Mike Ross (Arkansas)

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Mike Ross
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Former candidate for
Governor of Arkansas
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
2001-2013
Arkansas State Senate
1991-2000
1983-1985
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas, Little Rock, 1987
Personal
BirthdayAugust 2, 1961
Place of birthTexarkana, AR
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Mike Ross campaign logo
Mike Ross (b. August 2, 1961, in Texarkana, Arkansas) was a Democratic for Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 elections. Ross lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Ross is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arkansas's 4th Congressional District from 2001 to 2013.

Ross did not seek re-election in 2012, opting instead to take a job in the private sector as the senior vice president for government affairs and public relations for Southwest Power Pool.[1] Ross was succeeded by Tom Cotton, a Republican, who won election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ross was a "centrist Democrat."[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Ross's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1987: Graduated from University of Arkansas, Little Rock with B.A.
  • 1985-1989: Staff for office of the Lt. Governor of Arkansas
  • 1991-2000: Arkansas State Senate
  • 2001-2013: U.S. Representative from Arkansas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Specific votes

Rep. Ross voted for TARP.[5] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.[6]

Rep. Ross also voted for the auto bailout.[7] As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.[8]

In addition, Rep. Ross voted for the stimulus bill.[9] Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[10]

Finally, Rep. Ross supported the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[11] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[12]

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Ross 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. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[13]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[14] According to the report, Ross helped secure about $2.6 million toward the construction of a railroad trestle in Prescott about one-third mile from a building he owns.[15]

Ross is co-sponsoring legislation which would require states to redraw boundaries by using an independent commission. Ross said that redistricting was responsible for making Congress more partisan by creating fewer competitive districts. He says that the process has created more safe seats for both parties, resulting in fewer moderate lawmakers willing to work with the opposite party. He said, "It used to be that we only did politics on even years and we'd actually make policy on odd years. Now we never make policy. It's politics 24-7 the entire two year term."[16]

On The Issues Vote Match

Mike Ross' 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, Ross is a Liberal Populist. Ross received a score of 43 percent on social issues and 20 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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 Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[18]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014

Ross ran for Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 election. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014, and faced Asa Hutchinson (R), Frank Gilbert (L) and Josh Drake (G) in the November 4 general election. He was defeated by Hutchinson. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary election
Governor of Arkansas, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ross 84.4% 129,437
Lynette Bryant 15.6% 23,906
Total Votes 153,343
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State.
General election
Governor of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAsa Hutchinson 55.4% 470,429
     Democratic Mike Ross 41.5% 352,115
     Libertarian Frank Gilbert 1.9% 16,319
     Green Josh Drake 1.1% 9,729
Total Votes 848,592
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Race background

Democratic incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe was ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits, setting the stage for a highly competitive race. Over a year before the election, polling figures and ratings reports - from sources such as The Washington Post, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, Governing and Daily Kos - already labeled Beebe's seat as a "toss-up" and labelled Arkansas among the states most vulnerable to partisan switch in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[19][20][21][22]

Despite announcing in December 2012 that he would not run for governor in 2014, former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross (D) re-emerged as a potential candidate in the wake of state attorney general and expected front-runner Dustin McDaniel's exit from the race.[2][23][24] "Dustin McDaniel getting out of the race has left a huge void which clearly none of the other candidates are filling or I wouldn't be getting all these calls from every corner of the state...I'm humbled by that and I feel a sense of duty and responsibility to the people of this state to at least reconsider my decision and I'm doing that," Ross said at U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election fundraiser in March 2013.[25] Ross officially launched his campaign on April 17, 2013. The only other declared Democratic candidate at the time of his announcement, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, left the race in July when he found himself trailing in fundraising and immediately threw his support behind Ross.[26][27]

Ross overtook Lynette "Doc" Bryant for the Democratic nomination in the May 20, 2014 primary election.[28] Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary, earning the chance to win back the office for their party.[26]

The Libertarian Party and the Green Party selected their candidates for governor by convention. Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Josh Drake appeared on the November 4 general election ballot with Ross and Hutchinson.[29][30][31]

Money in the race

On May 13, 2014, candidates were required to file pre-primary campaign finance reports detailing their fundraising and expenditures since April 1. Before winning their respective parties' nominations on May 20, Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both reported spending more than they took in over the previous month. Ross outraised Hutchinson $491,000 to $240,375, and Hutchinson outspent Ross by about $80,000. A large portion of each candidates' campaign expenditures went toward television advertisements. This was especially true for Hutchinson, who went $439,000 airing his ads across Arkansas—more than triple what Ross spent.[32]

Heading into the May 20 primaries, Ross reported a remaining balance of $2 million, compared to Hutchinson's remaining balance of $904,000. Defeated GOP primary challenger Curtis Coleman raised $62,060 and spent $72,622 in April 2014, while Ross' Democratic primary opponent Lynette Bryant failed to file by the reporting period deadline.[33][32]

McDaniel cancels long-anticipated campaign

In June 2012, term-limited Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) filed paperwork to start raising money for his 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[34] McDaniel had been considered the Democratic frontrunner, but revelations that he had engaged in extra-martial relations with a Hot Springs attorney, Andi Davis, whom he met around his 2010 re-election, ultimately proved too significant a publicity threat to his campaign.[35] He dropped out of the race on January 25, 2013, explaining in an e-mail to supporters, "I had hoped that I could shape the 2014 gubernatorial debate with my vision for the future. Unfortunately, I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future."[36]

Ballot access for political parties

See also: Process for establishing a political party in Arkansas

In Arkansas, the process to establish a political party is tied to the votes cast in a presidential or gubernatorial election. In order to initially put candidates on the ballot, political parties must submit a petition with 10,000 signatures. Then, in order to maintain that status beyond the election year in which they submit such a petition, their candidate for governor or president must receive at least 3 percent of the votes cast for that office.[37][38]

In 2012, both the Libertarian and Green parties of Arkansas qualified to put candidates on the ballot, but then their candidates did not receive enough votes for the parties to maintain their ballot status. In the fall of 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[39][40][41] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for governor had to receive at least 3 percent of the vote. Frank Gilbert (L) earned 1.9 percent of the vote and Josh Drake (G) earned 1.1 percent of the vote.

According to an April 2014 poll, the likelihood of the Libertarian and Green Parties to maintain their status in the state depended on who the Democratic and Republican Parties ran in the gubernatorial election. With nominees Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross on the ballot, 3 percent of those polled said they would vote for the Libertarian candidate and 2 percent said they would vote for the Green Party candidate. Had Democrat Lynette Bryant advanced with Hutchinson, those likely to vote for the Libertarian candidate remained the same while those likely to vote for the Green Party candidate rose to 4.5 percent. If Republican Curtis Coleman ran against Ross, those polled were more likely to vote for both the Libertarian and Green Party candidates when compared to a ballot including front-runners Ross and Hutchinson, who secured their respective parties' nominations the month after the poll was taken.[42]

Polls

General election
All candidates

Governor of Arkansas: Four-way race
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Joshua Drake (G)Frank Gilbert (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Southern Progress Poll
September 7-9, 2014
44%44%2%2%8%+/-3.5600
Gravis Marketing
September 8-11, 2014
46%42%0%2%10%+/-4.0902
Public Policy Polling
September 18-21, 2014
44%38%2%3%13%+/-2.61,453
Suffolk/USA Today
September 20-23, 2014
43%41%2%3%11%+/-4.4500
Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College
October 15-16, 2014
49%41%2%2.5%5.5%+/-2.22,075
NBC News/Marist
October 24, 2014
47%44%2%2%5%+/-3.9621
Opinion Research Associates, Inc.
October 25-26, 2014
42%44%1%2%11%+/-5401
AVERAGES 45% 42% 1.57% 2.36% 9.07% +/-3.66 936
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round Hutchinson vs. Ross (April 2014 - present)

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
NBC/Marist
April 30-May 4, 2014
49%42%7%+/-2.9876
Rasmussen Reports
May 27-28, 2014
48%41%6%+/-4750
Public Policy Poll
August 1-3, 2014
43%38%12%+/-31,066
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
49%38%13%+/-21,991
University of Arkansas
October 21-27, 2014
50%39%11%+/-3.6747
AVERAGES 47.8% 39.6% 9.8% +/-3.1 1,086
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hutchinson vs. Ross (February 2014 - April 2014)

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business/Hendrix College
February 20, 2013
43%38%19%+/-3.8675
Talk Business/Hendrix College Poll
October 8, 2013
41%37%22%+/-4.0603
Public Policy Polling/Americans United for Change
December 13-15, 2013
44%43%14%+/-3.11,004
Rasmussen Reports
February 4-5, 2014
41%44%12%+/-4.5500
Impact
February 10, 2014
42%42%17%+/-2.831,202
OnMessage
March 11-13, 2014
44%36%15%+/-4.0600
Hendrix College/Talk Business
April 3-4, 2014
43%44%8%+/-3.01,068
Opinion Research Associates
April 1-8, 2014
39%45%17%+/-5.0400
New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll
April 8-15, 2014
41%40%16%+/-4.0857
Public Policy Poll
April 25-27, 2014
46%38%16%+/-3.4840
AVERAGES 42.4% 40.7% 15.6% +/-3.76 774.9
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

In the first TV ad of Ross' campaign, term-limited Gov. Mike Beebe discusses why he believes Ross should succeed him as governor - Posted to YouTube 1/5/14

Ross talks about plans to cut taxes for middle class and prioritize education in Middle Class Families - Posted to YouTube May 21, 2014

2012

Ross did not seek re-election in 2012. Tom Cotton (R) defeated Gene Jeffress (D), Joshua Drake (G) and Bobby Tullis (L) in the general election.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ross won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Beth Anne Rankin and Josh Drake in the general election.[43]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ross Incumbent 57.5% 102,479
     Republican Beth Anne Rankin 40.2% 71,526
     Green Josh Drake 2.3% 4,129
Total Votes 178,134

Campaign donors

2010

Breakdown of the source of Ross's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Ross won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Ross's campaign committee raised a total of $2,426,280 and spent $3,012,727.[44]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ross paid his congressional staff a total of $995,469 in 2011. He ranked 74th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 265th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranked 38th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[45]

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

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Ross' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $128,010 and $479,999. That averages to $304,004.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[46]

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. Ross ranked 180th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[47]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Ross ranked 192nd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[48]

Voting with party

November 2011

Mike Ross voted with the Democratic Party 56.6 percent of the time, which ranked 190 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[49]

Personal

Ross and his wife, Holly, have two children.

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References

  1. Arkansas Times, "In Ross' wake," accessed February 23, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arkansas Business, "Mike Ross not reconsidering 2014 run for Arkansas governor," December 26, 2012
  3. GovTrack, "Ross" accessed May 23, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Michael Avery Ross," accessed November 1, 2011
  5. U.S. House Clerk, "Roll Call 681," October 3, 2008
  6. Gallup, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  7. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  8. Gallup, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  9. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  10. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  11. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  12. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  13. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  15. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  16. The Republic, "Ross: Redistricting making Congress more partisan by creating fewer swing districts," August 10, 2012
  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. On The Issues, "Mike Ross Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  19. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  21. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  22. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  23. Talk Business.net, "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012
  24. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  25. The Associated Press - My San Antonio, "Analysis: Dem. race for Ark. gov. in '14 unsettled," March 24, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 Arkansas Business, "Bill Halter Quits Race for Governor to Avoid 'Divisive Primary'," July 29, 2013
  27. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  28. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  29. Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  30. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  31. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Republic, "Democrat Mike Ross raises $491K in April for Arkansas governor bid, Hutchinson raises $240K," May 13, 2014
  33. Arkansas Online, "2014 Campaign Contributions, Governors Race," accessed May 15, 2014
  34. Arkansas News Bureau, "McDaniel raises $1 million for governor’s race," October 15, 2012
  35. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel admits 'inappropriate interaction' with Hot Springs lawyer," December 18, 2013
  36. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel officially announces he's out of governor's race," January 25, 2013
  37. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  38. Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013 (timed out)
  39. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  40. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  41. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  42. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014
  43. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Mike Ross 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  45. LegiStorm, "Mike Ross"
  46. OpenSecrets, "Ross, (D-Arkansas), 2010"
  47. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  48. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Dickey
U.S. House - Arkansas District 4
2001-2013
Succeeded by
Tom Cotton