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Corrine Brown
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U.S. House, Florida, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRichard B. Nugent (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.22 in 2012
First elected1992
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,436,127
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
1985-1991
Education
Bachelor'sFlorida A&M University (1969)
Master'sUniversity of Florida (1971), (1974)
OtherHonorary Doctor of Law Degree, Edward Waters College
Personal
BirthdayNovember 11, 1946
Place of birthJacksonville, Florida
ProfessionCollege Professor
Net worth$3,501
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Corrine Brown campaign logo
Corrine Brown (b. November 11, 1946, in Jacksonville, Florida) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brown was elected by voters from Florida's 5th Congressional District.

Brown was first elected in 1992 and most recently was re-elected in 2012.[1]

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

She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1982 to 1992.[2]

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

Biography

Brown was born in Jacksonville, Florida.[3]

Education:[3]

  • 1969: Florida A&M University, B.S.[3][4]
  • 1971: University of Flroida, Master's degree
  • 1974: University of Florida, Educational specialist degree
  • Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, and has been on the faculty at the latter two schools and at Florida Community College at Jacksonville.[5]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Brown serves on the following committees:[6][7]

2011-2012

Brown served on the following committees:[8]

Issues

Legislative actions

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.[9] For more information pertaining to Brown's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Regarding the situation in Syria, Brown made the following statement on September 3, 2013:

“The Syrian government’s horrific use of chemical weapons against its own people is a clear violation of any moral standard and places the Assad regime well outside the circle of respect for basic human rights. I strongly believe that those responsible for these horrific attacks must be held accountable. The ongoing civil war in Syria remains deeply concerning, as does the involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in supporting the Assad regime's attacks against Syrian communities.

To date, the Syrian government’s indiscriminate actions have claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, internally displaced 4.25 million, and forced 1.7 million men, women, and children to flee their native home.

I am currently involved in various congressional briefings and participating in Caucus discussions with my colleagues. I plan to closely study the language of the Syria resolution when I return to Washington next week.”[11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Brown voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Brown 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.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Brown 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Brown 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.[12]

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.[14] 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.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Brown 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.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Brown voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[17]

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.[20] 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.[21] Brown voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. Brown voted for HR 2775.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Brown voted against 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.[12]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Brown 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.[12]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Brown 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Brown voted against 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.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Brown 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.[12]

Farm Bill

After House Republicans separated food stamp legislation from the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013, Brown took to the floor stating, "Mitt Romney was right: You all do not care about the 47 percent. Shame on you. This is a sad day for the House of Representatives. Shame on the Republicans." Because direct attacks are not allowed on the House floor, Rep. Kevin Yoder, who was at the time acting as Speaker, requested that Brown cease.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Brown 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 1 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.[26]

Campaign themes

2012

Brown's campaign website listed the following issues:[27]

  • Transportation
Excerpt: "I have been critical in the fight to get Florida its share of transportation money. For years, Florida has been a donor state to the Highway Trust Fund and the Airport Improvement Program. I was a leader in the fight to change transportation funding through an initiative called "Tea-21," which returns more transportation money to populous states like Florida and Texas."
  • Defense
Excerpt: "I stand 100% behind our troops. I have supported Defense funding every year since coming to Congress, and proudly supported both Defense bills in the 106th Congress. All those who serve deserve our appreciation, our respect, and our compassion. The brave men and women in uniform who volunteered to defend our country are in my thoughts and in my prayers."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a former educator, I understand how important education is to the future of this nation. In my estimation, education policies in the United States have not come close to meeting the needs of our nation's growing minority communities."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "I have been an outspoken critic of the minimalist Department of Veterans Affairs funding in the 108th Congress. This shabby treatment of our veterans is intolerable. Our veterans are truly the best of the best and we must promise them that we will honor their service with appreciation, compassion and respect. They should not have to come begging at our doorstop year after year."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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

2012

See also: Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Brown ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 5th Congressional District. Brown sought re-election on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012.[28] Brown ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and LeAnne Kolb ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[29] She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[30]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCorrine Brown Incumbent 70.8% 190,472
     Republican LeAnne Kolb 26.3% 70,700
     Independent Eileen Fleming 3% 7,978
     Independent Bruce Ray Riggs 0% 3
Total Votes 269,153
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brown is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Brown raised a total of $4,436,127 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[39]

Corrine Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $610,071
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $966,669
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $559,627
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $489,300
2004 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $453,938
2002 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $438,527
2000 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $917,995
Grand Total Raised $4,436,127

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 Brown's reports.[40]

Corrine Brown (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$1,117.75$49,633.28$(32,905.02)$17,846.01
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$17,846.01$39,489.90$(57,335.91)$-44.74
October Quarterly[43]October 13, 2013$-44.74$50,501.66$(51,038.44)$-581.52
Year-end[44]January 31, 2014$-581$63,167$(33,646)$28,939
Running totals
$202,791.84$(174,925.37)

2012

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

Brown won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $610,072 and spent $613,190.[45] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

Cost per vote

Brown spent $3.22 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Brown won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $966,669 and spent $979,733.[47]


U.S. House, Florida District 3, 2010 - Corrine Brown Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $966,669
Total Spent $979,733
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $154,156
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $150,850
Top contributors to Corrine Brown's campaign committee
CSX Corp$49,500
Carnival Corp$31,600
Picerne Real Estate Group$26,400
Union Pacific Corp$24,200
Berkshire Hathaway$19,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Railroads$148,380
Lawyers/Law Firms$93,263
Real Estate$64,146
Transportation Unions$62,500
Sea Transport$59,850

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brown is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 11, 2013.[48]

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.[49]

Brown most often votes with:

Brown least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Brown missed 1,104 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 8.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Brown paid her congressional staff a total of $1,041,363 in 2011. She ranks 100th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 119th overall of the highest 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.[51]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Brown is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Brown's staff was given an apparent $12,000.00 in bonus money.[52]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brown's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-12,998 and $20,000. That averages to $3,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Brown ranked as the 409th most wealthy representative in 2012.[53]

Corrine Brown Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$3,501$71,000

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

Brown ranked 92nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[54]

2011

Brown ranked 118th in the liberal rankings.[55]

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, Corrine Brown has voted with the Democratic Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 20th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[56]

Personal

Brown has one daughter, Shantrel. Brown resides in Jacksonville, Florida.[3]

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See also

External links


References

  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Corrine for Congress, "Legislative Career," accessed June 11, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Congresswoman Corrine Brown, "Biography," accessed October 17, 2011
  4. The Washington Post:U.S. Congress Votes Database, "Corrine Brown," accessed October 17, 2011
  5. Corrine Brown, "Biographical Information," accessed October 17, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Congresswoman Corrine Brown, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed October 17, 2011
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. Office of Corrine Brown, "Congresswoman Brown Strongly Criticizes Syrian Government for Atrocities Committed Against own Citizens," accessed September 9, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 Project Vote Smart, "Corrine Brown Voting Summary," accessed September 20, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "Black caucus member to GOP: ‘You all do not care about the 47 percent,’" accessed July 11, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  28. Florida Division of Elections, "2012 candidate list," accessed 2012
  29. AP Results, "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
  30. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Corrine Brown," accessed April 3, 2012
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Corrine Brown 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 19, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  45. Open Secrets, "Corrine Brown 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Corrine Brown 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 9, 2011
  48. GovTrack, "Brown," accessed June 11, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Rep. Corrine Brown," accessed July 31, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Corrine Brown," accessed March 29, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Corrine Brown," accessed 2012
  52. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  53. OpenSecrets, "Corrine Brown (D-FL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard B. Nugent (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 5
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Charles Bennett
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 3
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Ted Yoho (R)
Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives
1985-1991
Succeeded by
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