Kathy Castor

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Kathy Castor
Kathy Castor.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 14
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorConnie Mack (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.07 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,911,816
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners
2002-2006
Education
High schoolTampa’s Chamberlain High School
Bachelor'sEmory University
J.D.Florida State University College of Law
Personal
BirthdayAugust 20, 1966
Place of birthMiami, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$2,403,523
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kathy Castor campaign logo

Contents

Kathy Castor (b. August 20, 1966, in Miami, FL) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Castor was elected by voters from Florida's 14th Congressional District. Castor was first elected in 2006 and most recently re-elected in 2012.[1]

Due to redistricting, Castor, who previously represented the 11th Congressional District, ran for re-election in Florida's 14th District in 2012.

Castor is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

Biography

Castor was born in Miami, FL, and raised in Tampa. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Emory University, which she earned in 1988, and proceeded to earn a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law in 1991.[2][3]

Career

Prior to 2002, Castor worked as an attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

Castor served on the following committees:[2]

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

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Castor 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 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Castor 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Castor voted in favor 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

NDAA

Yea3.png Castor voted in favor 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.[8]

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.[10] 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.[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] Castor 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.[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% 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. Castor joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

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.[16] 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.[17] Castor voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] 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. Castor voted for HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Nay3.png Castor 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Castor 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Castor did not vote on 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Neutral/Abstain Castor did not vote on HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png Castor voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Castor 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. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Kathy Castor'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, Castor is a Liberal Populist. Castor received a score of 58 percent on social issues and 14 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 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 Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Neutral 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 Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]

National security

Amendment to defund NSA

In July 2013, Castor surprised some observers by voting against a measure in the House that would have defunded the National Security Agency's (NSA) collection of telephone records.[25] The measure barely lost, with a vote of 217-205.[25]

Castor said in an interview in August 2013 that she "strongly" supported reforming the NSA, beginning with the collection of metadata, where phone companies send lists to the government of who called whom and when.[25]

Castor defended her vote against the Amash amendment, however, saying "it was not appropriate to just say 'defund' and end it all. That would have been a good symbolic vote and I could have done that, but the tougher assignment is going to be really getting into how it works, making sure we protect American civil liberties without damaging the necessary national security mission that is very important," she said.[25]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Castor sent a letter to President Obama on August 30, 2013, that she opposed any overt military action.[26] "As I have visited with my neighbors across my district this month I have heard from many of them who are extremely wary of military action that could lead to greater entanglement in a region where fighting factions are not aligned with the United States and our allies or our national interests. I urge you to be cautious and conservative and fully analyze the strategic aftermath," she wrote.[26]

Economy

Energy efficiency and solar power

Castor pledged on November 19, 2013, "to raise the profile" of Florida's need to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.[27]

Immigration

Immigration reform bill

On August 21, 2013, Castor called for business people in Florida to support an immigration reform bill the Senate passed that contains provisions to expedite visa programs for international visitors.[28]

The Jobs Originating through Launching Travel Act (JOLT) provision would reform visa laws to enable international visitors in countries including Israel, Chile and Brazil that are not members of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to gain quicker access to visas through expedited processing.[28]

Healthcare

Breast Cancer resolution

Castor introduced H.R. 3295: Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2013, on October 16, 2013. The resolution seeks amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate contributing factors to disparities in breast cancer treatment through the development of a uniform set of consensus-based breast cancer treatment performance measures for a 6-year quality reporting system and value-based purchasing system under the Medicare program.[29]

Affordable Care Act

Castor spoke highly of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.[30] She said benefits include the requirement that co-pays and premiums go to health care services. Then, people get rebate checks.[30]

Social issues

Voting rights for felons

In February 2014, joined by officials from the ACLU and the Hillsborough County chapter of the NAACP, Castor called on the governor to change the law in Florida to allow a felon convicted of a non-violent crime to get voting rights back once the sentence is finished.[31][32]

"What is happening in Florida is unjust. It's unfair and it's not a productive policy. It is simply harkening back to past civil war era of racial discrimination, and we're better than that in the state of Florida." Castor said on February 17, 2014.[31]

Head Start programs

Castor railed against cuts to Head Start programs in June 2013.[33] In an interview with MSNBC she said, "Seventy thousand 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start classroom ... 70,000 students across America and 2,000 in the state of Florida alone because the Republicans refuse to replace the sequester or sit down with us to negotiate a balanced plan."

Endorsements

Florida's 13th District special election

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Castor hosted a fundraiser for Alex Sink (D) in Florida's 13th District special election.[34]

The event took place on December 17, 2013. Contributions ranged from $5,000 to be a chair, $1,000 to be a host or $250 for admission.[34]

Campaign themes

2012

Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:[35]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Kathy believes that every child deserves a good education and she has worked hard to ensure that each student has the chance to succeed through her work with Pell Grants, student loans, Upward Bound and Head Start. She has also worked diligently to fend off Republican cuts to students, schools, colleges and universities."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Kathy is a proven leader when it comes to environmental protection, clean energy, smart growth management policies and maintaining a flourishing natural environment. She is concerned about the quality of the environment and is dedicated to protecting Florida’s beaches, unique ecosystems, and the economies that rely on them."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Kathy spearheaded new jobs and investments in the Tampa Bay area, including the Port of Tampa, Port Manatee, University of South Florida, the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa International Airport, MacDill Airforce Base, and new and expanded community health centers."
  • Medicare
Excerpt: "Kathy is an outspoken champion for Medicare and our older neighbors. She is fighting back against the recent Republican efforts to end Medicare as we know it, which would increase costs for beneficiaries and prorate senior healthcare through vouchers."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Kathy knows the importance of investing in Tampa Bay’s transportation and infrastructure. Infrastructure investments create jobs, grow the economy, and improve the quality of life for residents."

Elections

2014

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

Castor is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redistricing, Castor was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 14th District. Castor was seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[36]

U.S. House, Florida District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Castor Incumbent 70.2% 197,121
     Republican Evelio Otero Jr. 29.8% 83,480
Total Votes 280,601
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Castor is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Castor raised a total of $3,911,816 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[40]

Kathy Castor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 14) Won $1,020,415
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 11) Won $887,033
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 11) Won $631,095
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 11) Won $1,373,273
Grand Total Raised $3,911,816

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 Castor's reports.[41]

Kathy Castor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2013$545,848.19$31,863.90$(49,518.32)$528,193.77
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$528,193.77$84,009.08$(37,698.17)$574,504.68
October Quarterly[44]October 13, 2013$574,504.68$75,807.19$(46,796.55)$603,515.32
Year-end[45]January 31, 2014$603,515$155,101$(34,276)$724,340
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$724,340$119,351$(53,930)$789,761
Running totals
$466,132.17$(222,219.04)

2012

Castor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Castor's campaign committee raised a total of $1,020,415 and spent $801,764.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Castor spent $4.07 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Castor won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Castor's campaign committee raised a total of $887,033 and spent $680,011.[49]


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, Castor's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,369,046 and $3,438,000. That averages to $2,403,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Castor ranked as the 132nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2006 and 2012, Castor's calculated net worth[51] increased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

Kathy Castor Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2006$1,391,710
2012$2,403,523
Growth from 2006 to 2012:73%
Average annual growth:12%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
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, Castor is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 24, 2014. This was the same rating Castor received in June 2013.[55]

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.[56]

Castor most often votes with:

Castor least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Castor missed 253 of 6,218 roll call votes from January 2007 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[57]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Castor paid her congressional staff a total of $914,951 in 2011. She ranked 30th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 158th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranked 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[58]

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.

2013

Castor ranked 102nd in the liberal rankings in 2013.[59]

2012

Castor ranked 90th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[60]

2011

Castor ranked 115th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[61]

Voting with party

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

2014

Castor voted with the Democratic Party 94.5 percent of the time, which ranked 53rd among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[62]

2013

Castor voted with the Democratic Party 92.9 percent of the time, which ranked 196th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[63]

Personal

Kathy and her husband, Bill Lewis, have two daughters, Julia and Chrissy. She is the daughter of former USF President and Florida Education Commissioner, Betty Castor, and retired Hillsborough County Judge, Don Castor.[3]

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See also

External links

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Representative Kathy Castor, "Biography," accessed October 18, 2011
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  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
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  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.
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  51. 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).
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation. For example, for Chellie Pingree, her total net worth increase was divided by five, since it was calculated for five years (2007-2012). If the incumbent had been in office earlier than 2004, it would still only be divided by eight (2004-2012), since those are the only years for which we have available data.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. 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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  62. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  63. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Mack (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 14
2013 - present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Jim Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 11
2007-2013
Succeeded by
Richard B. Nugent (R)
Preceded by
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Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners
2002-2006
Succeeded by
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