Mike Coffman

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Mike Coffman
Mike Coffman.jpg
U.S. House, Colorado, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Tancredo (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$23.41 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,813,461
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Treasurer, State of Colorado
1999-2007
Colorado State Senate
1994-1998
Colorado House of Representatives
1989-1994
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado, 1979
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1972-1974
Service branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1979-1983, 1990-1994, 2005-2006
Personal
BirthdayMarch 19, 1955
Place of birthFort Leonard Wood, MO
Net worth$324,003
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Coffman (b. March 19, 1955, in Fort Leonard Wood, MO) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 6th Congressional District. Coffman was first elected to the House in 2008.

Coffman most recently was re-elected in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 6th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Joe Miklosi (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Coffman began his political career in the Colorado House of Representatives, where he served from 1989 to 1994. He went on to serve in the Colorado State Senate from 1994 to 1998. Following his service in the state legislature, Coffman became Colorado Treasurer in 1997. He remained in that position for 10 years, until he was elected Colorado Secretary of State in 2006. Coffman then served one term as Secretary of State.

Coffman is seeking re-election in 2014. He is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3] The 6th Congressional District is a battleground in 2014. Coffman ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 24, 2012. He will face former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Coffman is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

In 1972, Coffman enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was assigned to a mechanized infantry battalion. The following year, he earned a high school diploma through an army program. Leaving active duty for the U.S. Army Reserve in 1974, he entered the University of Colorado, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in political science.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Coffman's academic, professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Coffman serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, Chair

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Coffman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Coffman 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Coffman voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Coffman 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.[11]

Economy

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, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Coffman voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] 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. Coffman joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[18] 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.[19] Coffman voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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.[21] 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. Coffman voted for HR 2775.[22]

Coffman donated his salary to the American Red Cross for Colorado Flood Relief while the government was shutdown.[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Coffman 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.[24]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Coffman 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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Coffman 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.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Coffman 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.[28]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[29] Coffman joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[30][31]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Coffman 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.[32]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Mike Coffman'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, Coffman is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Coffman received a score of 27 percent on social issues and 79 percent on economic issues.[33]

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[34]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[33]

Veterans

In 2013, The Gazette reported that many veterans with mental health conditions, such as Post-traumatic stress disorder, were being stripped of their medical benefits based on their discharge. In response, Coffman sponsored a 2014 amendment that would allow servicemen with mental health issues who were discharged because of misconduct to appeal for medical discharge instead.[35]

On March 14, 2014, Coffman introduced the Gulf War Health Research Reform Act of 2014, a bill that would alter the relationship between the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses (RAC) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill would make the RAC an independent organization within the VA, require that a majority of the RAC's members be appointed by Congress instead of the VA, and state the RAC can release its reports without needing prior approval from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.[36][37] The RAC is responsible for investigating Gulf War syndrome, a chronic multisymptom disorder affecting returning military veterans and civilian workers of the Gulf War.[38]

Coffman was the first congressman to call for Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign after VA misconduct became revealed; he did so on May 30, 2014.[39]

Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House might face a tougher path to re-election in 2014 because immigration reform did not pass in the House in 2013, according to a Public Policy Poll released in July 2013.[40]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they would be less likely to vote for their current representative if he fails support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they would be less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members block immigration reform proposals.[40] Coffman is one of the seven representatives who serves in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[40]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Mike Coffman endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [41]

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, Coffman's 6th District became much more competitive. Under the old map the district had a Republican edge, while the new map is nearly even in Republican and Democratic voter registration numbers.[42]

According to the Washington Post, redistricting transformed the 6th District from a safe seat into a swing district. While the 6th formerly went safely for Coffman, the newly drawn district is a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.[43]

Campaign themes

2014

Coffman's campaign website lists the following issues:[44]

  • Jobs and the Economy: "The government cannot grow the economy by itself, but it can empower small businesses, entrepreneurs and the overall private sector to grow our economy. We can do that by reducing the tax and regulatory burden government places on businesses."
  • Spending and Debt: "I believe that our national debt is the greatest threat to our national security and we must reform Washington’s broken spending policies. I have taken on big spenders in both parties, including being a rare Republican willing to look at cutting defense spending. I believe that we can reduce the bureaucracy at the Pentagon, and through other targeted cuts of defense spending we can reduce this nation’s debt without risking national security."
  • Healthcare: "Obamacare has been a disaster for this country. It has been a disaster for middle class families. Premiums are rising for middle class families, deductibles are skyrocketing and families are losing access to their long time doctors. Despite promises by the President and Democrats that people could keep their doctors and health insurance if they liked them, the opposite has proved true. Nearly 350,000 Coloradans have received health insurance cancellation notices."
  • Immigration: "We must fix our broken immigration system. I believe comprehensive immigration reform must be done in a step-by-step process and adhere to three principles: it must secure our borders, grow our economy and keep families together."

[45]

—Mike Coffman's campaign website, http://coffmanforcongress.com/issues/

2012

Coffman's campaign website listed the following issues:[46]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "The last four years have taught us what Coloradoans have known for a long time—more taxes, more government spending, and more regulations do not create jobs. It’s time we move away from these failed economic policies, and instead, move forward on a responsible course to give American businesses the certainty they need to create jobs and help get our economy back on track."
  • Federal Debt and Spending
Excerpt: "The greatest threat to our national security is our growing debt brought about by decades of out-of-control spending by both parties in Washington, D.C. Congress needs to pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution and refer it to the states for ratification in order to strip the power away from Washington, D.C. politicians to continually spend money that we don’t have."
  • Reforming Congress
Excerpt: "The culture of Washington D.C. must change and to that Congress must repeal the system of automatic pay raises, abolish Congressional pensions, and pass a constitutional amendment, to be referred to the states, for mandatory term limits for every Member of Congress."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Health insurance is far too expensive but mandated health insurance is not the answer."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "A key responsibility of the federal government is to defend our nation. Keeping the peace by maintaining a strong military is essential to deterring those who would wish to attack the United States. While funding for our military is always essential, we must work harder to cut wasteful defense spending."

Elections

2014

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

Colorado's 6th Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat is currently held by a Republican, but the district has a slight Democratic lean. In the primary, both incumbent Mike Coffman (R) and Andrew Romanoff (D) faced no challenger. Romanoff and Coffman will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014, along with Libertarian Norm Olsen and Green Party candidate Gary Swing.[47]

Coffman is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[48]

Media

Coffman is one of three vulnerable Republican members of the House, who represent substantially Hispanic districts, to be targeted by TV ads from Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC. The ads provide a preview to Democratic plans to turn immigration into a key issue and brand Republicans as unwilling to embrace immigration reform.[49][50][51][52]

2012

See also: Colorado's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Coffman won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 6th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Joe Miklosi (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[53]

U.S. House, Colorado District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joe Miklosi 45.8% 156,930
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Coffman Incumbent 47.8% 163,922
     Libertarian Patrick Provost 2.5% 8,597
     Independent Kathy Polhemus 3.9% 13,442
Total Votes 342,891
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Coffman is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Coffman raised a total of $5,813,461 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[56]

Mike Coffman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 6) Won $3,441,282
2010 US House (Colorado, District 6) Won $904,466
2008 US House (Colorado, District 6) Won $1,467,713
Grand Total Raised $5,813,461


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Coffman's reports.[57]

Mike Coffman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2013$7,832.78$519,033.99$(135,175.75)$391,691.02
July Quarterly[59]July 15, 2013$391,691.02$566,203.80$(103,040.91)$854,853.91
October Quarterly[60]October 15, 2013$854,853.91$524,441.70$(151,637.33)$1,227,658.28
Year-End[61]January 31, 2014$1,227,658$404,827$(154,849)$1,477,636
April Quarterly[62]April 15, 2014$1,477,636$593,805$(226,699)$1,844,742
Pre-Primary[63]June 12, 2014$1,844,742$336,669$(214,576)$1,966,835
July Quarterly[64]July 15, 2014$1,966,835$405,083$(83,705)$2,288,213
Running totals
$3,350,063.49$(1,069,682.99)

2012

Coffman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Coffman's campaign committee raised a total of $3,441,282 and spent $3,838,136.[65] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[66]

Cost per vote

Coffman spent $23.41 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Coffman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Coffman's campaign committee raised a total of $904,466 and spent $576,556.[67]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


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, Coffman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $203,007 and $445,000. That averages to $324,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Coffman ranked as the 311th most wealthy representative in 2012.[68] Between 2007 and 2012, Coffman's calculated net worth[69] decreased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[70]

Mike Coffman Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$386,536
2012$324,003
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-16%
Average annual growth:-3%[71]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[72]
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 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). Coffman received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2001-2014, 28.83 percent of Coffman's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[73]

Mike Coffman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $9,356,237
Total Spent $6,981,772
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$843,301
Leadership PACs$583,580
Oil & Gas$488,775
Real Estate$483,578
Lawyers/Law Firms$298,354
% total in top industry9.01%
% total in top two industries15.25%
% total in top five industries28.83%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Coffman is a "far-right Republican" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Coffman received in June 2013.[74]

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.[75]

Coffman most often votes with:

Coffman 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, Coffman missed 45 of 4,333 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[76]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Coffman paid his congressional staff a total of $967,311 in 2011. He ranked 22nd on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 226th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[77]

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.

2013

Coffman ranked 188th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[78]

2012

Coffman ranked 82nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[79]

2011

Coffman ranked 53rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[80]

Voting with party

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

2014

Coffman voted with the Republican Party 93.5 percent of the time, which ranked 146th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[81]

2013

Coffman voted with the Republican Party 98.2 percent of the time, which ranked 40th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[82]

Personal

Coffman's wife, Cynthia Coffman, is running for Attorney General of Colorado on the Republican ticket in 2014.

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See also

External links

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  70. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  71. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  72. 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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