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Scott Garrett
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMarge Roukema (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.60 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,121,977
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
1991-2003
Education
Bachelor'sMontclair State University
J.D.Rutgers University
Personal
BirthdayJuly 9, 1959
Place of birthEnglewood, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$273,005.50
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ernest Scott Garrett (b. July 9, 1959, in Englewood, NJ) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Garrett was elected by voters from New Jersey's 5th Congressional District. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

Garrett is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of New Jersey.[2] He ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[3]

Garrett previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1991-2003.[4]

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

Biography

Garrett was born in Englewood, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. from Montclair State University in 1981, and his J.D. from Rutgers University in 1984.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Garrett's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Garrett serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Garrett served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Garrett 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Garrett opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Garrett 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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.[14] Garrett voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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.[15] 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. Garrett voted against HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Garrett voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Scott Garrett'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, Garrett is a Hard-Core Conservative. Garrett received a score of 20 percent on social issues and 98 percent on economic issues.[22]

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[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly 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 Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[22]

Campaign themes

2012

Garrett listed the following issues on his campaign website:[24]

  • Increasing wealth by cutting taxes and federal spending.
  • Increasing security for high-risk homeland areas.
  • Preserving New Jersey's environment
  • Halting illegal immigration
  • Improving access to healthcare
  • Honoring veterans

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Garrett is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 5th District. Garrett ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New Jersey's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Garrett ran for re-election in 2012.[25] He defeated Bonnie Somer and Michael J. Cino in the June 5 Republican primary and faced Democrat Adam Gussen in the November general election.[26]

Garrett had vastly greater campaign funds than his competitors.[27][28]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Adam Gussen 42.7% 130,100
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Garrett Incumbent 55% 167,501
     Green Patricia Alessandrini 2.2% 6,770
Total Votes 304,371
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Garrett Incumbent 87.2% 24,709
Michael Cino 7.4% 2,107
Bonnie Somer 5.3% 1,511
Total Votes 28,327

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Garrett is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Garrett raised a total of $8,121,977 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[34]

Scott Garrett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $2,392,464
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,757,865
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,550,008
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,158,306
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,263,334
Grand Total Raised $8,121,977

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 Garrett's reports.[35]

Scott Garrett (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$2,148,218.03$168,234.67$(86,762.75)$2,229,689.95
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$2,229,689.95$370,425.36$(82,322.84)$2,517,792.47
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$2,517,792.47$255,627.64$(82,214.18)$2,691,205.93
Year-End Quarterly[39]December 31, 2013$2,691,205$174,578$(64,859)$2,790,755
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$2,790,755.39$215,663.01$(98,173.62)$2,908,244.78
Running totals
$1,184,528.68$(414,332.39)

2012

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

Garrett won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Garrett's campaign committee raised a total of $2,392,465 and spent $1,105,177.[41]

Cost per vote

Garrett spent $6.60 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Garrett's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Garrett was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,757,865 and spent $911,355.[42]
U.S. House, New Jersey, 2010 - Scott Garrett Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,757,865
Total Spent $911,355
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $25,724
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $19,619
Top contributors to Scott Garrett's campaign committee
Computer Crafts$16,650
Permal Group$12,000
Ridgewood Renewable Power$12,000
Bank of America$11,500
GFI Group$10,700
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$234,610
Insurance$162,250
Retired$80,672
Real Estate$79,025
Lawyers/Law Firms$64,841

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, Garrett's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $148,011 and $398,000. That averages to $273,005.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Garrett ranked as the 324th most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2004 and 2012, Garrett's calculated net worth[44] increased by an average of 16 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Scott Garrett Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$118,505
2012$273,005
Growth from 2004 to 2012:130%
Average annual growth:16%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
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

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.[48]

Garrett most often votes with:

Garrett least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Garrett is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 19, 2013.[49]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Garrett missed 125 of 7,664 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Garrett paid his congressional staff a total of $893,136 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 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.[50]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Garrett ranked 107th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[51]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Garrett was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 143rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[52]

Voting with party

2013

Scott Garrett voted with the Republican Party 95.7 percent of the time, which ranked 135th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[53]

Personal

Scott resides in Wantage Township in Sussex County with his wife, Mary Ellen, and their two daughters, Jennifer and Brittany.[54]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed March 31, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 3, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "GARRETT, Scott, (1959 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett, 5th District of New Jersey, "Committees"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott Garrett's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Garret on agriculture," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott Garrett's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott Garrett's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 30, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Scott Garrett on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Scott Garrett Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  23. 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.
  24. Garrett for Congress, "Issues," accessed October 13, 2012
  25. New Jersey Department of State, Division of Elections, "2012 Official List of Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed April 17, 2012
  26. WYNC, "Live! NJ Election Results," accessed June 5, 2012
  27. New Jersey Spotlight, "Candidates: U.S. Congress Democrats District 5," accessed May 30, 2012
  28. New Jersey Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Scott Garrett," accessed April 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Garrett 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  39. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  40. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Scott Garrett 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Scott Garrett 2010 Election Data," accessed November 28, 2011
  43. Open Secrets, "Scott Garrett (R-NJ), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. 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.
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. 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.
  48. OpenCongress, "Scott Garrett," accessed August 6, 2013
  49. 49.0 49.1 GovTrack, "Scott Garrett," accessed June 19, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Scott Garrett," accessed October 2, 2012
  51. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett, 5th District of New Jersey, "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Marge Roukema
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 5
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly - District 24
1991-2003
Succeeded by
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