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Rick Nolan
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U.S. House, Minnesota, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorChip Cravaack (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$6.41 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,252,092
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota
1974-1980
Minnesota House
1969-1973
Education
High schoolBrainerd High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayDecember 17, 1943
Place of birthBrainerd, Minnesota
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$1,105,504
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Nolan campaign logo
Rick Nolan (b.December 17, 1943, in Brainerd, MN) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota. He was first elected in 2012. He defeated incumbent Chip Cravaack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He defeated challengers Stewart Mills (R) and Ray "Skip" Sandman in the general election.[2] He ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary election on August 12, 2014.[3]

Nolan was one of nine individuals elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 who had prior congressional experience. He served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1974 to 1980.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Nolan is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Upon graduating from Brainerd High School in 1962, Nolan attended St. John's University and then completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota in 1966. He pursued postgraduate work in public administration and policy formation at the University of Maryland and also in education at St. Cloud State College.[5]

Nolan served as a staff assistant to Walter Mondale in the U.S. Senate.[6] He also campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy in 1968.[7]

Career

After deciding not to run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, Nolan became president of the U.S. Export Corporation. He was subsequently appointed to the Minnesota World Trade Center (later becoming president) by Democratic Governor Rudy Perpich. The National Journal reported that opponents "criticized his $70,000 salary, which they considered high for a civil servant at the time, and the budget deficits the company ran up."[8][9][7]

Below is an abbreviated outline of Nolan's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 1968-1972: Social studies teacher in Royalton, MN
  • 1981-1986: President of the U.S. Export Corporation
  • 1987-1994: President of the Minnesota World Trade Center in St. Paul, MN

Nolan also worked as the former president of Emily Forest Products, a sawmill and pallet factory in Emily, MN.[10]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Nolan serves on the following committees:[11]

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.[12] For more information pertaining to Nolan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[13]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Nolan voted in opposition 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.[14]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Nolan voted in opposition 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.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Nolan voted against of 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.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Nolan voted in opposition 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

2013 Farm Bill

Nay3.png Nolan opposed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. In a speech on the House floor on July 11, 2013, Nolan explained his vote. He said, "I am privileged to sit on the Agriculture Committee. During the markup of the farm bill earlier this year, my colleagues and I discussed and debated and deliberated for ten hours on every provision of this bill.

That bill included critical reform of the dairy program, reauthorization of the Rural Broadband program, as well as important provisions for organic producers, beginning farmers and ranchers, conservationists, and the forestry industry.

We reached a bipartisan consensus and 36 of us--myself included--cast a vote in support of the legislation.

Then, on the floor, the legislation was systematically dismantled, piece by piece, until it was barely recognizable as the same farm bill that came out of committee. It was no surprise that this bill failed."[16]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Nolan, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[17] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] Nolan 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.[21] 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. Nolan voted for HR 2775.[22]

Nolan introduced a bill that would withhold the pay of members of Congress during any shutdown, contra the 27th amendment to the United States Constitution, which prevents any change in congressional pay from taking effect until the start of the next term.[23]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Immigration Executive Order

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Nolan 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Obamacare

Nay3.png Nolan opposed repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Healthcare-Related Provisions in the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Nolan opposed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Rick Nolan'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, Nolan is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Nolan received a score of 73 percent on social issues and 23 percent on economic issues.[27]

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[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Taxes and Spending

Nolan has stated that the "super-rich" should be targeted for tax increases.[29] He has also voiced support for the stimulus spending championed by President Obama. He has stated that, "It did in fact create good jobs in a whole wide range of areas, not the least of which is in the field of transportation."[30]

Veterans

Nolan voted in protest against the 2014 Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, which allocates $73.3 billion to veterans programs and military construction projects, "$1.4 billion more than what Congress budgeted" the previous year, because, he stated, "it under-funds veterans health and benefit programs."[31]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[32]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[32][33]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the letter asked.[33]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict,” stated the letter.[33]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Nolan was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[33]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[33][34] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Nolan was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[33][34]

Comments on ISIS

See also: ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria

Nolan urged President Barack Obama not to make a unilateral decision to mobilize the military against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) without the consent of Congress. On August 29, 2014, Nolan stated, "American blood and treasury should not be made without the full consideration by all 535 members of the Congress of the United States."[35] He added, "When we get ourselves involved in that conflict, then we become a part of the problem and the solution becomes ours."[35]

Shortly after making these comments, Nolan issued a statement regarding ISIS. Nolan wrote, "I encourage them to employ the same intelligence resources – and the same selective, highly effective means they used to bring down Osama Bin Laden. Special operations of this kind do not involve U.S. troops on the ground, the killing of innocent people, or the re-involvement of the United States in another terribly destructive, expensive, open-ended conflict in that region.”[36]

Nolan's Republican challenger in the general election, Stewart Mills, disagreed with Nolan, stating, "Like it or not we have to play some role here. And for Congressman Nolan to take those positions, I think, leaves America in an even weaker position than we have been in the past. We can't lead from behind. We have to lead."[37]

According to a poll published in The Washington Post, the majority of voters' views align closer with Mills than Nolan on the issue of taking action in the Middle East. About 91 percent of voters believed ISIS to be a serious threat, and 71 percent supported the U.S. government ordering air strikes against the Sunni insurgents in Iraq.[38]

Campaign themes

2014

Nolan listed the following issues, among others, on his campaign website:[39]

  • Rebuilding America and the Middle Class: As a small business owner, Rick knows what it takes to create good-paying jobs. He knows that if we’re going to rebuild the middle class, we’ve got to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, and end nation-building overseas to pay down the deficit - so we can invest in infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, the environment, energy, research, health, and education.
  • Protecting Social Security & Medicare: Seniors have earned their Medicare and Social Security benefits. They’ve paid for them with every paycheck since their first day on the job. Rick will fight to protect Medicare from being turned over to the private insurance companies, which would mean higher costs and less treatment. Rick will always protect Medicare and Social Security from radical plans that would privatize or undermine them.
  • Minnesota’s Farmers: Rick Nolan is working to bring stability and security to family farmers and our rural communities. He was recently awarded the National Farmers Union Golden Triangle Award for his leadership on family farmer and rural issues. Rick has worked hard to pass crucial dairy reforms to prevent skyrocketing milk costs, extend conservation programs, and promote organic farming and Beginning Farmer and Rancher programs. Working on the Farm Bill in 2013, Rick successfully included programs to promote the benefits of wood products, to give Minnesota’s timber industry a needed boost.
  • The Environment: The environment, our air, lakes, rivers and forests, are crucial to our 8th district economy. The degradation of our air and water, along with global warming, threaten the very survival of our species here on earth. We must protect the environment in order to preserve our way of life and our tourism industry. Rick works to protect northern Minnesota’s tourism industry and our lakes, rivers, and streams from dangerous invasive species such as Asian carp, and has passed programs that help farmers turn land over for conservation. Rick will continue to fight for funding to clean up pollution in the St. Louis River and for Lake Superior coastal cleanup and management, and has been called a “champion for the environment” by the League of Conservation Voters.
  • Exports and Jobs: Rick has lived and traveled all over the world. Rick has worked to expand the Port of Duluth and its role in making Minnesota a leading export state. He has fought against “fast-tracking” the ongoing TPP trade negotiations, and will continue to stand up for fair trade and tax policies to encourage and protect good American jobs. He has voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, a job-creator that helps create and sustain nearly 200,000 jobs across the country, and helps finance nearly a dozen businesses in Minnesota’s 8th District alone. At the Minnesota World Trade Center Corporation, he worked with Governor Rudy Perpich to help create 328,000 jobs and put Minnesota on the map in the global economy.

[40]

—Rick Nolan, campaign website archive

2012

The campaign issues below were featured on Nolan's website.[41]

  • Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Excerpt: "With 8th District unemployment at over 10% (not counting the thousands of discouraged Minnesotans who have quit looking for jobs) we need a congressman who knows how to meet a payroll and balance a budget."[41]

  • Rebuilding America and Jobs

Excerpt: "Rebuilding America’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, wastewater treatment, mass transit and high-speed light-rail, would improve our quality of life, create millions of good paying jobs, and strengthen our economy. We can pay for this by ending the Bush tax cuts and loopholes for the rich, and by pulling back our military footprint in countries like Japan that pose no threat to us whatsoever."[41]

  • Medicare

Excerpt: "Don’t turn Medicare into a voucher system for insurance companies, which will mean higher costs and less treatment."[41]

  • Social Security

Excerpt: "Social Security is a compact with the American people that must be honored. Don’t turn it over to Wall Street. Stabilize the Social Security Fund for generations to come by requiring the very rich to pay Social Security taxes on a higher percentage of their income."[41]

  • Education for America’s Future

Excerpt: "Fix a broken college loan system that saddles many graduates with crushing debt they will spend most of their working lives attempting to repay. Higher education must be a right for all – not simply a privilege for the well off."[41]

  • Support the ERA for Women

Excerpt: "America has come a long way in advancing civil rights for all citizens. Yet women still face significant gender discrimination in a host of areas including education, employment, health care, pensions and social security benefits."[41]

  • Wars in the Middle East

Excerpt: "America is deeply involved in expensive wars with no apparent plan for winning them or concluding them. We need to devote those resources to jobs and the economy here at home. So bring the troops home now."[41]

Elections

2014

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See also: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

The 8th Congressional District of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Challengers Stewart Mills (R) and Ray "Skip" Sandman (G) were defeated by incumbent Rick Nolan (D) in the general election. None of the candidates faced challengers in the primary election on August 12, 2014.[3]

Minnesota's 8th was considered a battleground district in 2014. Nolan won his seat in 2012 with an 8.9 percent margin of victory, and President Barack Obama (D) won the district in 2012 by only 5.5 percent. Nolan was first elected in 2012, and representatives serving their first term are often more vulnerable than long-time incumbents. In addition, Minnesota's 8th district was redrawn in 2011, which could have significantly altered the ratio of Democratic and Republican voters. In 2013, Politico reported that Nolan was vulnerable in this competitive race.[42]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nolan Incumbent 48.5% 129,090
     Republican Stewart Mills 47.1% 125,358
     Green Skip Sandman 4.3% 11,450
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 185
Total Votes 266,083
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State

2012

See also: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Nolan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 8th District. He defeated Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark in the August 14 Democratic primary.[43] He defeated Chip Cravaack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][44] The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $2 million dollars on his campaign, and the Democratic-focused House Majority PAC spent another $1.5 million.[45]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nolan 54.3% 191,976
     Republican Chip Cravaack Incumbent 45.4% 160,520
     NA Write-in 0.3% 1,167
Total Votes 353,663
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)
Minnesota's 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nolan 38.3% 20,839
Tarryl Clark 32.3% 17,540
Jeff Anderson 29.4% 15,978
Total Votes 54,357

Endorsements

The following organizations and individuals endorsed Nolan for the 2012 election:[46]

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Nolan is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Nolan raised a total of $1,256,440 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 17, 2013.[47]

Rick Nolan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 8) Won $1,256,440
Grand Total Raised $1,256,440


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nolan's reports.[48]

Rick Nolan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[49]February 19, 2014$41,150.16$120,703.67$(27,976.93)$133,876.90
July Quarterly[50]February 19, 2014$133,876.90$134,764.34$(59,115.94)$209,525.30
October Quarterly[51]February 19, 2014$209,525.30$131,472.26$(62,998.33)$277,999.23
Year-End Quarterly[52]February 19, 2014$277,999.23$144,397.73$(107,395.74)$315,001.22
April Quarterly[53]April 15, 2014$315,001.22$265,772.54$(102,557.79)$478,215.97
July Quarterly[54]July 23, 2014$478,215.97$285,201.56$(184,231.20)$579,186.33
Pre-Primary[55]August 2, 2014$579,186.33$88,621.22$(43,312.85)$624,494.70
October Quarterly[56]October 15, 2014$624,494.70$558,617.71$(657,417.03)$525,695.38
Pre-General[57]October 23, 2014$525,695.38$124,123.99$(270,303.21)$379,516.16
Running totals
$1,853,675.02$(1,515,309.02)

2012

Nolan won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nolan's campaign committee raised a total of $1,256,440 and spent $1,230,232.[58]

Cost per vote

Nolan spent $6.41 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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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
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Nolan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $696,008 and $1,515,000. That averages to $1,105,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Nolan ranked as the 200th most wealthy representative in 2012.[59] Between 2011 and 2012, Nolan's calculated net worth[60] decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[61]

Rick Nolan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$1,147,776
2012$1,105,504
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-4%
Average annual growth:-4%[62]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[63]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Nolan received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2011-2014, 28.54 percent of Nolan's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[64]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Rick Nolan Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,427,373
Total Spent $1,817,821
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$211,115
Leadership PACs$154,750
Lawyers/Law Firms$119,409
Public Sector Unions$112,250
Transportation Unions$95,150
% total in top industry8.7%
% total in top two industries15.07%
% total in top five industries28.54%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Nolan is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of July 2014.[65]

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.[66]

Nolan most often votes with:

Nolan 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, Nolan missed 726 of 5,161 roll call votes from January 1975 to July 2014. This amounts to 14.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[67]

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

Nolan ranked 102nd in the liberal rankings in 2013.[68]

Voting with party

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

2014

Nolan voted with the Democratic Party 91.1 percent of the time, which ranked 145th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[69]

2013

Nolan voted with the Democratic Party 91.3 percent of the time, which ranked 162nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[70]

Personal

Nolan is married to Mary. They have children and grandchildren. He hunts, harvests wild rice, boils maple syrup and enjoys fishing.[10]

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  40. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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  60. This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  61. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  62. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  63. 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
Chip Cravaack
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota District 8
2013–present
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