|U.S. House, New Jersey, District 1|
|November 6, 1990-February 2014|
|Predecessor||Jim Florio (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$6.89 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 1990|
|Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders|
|High school||Triton High School|
|Birthday||August 4, 1957|
|Place of birth||Camden, New Jersey|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Andrews resigned from Congress in February 2014 to take a job with the Dilworth Paxson law firm, a prominent firm in Philadelphia. On February 28, 2014, governor Chris Christie announced that there would be a special election to fill the seat, which would take place on November 4, 2014.
Andrews was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, after allegations were made in 2012 that he used funds from his re-election campaign to pay for a trip to Scotland for his family. Andrews maintained that his decision to resign was unrelated to these investigations.
- 1975: Graduated from Triton High School, Runnemede, NJ
- 1979: Earned B.S. from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
- 1982: Earned J.D. from Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY
- 1986-1990: Camden County chosen freeholder
- 1988-1990: Camden County freeholder director
- 1990-2014: U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 1st Congressional District
- 2014-Present: Head of government affairs at the Dilworth Paxson law firm
Prior to his congressional career, Andrews worked as an attorney and adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law.
Andrews served on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
- Education and the Workforce Committee
- Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Ranking member
Andrews served on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation
- Education and Workforce Committee
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (Ranking member)
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
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. For more information pertaining to Andrews's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Andrews supported 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.
Andrews 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Andrews voted in favor 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.
Andrews 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Andrews voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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. Andrews voted for HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Andrews 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.
Andrews has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Andrews voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Andrews voted for 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 one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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, Andrews is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Andrews received a score of 68 percent on social issues and 18 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||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||Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Opposes|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Neutral|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Favors||Stay out of Iran||Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Strongly Opposes|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Campaign finance investigation
According to the congressional ethics office, Andrews may have violated federal law by using campaign funds to pay for personal trips to Scotland and Los Angeles and by using a graduation party for his daughter to raise money for his campaign.
The report stated that Andrews, "refused to provide requested documents" and released credit card statements "after making significant redactions." Andrews denied charges, stating, "the record will show that I have followed all rules and met all standards of the House."
On March 19, 2013, the House Ethics Committee advanced the investigation by appointing an investigative panel to further examine the allegations. Such a panel had the power to compel testimony through subpoenas, and was charged with thoroughly investigating the legislator in question before the House Ethics Committee decided whether to dismiss the case, or to punish any non-compliance that may have been be found.The chairman of the Andrews investigative subcommittee was Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) with Del. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico) serving as its ranking member.
On May 28, 2014, the complaint was dismissed. The committee admitted that Andrews had likely used funds for purposes unrelated to his campaign, but the decision stated, "Given the fact that Andrews reimbursed the Committee and Committee to Strengthen America for the expenses incurred by the Andrews family during the trip prior to receiving notice from the Commission of the Complaint filed in this matter, the Commission, in consideration of Commission resources, exercises its prosecutorial discretion and dismisses the allegations."
He was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, after allegations were made in 2012 that he used funds from his re-election campaign to pay for a trip to Scotland for his family.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Rob Andrews Incumbent||68.2%||210,470|
|Green||John William Reitter||1.4%||4,413|
|Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Robert Andrews Incumbent||88.4%||21,318|
To view the full congressional electoral history for Rob Andrews, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Andrews is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Andrews raised a total of $11,558,765 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.
|Rob Andrews's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (New Jersey, District 1)||$1,510,757|
|2010||US House (New Jersey, District 1)||$1,455,172|
|2008||US House (New Jersey, District 1)||$3,629,256|
|2006||US House (New Jersey, District 1)||$2,218,353|
|2004||US House (New Jersey, District 1)||$1,039,835|
|2002||US House (New Jersey, District 1)||$821,172|
|2000||US House (New Jersey, District 1)||$884,220|
|Grand Total Raised||$11,558,765|
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below were Andrews' reports before he announced his resignation.
|Rob Andrews (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$491,519.32||$76,647.97||$(230,008.34)||$338,158.95|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$338,158.95||$288,842.01||$(135,749.10)||$491,251.86|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$491,251.86||$187,782.51||$(168,613.17)||$510,421.20|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$510,421||$213,235||$(91,188)||$567,375|
Cost per vote
Andrews spent $6.89 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 1, 2012 - Rob Andrews Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$12,640|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$11,350|
|Top contributors to Rob Andrews's campaign committee|
|Blank Rome LLP||$12,800|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$12,491|
|Duane Morris LLP||$12,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$61,000|
|Public Sector Unions||$58,000|
2010U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,455,172 and spent $1,293,841.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 1, 2010 - Rob Andrews Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$62,872|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$39,030|
|Top contributors to Rob Andrews's campaign committee|
|Natl Assn of Professional Employer Orgs||$13,500|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$11,250|
|American Dental Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$52,500|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- 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:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Andrews' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $483,008 and $1,145,000. That averages to $814,004, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Andrews ranked as the 228th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2004 and 2012, Andrews' calculated net worth increased by an average of 14 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Rob Andrews Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2004 to 2012:||114%|
|Average annual growth:||14%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
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). Andrews received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.
From 1989-2014, 24.83 percent of Andrews' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Rob Andrews Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$564,123|
|% total in top industry||9.42%|
|% total in top two industries||14.2%|
|% total in top five industries||24.83%|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Andrews most often voted with:
Andrews least often voted with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Andrews missed 846 of 15,066 roll call votes from January 1991 to February 2014. This amounted to 5.6 percent, which was worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Andrews paid his congressional staff a total of $816,097 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranked 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Andrews was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Andrews's staff was given an apparent $14,629.66 in bonus money.
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.
Andrews ranked 84th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Andrews ranked 118th in the liberal rankings in 2012.
Andrews ranked 120th in the liberal rankings in 2011.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Andrews voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 25th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Andrews is married to Camille Spinello Andrews, Associate Dean of Enrollment and Projects at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and Managing Director at Context Capital Partners. The Andrews have two daughters, Jackie and Josie. The Andrews family lives in Haddon Heights. While he was a member of Congress, Andrews did not keep an apartment in Washington, D.C. but instead commuted each day by train.
Andrews lists his religious affiliation as Episcopalian.
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- 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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- 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.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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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