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Michael C. Burgess
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U.S. House, Texas, District 26
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDick Armey (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.61 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,338,883
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Texas State University
Master'sNorth Texas State University; University of Texas, Dallas
M.D.University of Texas Medical School, Houston
Personal
BirthdayDecember 23, 1950
Place of birthRochester, MN
ProfessionPhysician
Net worth$1,526,538
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Michael C. Burgess (b. December 23, 1950, in Rochester, Minnesota) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 26th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2002.

Burgess most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated David Sanchez (D) and Mark Boler (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Burgess is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

After earning his bachelor's degree and M.D., Burgess practiced medicine for over 20 years before pursuing his political career.[2]

Career

  • 2003-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Burgess serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Burgess was a member of the following House committees:[4]

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

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Burgess said on September 2, 2013, that he leaned against voting to authorize military intervention in Syria, calling the administration’s case “thin” after receiving a classified briefing.[7]

“Yes, I saw the classified documents yesterday. They were pretty thin. The case that can be made that actually Assad was the one who pulled the trigger is suspect,” Burgess said on MSNBC. “I felt obligated to go back to Washington yesterday and see the information that was made available to the average member of Congress. … I will tell you it doesn’t make — it’s not a clear case that they’re making.”[7]

Burgess said it was up to President Barack Obama to make his case to the American people and to make up his mind on the extent of the intervention. “It’s been called a pinprick or a shot across the bow. And then you look at the language on the authorization, and it’s pretty broad, like it’s almost unending. So which is it, Mr. President? And I don’t think the president has made the case to the American people,” Burgess said.[7]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

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, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] 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.[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] Burgess voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" 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 3 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Burgess joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] 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.[18] Burgess voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" 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.[20] 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. Burgess voted against HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Burgess voted against 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Michael Burgess endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [28]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

Burgess is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Joel Krause and Divenchy Watrous to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Texas District 26 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Burgess Incumbent 82.6% 33,727
Joel Krause 15.7% 6,406
Divenchy Watrous 1.7% 696
Total Votes 40,829
Source: Texas Secretary of State, Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: Texas' 26th Congressional District elections, 2012

Burgess won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 26th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated David Sanchez (D) and Mark Boler (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, Texas District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Burgess Incumbent 68.3% 176,642
     Democratic David Sanchez 28.7% 74,237
     Libertarian Mark Boler 3% 7,844
Total Votes 258,723
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burgess is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Burgess raised a total of $5,338,883 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[36]

Michael Burgess's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $1,054,607
2010 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $1,019,693
2008 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $1,049,108
2006 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $839,913
2004 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $918,153
2002 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $457,409
Grand Total Raised $5,338,883

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Burgess' reports.[37]

Michael Burgess (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$95,434.86$118,833.47$(75,061.52)$139,206.81
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$139,206.81$181,181.26$(207,517.03)$112,871.04
October Quarterly[40]October 14, 2013$112,871.04$117,401.27$(81,665.02)$148,607.29
Year-End[41]January 30, 2014$148,607$142,606$(146,729)$154,984
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$125,538$142,722$(76,387)$191,873
Running totals
$702,744$(587,359.57)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Burgess' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Burgess won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Burgess' campaign committee raised a total of $1,054,607 and spent $990,101.[43] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[44]

Cost per vote

Burgess spent $5.61 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Burgess' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Burgess won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Burgess' campaign committee raised a total of $1,019,693 and spent $1,031,170.[45]

U.S. House, Texas District 26, 2010 - Michael Burgess Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,019,693
Total Spent $1,031,170
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $106,037
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $106,028
Top contributors to Michael Burgess's campaign committee
Energy Future Holdings Corp$11,400
Abbott Laboratories$10,000
American Academy of Dermatology Assn$10,000
American Academy of Family Physicians$10,000
American Academy of Ophthalmology$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$300,987
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$117,750
Oil & Gas$58,100
Electric Utilities$35,400
Lobbyists$34,050

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Burgess is a "moderate Republican leader" as of June 2013.[46]

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.[47]

Burgess most often votes with:

Burgess least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Burgess missed 211 of 7,661 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.8%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[48]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Burgess paid his congressional staff a total of $1,036,485 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[49]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Burgess' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $740,078 and $2,312,999. That averages to $1,526,538, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Burgess ranked as the 175th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50]

Michael Burgess Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$1,526,538$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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. Burgess ranked 114th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[51]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Burgess ranked 49th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[52]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Burgess has voted with the Republican Party 99.4% of the time, which ranked 11th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[53]

Personal

Burgess and his wife, Laura, have three children and one grandchild.[2]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official House website, "About," accessed November 1, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," accessed November 1, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Politico, "Rep. Michael Burgess: Case on Syria is ‘thin’," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 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. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
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  40. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Burgess October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Burgess Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Burgess April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  43. Open Secrets, "Michael Burgess 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Michael Burgess 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  46. GovTrack, "Michael Burgess," accessed June 7 2013
  47. OpenCongress, "Michael Burgess," accessed August 2, 2013
  48. GovTrack, "Michael Burgess," accessed April 2, 2013
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  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
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Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Armey
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 26th District
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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