Robert Pittenger

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Robert Pittenger
Robert Pittenger.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSue Wilkins Myrick (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$17.01 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,310,422
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina Senate
2002-2008
Education
High schoolMcCallum High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Personal
BirthdayAugust 15, 1948
Place of birthDallas, Texas
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$54,791,526
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Pittenger (b. August 14, 1948, in Dallas, TX) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

Pittenger was first elected to the House in 2012 for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District on November 6, 2012. Pittenger is currently serving his first term.[1]

Pittenger is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2]

Prior to his election into the House, Pittenger founded and ran the Robert Pittenger Investment Company.[3]

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

Biography

Pittenger was born in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in psychology and political science. During his work with Campus Crusade for Christ, he traveled around the world to promote Christianity.[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pittenger serves on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Pittenger's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Pittenger 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

Neutral/Abstain Pittenger did not vote on 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Pittenger 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.[10]

Economy

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.[11] 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.[12] Pittenger voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

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.[14] 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. Pittenger voted for HR 2775.[15]

Pittenger declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Pittenger 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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[17]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Neutral/Abstain Pittenger did not vote on 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Pittenger 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.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Pittenger 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

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.[22] Pittenger joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[23][24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Robert Pittenger'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, Pittenger is a Hard-Core Conservative. Pittenger received a score of 20 percent on social issues and 88 percent on economic issues.[25]

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[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25]

Campaign themes

2012

Pittenger's campaign website listed the following issues:[27]

  • Pittenger Pledges Conservative Tax Reform
Excerpt: "I’ll work to free people from their tax burden so they’ll have more money to do what’s best for their families and businesses. Small-business owners create jobs and put people to work, but they can’t do that when they’re weighed down by taxes. Lower taxes encourage business owners to invest and hire more people."
  • Pittenger Vows Strong National Security
Excerpt: "I believe that our military men and women are the best and the brightest. They deserve every military advantage we can give them. As your congressman I will fight to protect our defense budget and to fight for the money that our service men and women need. I will make our security the priority of our government."
  • Pittenger Promises Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Robert Pittenger, the conservative, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina's 9th District, discovered over $1 billion in wasteful spending when he was a State Senator."
  • Pittenger Protects Our 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "Although this right is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it is under constant attack by liberals in Washington. That’s why we need strong, conservative leaders like Robert Pittenger to defend our right to keep and bear arms."

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Pittenger is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Robert Pittenger Incumbent 0% 0
     Write-in Write-in candidates 0% 0
Total Votes 0
U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger Incumbent 67.6% 29,505
Mike Steinberg 32.4% 14,146
Total Votes 43,651
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pittenger won his seat in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 9th District. Pittenger faced Dan Barry, Andy Dulin, Ken Leonczyk, Jim Pendergraph, Michael Steinberg, Michael Shaffer, Jon Gauthier, Edwin Peacock and Ric Killian in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012. He then defeated Jim Pendergraph in the July 17 primary runoff election. He went on to defeat Jennifer Roberts (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[29] North Carolina was rated eighth on the list.[29]

Pittenger raised the most money of any candidate for congress in North Carolina, reporting over $3 million in contributions during the first three quarters.[30]

General election results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jennifer Roberts 45.7% 171,503
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 51.8% 194,537
     Libertarian Curtis Campbell 2.6% 9,650
Total Votes 375,690
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[31]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 32.4% 29,999
Jim Pendergraph 25.3% 23,401
Edwin B. Peacock III 12.3% 11,336
Ric Killian 10.5% 9,691
Dan Barry 6% 5,515
Andy Dulin 4.9% 4,526
Mike Steinberg 2.5% 2,297
Jon Gauthier 2.2% 2,056
Ken Leonczyk 2.2% 2,047
Richard Lynch 1.1% 1,000
Michael Shaffer 0.6% 579
Total Votes 92,447

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Pittenger is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pittenger raised a total of $3,310,422 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[32]

Robert Pittenger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 9) Won $3,310,422
Grand Total Raised $3,310,422


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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 Pittenger’s reports.[33]

Robert Pittenger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$3,158.41$108,177.56$(105,469.20)$5,866.77
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$5,866.77$200,526.67$(100,781.19)$105,612.25
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$105,612.25$130,176.63$(100,756.14)$135,032.74
Year-End Quarterly[37]December 31, 2013$135,032$68,167$(92,383)$107,817
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$107,817.25$140,237.67$(172,484.62)$75,570.30
Pre-Primary[39]April 24, 2014$75,570.30$49,091.10$(17,624.73)$107,036.67
Running totals
$696,376.63$(589,498.88)

2012

Pittenger won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pittenger's campaign committee raised a total of $3,310,422 and spent $3,307,264.[40]

Cost per vote

Pittenger spent $17.01 per vote received in 2012.


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, Pittenger's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $29,927,054 and $79,655,998. That averages to $54,791,526, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Pittenger ranked as the 11th most wealthy representative in 2012.[41] Between 2011 and 2012, Pittenger's calculated net worth[42] increased by an average of 60 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[43]

Robert Pittenger Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$34,278,495
2012$54,791,526.00
Growth from 2011 to 2012:60%
Average annual growth:60%[44]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[45]
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). Pittenger received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2011-2014, 13.4 percent of Pittenger's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[46]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Robert Pittenger Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,152,874
Total Spent $4,069,640
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$207,000
Real Estate$96,500
Securities & Investment$92,450
Insurance$90,575
Commercial Banks$70,150
% total in top industry4.98%
% total in top two industries7.31%
% total in top five industries13.4%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pittenger is a "moderate Republican follower" as of August 2014.[47]

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.[48]

Pittenger most often votes with:

Pittenger 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, Pittenger missed 46 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 4.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[47]

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

Pittenger ranked 67th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[49]

Voting with party

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

2014

Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 95.9 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.[50]

2013

Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 111th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

Pittenger's mother was a stay-at-home mom of four children, while his father worked as a lawyer and real estate agent. Pittenger and his wife moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1985.[3]

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 National Journal, "North Carolina, 9th House District: Robert Pittenger (R)," accessed November 6, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "PITTENGER, Robert, (1948 - )," accessed October 9, 2014
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  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 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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 the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. 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
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  23. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Robert Pittenger Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  26. 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.
  27. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  28. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results" accessed May 9, 2012.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  30. WCNC.com, "Pittenger passes $3 million mark in fundraising," accessed October 17, 2012
  31. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results" accessed October 10, 2012
  32. Open Secrets, "Robert Pittenger" accessed May 16, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Robert Pittenger 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Robert Pittenger (R-NC), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  42. This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  43. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  44. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  45. 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.
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Robert Pittenger," accessed September 29, 2014
  47. 47.0 47.1 GovTrack, "Robert Pittenger," accessed August 18 2014
  48. OpenCongress, "Robert Pittenger," accessed August 18 2014
  49. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 18, 2014
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Sue Wilkins Myrick
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 9
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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