John Boozman

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John Boozman
John Boozman.jpg
U.S. Senate, Arkansas
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
PredecessorBlanche Lincoln (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$5,424,196
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
M.D.Southern College of Optometry, 1977
BirthdayDecember 10, 1951
Place of birthShreveport, LA
Net worth$3,564,006
ReligionProtestant (Baptist)
Office website
John Boozman (b. December 10, 1951, in Shreveport, LA) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Arkansas. Boozman was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He defeated incumbent Blanche L. Lincoln (D), Trevor Drown (I) and John Laney Gray, III (G) in the general election.

Boozman began his political career in the U.S. House. He won election in 2000 and served in that position until his election to the Senate in 2010.

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


Below is an abbreviated outline of Boozman's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1977: Graduated from Southern College of Optometry
  • 2001-2011: U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  • 2011-Present: U.S. Senator from Arkansas

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Boozman serves on the following Senate committees:[2]

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
  • Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
    • Subcommittee on Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
  • Veterans' Affairs
  • United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies


Key votes

113th Congress


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.[3] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Boozman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Nay3.png Boozman voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[5]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[6][7][8]

According to the website Breitbart, Boozman was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[9][10]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[11]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. 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 will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Boozman joined with 19 other Republican senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Boozman voted with the 17 Republican and the 55 Democratic members in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[17] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Boozman voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[18]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Boozman voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[19]


Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Boozman voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[20]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Nay3.png Boozman voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[21]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Boozman 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]


On The Issues Vote Match

John Boozman'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, Boozman is a Hard-Core Conservative. Boozman received a score of 12 percent on social issues and 96 percent on economic issues.[23]

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[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]



On November 2, 2010, John Boozman won election to the United States Senate. He defeated incumbent Blanche L. Lincoln (D), Trevor Drown (I) and John Laney Gray, III (G) in the general election.[25]

U.S. Senate, Arkansas General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Boozman 57.9% 451,618
     Democratic Blanche L. Lincoln incumbent 37% 288,156
     Independent Trevor Drown 3.2% 25,234
     Green John Laney Gray, III 1.9% 14,430
Total Votes 779,438

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Boozman is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Boozman raised a total of $5,424,196 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[26]

John Boozman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 US Senate (Arkansas) Won $3,057,617
2008 US House (Arkansas, District 3) Won $396,807
2006 US House (Arkansas, District 3) Won $575,628
2004 US House (Arkansas, District 3) Won $697,084
2002 US House (Arkansas, District 3) Won $697,060
Grand Total Raised $5,424,196

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Boozman won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Boozman's campaign committee raised a total of $3,057,617 and spent $3,165,598.[27]

His 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, Boozman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $800,013 and $6,327,999. That averages to $3,564,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Boozman ranked as the 38th most wealthy senator in 2012.[28] Between 2004 and 2012, Boozman's calculated net worth[29] increased by an average of 22 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[30]

John Boozman Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:173%
Average annual growth:22%[31]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[32]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Boozman received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry.

From 2001-2014, 24.81 percent of Boozman's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[33]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
John Boozman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,524,876
Total Spent $6,220,607
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$455,274
Leadership PACs$309,566
Securities & Investment$246,379
Retail Sales$215,247
% total in top industry6.98%
% total in top two industries12.99%
% total in top five industries24.81%


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Boozman is a "moderate Republican follower" as of July 2014. In June 2013, Boozman was rated as a "lonely far-right Republican follower."[34]

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.[35]

Boozman most often votes with:

Boozman 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, Boozman missed 79 of 1,005 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 7.9 percent, which is worse than the median of 2 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[36]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Boozman paid his congressional staff a total of 1,637,735 in 2011. He ranked 7th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 7th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranked 36th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[37]

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.


Boozman ranked 19th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2013.[38]


Boozman ranked 24th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[39]


Boozman ranked 22nd in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2011.[40]

Voting with party

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


Boozman voted with the Republican Party 88.2 percent of the time, which ranked 19th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[41]


Boozman voted with the Republican Party 88.1 percent of the time, which ranked 24th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[42]


Boozman and his wife, Cathy, have three children.

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See also

External links

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  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "John Boozman," accessed October 20, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  6. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  10. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  12., "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. New York Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  22. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 On The Issues, "John Boozman Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  24. 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.
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for John Boozman," accessed March 25, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "John Boozman 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 22, 2011
  28. OpenSecrets, "John Boozman (R-Ark), 2012," accessed March 4, 2013
  29. 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).
  30. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  31. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  32. 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.
  33., "Sen. John Boozman," accessed September 18, 2014
  34. GovTrack, "John Boozman," accessed July 17, 2014
  35. OpenCongress, "John Boozman," accessed July 14, 2014
  36. GovTrack, "John Boozman," accessed July 17, 2014
  37. LegiStorm, "John Boozman," accessed August 6, 2012
  38. National Journal, "2013 Senate Vote Ratings," accessed July 17, 2014
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Blanche Lincoln
U.S. Senate - Arkansas
Succeeded by