Al Green

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Al Green
Al Green.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorNick Lampson (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.54 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,440,838
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Justice of the Peace, Harris County, Texas
1977-2004
Education
J.D.Texas Southern University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 1, 1947
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$4,507,505
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Alexander N. "Al" Green (b. September 1, 1947, in New Orleans, LA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Green represents Texas' 9th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2004.

Green most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Steve Mueller (R), John Wieder (L), and Vanessa Foster (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Green is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 4, 2014. He will face Johnny Johnson (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

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

Biography

Green attended Florida A&M University and the Tuskegee Institute of Technology. He went on to earn his J.D. From Texas Southern University. Green worked in private practice for several years before being elected Justice of the Peace for Precinct 7, Position 2.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Green serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations - Ranking Member

2011-2012

Green served on the following House committees:[2]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee
    • Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Green 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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Green voted against 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 that was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Green 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.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[9] 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.[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] Green voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against 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 percent 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. Green joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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] Green voted against 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. Green voted for HR 2775.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Green 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. Green was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[20]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Green 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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Green 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.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Green 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.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Green 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.[25]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Al Green'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, Green is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Green received a score of 65 percent on social issues and 2 percent on economic issues.[26]

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[27]
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 Neutral
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[26]

Arrest during immigration protest

See also: Gang of Eight

On October 8, 2013, eight Democratic members of Congress were arrested while attending a protest calling for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.[28]

The eight included Green, John Lewis, Luis Gutierrez, Charlie Rangel, Raul Grijalva, Joe Crowley, Jan Schakowsky and Keith Ellison.[28] The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitol.[28] Authorities arrested the lawmakers for crowding and disrupting the streets around the Capitol. Almost 200 people were arrested by police during the protest.[28]

Campaign themes

2014

Green's campaign website lists the following issues:[29]

  • Education
Excerpt: "I am committed to fighting for educational opportunities for our young people. There are so many talented youth who are unable to afford the increasing costs of higher education or who find themselves surrounded in mountains of debt following the completion of those educational pursuits."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I am committed to fighting for affordable, comprehensive coverage for all Americans. Rather than a health care system, we have a sickness care system. People seem to only be able to seek treatment when their health is in disrepair."
  • Housing
Excerpt: "For nearly ten years I served as president of the Houston Branch of the NAACP. In that capacity I worked hard to make sure that every American has equality of opportunity. I continue this fight on the Financial Services Committee."
  • Labor
Excerpt: "I am a proud supporter of our nation’s working men and women. Whether it is fighting to protect the right to organize or fighting to guarantee people an adequate living wage, I have always stood hand in hand with America’s workers."
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "It is clear that there is a long-term challenge to Social Security and we do need to make the right adjustments to ensure that monies paid into the system are there for future generations."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "I am extremely proud of the men and women of our Armed Forces who have served our country, both here and abroad, protecting American lives and American interests. Given the extraordinary commitment that veterans have made to our country, providing them with the resources they need to live safe and productive lives after they have completed their military service is the least we can do."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Green is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face Johnny Johnson (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Green won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 9th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Steve Mueller (R), John Wieder (L), and Vanessa Foster (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

U.S. House, Texas District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAl Green Incumbent 78.5% 144,075
     Republican Steve Mueller 19.7% 36,139
     Green Vanessa Foster 0.9% 1,743
     Libertarian John Wieder 0.9% 1,609
Total Votes 183,566
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Green is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Green raised a total of $2,440,838 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[36]

Al Green's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 9) Won $351,713
2010 US House (Texas, District 9) Won $443,131
2008 US House (Texas, District 9) Won $369,156
2006 US House (Texas, District 9) Won $431,655
2004 US House (Texas, District 9) Won $845,183
Grand Total Raised $2,440,838


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2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Green's reports.[37]

Al Green (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$175,472.69$12,400.00$(34,726.07)$153,146.62
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$153,146.62$131,265.90$(32,069.50)$252,343.02
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$252,343.02$12,597.30$(39,915.64)$225,024.68
Year-End[41]February 3, 2014$225,024$50,763$(34,890)$240,896
Pre-Primary[42]February 26, 2014$240,896$5,000$(25,706)$220,190
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$220,190$28,850$(23,319)$225,720
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$225,720$47,104$(111,082)$161,742
Running totals
$287,980.2$(301,708.21)

2012

Green won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Green's campaign committee raised a total of $351,713 and spent $365,844.[45] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

Cost per vote

Green spent $2.54 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Green won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Green's campaign committee raised a total of $443,131 and spent $282,611.[47]


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Green's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,615,012 and $7,399,999. That averages to $4,507,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Green ranked as the 77th most wealthy representative in 2012.[48] Between 2004 and 2012, Green's calculated net worth[49] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[50]

Al Green Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$4,718,897
2012$4,507,505
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-4%
Average annual growth:-1%[51]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[52]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Green is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Green received in June 2013.[53]

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.[54]

Green most often votes with:

Green 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, Green missed 150 of 7,423 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Green paid his congressional staff a total of $1,016,111 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranked 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[56]

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

Green ranked 134th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[57]

2012

Green ranked 137th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[58]

2011

Green ranked 113th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[59]

Voting with party

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

2014

Green voted with the Democratic Party 92.9 percent of the time, which ranked 112th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[60]

2013

Green voted with the Democratic Party 93.5 percent of the time, which ranked 150th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[61]

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Official House website, "Biography," accessed October 22, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
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  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  27. 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.
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  49. 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).
  50. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  52. 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.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Nick Lampson
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 9
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Justice of the Peace, Harris County, Texas
1977-2004
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