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Steve Israel
Steve Israel.JPG
U.S. House, New York, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPeter T. King (R)
Leadership
Chairman of the DCCC
2011-Present
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$20.11 in 2012
First electedNovember 2001
Campaign $$13,598,812
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 2
January 3, 2001-January 3, 2013
Huntington Town Board
1993-2001
Education
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
OtherNassau Community College and Syracuse University (did not earn degree)
Personal
BirthdayMay 30, 1958
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionPolitician
Net worth$-55,000
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Israel (b. May 30, 1958, in Brooklyn, NY) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 3rd Congressional District. Israel was first elected to the House in 2001.[1]

He was the representative of New York's 2nd Congressional District until the 2012 election when he was redistricted into New York's 3rd Congressional District. Israel is currently serving his sixth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012, against Stephen Labate.

In 2014, Israel won re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New York.[2] He ran uncontested for the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[3] Israel defeated Grant Lally (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]

Israel is currently the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Israel was part of the Huntington Town Board before his successful 2002 congressional bid for re-election to the U.S. House.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Israel 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.

Biography

Israel was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Nassau Community College and Syracuse University before earning his B.A. at George Washington University in 1982.[1]

After earning his bachelor's degree, Israel served as an aide to Rep. Richard Ottinger of New York until being elected to the Huntington Town Board.[1]

Israel serves as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Israel's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Israel does not currently serve on any committees.[8]

2011-2012

Israel did not serve on any committees due to his position as the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[9]

Prior sessions

Israel has previously served on the following committees:[10]

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.[11] For more information pertaining to Israel's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Israel 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.[13]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Israel voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[13]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Israel voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Israel supported 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.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Israel voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

King Amendment

Israel signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[17] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[18]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn 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.[19] 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.[20] Israel voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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.[21] 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. Israel voted for HR 2775.[22]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Israel 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Israel has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Israel voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Israel voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Steve Israel'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, Israel is a Liberal Populist. Israel received a score of 59 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.[28]

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[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Neutral
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[28]

House leadership roles

Israel served as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for two election cycles, starting in 2011.[6] In 2014, he announced that he would step down from the position. This decision came shortly after the November general election, in which the Democratic Party suffered a large loss of seats. Israel explained, "I’m not going to sugarcoat the fact that we fell short [on Election Day]. We fell short. And we need to do some serious thinking about some of those factors."[30] Israel will nonetheless maintain a leadership role in the 2016 election cycle, as he was selected to be chairman of Policy and Communications.[7][31]

Jobless benefits

Israel criticized Republicans in December 2013 over unemployment benefits. He released a statement attacking the party for not supporting an extension for the benefits, set to expire December 28, 2013. He said, "Republicans in Congress have failed this country on so many fronts — failing to create jobs, failing to focus on the right priorities, failing to strengthen the middle class — and this weekend, 1.3 million Americans who are looking for work will personally pay the price for Republicans' failure to extend unemployment insurance. The difference between Republicans and Democrats is stark; Democrats will continue to stand with hardworking families who are trying to create a better life, whether it’s helping them through tough times with unemployment insurance, working to increase the minimum wage or investing in a good education for their children."[32]

DCCC candidate recruitment

Israel discussed the type of candidates that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was seeking to run for Congress in 2014. He said, "Our essential strategy is to recruit problem-solvers. And with this Republican Congress having been so destructive to the concerns women have, we are putting a special emphasis on recruiting women who will end those problems."[33]

As of January 2014, Israel had raised $10.4 million for the DCCC in the 2014 midterm elections. This total was second only to Nancy Pelosi's $26.7 million raised for the DCCC during the same period.[34]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[35] According to the report, Israel earmarked $490,000 to study a bypass road to ease congestion along a busy commercial corridor that bordered the congressman's neighborhood in Dix Hills. As of the investigation in February, the project had stalled and the money had yet to be spent.[36]

Campaign themes

2012

Israel listed several campaign themes on his website:[37]

  • "Israel believes that it's unfair for New York families to pay higher property taxes, energy and housing costs, and yet still get taxed at the same rate as families in other parts of the country whose cost of living is half as much as ours. That's why Steve is working to pass legislation that would take the regional cost of living into account when determining a family or individual's federal income tax.
  • With two daughters in school, Steve knows how hard it is for families to pay for college. That’s why he introduced legislation that would create a $5,000 super-sized tax credit for families with kids in college. His plan would increase the current tax credits and make it easier for families to benefit from it.
  • Newsday called Steve Israel "a ferocious fighter for Long Island and in every cause he trumpets, from green energy to improved infrastructure to job creation." Steve is leading the fight to develop a comprehensive energy plan to strengthen our national security, grow our economy and protect our environment. That's why he voted for a clean energy bill that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create the next generation jobs in alternative energy industries.
  • Steve has also led the charge to end Big Oil subsidies and is working to hold BP America accountable for the disaster in the Gulf.
  • Steve believes that for too long, insurance companies have been able to take advantage of consumers - denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and refusing to pay claims when people need it the most. He voted to stop insurance company abuses and stabilize health care costs for families and businesses.
  • Steve is a leading voice on prescription drug safety, introducing a bill that will crack down on wholesalers that sell counterfeit pharmaceuticals. He is also the co-chairman of the bipartisan House Cancer Caucus, which serves as a leading voice on cancer legislation in the House. He has introduced legislation to expand access to cancer clinical trials and a bill that would expand cancer treatment options under Medicare.
  • To combat terrorism, Steve believes we must aggressively pursue terrorists where they are and use all the tools available to us, including both "hard" power and "soft" power. To bring our troops home successfully and safely from Iraq and Afghanistan depends on both smart military strategy and smart diplomatic efforts to keep terrorists from regaining ground. Steve believes it is critically important that we dismantle al Qaeda's operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Steve is a strong advocate for the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Steve was appointed to the US Holocaust Memorial Council in 2012. He publicly demanded the arrest of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for incitement to genocide. He led the efforts to secure Israel's qualitative military edge by supporting critical weapons technologies. And Steve Israel hasn't shied from criticizing leaders of his own party for statements on Israel's settlement policies.
  • Steve has fought to protect and improve Social Security and Medicare. He has led the charge in Congress against a Republican budget that the Wall Street Journal said would "end Medicare as we know it." Steve Israel consistently opposed efforts to privatize and Social Security. He supported legislation to close the Medicare "doughnut hole."
  • He has taken on the big drug companies and supported legislation allowing the government to negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare recipients. Steve also supports common sense legislation to lower prescription costs over all by allowing safe re-importation of cheaper prescription drugs and expanding access to generics. Steve wrote widely-supported legislation that would expand cancer treatment options for Medicare patients.
  • Steve believes that by asking the men and women of our Armed Forces to put their lives on the line to defend America, we have an obligation to care for them at home. That's why in Congress, Steve helped secure the biggest increase in veterans' benefits in the history of the Veterans Administration, including funds to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and record funding to help homeless veterans.
  • Steve advocates every day for Long Island veterans to ensure they are getting the support they earned. His efforts have secured more than $5.5 million in overdue benefits for local veterans."

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, Israel won re-election to the U.S. House to represent New York's 3rd District. Israel ran uncontested for the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. He defeated Grant Lally (R) in the general election.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Israel Incumbent 52.4% 85,310
     Republican Grant Lally 43.7% 71,212
     N/A Blank 3.8% 6,268
     N/A Void 0% 76
     N/A Write-in 0% 70
Total Votes 162,936
Source: New York State Board of Elections Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: New York's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Israel sought re-election in 2012. Because of redistricting, he ran for election in the redrawn 3rd District instead of the new 2nd; 3rd District representative Peter T. King switched to the new 2nd District. He was unopposed in the primary and won re-election on November 6, 2012.[38]

U.S. House, New York District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Israel Incumbent 51.5% 157,602
     Republican Stephen Labate 36.9% 113,021
     Libertarian Michael McDermott 0.5% 1,641
     Independent Anthony Tolda 0.1% 366
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 11% 33,644
Total Votes 306,274
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Israel is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Israel raised a total of $13,598,812 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[45]

Steve Israel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 3) Won $3,186,020
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $2,547,657
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $2,144,797
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,502,557
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,621,141
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,472,432
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,124,208
Grand Total Raised $13,598,812


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Israel’s reports.[46]

Steve Israel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2013$336,023.60$577,128.19$(652,820.62)$260,331.17
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2013$260,331.17$472,110.49$(186,331.87)$546,109.79
October Quarterly[49]October 15, 2013$546,109.79$392,791.04$(188,176.51)$750,724.32
Year-End Quarterly[50]December 31, 2013$750,724$451,968$(150,798)$1,041,294
April Quarterly[51]April 16, 2014$1,041,294.95$613,299.61$(236,974.40)$1,417,620.16
Pre-Primary[52]June 12, 2014$1,417,620.16$319,354.43$(262,604.94)$1,474,369.65
July Quarterly[53]July 15, 2014$1,474,369.65$302,318.74$(27,034.60)$1,749,653.79
October Quarterly[54]October 15, 2014$1,749,653.79$445,378.66$(918,996.05)$1,276,036.40
Running totals
$3,574,349.16$(2,623,736.99)

2012

Israel won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Israel's campaign committee raised a total of $3,186,021 and spent $3,169,049.[55]

Cost per vote

Israel spent $20.11 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Israel was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a sixth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,547,657 and spent $3,941,248.[56]


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, Israel's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-99,999 and $-10,001. That averages to $-55,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Israel ranked as the 429th most wealthy representative in 2012.[57] Between 2004 and 2012, Israel's calculated net worth increased from $-126,404 to $-55,000. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[58]

Steve Israel Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$-126,404
2012$-55,000
Growth from 2004 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[59]
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). Israel received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Real Estate industry.

From 1999-2014, 27.43 percent of Israel's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[60]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Steve Israel Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $16,713,247
Total Spent $14,964,593
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$1,499,960
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,141,855
Securities & Investment$943,719
Health Professionals$510,151
Pro-Israel$489,322
% total in top industry8.97%
% total in top two industries15.81%
% total in top five industries27.43%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Israel is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of August 2014.[61] This was the same rating Israel received in June 2013.

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.[62]

Bishop most often votes with:

Bishop 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, Israel missed 248 of 9,688 roll call votes from January 2001 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[61]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Israel paid his congressional staff a total of $1,034,799 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[63]

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

Israel ranked 115th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[64]

2012

Israel ranked 115th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[65]

2011

Israel ranked 145th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[66]

Voting with party

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

2014

Israel voted with the Democratic Party 93.0 percent of the time, which ranked 109th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[67]

2013

Israel voted with the Democratic Party 95 percent of the time, which ranked 46th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[68]

Personal

Israel divorced his second wife, acting state Supreme Court Justice Marlene Budd, in 2011. He has two daughters from his first marriage.[69]

Israel lists his religious affiliation as Jewish.[70]

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See also

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter King
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 3
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Rick Lazio
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 2
2001-2013
Succeeded by
Peter King
Preceded by
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Huntington Town Board
1993-2001
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