Robert Pittenger

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Robert Pittenger
Robert Pittenger.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSue Wilkins Myrick (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$5.84 in 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$4,334,352
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina Senate
2002-2008
Education
High schoolMcCallum High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Personal
Date of birthAugust 15, 1948
Place of birthDallas, Texas
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$54,791,526
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Pittenger (b. August 14, 1948, in Dallas, TX) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

Pittenger was first elected to the House on November 6, 2012.[1] He is currently serving his second consecutive term.

Pittenger won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014, and ran uncontested in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2][3]

Prior to his election into the House, Pittenger founded and ran the Robert Pittenger Investment Company.[4]

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

Biography

Pittenger was born in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in psychology and political science. During his work with Campus Crusade for Christ, he traveled around the world to promote Christianity.[4]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Pittenger serves on the following committees:[6]

2013-2014

Pittenger served on the following committees:[7]

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Pittenger's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. Pittenger voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[10][11][12]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Pittenger voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[13][14]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[15] For more information pertaining to Pittenger's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[16]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Pittenger 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.[17]

DHS Appropriations

Neutral/Abstain Pittenger did not vote on HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[18]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Pittenger voted for 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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] Pittenger voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. Pittenger voted for HR 2775.[24]

Pittenger declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[25]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Pittenger 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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[26]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Neutral/Abstain Pittenger did not vote on 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.[27] The vote largely followed party lines.[28]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Pittenger 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.[29]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Pittenger 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[30]

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 RepublicansThomas 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.[31] Pittenger joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[32][33]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Robert Pittenger'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, Pittenger is a Hard-Core Conservative. Pittenger received a score of 23 percent on social issues and 91 percent on economic issues.[34] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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Campaign themes

2012

Pittenger's campaign website listed the following issues:[35]

  • Pittenger Pledges Conservative Tax Reform
Excerpt: "I’ll work to free people from their tax burden so they’ll have more money to do what’s best for their families and businesses. Small-business owners create jobs and put people to work, but they can’t do that when they’re weighed down by taxes. Lower taxes encourage business owners to invest and hire more people."
  • Pittenger Vows Strong National Security
Excerpt: "I believe that our military men and women are the best and the brightest. They deserve every military advantage we can give them. As your congressman I will fight to protect our defense budget and to fight for the money that our service men and women need. I will make our security the priority of our government."
  • Pittenger Promises Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Robert Pittenger, the conservative, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina's 9th District, discovered over $1 billion in wasteful spending when he was a State Senator."
  • Pittenger Protects Our 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "Although this right is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it is under constant attack by liberals in Washington. That’s why we need strong, conservative leaders like Robert Pittenger to defend our right to keep and bear arms."

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Pittenger won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014, and ran uncontested in the general election.[2][3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger Incumbent 93.9% 163,080
     Write-in Shawn Eckles 1.4% 2,369
     Write-in Write-in (miscellaneous) 4.7% 8,219
Total Votes 173,668
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger Incumbent 67.6% 29,505
Mike Steinberg 32.4% 14,146
Total Votes 43,651
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pittenger won his seat in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 9th District. Pittenger faced Dan Barry, Andy Dulin, Ken Leonczyk, Jim Pendergraph, Michael Steinberg, Michael Shaffer, Jon Gauthier, Edwin Peacock and Ric Killian in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012. He then defeated Jim Pendergraph in the July 17 primary runoff election. He went on to defeat Jennifer Roberts (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[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]

Pittenger raised the most money of any candidate for congress in North Carolina, reporting over $3 million in contributions during the first three quarters.[38]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jennifer Roberts 45.7% 171,503
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 51.8% 194,537
     Libertarian Curtis Campbell 2.6% 9,650
Total Votes 375,690
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[39]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 32.4% 29,999
Jim Pendergraph 25.3% 23,401
Edwin B. Peacock III 12.3% 11,336
Ric Killian 10.5% 9,691
Dan Barry 6% 5,515
Andy Dulin 4.9% 4,526
Mike Steinberg 2.5% 2,297
Jon Gauthier 2.2% 2,056
Ken Leonczyk 2.2% 2,047
Richard Lynch 1.1% 1,000
Michael Shaffer 0.6% 579
Total Votes 92,447

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Pittenger is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pittenger raised a total of $4,334,352 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 16, 2015.[40]

Robert Pittenger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 2) Won $1,023,930
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 9) Won $3,310,422
Grand Total Raised $4,334,352


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Pittenger won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Pittenger's campaign committee raised a total of $1,023,930 and spent $952,894.[41] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[42]

Cost per vote

Pittenger spent $5.84 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9, 2014 - Robert Pittenger Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,023,930
Total Spent $952,894
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $0
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $0
Top contributors to Robert Pittenger's campaign committee
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance$12,450
Duke Energy$12,350
Capitala Investment Advisors$10,400
Hunoval Law Firm$10,400
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$99,500
Insurance$75,200
Commercial Banks$73,000
Securities & Investment$71,300
Real Estate$59,350

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pittenger’s reports.[43]

2012

Pittenger won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pittenger's campaign committee raised a total of $3,310,422 and spent $3,307,264.[53]

Cost per vote

Pittenger spent $17.01 per vote received in 2012.


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 two-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 two 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, Pittenger's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $29,927,054 and $79,655,998. That averages to $54,791,526, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Pittenger ranked as the 11th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54] Between 2011 and 2012, Pittenger's calculated net worth[55] increased by an average of 60 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[56]

Robert Pittenger Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$34,278,495
2012$54,791,526.00
Growth from 2011 to 2012:60%
Average annual growth:60%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
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). Pittenger received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2011-2014, 13.4 percent of Pittenger's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[59]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Robert Pittenger Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,152,874
Total Spent $4,069,640
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$207,000
Real Estate$96,500
Securities & Investment$92,450
Insurance$90,575
Commercial Banks$70,150
% total in top industry4.98%
% total in top two industries7.31%
% total in top five industries13.4%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pittenger was a "moderate Republican follower" as of August 2014.[60]

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.[61]

Pittenger most often votes with:

Pittenger 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, Pittenger missed 46 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 4.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Pittenger ranked 67th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[62]

Voting with party

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

2014

Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 95.9 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.[63]

2013

Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 111th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[64]

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Politico, "North Carolina House Election Results by District," accessed November 6, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 National Journal, "North Carolina, 9th House District: Robert Pittenger (R)," accessed November 6, 2012
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "PITTENGER, Robert, (1948 - )," accessed October 9, 2014
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
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  12. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
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  16. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
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  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  30. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  31. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  32. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  33. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  34. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  35. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013 (dead link)
  36. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results," accessed May 9, 2012
  37. 37.0 37.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  38. WCNC.com, "Pittenger passes $3 million mark in fundraising," accessed October 17, 2012
  39. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results," accessed October 10, 2012
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  41. Open Secrets, "Robert Pittenger 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 10, 2015
  42. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 10, 2015
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  50. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  51. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  52. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  53. Open Secrets, "Robert Pittenger 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  54. OpenSecrets.org, "Robert Pittenger (R-NC), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  55. 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.
  56. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. 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.
  59. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Robert Pittenger," accessed September 29, 2014
  60. 60.0 60.1 GovTrack, "Robert Pittenger," accessed August 18 2014
  61. OpenCongress, "Robert Pittenger," accessed August 18 2014
  62. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 18, 2014
  63. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  64. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Sue Wilkins Myrick
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 9
2013–Present
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