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Thomas J. Rooney
Thomas J. Rooney.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 17
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PredecessorFrederica Wilson (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.60 in 2012
First elected2008
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,138,571
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBenjamin High School
Bachelor'sSyracuse University, Washington & Jefferson College
Master'sUniversity of Florida
J.D.University of Miami School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service2000-2004
CitationsArmy Commendation Medal (2)
Service branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service2004-Present
BirthdayNovember 21, 1970
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Net worth$64,314,955
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas J. "Tom" Rooney (b. November 21, 1970, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rooney was elected by voters from Florida's 17th Congressional District.

Due to redistricting, Rooney ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 17th District.[1][2][3]

Rooney was first elected to the U.S. House in 2008 in District 16.[4]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rooney is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Rooney was raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and graduated from the Benjamin High School in North Palm Beach, Florida. Following high school, Tom went on to play college football at Syracuse University and Washington and Jefferson College.[4] Rooney attended the University of Florida where he received his M.A. in Political Science. After that, he went to the University of Miami School of Law where he received his J.D. He became a member of The Florida Bar Association in 1999.[4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rooney serves on the following committees:[5][6]


Key votes

113th Congress

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Rooney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Rooney voted in favor 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Rooney voted against 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Rooney voted in favor 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Rooney 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.[10]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Rooney voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of 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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] 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. Rooney voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

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.[18] 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.[19] Rooney voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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.[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. Rooney voted against HR 2775.[22]

Pay during government shutdown

See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Rooney declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Rooney voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Rooney voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Rooney voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Rooney voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Rooney 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.[24]


On The Issues Vote Match

Thomas Rooney's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Rooney is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Rooney received a score of 26 percent on personal issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage 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 Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens 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 Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[25]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Thomas Rooney endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [26]



See also: Florida's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rooney is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Rooney was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 17th District. Rooney was seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Rooney defeated Joe Arnold in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[2] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[27]

U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas J. Rooney Incumbent 58.6% 165,488
     Democratic William Bronson 41.4% 116,766
     Independent Tom Baumann 0% 12
Total Votes 282,266
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida District 17 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rooney Incumbent 73.2% 37,859
Joe Arnold 26.8% 13,855
Total Votes 51,714

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rooney is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Rooney raised a total of $4,138,571 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[30]

Thomas Rooney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 17) Won $1,096,521
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 16) Won $1,426,151
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 16) Won $1,615,899
Grand Total Raised $4,138,571


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rooney's reports.[31]

Thomas Rooney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$436,770.47$60,392.16$(45,606.42)$451,556.21
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$451,556.21$71,734.02$(84,217.00)$439,073.23
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$439,073.23$21,674.36$(50,246.84)$410,500.75
Year-end[35]January 31, 2014$410,500$100,603$(40,951)$470,153
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$470,153$85,527$(64,199)$491,480
Running totals


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

Rooney won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Rooney's campaign committee raised a total of $1,096,522 and spent $1,092,225.[37] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[38]

Cost per vote

Rooney spent $6.60 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Rooney's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Rooney won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Rooney's campaign committee raised a total of $1,426,151 and spent $993,128.[39]

U.S. House, Florida District 16, 2010 - Thomas Rooney Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,426,151
Total Spent $993,128
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $50,300
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $33,063
Top contributors to Thomas Rooney's campaign committee
NextEra Energy$32,450
Pittsburgh Steelers$19,700
Florida Turbine Technologies$19,600
Publix Super Markets$19,600
Flo-Sun Inc$15,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$64,500
Crop Production & Basic Processing$62,200
Real Estate$57,650
Securities & Investment$48,497

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 personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: 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, Rooney's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $41,385,465 and $87,244,445. That averages to $64,314,955, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Rooney ranked as the 9th most wealthy representative in 2012.[40] Between 2007 and 2012, Rooney's calculated net worth[41] percentage increase was not meaningful as the initial average net worth (-$37,097) was less than or equal to zero. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[42]

Thomas Rooney Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[43]
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.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rooney is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 12, 2013.[44]

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.[45]

Rooney most often votes with:

Rooney least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Rooney missed 37 of 3,350 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[46]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rooney paid his congressional staff a total of $940,167 in 2011. He ranks 147th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 191st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

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.


Rooney ranked 55th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[48]


Rooney ranked 21st in the conservative rankings.[49]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Thomas J. Rooney has voted with the Republican Party 94% of the time, which ranked 178th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[50]


Rooney and his wife, Tara, reside in Tequesta, Florida, and with their three young sons: Tommy Jr., Sean, and Seamus.[4]

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See also

External links


  1. The Miami Herald, "High-placed source: Allen West considering primary bid v. Tom Rooney," accessed December 3, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Resultsm "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
  3. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Congressman Thomas J. Rooney, "About Tom," accessed October 19, 2011
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Congressman Thomas J. Rooney, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 19, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Vote Smart, "Thomas Rooney Key Votes," accessed September 26, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Thomas Rooney Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  26. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  27. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Thomas J. Rooney," accessed April 4, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Thomas J. Rooney 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Open Secrets, "Thomas Rooney 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Thomas Rooney 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011
  40. OpenSecrets, "Rooney, (R-Fl), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  41. This figure represents the total 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).
  42. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  43. 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.
  44. GovTrack, "Rooney," accessed June 12, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Rep. Thomas J. Rooney," accessed July 31, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Thomas Rooney," accessed March 29, 2013
  47. LegiStorm, "Thomas Rooney," accessed 2012
  48. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  49. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederica S. Wilson (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 17
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tim Mahoney
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 16
Succeeded by
Vern Buchanan (R)