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Scott Peters
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U.S. House, California, District 52
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDuncan Hunter (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$28.74 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,381,438
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
2001-2008
Education
Bachelor'sDuke University
J.D.New York University School of Law
Personal
BirthdayJune 17, 1958
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionEconomist
Net worth$112,467,040
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Peters (b. June 17, 1958, in Detroit, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 52nd Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. Peters (D) defeated incumbent Brian Bilbray (R) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after polls closed.[1]

Peters is running for re-election in 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Peters 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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Peters' academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1980-1981: Economist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1984-1991, 1996-2000: Practicing lawyer
  • 1991-1996: Counsel, San Diego County
  • 2001-2008: San Diego City Council
  • 2013-Present: United States House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Peters serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

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.[5] For more information pertaining to Peters's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Peters 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Peters voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Peters voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12]Peters voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Peters joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[16] 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.[17] Peters voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" 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.[19] 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. Peters voted for HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Peters voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Peters was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Peters 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Peters voted against 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Peters 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 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Campaign themes

2012

Peters' campaign website listed the following issues:[26]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "America faces challenging new realities in a changing world. The economy is faster, smarter, more competitive and more global. And our federal budget is upside down because our Congressional representatives are more focused on holding onto problems for political gain than solving them."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Healthcare in America needs to be accessible and affordable for everybody. When the Supreme Court affirmed the President's health care insurance reform initiative (the Affordable Care Act) in June 2012, it reminded us that the powerful health services industry does not control the administration of health care."
  • Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Social Security and Medicare are compacts between the generations that we must not break. Men and women who have spent a lifetime of hard work, providing for their families and saving for their retirement, deserve the security of knowing their retirement and benefits, which they have worked hard to earn, will be there for them. "
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Veterans are such a vital part of our community, and San Diego has the largest concentration of veterans in the nation, approximately 28,000. When these Americans volunteered to serve our country, we made a commitment to provide them with certain programs and benefits in exchange for their service. "
  • Energy Policy
Excerpt: "As a nation, we must work toward a long-term energy policy that: 1) creates new American jobs; 2) emphasizes greater energy independence; 3) invests in the development of alternative fuels; 4) promotes clean energy technology like wind and solar; 5) ensures greater national security; and 6) provides automakers with incentives for producing fuel-efficient vehicles."

Elections

2014

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See also: California's 52nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Peters is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Peters is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

2012

See also: California's 52nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Peters ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 52nd District. He and district 50 incumbent Brian Bilbray (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Shirley Decourt-Park (D), Lori Saldana (D), Gene Hamilton Carswell (R), Wayne Iverson (R), John Stahl (R), John Subka (R), Jack Doyle (Ind) and Ehab Shehata (Ind). Peters defeated Bilbray in the general election on November 6, 2012.[27][28]

U.S. House, California District 52 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters 51.2% 151,451
     Republican Brian Bilbray Incumbent 48.8% 144,459
Total Votes 295,910
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 52 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Bilbray (R) Incumbent 43.1% 61,930
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters (D) 23.7% 34,106
Lori Saldana (D) 23.2% 33,387
John Stahl (R) 3.8% 5,502
Wayne Iverson (R) 3.1% 4,476
Shirley Decourt-Park (D) 1.6% 2,368
John Subka (R) 0.8% 1,091
Gene Hamilton Carswell (R) 0.6% 828
Total Votes 143,688

Endorsements

Peters was endorsed by former primary opponent Lori Saldana. He stated the following regarding her endorsement: "I thank Ms. Saldaña for the endorsement and well wishes she issued on Friday. Her support is very much appreciated and needed as we take on the bigger fight ahead against entrenched incumbent Brian Bilbray."[29]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peters is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Peters raised a total of $4,381,438 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[30]

Scott Peters's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 52) Won $4,381,438
Grand Total Raised $4,381,438

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Peters' reports.[31]

Scott Peters (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$28,701.00$258,290.29$(67,131.54)$219,859.75
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$219,859.75$362,772.90$(56,742.08)$525,890.57
October Quarterly[34]October 14, 2013$525,890.57$346,377.97$(66,501.67)$805,766.87
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$805,766$413,032$(71,662)$1,147,137
Running totals
$1,380,473.16$(262,037.29)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Peters' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Peters won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Peters' campaign committee raised a total of $4,381,438 and spent $4,352,737.[36] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[37]

Cost per vote

Peters spent $28.74 per vote received in 2012.


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Peters is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 4, 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Peters most often votes with:

Peters least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Peters missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Peters' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $27,518,090 and $197,415,991. That averages to $112,467,040, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Peters ranked as the 5th most wealthy representative in 2012.[41]

Scott Peters Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$112,467,040$71,000

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Peters has voted with the Democratic Party 87.1% of the time. This ranked 191st among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[42]

Personal

Peters and his wife, Lynn, have two children.[43]

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References

  1. Post Bulletin, "GOP Rep. Bilbray loses re-election bid in California," November 16, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  3. National Journal, "California, 52nd House District," November 7, 2012
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. 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
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  27. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  28. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  29. Campaign website, "Statement from Scott Peters Regarding Lori Saldaña’s Endorsement," accessed October 1, 2012
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Scott Peters," accessed March 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Peters Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Peters April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Peters July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Peters October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Peters Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  36. Open Secrets, "Scott Peters 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Scott Peters," accessed June 4, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Scott Peters," accessed July 31, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Scott Peters," accessed April 2, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets, "Scott Peters (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
  43. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed August 1, 2011
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Duncan Hunter
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