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Scott Rigell
Scott Rigell.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGlenn Nye (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$15.35 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,908,715
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sBrevard Community College
Bachelor'sMercer University
Master'sRegent University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1978-1984
Personal
BirthdayMay 28, 1960
Place of birthTitusville, FL
ProfessionEntrepreneur
Net worth$38,247,537
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
E. Scott Rigell (b. May 28, 1960, in Titusville, FL) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. Rigell was first elected to Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in 2010 and is currently serving his second consecutive term.

Rigell will face retired U.S. Navy Reserve Commander Suzanne Patrick (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced a primary challenger. The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[1]

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

Biography

Rigell earned his associate degree from Brevard Community College, his bachelor's degree from Mercer University and his master's degree from Regent University. He founded an automotive dealership, was vice president for another dealership and founded a third. He also served on Virginia's Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.[2] Rigell also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1978-1984.

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of Rigell's political and professional career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rigell serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Rigell served on the following House committees:[4]

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Rigell voted in support 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Rigell voted in support 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.pngRigell voted in opposition 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Rigell 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Rigell voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Rigell voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

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.[15] 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.[16] Rigell voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Rigell voted for HR 2775.[19]

Rigell released a statement on October 1, 2013, calling for an end to the shutdown. He said, "In rejecting outright all four offers, and without offering a single counter offer, the Senate demonstrated an absolute unwillingness to negotiate. The result? Gridlock and a government shutdown. The shutdown is hurting my district – including the military and the hard working men and women who have been furloughed due to the defense sequester. Republicans fought the good fight. The fight continues but is not advanced by a government shutdown that damages our economy and harms our military. The time has come to pass a clean CR to reopen the government.”[20]

Rigell planned to donate his salary for the duration of the shutdown to the Wounded Warrior Project.[21]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Rigell supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[22] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[23]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Rigell 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Rigell has voted in support of all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Rigell 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

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 Republicans--Thomas 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.[28] Rigell joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[29][30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png Rigell 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[31]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Rigell'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, Rigell is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Rigell received a score of 20 percent on social issues and 72 percent on economic issues.[32]

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[33]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors 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 Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Opposes 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 Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[32]

Campaign themes

2014

Rigell highlights thirteen issues on his website. Here are some of them:[34]

Creating Jobs: As a lifelong businessman I know the great joy that comes with being able to look someone in the eye and say, “You’re hired!” But today our American small businesses are suffering at the hands of an overreaching, paternalistic government. As a result, America’s unemployment rate has hovered at 8% for more than three full years. So many more Americans are underemployed or have given up looking for work, but if these past three years have taught us anything, it is this: that the government cannot create sustainable jobs or spend our way out of unemployment. The only true path to job creation is to get the government out of the way, create an economic environment that provides certainty to businesses and unleash the greatest job-creating engine the world has ever known: the American entrepreneur! To get the economy back into action, we must first repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which places a heavy burden on our small businesses, and replace it with common-sense, market-based health care solutions that preserve the patient-doctor relationship. Second, we must make our tax code flatter and fairer, so that the government isn’t picking winners and losers through lobbyist-written loopholes and deductions. Third, we must roll back the excessive regulations the federal government has placed on businesses. Finally, we must find new opportunities to grow our national economy, and energy is our number one way to do this. Simply opening up Virginia’s coastal energy for environmentally-responsible energy harvesting would create 18,000 jobs, move us toward energy independence and bring in tax revenue for our schools and roads! Energy development in Virginia has broad bipartisan support.

Our Military: We have a deep obligation to pass on to future generations of Americans the blessings of liberty and freedom. That is why a strong military force and a sound national security strategy are so critical – perhaps now more than ever before. Unfortunately, our military and national security are at risk because of massive looming defense cuts that will affect each and every American unless Congress and the President can agree on a plan to stop them. At the same time, American military leaders have said that our national debt is the number one threat to our national security. We must find the common ground to address our unacceptable – and unaccountable – levels of national spending while maintaining the strongest fighting force on the planet. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have successfully fought to keep all East Coast Carriers based in Norfolk and secured emergency funding to improve the electrical grid at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. I also have the great privilege of representing a district that is home to more men and women in uniform than any other district in the country. As the son of an Iwo Jima Marine, and having served in the Marine Corps Reserve myself, I know first-hand the sacrifice and struggle that our military families go through.

Education: The future of America depends on preparing today’s students for success tomorrow. Unfortunately, education in America too often puts the concerns of bureaucrats above the needs of our children. That is wrong. Education should and must be about making sure that our schools equip America’s students with the knowledge and life skills necessary to be well-informed and take on the challenges of adulthood. While government is tightening its belt, I believe that education funding must remain a top priority. I have supported keeping K-12 funding levels consistent while adjusting for inflation. And while the federal government plays an important role in funding America’s public schools, I believe that primary education policy must continue to be managed at the local and state level. Finally, successful and effective public education depends on a healthy economy that produces the necessary tax revenue to fund a world-class system. That is why it is so critical for us to improve our economy through smarter, lighter regulations, a fairer and flatter tax code and a sound energy policy that opens up the job-creating power of the energy industry in America.

Senior Issues: For too long, the issues facing our nation’s seniors have been used as a pawn in political debates while vitally important programs head toward bankruptcy. Even today, efforts to strengthen Medicare for future generations are being unfairly mischaracterized for political gain. The truth is undeniable: according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund - the fund that pays the Medicare bills - is projected to be exhausted in 2022. I am committed to pursuing and supporting legislation that strengthens and preserves Medicare for current and future generations. I recently introduced a House Resolution that would prevent any changes to Medicare for those 55 and older, and also seeks to reduce the waste, fraud and abuse that is so troubling. This includes legislation ensuring that no changes in Medicare will occur for anyone 55 and older. Unfortunately the recent changes that have been made to Medicare have been damaging. In 2010, Congress passed and the President signed a government-run health care law that cut more than $500 billion from Medicare. This law also put in place an unaccountable, unelected board of fifteen bureaucrats known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and gave it the power to make coverage decisions on health care which cannot be appealed. We must strongly oppose these cuts in Medicare while implementing market-based reforms that provide more choices for America’s future seniors. The federal government also has an obligation to make good on its promise and pay out Social Security benefits that many depend on and expected when calculating the cost of their retirement. That is why I do not support changing Social Security for today’s seniors or anyone that is on the verge of retirement. Instead, we should enact incremental changes to the program for young Americans to ensure that Social Security remains viable for future generations, while giving young workers enough time to adequately prepare for their own retirements. It will take true leadership in Congress and the White House to save Medicare and face the reality of the situation: if we do nothing, which has been the status quo for years, Medicare and Social Security won’t be there for future Americans. I am committed to doing all that can be done to ensure strong and healthy Medicare and Social Security programs for America’s seniors. [35]

—Scott Rigell, http://web.archive.org/web/20140916183502/http://www.scottrigell.com/index.php/where-i-stand

Economic issues

Rigell said he will focus on economic issues over social issues during the 2014 election. He said, "I look at it this way — I wake up every day not thinking about the social issues. I sought office because I know we can do better on job creation and I’m also concerned about our fiscal trajectory." He added, "I think as part of that we’re strengthening things that are important to women and, of course, to men as well. Early childhood education, making sure that our children are safe and they have great opportunities once they get out of high school or college."[36]

E.W. Jackson

Rigell refused to endorse E.W. Jackson, the 2013 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, because of anti-gay comments made by Jackson.[37]

National security

Libya and Iraq

Rigell opposed deploying ground troops to Libya, and joined a bipartisan coalition that asked President Obama and Congress to resist “calls for a ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ military intervention in Iraq.”[38][39]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Sixty-five House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session, if he decided to use military force in Syria.[40][41]

In the August 2013 letter Rigell wrote that “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.”[40]

The letter noted that Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers asked.[40]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter stated. “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.”[40]

Most signers of the letter were Republicans. Ten Democratic members - Beto O'Rourke, Gene Green, Zoe Lofgren, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Rush Holt, William Enyart, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan and Michael Capuano - also signed the letter.[40]

Elections

2014

BattlegroundRace.jpg
See also: Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Scott Rigell (R) and retired U.S. Navy Reserve Commander Suzanne Patrick (D) will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014. Neither candidate faced a primary challenger.

Ballotpedia has identified Virginia's 2nd Congressional District as a battleground race because Cook's PVI shows the district as R+2, and Fairvote rates the district as 43.4 percent Democratic. In addition, President Barack Obama won the district by 1.5 percent in 2012 and 1.7 percent in 2008.[42][43]

Race background

Rigell is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[44]

Media


Scott Rigell for Congress 2014: "The Round Table."

2012

See also: Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Rigell won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Paul Hirschbiel in the November general election.[45][46]

U.S. House, Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Hirschbiel 46.1% 142,548
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Rigell Incumbent 53.8% 166,231
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 443
Total Votes 309,222
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

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 Rigell's reports.[48]

Scott Rigell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2013$4,192.20$263,101.97$(45,871.54)$221,422.63
July Quarterly[50]June 30, 2013$221,422.63$132,376.06$(73,469.99)$280,328.70
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2013$280,328.70$321,126.49$(64,584.90)$536,870.29
Year-end[52]January 31, 2014$536,870$119,183$(47,264)$608,789
April Quarterly[53]April 15, 2014$608,789.09$158,690.00$(102,169.03)$665,310.06
July Quarterly[54]July 15, 2014$665,310.06$159,466.47$(96,250.05)$759,479.92
October Quarterly[55]October 15, 2014$759,479.92$387,669.34$(325,302.73)$821,846.53
Running totals
$1,541,613.33$(754,912.24)

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor information for Rigell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rigell raised a total of $6,908,715 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[56]

Scott Rigell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 2) Won $2,397,768
2010 US House (Virginia, District 2) Won $4,510,947
Grand Total Raised $6,908,715

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012


Rigell won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Rigell's campaign committee raised a total of $2,397,768 and spent $2,550,870.[57]

  • On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos conducted an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Paul Hirschbiel outraised Republican incumbent Scott Rigell in the third quarter. Hirschbiel raised $352,000 to Rigell's $311,000.[58]

Cost per vote

Rigell spent $15.35 per vote received in 2012.

2010


Rigell won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Rigell's campaign committee raised a total of $4,510,947 and spent $4,352,653.[59]

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 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
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rigell's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $14,104,074 to $62,391,000. That averages to $38,247,537, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Rigell ranked as the 17th most wealthy representative in 2012.[60] Between 2009 and 2012, Rigell‘s calculated net worth[61] increased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[62]

Scott Rigell Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$32,008,166
2012$38,247,537
Growth from 2009 to 2012:19%
Average annual growth:6%[63]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[64]
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). Rigell received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[65]

From 2009-2014, 17.44 percent of Rigell's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[66]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Scott Rigell Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $8,161,508
Total Spent $7,401,028
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$392,602
Leadership PACs$310,667
Real Estate$304,750
Automotive$283,334
Health Professionals$132,125
% total in top industry4.81%
% total in top two industries8.62%
% total in top five industries17.44%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rigell is a "ran-and-file Republican follower," as of August 2014.[67] Rigell was a moderate Republican follower in July 2013.[68]

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.[69]

Rigell most often votes with:

Rigell 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, Rigell missed 22 of 2,726 roll call votes from January 2011 to August 2014. This amounts to 0.8 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[70]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rigell paid his congressional staff a total of $835,880 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranked 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[71]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Rigell was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Rigell's staff was given an apparent $3,000.00 in bonus money.[72]

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

Rigell ranked 213th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[73]

2012

Rigell ranked 213th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[74]

2011

Rigell was one of two members of congress who ranked 183rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[75]

Voting with party

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

2014

Rigell voted with the Republican Party 93 percent of the time, which ranked 161st among the 233 House Republican members as of August 2014.[76]

2013

Rigell voted with the Republican Party 91.7 percent of the time, which ranked 187th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[77]

Personal

Rigell and his wife, Teri, have four children and two grandchildren.[78]

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See also

External links

References

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  21. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Rigell on agriculture," accessed October 14, 2013
  23. New York Times, "House Republicans push through farm bill, without food stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
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  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Rigell on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  29. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  30. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  31. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 On The Issues, "Rigell Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  33. 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.
  34. ScottRigell.com, "Where I Stand," accessed September 16, 2014
  35. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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  63. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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Glenn Nye
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 2nd District
2011-Present
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