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Jay Rockefeller

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Jay Rockefeller
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U.S. Senate, West Virginia
Incumbent
In office
1985-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 29
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJennings Randolph (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected1984
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of West Virginia
1977-1985
West Virginia Secretary of State
1968-1972
West Virginia House of Delegates
1966-1968
Education
High schoolPhillips Academy, Exeter, NH
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Personal
BirthdayJune 18, 1937
Place of birthNew York City, NY
Net worth$101,290,514.50
Websites
Office website
Jay Rockefeller (b. June 18, 1937, in New York City, NY) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of West Virginia. Rockefeller was first elected to the Senate in 1984.

Rockefeller is not running for re-election to a sixth term in 2014. On January 11, 2013, he announced that he will retire from the Senate at the end of the term, in order to spend more time with his family.[1]

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Rockefeller served as the Governor of West Virginia and the West Virginia House of Delegates.[2]

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

Biography

Rockefeller was born in New York City in 1937. After graduating from Harvard University, Rockefeller joined a volunteer group whose work took him to West Virginia. After two years in the state, he became a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[3][4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Rockefeller's political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Rockefeller serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Committee on Finance
    • The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
    • The Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
    • The Subcommittee on Healthcare Chair
  • Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

Rockefeller served on the following committees:[6]:

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety
    • Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism
    • Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Committee on Finance
    • Subcommittee on Health Care Chair
    • Subcommittee on International Trade, and Global Competitiveness
    • Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
  • Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • Joint Committee on Taxation
  • United States Trade Advisor

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.[7] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Rockefeller's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Rockefeller voted for 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.[9]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Rockefeller voted for 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.[10]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[11] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Rockefeller voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[12]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Rockefeller voted against 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.[13]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Rockefeller voted for 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.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rockefeller 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.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014

On January 11, 2013, Rockefeller announced that he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in 2014, citing the extra time retirement will allow him to spend with his family.[1]

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[16]

Rockefeller’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election opens up a seat in a recently strongly Republican presidential level state; however, West Virginia has remained relatively Democratic at the state level.[16]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rockefeller is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Rockefeller raised a total of $9,017,546 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[22]

Jay Rockefeller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (West Virginia) Won $5,972,208
2002 U.S. Senate (West Virginia) Won $3,045,338
Grand Total Raised $9,017,546

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 Rockefeller's reports.[23]

Jay Rockefeller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$665,175.25$5,007.95$(185,261.97)$484,921.23
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$484,921.33$38.52$(34,761.33)$450,198.42
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2013$450,198.42$88.48$(35,774.03)$414,512.87
Year-end[27]January 31, 2014$414,512$0$(82,598)$331,914
Running totals
$5,134.95$(338,395.33)

2008

Breakdown of the source of Rockefeller's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Rockefeller won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Rockefeller's campaign committee raised a total of $5,972,208 and spent $5,979,250.[28]


Personal Gain Index

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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, Rockefeller's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $63,269,025 to $139,312,004. That averages to $101,290,514.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Rockefeller ranked as the 3rd most wealthy senator in 2012.[29] Between 2004 and 2012, Rockefeller's calculated net worth[30] decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[31]

Jay Rockefeller Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$123,595,484
2012$101,290,514
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-18%
Average annual growth:-2%[32]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[33]
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

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.[34]

Rockefeller most often votes with:

Rockefeller least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rockefeller is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 3, 2013.[35]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Rockefeller missed 484 of 9,539 roll call votes from January 1985 to April 2013. This amounts to 5.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 1.7 percent among current senators as of April 2013.[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. Rockefeller paid his congressional staff a total of $2,664,847 in 2011. He ranked 24th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 62nd overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, West Virginia ranked 22nd 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

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rockefeller ranked 18th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[38]

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. Rockefeller ranked 12th in the liberal rankings.[39]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Rockefeller voted with the Democratic Party 93.9 percent of the time, which ranked 33rd among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Rockefeller married Sharon Percy Rockefeller in 1967. They have four children and six grandchildren.[4]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 USA Today, "Rockefeller's retirement sparks battle for Senate seat," January 11, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Jay Rockefeller," accessed July 3, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Jay Rockefeller," accessed October 14, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official Senate website, "About Jay," accessed October 14, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Official Senate website, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 14, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  10. 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
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fiscal Times, "7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue," accessed February 15, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Jay Rockefeller," accessed April 25, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Rockefeller 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  28. Open Secrets, "Jay Rockefeller 2008 Election Cycle," accessed November 26, 2011
  29. OpenSecrets, "Rockefeller, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  30. This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  31. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  32. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  33. 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.
  34. OpenCongress, "Jay Rockefeller," accessed August 8, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Jay Rockefeller," accessed July 3, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Rockefeller," accessed April 11, 2013
  37. LegiStorm, "Jay Rockefeller"
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jennings Randolph
U.S. Senate - West Virginia
1985-Present
Succeeded by
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