Doris Matsui

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Doris Matsui
Doris Matsui.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRobert T. Matsui (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.34 in 2012
First electedMarch 8, 2005
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,005,955
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Berkeley, 1966
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 25, 1944
Place of birthDinuba, California
Net worth$1,444,009
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Doris Matsui (b. September 25, 1944, in Dinuba, CA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 6th Congressional District. Matsui was first elected to the House in 2005 in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Bob Matsui.

Matsui most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 6th District. She defeated Joseph McCray, Sr. (R) in the general election.[1] Matsui was displaced from her former district, California's 5th, by redistricting.[2]

Matsui is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She and Joseph McCray, Sr. (I) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, and will face off in the general election.

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Matsui's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1966: Graduated from University of California, Berkeley with B.A.
  • 1993-1998: Staff, White House
  • 2005-Present: U.S. Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

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

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy

2011-2012

Matsui served on the following 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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Matsui's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Matsui voted against 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]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Matsui 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Matsui voted against 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.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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] Matsui voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of 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.[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 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. Matsui joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

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

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Matsui voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Nay3.png Matsui 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.[23]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Matsui 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Matsui 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.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Matsui 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.[27]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Doris Matsui'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, Matsui is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Matsui received a score of 66 percent on social issues and 2 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

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

SNAP challenge

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Matsui, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[30] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[31]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Matsui 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.[32]

Campaign themes

2014

Matsui's campaign website lists the following issues:[33]

  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "The health care law that was enacted in the spring of 2010 is a major step forward in providing affordable, quality care to all. I will continue to fight for its full implementation, so that all American families can benefit from it. Join me in advocating affordable access to healthcare for hard working American families."
  • Jobs and the Sacramento Economy
Excerpt: "Rebuilding our economy and putting Sacramentans back to work remains my number one priority. In light of state and local budget cuts, ensuring the federal government is responsive to our region’s needs has never been more important to me."
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Flood protection and ensuring our District has the necesary infrastruture to ensure public safety and grow its economy are among my top priorities."
  • Clean Energy
Excerpt: "Clean energy is a growing industry, filled with both promise and potential. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have made it a top priority to bring clean energy technology to Sacramento and transform our district into a global leader"

Elections

2014

See also: California's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Matsui is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She and Joseph McCray, Sr. (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, unopposed.[34] They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Matsui won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 6th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 5th by redistricting. She and Joseph McCray, Sr. (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Erik Smitt (R). Matsui then defeated McCray in the general election on November 6, 2012.[35][36]

U.S. House, California District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Matsui Incumbent 75.1% 160,667
     Republican Joseph McCray, Sr. 24.9% 53,406
Total Votes 214,073
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 6 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Matsui (D) Incumbent 71.4% 67,174
Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph McCray, Sr. (R) 16.6% 15,647
Erik Smitt (R) 12% 11,254
Total Votes 94,075

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Matsui is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Matsui raised a total of $5,005,955 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[41]

Doris Matsui's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 6) Won $908,449
2010 US House (California, District 5) Won $835,400
2008 US House (California, District 5) Won $964,536
2006 US House (California, District 5) Won $2,297,570
Grand Total Raised $5,005,955


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Matsui's reports.[42]

Doris Matsui (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$196,909.77$105,303.40$(66,869.24)$235,343.93
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$235,343.93$245,792.20$(109,241.83)$371,894.30
October Quarterly[45]October 14, 2013$372,621.18$115,579.83$(103,854.15)$384,346.86
Year-End[46]January 31, 2014$384,346$104,484$(81,488)$407,097
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$407,097$82,670$(99,154)$390,613
Pre-Primary[48]May 22, 2014$390,613$96,923$(55,181)$432,355
July Quarterly[49]July 14, 2014$432,355$106,273$(70,127)$468,699
Running totals
$857,025.43$(585,915.22)

2012

Matsui won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Matsui's campaign committee raised a total of $908,449 and spent $858,322.[50] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[51]

Cost per vote

Matsui spent $5.34 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Matsui won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Matsui's campaign committee raised a total of $835,400 and spent $842,505.[52]

Her top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Personal Gain Index

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

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

PGI: Change in net worth

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

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Matsui's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $857,018 and $2,031,000. That averages to $1,444,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Matsui ranked as the 179th most wealthy representative in 2012.[53] Between 2004 and 2012, Matsui's calculated net worth[54] increased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[55]

Doris Matsui Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,122,453
2012$1,444,009
Growth from 2004 to 2012:29%
Average annual growth:4%[56]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[57]
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, Matsui is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Matsui received in June 2013.[58]

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.[59]

Matsui most often votes with:

Matsui 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, Matsui missed 76 of 7,360 roll call votes from March 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[60]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Matsui paid her congressional staff a total of $987,950 in 2011. She ranked 65th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 248th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[61]

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

Matsui ranked 31st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[62]

2012

Matsui ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[63]

2011

Matsui ranked 36th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[64]

Voting with party

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

2014

Matsui voted with the Democratic Party 93.4 percent of the time, which ranked 94th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[65]

2013

Matsui voted with the Democratic Party 96.4 percent of the time, which ranked 44th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[66]

Personal

Matsui is widowed and has one child.

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  2. sacbee.com, "Rep. Doris Matsui announces re-election bid," October 12, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Doris Okada Matsui," accessed November 2, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Committee on Energy and Commerce, "Committee Democrats Announce Subcommittee Memberships for 113th Congress," January 15, 2013
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  29. 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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  54. 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).
  55. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  57. 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
Bob Matsui
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 6
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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