Katherine Clark

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Katherine Clark
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U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 5
In office
December 12, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PredecessorEd Markey (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedDecember 10, 2013
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate, Fifth Middlesex District
January 5, 2011 - December 11, 2013[1]
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sSaint Lawrence University, 1985
Master'sKennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1997
J.D.Cornell Law School, 1989
Date of birthJuly 17, 1963
Place of birthNew Haven, Connecticut
ProfessionGeneral Counsel, Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services
Office website
Personal website
Katherine M. Clark (b. July 17, 1963, in New Haven, Connecticut) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District. Clark was first elected to the House in 2013.

Clark won re-election to Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District in 2014. She defeated Sheldon Schwartz in the primary and faced no major party challenger in the general election.[2]

Clark served in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Fifth Middlesex district from 2011 to 2013. Clark also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Thirty-Second Middlesex district from 2008 to 2011.


Clark earned her B.A. from St. Lawrence University, M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and J.D. from Cornell Law School. Her professional experience includes working as General Counsel of the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, Prosecutor for the Colorado Attorney General's Office and Federal Court Clerk for the Honorable Alfred A. Arraj.


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Clark serves on the following committees:[4]


Clark served on the following committees:[5][6][7]


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Clark served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Post Audit and Oversight, Vice chair
Steering and Policy, Chair
Judiciary Joint, Chair
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint, Vice chair
Public Health Joint
Public Safety and Homeland Security Joint


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Clark served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Clark served on these committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Clark's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]


Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Clark voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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 the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Clark joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]


On The Issues Vote Match

Katherine Clark'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, Clark is a Liberal Populist. Clark received a score of 58 percent on social issues and 19 percent on economic issues.[16]

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[17]
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 Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[16] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Clark won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She defeated Sheldon Schwartz in the Democratic primary on September 9, 2014, and faced no major party opposition in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark Incumbent 71% 182,100
     Write-in Other 1.2% 3,160
     Blank None 27.8% 71,226
Total Votes 256,486
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark Incumbent 81.2% 57,014
Sheldon Schwartz 18.6% 13,070
All others 0.2% 140
Total Votes 70,224
Source: Massachusetts Elections Division


See also: Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Clark was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[18] The election was held to replace outgoing Rep. Ed Markey (D) who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the June 25th election for John Kerry's vacant seat after his appointment as Secretary of State.[19][20]

She defeated Peter Koutoujian, Karen Spilka, Will Brownsberger, Carl Sciortino, Martin Long and Paul John Maisano in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[21] She defeated Frank Addivinola (R), James Hall and James Aulenti in the general election on December 10, 2013.[22][21]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark 66% 40,303
     Republican Frank Addivinola 31.6% 19,328
     Independent James Aulenti 1.6% 996
     Justice, Peace, Security Party James Hall 0.7% 452
Total Votes 61,079
Source: Results via Massachusetts Elections Division
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark 31.6% 21,983
Peter Koutoujian 22% 15,303
Carl Sciortino 16% 11,160
Will Brownsberger 14.6% 10,163
Karen Spilka 13.1% 9,088
John Paul Maisano 2.2% 1,520
Martin Long 0.6% 398
Total Votes 69,615
Source: Official Results from Massachusetts Elections Division


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Clark won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District. Clark was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[23][24]


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Clark won election to the Massachusetts State Senate, Middlesex and Essex District, defeating Craig Spadafora (R).

Massachusetts State Senate - Middlesex and Essex District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katherine Clark (D) 30,492
Craig Spadafora (R) 27,790
All Others 58
Blanks 2,863


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Clark won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Thirty-second Middlesex, unopposed.[25]

Clark raised $58,795 for her campaign.[26]

Massachusetts State House of Representatives, Thirty-second Middlesex (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katherine Clark (D) 16,569
All Others 276
Blanks 3,274

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Clark is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Clark raised a total of $2,246,750 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[27]

Katherine Clark's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 5) Won $2,246,750
Grand Total Raised $2,246,750


Clark won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Clark's campaign committee raised a total of $2,246,750 and spent $1,943,088.[28] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[29]

Cost per vote

Clark spent $10.67 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5, 2014 - Katherine Clark Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,246,750
Total Spent $1,943,088
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $0
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $0
Top contributors to Katherine Clark's campaign committee
EMILY's List$22,600
O'Connor Professional Group$18,200
Harvard University$15,050
Ironworkers Union$15,000
Laborers Union$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$214,045
Women's Issues$130,950
Securities & Investment$97,139
Real Estate$83,800


In 2010, Clark raised $366,028 in contributions.[30]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $58,512
Clark, Katherine $20,000
Massachusetts Alliance $1,094


Clark raised $58,975 in the 2008 election cycle.

Her major contributors are listed below.[31]

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $8,340
Cameron Kerry $1,000
Phillip W. Johnston $1,000
Benjamin Schwartz $1,000
16 different donors $500

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 two-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 two different metrics:

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 OpenSecrets.org, 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). Clark received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2013-2014, 30.04 percent of Clark's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[32]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Katherine Clark Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,104,649
Total Spent $1,618,850
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$207,445
Women's Issues$120,000
Securities & Investment$84,839
Real Estate$78,700
% total in top industry9.86%
% total in top two industries16.57%
% total in top five industries30.04%


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Clark was a "moderate Democratic follower" as of August 4, 2014.[33]

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]

Clark most often votes with:

Clark least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Clark missed 19 of 483 roll call votes from December 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 3.9 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[35]

Voting with party

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


Clark voted with the Democratic Party 0.00 percent of the time, which ranked 199th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[36]


Clark is married and has three children. She has been a member of the Melrose School Committee, Melrose Democratic City Committee, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Women's Bar Association, Bio Tech Caucus, Library Caucus and Caucus of Women Legislators.

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External links

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 Massachusetts House Primaries Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CLARK, Katherine M., (1963 - )," accessed February 10, 2015
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  7. Democratic Leader, "Pelosi Announces Appointment of Congresswoman Katherine Clark to Committee on Natural Resources," accessed March 31, 2013 (dead link)
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 On The Issues, "Katherine Clark Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014
  17. 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.
  18. WBUR, "State Rep. Carl Sciortino Announces Congressional Bid," accessed June 27, 2013
  19. Boston.com, "Secretary of state to set Senate special election date of June 25," accessed January 28, 2013
  20. The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," accessed January 30, 2013
  21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named dprimary
  22. Associated Press, "December 10 Election Results," accessed December 10, 2013
  23. 2012 State Primary Candidate List, "Massachusetts Secretary of State," accessed June 26, 2012
  24. 2012 Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  25. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed February 13, 2014
  26. Follow the Money, "Massachusetts 2008 - General Election Results," accessed February 13, 2014
  27. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Katherine Clark," accessed April 15, 2015
  28. Open Secrets, "Katherine Clark 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 7, 2015
  29. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 7, 2015
  30. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  31. Follow the Money, "Massachusetts House donor numbers," accessed April 14, 2014
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Katherine Clark," accessed October 7, 2014
  33. GovTrack, "Katherine Clark," accessed August 4, 2014
  34. OpenCongress, "Katherine Clark," accessed August 4, 2014
  35. GovTrack, "Katherine Clark," accessed August 4, 2014
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Markey (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 5
2013 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex
2011 - 2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Middlesex 32
Succeeded by
Paul Brodeur (D)