Nick Rahall

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Nick Rahall
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U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBob Wise (D)
Leadership
Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (W.Va.)
1971-1974
Delegate to the Democratic National Convention
1972-1974
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$16.79 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 1976
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,766,952
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School, W.Va.
Bachelor'sDuke University
Personal
BirthdayMay 20, 1949
Place of birthBeckley, W.Va.
Net worth$2,776,087.50
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Contents

Nick Joe Rahall II (b. May 20, 1949, in Beckley, W.Va.) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia. Rahall represents West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District. He was first elected to the House in 1976 to represent West Virginia's 4th Congressional District. When the 4th District was eliminated in 1992, Rahall ran for the 3rd District seat and won.

Rahall is running for re-election in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014.[1] Rahall will face West Virginia state Senator Evan Jenkins (R), a former Democrat, who switched parties in July 2013 to challenge Rahall.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rahall is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Rahall graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in West Virginia. He then earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University, and he began working for Sen. Robert Byrd after graduating. Rahall then went into business and launched his own political career.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Rahall's political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rahall serves on the following committees:[5][6]

2011-2012

Rahall served on the following House committees:[4]

  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

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 Rahall's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Rahall 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 Rahall 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]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Rahall voted for 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Rahall voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted 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.[12]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Rahall voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but it did not include food stamps.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn 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.[15] 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.[16] Rahall voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Rahall voted for HR 2775.[19]

Immigration


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King Amendment

Yea3.png In June 2013, the House approved an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would end the department's discretion policies by cutting off funding for the proposed DREAM Act, which would have temporarily halted the deportations of young immigrants if they have served in the military or are attending college. This vote overturns an executive order signed by President Obama that formalized a process for the "Dreamers" to remain in the U.S.[20][21][22]

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, passed the House by a vote of 224-201 and was approved mostly along party lines. However, three Democrats supported the amendment and six Republicans opposed it, while nine members did not vote.[22]Rahall was one of the three Democratic members who voted in favor of the amendment.[21]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[22] It contrasts with comprehensive immigration reform efforts, including proposed DREAM Act style legislation, and would resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.[23] The amendment was the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress in 2013, and it blocks many of the provisions that are mirrored in the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.[24][22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Rahall voted against 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

House vote on abortion ban

Yea3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196 on HR1797, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy.[26][27][28] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic, as the Senate was not expected to take up the bill, and the White House threatened to veto the legislation.[29] Rahall was one of six Democratic members who voted in favor of the ban.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png Rahall 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.[30]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Rahall'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, Rahall is a Liberal Populist. Rahall received a score of 50 percent on social issues and 18 percent on economic issues.[31]

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[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly 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 Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31]

Campaign themes

2014

Rahall’s website highlights the following campaign themes:[33]

COAL

Protecting coal miners, their jobs, their families and their safety has always been a top priority for me and will continue to be. I will continue to oppose the President and EPA when they propose laws and regulations that will hurt West Virginia and cost us coal industry jobs. And, I will continue my longtime fight to promote mine safety and ensure that retired miners receive the full pension and benefits they were promised.

JOBS

I will continue my fight to create new, high-paying jobs and preserve the ones we have. As the ranking Member on the Transportation Committee, I will keep pushing to bring needed highway and interstate improvements, along with the jobs they create, to our state. We will keep working to improve the job creation environment for small businesses and help industry and our universities work together to bring hi-tech jobs to West Virginia, as well as doing all we can to continue to build West Virginia’s reputation as one of America’s top destinations for outdoor recreation and tourism.

BUY AMERICAN

My efforts to promote products “Made in America” and “Made in West Virginia” will continue. I support tax incentives for companies that create American jobs and oppose tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas.

HEALTHCARE

I have always believed that quality healthcare must be accessible, affordable, and available for every West Virginian. Let's fix portions of the new healthcare law that need to be corrected while ensuring that Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or place arbitrary financial caps on the amount of coverage patients can receive. And, as I voted to do, let's allow patients to be able to keep their existing plans.

SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Nothing is more important than our nation’s commitment to seniors. Social Security and Medicare benefits have been earned. They are not give-away programs. I will continue to steadfastly oppose anyone in Congress who tries to raise the retirement age, slash Social Security benefits, phase out Medicare or turn it into a voucher program that will mean higher out-of-pocket costs for seniors.

MILITARY AND VETERANS

I believe in maintaining a strong military. I also believe that we must provide proper training, pay and benefits to members of the military. In addition, it is critical that we honor our long-standing commitment to our veterans. [34]

—Nick Rahall, http://web.archive.org/web/20140415210847/http://www.nickrahall.com/issues

2012

According to his website, Rahall's campaign platform included the following issues:[35]

  • Jobs and technological development in West Virginia
  • Energy independence

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.[36] According to the report, Rahall helped secure $20 million toward a parking garage with a bus and taxi facility in downtown Beckley. The project is about a half-mile from his son's home, less than one mile from a commercial property owned by the lawmaker and a little more than a mile from his residence.[37]

Elections

2014

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See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District is one of Ballotpedia's U.S. House battleground districts in 2014 because of incumbent Nick Rahall's vulnerability as a Democrat serving in a Republican district. Fairvote projections show the district as only slightly favoring Democrats, but Cook PVI shows the district as heavily favoring Republicans.[38][39] In addition, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the district by 26.8 percentage points in 2012, and Sen. John McCain won the district by 13.4 percentage points in 2008. The race is rated a "Tossup" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[40]

Rahall defeated Richard Ojeda in the Democratic primary on May 13, 2014.[41] Rahall will face West Virginia state Senator Evan Jenkins (R), a former Democrat, who switched parties in July 2013 to challenge Rahall, in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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NRCC early target

Rahall was one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2014 congressional elections.[42] The seven targets aligned perfectly with the seven most Republican districts held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Rahall's district was ranked as the third most Republican (40% D).[43]

DCCC "Frontline Program"

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) added Rahall to its Frontline Program in March 2014.[44] The Frontline Program is a partnership between the DCCC and members of congress designed to protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Members of the program are required to sign a memorandum that requires them to meet aggressive fundraising goals, accelerate volunteer and recruitment efforts and increase their online networking.[45]

Rahall retirement rumors

On April 6, 2014, on CNN's Inside Politics, host John King said that Rahall was "about to retire a couple of weeks ago. And the leadership convinced him not to do that." In an interview with LoganBanner.com, Rahall called King's comments "completely false." He added, “I gave absolutely no consideration to withdrawing from this race. The Democrat Party has always intended to support me and they and the voters will do just that. I would not give up this seat, which belongs to the people, without a fight.”[46]

Power plant regulations

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepared to release new power plant CO2 regulations in September 2013, Rahall faced pressure from his 2014 opponent, Evan Jenkins. In July 2013, Rahall appeared at an EPA ceremony to rename the organization's headquarters. He insisted that his appearance was to afford him time to speak with Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, but Jenkins claimed it was a "public show of meeting with the EPA."[47]

Democratic primary results

U.S. House, West Virginia District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNick Rahall Incumbent 66.5% 37,176
Richard Ojeda 33.5% 18,767
Total Votes 55,943
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State

Polls

Rahall v. Jenkins
Poll Nick Rahall Evan JenkinsNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
October 7-8, 2014
44%50%6%+/-3.82657
Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group
May 26-28, 2014
52%39%9%+/-5403
AVERAGES 48% 44.5% 7.5% +/-4.41 530
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Potential general election match-up
Poll Nick Rahall (D) Evan Jenkins (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
DMF Research
April 22-27, 2014
48%39%13%+/-5.2400
Garin-Hart-Yang Research
April 15-16, 2014
52%40%8%+/-5.0400
Tarrance Group
March 3-5, 2014
40%54%6%+/-4.9405
AVERAGES 46.67% 44.33% 9% +/-5.03 401.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Sabato's Crystal Ball

Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, changed West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District from “Toss-Up” to “Leans Republican” in April 2014. Kondik listed the following reasons for the change: the Tarrance Group poll above, the false rumor that Rahall considered retiring, "the overwhelming support voters gave to Mitt Romney in 2012" in the third district and Rahall's inability to separate himself from Obama, who is largely unpopular in the district.[48]

Media

"Worry," an ad released by House Majority PAC on March 11, 2014, featured a West Virginia coal-mining family warning "we both could get hurt" if Evan Jenkins, wins the race. The ad claimed that Jenkins “vowed to repeal black lung benefits” and “supports letting insurance companies charge women more for healthcare.”[49] FactCheck.org called the claims "bogus" explaining that, although Jenkins has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, doing so would not repeal the Federal Black Lung Benefits Program.[50] Jenkins supports repealing and replacing the ACA, but he has not explained how he would replace it. According to Jenkins’ website, "he is firmly opposed to any cuts to the Federal Black Lung Benefit Program."[51] Jenkins’ campaign also explained that he "would support a replacement bill that prohibits gender-based ratings when setting premiums."[50] “The fight comes down to who would better protect the expanded black lung protections that the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., added to the Affordable Care Act,” according to WVGazette.com.[52]

Jenkins responded to "Worry" by releasing his first ad, "Backbone," which attacked Rahall and House Majority PAC for their false claims in the "Worry" ad. After citing Factcheck.org's argument that the claims made by Rahall and HMP were "bogus," the narrator said, "Nick Rahall, a lying politician, just like Obama."[53]

"Worry," and "Backbone" set the tone for the negative ads that West Virginians have been bombarded with this election season. Attacking "New York billionaires" for telling lies about Rahall's record is the major theme that runs through the pro-Rahall ads. Rahall and House Majority PAC have released ads defending Rahall's record on coal and portraying Jenkins as an "outsider" tied to New York money in comparison with Rahall, who is a native West Virginian. Protecting coal, highlighting how Obamacare has hurt West Virginians and making the argument that Rahall has hurt the coal industry are the major themes of the pro-Jenkins ads. Jenkins, who has only released two of his own ads, has received help from Americans for Prosperity, the American Energy Alliance and the The National Republican Congressional Committee who have released six ads in support of Jenkins. Unfortunately for West Virginians, the attack ads aren't likely to stop. “We’ve been fortunate to avoid the large-scale, expensive ads of the campaigns that have gone on in other states,” said Robert Rupp, a political science professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College. “And that era is passing.”[54]

"Worry” & "Backbone"


House Majority PAC's March 2014 ad, "Evan Jenkins - Worry."

"Evan Jenkins: Backbone."
Rahall

Rahall's April 2014 ad, "Cecil 30."

Rahall's May 2014 ad, "My Home."

Rahall's June 2014 ad, "Bipartisan."
  • In April 2014, Rahall launched an ad featuring Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers Association. In the ad, Roberts accused "billionaires of telling lies about Rahall.”
  • In May and June 2014, Rahall released the ads, "My Home" and "Bipartisan." Each ad chastised "New York billionaires" for telling lies about Rahall's voting record.

Rahall's July 2014 ad, "West Virginians."

Rahall's September 2014 ad, "Ron and Libby."

Rahall's September 2014 ad, "Jackie."
  • Rahall's July 2014 ad once again tied Evan Jenkins to "New York billionaires" and highlighted Jenkins' vote against raising the minimum wage in West Virginia. The narrator said, "Nick Rahall believes that anyone willing to work hard should be paid a decent wage, and that Medicare should never be privatized." The ad failed to acknowledge that Jenkins initially voted for raising the minimum wage on March 7, 2014.[55] Jenkins then voted against a revised version of the bill. On May 21, 2014, Jenkins voted for the final revision of the bill to raise the minimum wage, which Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed into law.[56]
  • Rahall's September 2014 ad, "Ron and Libby," featured coal miner Ron Pauley. Pauley said, "We have a saying in the mines, whose side are you on? We know Nick Joe Rahall is on our side. But Evan Jenkins can’t be trusted. He’s not on the side of the coal miners. He’s on the side of the billionaires.”
  • Rahall's September 2014 ad, "Jackie," accused Evan Jenkins of vowing to take away federal black lung benefits from coal miners. FactCheck.org, wrote that the ad "distorts the facts and misrepresents Jenkins’ position on black lung benefits."[57]

Rahall's September 2014 ad, "Our Way."

Rahall's September 2014 ad, "Preserve."

Rahall's September 2014 ad, "Straightshooter."
  • In "Our Way," Rahall promised to protect coal and once again tied Jenkins to "billionaires."
  • In "Preserve," Rahall highlighted his support for the 2nd Amendment.
  • In "Straightshooter," Sen. Joe Manchin argued that Rahall should be re-elected to Congress.
"Listens" lies

Rahall's June 2014 ad "Listens," attacked Evan Jenkins' stance on Medicare. The ad received “Four Pinocchios” from the Washington Post for misusing a Jenkins' quote and for suggesting that Jenkins wants to raise Medicare premiums on senior citizens. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post wrote, “It’s really time for Democrats to drop these repeated 'Mediscare' references to a supposed $6,000 increase in premiums. It is so out of date as to be laughable. But even without that claim, the use of Jenkins’ quote about Medicaid to make broad charges about Medicare is a ridiculous and misleading mix-up of policies. The Rahall campaign should be ashamed of this ad.”[58]

"Listens"


Rahall's June 2014 ad, "Listens."


House Majority PAC
See also: House Majority PAC

House Majority PAC's December 2013 ad, "Cannot Change."

House Majority PAC's March 2014 ad, "Nick Rahall - Stick."

House Majority PAC's April 2014 ad, "WV-03: Evan Jenkins - Spill."
  • House Majority PAC as of July 2014 has spent more in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district election than in any other 2014 race.[59]
  • House Majority PAC launched an ad buy on December 10, 2013, for Nick Rahall (D).[60] The ad ran throughout southern West Virginia for ten days and cost approximately $150,000.[60] “Right-wing, Koch Brothers-funded groups are spending big to prop up a two-time party-switcher, but Mountaineers know Nick Rahall is a fighter for southern West Virginia,” said Andy Stone, communications director for House Majority PAC.[60]
  • House Majority PAC released another $65,000 ad buy in March 2014 defending Rahall's record on coal.[61][62] In the ad, a man identified as retired coal miner Rick Ryan attacked “New York billionaires” for paying for attack ads against Rahall.[61] “Nick Rahall isn’t against coal. He saved my job and 500 others when he stopped Washington from closing the Hobet Mine...Those billionaires want you to vote for Evan Jenkins, a man the Gazette called a ‘shill’ for insurance companies,” Ryan said in the ad.[61]
  • House Majority PAC released a $65,000 ad buy in April 2014. "Spill" accused Jenkins of delaying a water safety bill. The ad also tied Jenkins to the Koch bothers.[63]

House Majority PAC's April 2014 ad, "WV-03: Evan Jenkins - 'Counting'."

House Majority PAC, "WV-03: Evan Jenkins - 'Crystal Ball'."
  • House Majority PAC's ads "Counting" and "Crystal Ball" both tied Jenkins to "New York billionaires" once again. Each ad noted that outside groups donated more than $1 million dollars to Jenkins' campaign.
Jenkins

Evan Jenkins' June 2014 ad, "Exist."

Evan Jenkins' August 2014 ad, "Parked."

Evan Jenkins' October 2014 ad, "Bribes."


  • In the ad "Exist," Jenkins promised West Virginians that he will fight Obama's attacks on the coal industry, if he is elected.
  • In the ad, "Parked," Jenkins argued that Rahall has been "parked" in Congress and has not done much to help West Virginians.
  • Jenkins' ad, "Bribes," accused Rahall of "killing coal" and "taking bribes."

Evan Jenkins' October 2014 ad, "Punishing."
  • In the ad, "Punishing," Jenkins attacked Rahall's record on the carbon tax and medicare.
Americans for Prosperity
See also: Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity's February 2014 ad, "Tell Rep. Rahall to Stop Obamacare."

Americans for Prosperity's ad, "Your Plan Has Been Cancelled."

Americans for Prosperity's April 2014 ad, "Christina's Story: End Rahall's War on Coal."
  • Americans for Prosperity released an April 2014 ad titled, "Christina's Story: End Rahall's War on Coal." In the ad, Christina, the wife of a coal miner who lost his job, said, "Nick Rahall let coal mining families down."
American Energy Alliance

American Energy Alliance's April 2014 ad, "Killing Coal."

American Energy Alliance's June 2014 ad, "Rahall Not Doing Enough."
  • The American Energy Alliance released the TV ad, "Killing Coal," which tied Nick Rahall to "anti-coal extremists." The ad was released on April 1, 2014, and the campaign was backed by a $113,000 buy.[65]
  • The American Energy Alliance released the ad, "Rahall Not Doing Enough," in July 2014. The ad tied Rahall to Obama's energy policies that have hurt West Virginia's coal industry.
NRCC

NRCC's August 2013 ad, "Nick Rahall's Betrayal."

NRCC's September 2014 ad, "Rahall's Record (60)."
  • The National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad in August 2013 that highlighted how Rahall betrayed West Virginians by becoming loyal to Washington D.C., voting for a carbon tax that hurt the coal industry and by attending an event where "environmentalists praised Obama's War on Coal." The ad concluded by directing viewers to the website Rahall for Congress. The site makes the argument that Rahall has joined the "War on Coal."
  • The National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad in September 2014 featuring coal miner Joe McCormick. McCormick said, "When Nick Rahall votes with Barack Obama, that tells me that Nick Rahall don’t really care about Southern West Virginia. He don’t care about us coal miners."
Freedom Partners

Freedom Partners Action Fund's September 2014 ad, "Lifeblood."

Freedom Partners Action Fund's October 2014 ad, "FPAF - Coal Miners."


2012

See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Rahall won re-election in 2012.[66] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the November 6, 2012 general election, he defeated Republican Rick Snuffer.[67][68]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNick Rahall Incumbent 53.5% 102,519
     Republican Rick Snuffer 46.5% 88,999
Total Votes 191,518
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Endorsements

Heading into the primary, Rahall was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.[69]

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


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 Rahall's reports.[88]

Nick Rahall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[89]April 15, 2013$109,681.30$142,748.79$(35,322.74)$217,107.35
July Quarterly[90]July 15, 2013$217,107.35$182,325.11$(45,026.77)$354,405.69
October Quarterly[91]October 15, 2013$354,405.69$158,529.65$(39,200.90)$473,734.44
Year-end[92]January 31, 2014$473,734$428,313$(62,168)$839,880
April Quarterly[93]April 15, 2014$839,880.26$324,255.05$(65,788.24)$1,098,347.07
Running totals
$1,236,171.6$(247,506.65)

Comprehensive donor information for Rahall is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Rahall raised a total of $5,766,952 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[94]

Nick Rahall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $1,359,430
2010 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $1,261,182
2008 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $794,933
2006 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $565,269
2004 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $539,122
2002 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $578,593
2000 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $668,423
Grand Total Raised $5,766,952

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012


Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Rahall's campaign committee raised a total of $1,359,430 and spent $1,720,828.[95]

Cost per vote

Rahall spent $16.79 per vote received in 2012.

2010


Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Rahall's campaign committee raised a total of $1,261,182 and spent $2,149,018.[96]

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, Rahall's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,220,593 to $3,331,582. That averages to $2,776,087.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Rahall ranked as the 117th most wealthy representative in 2012.[97] Between 2004 and 2012, Rahall's calculated net worth[98] decreased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[99]

Nick Rahall Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$5,217,315
2012$2,776,087
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-47%
Average annual growth:-6%[100]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[101]
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). Rahall received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Transportation Unions industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[102]

From 1989-2014, 24.82 percent of Rahall's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[103]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Nick Rahall Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $10,046,266
Total Spent $9,303,659
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$863,550
Air Transport$462,507
Lawyers/Law Firms$415,019
Public Sector Unions$378,825
Industrial Unions$373,750
% total in top industry8.6%
% total in top two industries13.2%
% total in top five industries24.82%

Analysis

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.[104]

Rahall most often votes with:

Rahall least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rahall is a "centrist Democrat," as of July 21, 2014.[105] This was the same rating Rahall received in June 2013.[106]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Rahall missed 755 of 22,606 roll call votes from January 1977 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.3 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[107]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rahall paid his congressional staff a total of $1,134,011 in 2011. Overall, West Virginia ranked 33rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[108]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Rahall was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Rahall's staff was given an apparent $14,500.00 in bonus money.[109]

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

Rahall ranked 192nd in the liberal rankings in 2013.[110]

2012

Rahall ranked 151st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[111]

2011

Rahall was one of two members of congress who ranked 174th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[112]

Voting with party

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

2014

Rahall voted with the Democratic Party 79.5 percent of the time, which ranked 187th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[113]

2013

Rahall voted with the Democratic Party 93.5 percent of the time, which ranked 191st among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[114]

Personal

Rahall and his wife, Melinda, have three children and three grandchildren.[4]

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See also

External links


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  98. 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).
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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Wise
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 3rd District
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Ken Hechler
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 4th District
1977-1993
Succeeded by
District 4 eliminated