Gerald Connolly

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Gerry Connolly
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 11
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorThomas M. Davis (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.89 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,674,365
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Board of Supervisors Chairman, Fairfax County, Virginia
2004-2008
Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
1995-2003
Education
Bachelor'sMaryknoll College
Master'sHarvard University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 30, 1950
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
ProfessionPublic Administration
Net worth$1,765,021
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gerald E. Connolly (b. March 30, 1950, in Boston, MA) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 11th Congressional District. Connolly was first elected to District 11 in 2008 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Connolly is currently serving his third consecutive term.[1].

Connolly is running for re-election in Virginia's 11th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Connolly was a chair of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, Virginia.[2]

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

Biography

Connolly was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor's from Maryknoll College in 1971 and his M.P.A. in 1971 from Harvard University. After receiving his master's, he began working for the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.[3]

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of Connolly's professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Connolly serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Connolly served on the following House committees:[5]

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
    • Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service, Labor Policy
    • Subcommittee Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Connolly's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

U.S. involvement in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Despite an "overwhelmingly negative" consensus in his district on intervening in Syria, Connolly had joined forces with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to write a narrow force resolution to appeal more to House members. Despite his support of taking military action, Connolly's constituents were clear. Connolly said, "It's unpopular. I certainly listen. I like to believe the resolution I drafted reflects some of the concerns: limited time frame, no boots on the ground."[8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Connolly 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]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Connolly voted in opposition 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" Connolly 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" Connolly voted in support 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]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" 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.[11] 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.[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] Connolly voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against 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. Connolly joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

King Amendment

Connolly signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[17] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[18]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

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.[19] 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.[20] Connolly voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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.[22] 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. Connolly voted for HR 2775.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Connolly 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

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Connolly has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Connolly 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. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Connolly 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.[28]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Connolly'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, Connolly is a Liberal Populist. Connolly received a score of 53 percent on social issues and 19 percent on economic issues.[29]

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[30]
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 Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Connolly is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 11th District. Connolly did not face a primary challenger. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Virginia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

Connolly won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 6, 2012. He defeated Joe Galdo (G), Chris Perkins (R), Peter Marchetti (I), Chris DeCarlo (I) and Mark Gibson (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31][32]

U.S. House, Virginia District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Connolly Incumbent 61% 202,606
     Republican Chris Perkins 35.5% 117,902
     Green Joe Galdo 0.7% 2,195
     Independent Peter Marchetti 0.6% 1,919
     Independent Chris DeCarlo 0.9% 3,027
     Independent Mark Gibson 1.1% 3,806
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 788
Total Votes 332,243
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Connolly is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Connolly raised a total of $6,674,365 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[35]

Gerald Connolly's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 11) Won $2,241,573
2010 US House (Virginia, District 11) Won $2,435,298
2008 US House (Virginia, District 11) Won $1,997,494
Grand Total Raised $6,674,365

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 Connolly's reports.[36]

Gerald Connolly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$867,945.88$369,096.45$(117,476.65)$1,119,565.68
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$1,119,565.68$206,086.97$(82,466.03)$1,243,186.62
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$1,243,186.62$201,170.55$(113,266.18)$1,331,090.99
Year-end[40]January 31, 2014$1,331,090$214,384$(77,843)$1,467,632
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$1,467,632.04$350,247.83$(127,471.93)$1,690,407.94
Running totals
$1,340,985.8$(518,523.79)

2012

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

Connolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Connolly's campaign committee raised a total of $2,241,573 and spent $1,396,232.[42]

Cost per vote

Connolly spent $6.89 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Connolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Connolly's campaign committee raised a total of $2,435,298 and spent $2,436,046.[43]

U.S. House, Virginia District 11, 2010 - Gerald Connolly Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,435,298
Total Spent $2,436,046
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,877,373
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,799,027
Top contributors to Gerald Connolly's campaign committee
SAIC Inc$22,000
JStreetPAC$19,700
West Group Management$18,500
Mantech International$15,800
Reed Smith LLP$14,300
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$137,700
Public Sector Unions$131,200
Lawyers/Law Firms$124,468
Retired$119,593
Real Estate$113,699


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, Connolly's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $490,048 to $3,039,994. That averages to $1,765,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Connolly ranked as the 159th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2007 and 2012, Connolly's calculated net worth[45] decreased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]


Gerald Connolly Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$2,130,940
2012$1,765,021
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-17%
Average annual growth:-3%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
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, Connolly is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 3, 2013.[49]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Connolly missed 29 of 3,357 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[50]

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.[51]

Connolly most often votes with:

Connolly least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Connolly paid his congressional staff a total of $866,822 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Connolly was 1 of 2 members who ranked 154th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[53]

2011

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. Connolly was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 151st in the liberal rankings.[54]

Voting with party

July 2013

Connolly voted with the Democratic Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 137th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[55]

District 11

The Hill published a list of the "Top Ten House Members" who would be helped by redistricting.[56] Connolly ranked 8th on the list.[56] According to The Hill, "Republicans hope to push through a redistricting plan that will shore up neighboring Virginia GOP incumbent Rep. Frank Wolf. In doing so, the GOP would inadvertently also shore up Connolly’s district. If the Republicans can win two seats to take control of the state Senate this November, they will push through their incumbent-protection plan. If not, Democrats hope to tie up the process and let the courts draw the map, which will likely have little impact on Connolly’s district."[56]

Personal

Connolly and his wife, Cathy, have one daughter.[3]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. National Journal, "Gerald Connolly Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Connolly," accessed January 2, 2014
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," accessed November 9, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. The Washington Post, "Rep. Gerald E. Connolly faces constituents’ ire in making the case for striking Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 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 New York 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. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  18. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 16, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Connolly on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 On The Issues, "Connolly Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  30. 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.
  31. Washington Post blog, "Gerry Connolly’s campaign war chest tops $1 million," April 12, 2012
  32. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Gerald Connolly," accessed April 4, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Gerald Connolly 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Connolly Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Gerry Connolly 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 10, 2011
  44. OpenSecrets, "Connolly, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. 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).
  46. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  48. 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.
  49. GovTrack, "Connolly," accessed July 3, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Gerald Connolly," accessed April 11, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Gerald Connolly," accessed August 8, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Gerald Connolly," accessed September 13, 2012
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed April 17, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas M. Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 11
2009-Present
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Board of Supervisors Chairman, Fairfax County, Virginia
2004-2008
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Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
1995-2003
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