Cedric Richmond

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Cedric Richmond
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U.S. House, Louisiana, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJoseph Cao (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.21 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,077,330
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
2000-2011
Education
High schoolBenjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bachelor'sMorehouse College
J.D.Tulane University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 13, 1973
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$27,001.50
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Cedric Levon Richmond (b. September 13, 1973, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District. Richmond was first elected to the House in 2010.

Richmond was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2012 by voters of Louisiana's 2nd District. Richmond, the incumbent, defeated Gary Landrieu (D), Dwayne Bailey (R), Josue Larose (R) and Caleb Trotter (L) in the November 6 blanket primary.[1][2]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Richmond previously was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, from 2000 to 2011.[3]

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

Biography

Richmond was born on September 13, 1973, in New Orleans, LA, where he also attended high school. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College and his J.D. from Tulane University.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Richmond's political career[3]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Richmond serves on the following committees:[4][5]

2011-2012

Richmond served on the following House committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Richmond's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Richmond 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Richmond 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Richmond 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Richmond 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.[9]

Economy

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.[11] 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Richmond voted with 88 other Democratic 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] 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. Richmond joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] 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.[18] Richmond voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] 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. Richmond voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Richmond 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Richmond did not vote on 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.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Neutral/Abstain Richmond did not vote on 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.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Richmond voted in favor of 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.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Richmond 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.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Richmond'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, Cedric Richmond is a Liberal Populist. Cedric Richmond received a score of 50 percent on personal issues and 17 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
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 Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[23]

Campaign themes

2012

The following were issues highlighted on Richmond's campaign website.[24]

  • Excerpt: On Crime - "Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation, yet our crime rate is still unacceptably high. It is clear that the “lock them up and throw away the key” approach to crime isn’t working. Instead, what we need to stop simply reacting to crime after it happens, and start finding ways to prevent it."[25]
  • Excerpt: On the Economy- " That’s why I am committed to investing in a strong and more educated workforce that has economic security and is better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21stcentury... One way I believe we can do this is with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC reduces or eliminates the taxes that low-income, married or single working people pay (such as payroll taxes)."[26]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Richmond is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The primary takes place on November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Richmond ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 2nd District. Richmond, the incumbent, defeated Gary Landrieu (D), Dwayne Bailey (R), Josue Larose (R) and Caleb Trotter (L) in the November 6 blanket primary.[27][28] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates did not receive a majority of the vote on that date, they went to a runoff, to be held on December 8.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCedric Richmond Incumbent 55.2% 158,501
     Democratic Gary Landrieu 25% 71,916
     Republican Dwayne Bailey 13.5% 38,801
     Republican Josue Larose 3.9% 11,345
     Libertarian Caleb Trotter 2.4% 6,791
Total Votes 287,354
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Media

Richmond's most recent ad can found at his campaign website.[29]


Cedric Richmond, "Accountable"[30]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Richmond is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Richmond raised a total of $2,077,330 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7,2013.[32]

Cedric Richmond's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 2) Won $937,451
2010 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 2) Won $1,139,879
Grand Total Raised $2,077,330

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 Richmond's reports.[33]

Cedric Richmond (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$15,411.75$136,625.00$(26,482.85)$125,553.90
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$125,553.90$190,532.57$(80,247.08)$235,839.39
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$235,839.39$180,100.68$(60,761.79)$355,178.28
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$355,178$123,744$(100,445)$378,477
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$378,477$107,553$(103,598)$382,431
Running totals
$738,555.25$(371,534.72)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Richmond's campaign funds for the 2012 election.

Richmond won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Richmond's campaign committee raised a total of $937,451 and spent $826,311.[39] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Richmond spent $5.21 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Richmond won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Richmond's campaign committee raised a total of $1,139,879 and spent $1,134,506.[41]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 2, 2010 - Cedric Richmond Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,139,879
Total Spent $1,134,506
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,079,915
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,097,806
Top contributors to Cedric Richmond's campaign committee
Hertz Investment Group$14,400
Metro Disposal$14,300
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$191,100
Leadership PACs$73,350
Public Sector Unions$54,000
Lobbyists$40,159
Candidate Committees$39,000

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 OpenSecrets.org, Richmond's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between -$47,995 and $101,998. That averages to $27,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Richmond ranked as the 400th most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2009 and 2012, Richmond's calculated net worth[43] decreased by an average of 17 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

Cedric Richmond Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$56,253
2012$27,001.50
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-52%
Average annual growth:-17%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
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, Richmond is a "moderate Democratic follower," as of June 18, 2013.[47]

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.[48]

Richmond most often votes with:

Richmond least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Richmond missed 73 of 1,695 roll call vote from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Richmond paid his congressional staff a total of $834,040 in 2011. He ranks 9th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 81st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranks 37th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[50]

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.

2012

Richmond ranked 120th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[51]

2011

Richmond ranked 94th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[52]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Cedric Richmond has voted with the Democratic Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 150th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Personal

Richmond lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.[54]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed October 22,2012
  2. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Cedric Richmond," accessed November 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed November 15, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Vote Smart, "Cedric Richmond Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 On The Issues, "Richmond Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014
  24. Richmond's Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed 2012
  25. Richmond's Campaign Website, "Crime," accessed 2012
  26. Richmond's Campaign Website, "Economy," accessed 2012
  27. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed October 22,2012
  28. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  29. Richmond's Campaign Website, "Video," accessed 2012
  30. YouTube channel, "Video," accessed 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Cedric Richmond" accessed April 7, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Cedric Richmond 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 16, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Cedric Richmond 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 17, 2011
  42. OpenSecrets, "Richmond (D-LA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. 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).
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. 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.
  47. GovTrack, "Richmond," accessed June 18, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rep. Cedric Richmond," accessed August 2, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Cedric Richmond," accessed April 1, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Cedric Richmond," accessed 2012
  51. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  54. Official House Site, "Biography," accessed November 17, 2011
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U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 2
2011–present
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