administrator, as a member of the Dunn, North Carolina, Planning Board from 2006 to 2010 and as chair of the board from 2008 to 2010.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Ellmers serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Ellmers served on the following committees:[5]

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.[9] For more information pertaining to Ellmers's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Ellmers 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.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Ellmers voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Ellmers 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.[13]

Economy

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.[14] 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.[15] Ellmers voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

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.[17] 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. Ellmers voted against HR 2775.[18]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Ellmers voted for 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.[19]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Ellmers 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Yea3.png Ellmers 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.[22]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Ellmers 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.[23]

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.[24] Ellmers joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[25][26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Ellmers 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. She 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.[27]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Renee Ellmers' 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, Ellmers is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Ellmers received a score of 32 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[28]

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[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[28]

Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com. According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Ellmers was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave her a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 66 percent.[30][31]

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Ellmers is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Ellmers Incumbent 58.7% 21,412
Frank Roche 41.3% 15,045
Total Votes 36,457
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

2014 Senate race

See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

Although thought to be a potential 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, Ellmers announced in July 2013 that she would run for re-election to her House seat in 2014.[32][33]

Media

  • Ellmers released her first campaign ad in April 2014, explaining how she was fighting against Obamacare and working to create jobs in North Carolina.[34]

Ellmers 2014 campaign ad

2012

See also: North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Ellmers won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 2nd District. Ellmers defeated Richard Speer, Sonya Holmes and Clement Munno in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[35]

Ellmers defeated Steve Willkins in the general election on November 6.

After redistricting in 2011, The Hill published a list of the top ten House members who were helped most by redistricting.[36] Ellmers ranked second on the list.[36] According to the article, after 2001 redistricting by Democrats attempted to make the district more Democratic-leaning, the 2011 redistricting by Republicans shifted the district from a slightly Republican-leaning district to one that was more solidly Republican.[36]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[37] North Carolina was rated eighth on the list.[37][38]


"Fighting Barack Obama Everday"
U.S. House, North Carolina District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Steve Wilkins 41.4% 128,973
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Ellmers Incumbent 55.9% 174,066
     Libertarian Brian Irving 2.7% 8,358
Total Votes 311,397
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, North Carolina District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Ellmers Incumbent 56% 37,661
Sonya Holmes 9.7% 6,535
Clement F. Munno 4.4% 2,982
Richard Speer 29.9% 20,099
Total Votes 67,277

Ads

On May 1, 2012, Ellmers released a 30-second TV ad titled, "Fighting Barack Obama Everyday." Among other things, the ad said that Ellmers supported "traditional marriage."[39]

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Ellmers attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Ellmers is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ellmers raised a total of $1,205,245 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[41]

Renee Ellmers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 2) Won $1,086,869
2010 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 2) Won $118,376
Grand Total Raised $1,205,245


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

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 Ellmers’ reports.[42]

Renee Ellmers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$127,730.53$99,724.09$(93,867.89)$133,586.73
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$133,586.73$158,351.15$(111,482.23)$180,455.65
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2013$180,455.65$122,811.00$(121,780.00)$181,486.65
Year-End Quarterly[46]December 31, 2013$181,486$200,530$(125,195)$260,501
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$260,501.33$324,330.44$(151,044.5)$433,787.27
Pre-Primary[48]April 16, 2014$433,787.27$42,170.00$(51,511.28)$424,445.99
Running totals
$947,916.68$(654,880.9)

2012

Ellmers won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Ellmers' campaign committee raised a total of $1,086,870 and spent $1,190,907.[49]

Cost per vote

Ellmers spent $6.85 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Ellmers was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. Her campaign committee raised a total of $1,118,376 and spent $886,608.[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, Ellmers' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-397,994 and $194,998. That averages to $-101,498, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Ellmers ranked as the 433rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2009 and 2012, Ellmers' calculated net worth increased from $-166,947 to $-101,498. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

Renee Ellmers Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$-166,947
2012$-101,498
Growth from 2009 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[53]
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, Ellmers is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of August 2014.[54] This was the same rating Ellmers received in June 2013.

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.[55]

Ellmers most often votes with:

Ellmers least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Ellmers missed 50 of 2,726 roll call votes from January 2011 to August 2014. This amounts to 1.8 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ellmers paid her congressional staff a total of $841,597 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked seventh in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[56]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Ellmers ranked 97th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[57]

2012

Ellmers ranked 43rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[58]

2011

Ellmers ranked 15th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[59]

Voting with party

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

2014

Ellmers voted with the Republican Party 95.3 percent of the time, which ranked 68th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.[60]

2013

Ellmers voted with the Republican Party 96.1 percent of the time, which ranked 29th among the 234 House Republican members as of December 2013.[61]

Personal

Ellmers and her husband, Brent, moved to North Carolina following the birth of their son Ben and reside in Harnett County.[62]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "ELLMERS, Renee, (1964 - )"
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  5. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, Proudly Serving North Carolina's Second District, "Committee Assignments"
  6. House Committee on Agriculture, Chairman Frank D. Lucas, "Subcommittees"
  7. Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, "Subcommittees"
  8. House Committee on Small Business, Chairman Sam Graves, "Subcommittees"
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  29. 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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  35. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nc
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  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. 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
Bob Etheridge
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 2
2011–Present
Succeeded by
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Chair of Dunn, North Carolina Planning Board
2008-2010
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Member of Dunn, North Carolina Planning Board
2006-2010
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