|U.S. House, Texas, District 36|
|January 3, 2013 - January 3, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of Houston|
|Date of birth||November 14, 1956|
|Place of birth||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan|
|Net worth||(2012) $8,000|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Government affairs
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Stockman was one of nine individuals, seven Democrats and two Republicans, elected to the U.S. House in 2012 who had prior congressional experience. Stockman previously served from 1994 to 1996.
- 1990-1994: Accountant
- 1994-1996: U.S. House of Representatives
- 2005-2007: Director, campus leadership program, Leadership Institute
- 2013-2015: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
Stockman served on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
- Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Stockman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Stockman voted against 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.
Stockman voted against 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.
Stockman voted against 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.
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Stockman voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Stockman did not vote on the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Stockman did not vote on the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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. Stockman voted against HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Stockman 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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Stockman 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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Stockman 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.
Stockman 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.
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 voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Stockman joined with four other Republicans voting against the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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, Stockman is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Stockman received a score of 28 percent on social issues and 84 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||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||Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||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||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Favors||Never legalize marijuana||Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Stockman's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Securing Our Borders
- Excerpt: "Congressman Steve Stockman sponsored a constitutional amendment to prevent citizenship and benefits to anchor babies of illegal aliens"
- Protecting Our Gun Rights
- Excerpt: "Congressman Steve Stockman sponsored a bill eliminating background checks, waiting periods, and registration for firearms"
- Protecting The Inalienable Right To Life
- Excerpt: "Congressman Steve Stockman sponsored the ban on Partial Birth Abortions"
- Protecting Our Families
- Excerpt: "Congressman Steve Stockman sponsored “Megan’s Law,” requiring parents to be notified if a sex offender moves into your community"
- Protecting Our Faith
- Excerpt: "Congressman Steve Stockman sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act to stop federal recognition of homosexual marriage"
|U.S. Senate, Texas Republican Primary, 2014|
|John Cornyn Incumbent||59.4%||781,259|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State|
Stockman's Senate campaign was supposedly halted starting in late 2013. The representative missed 17 votes in January and had not been seen campaigning or even attending to his work in the U.S. House.
Upon his return, Stockman blasted reporters for claiming he was "missing," when he was on a trip with four other members of Congress to Egypt, Israel, England and Russia. He told reporters, "I missed votes because I don’t have a zillion dollars like Cornyn and have [to] campaign. But I wasn’t missing. The Dallas Morning News covered my talk and Cornyn’s tracker was there. Both the press and Cornyn knew where I was."
Stockman won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 36th District. He and Stephen Takach defeated Jerry Doyle, Jim Engstrand, Ky D. Griffin, Mike Jackson, Chuck Meyer, Kim Morrell, Lois Dickson Myers, Keith Casey, Daniel Whitton and Tim Wintill in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. Stockman went on to defeat Takach in the July 31 runoff. He then defeated Max Martin (D) and Michael Cole (L) in the general election on November 6.
|U.S. House, Texas District 36 General Election, 2012|
|Libertarian||Michael K. Cole||2.7%||6,284|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 36 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Stockman attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Stockman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Stockman raised a total of $365,285 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|Steve Stockman's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 36)||$365,285|
|Grand Total Raised||$365,285|
|Steve Stockman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$367||$65,820||$(50,251)||$19,248|
|July Quarterly||July 14, 2013||$19,248||$84,285||$(72,671)||$30,862|
|October Quarterly||October 16, 2013||$30,862||$115,401||$(106,762)||$39,502|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$39,502||$169,297||$(161,592)||$47,206|
Stockman was investigated by the House Ethics Committee for possibly violating federal reporting requirements. In a statement he said, "My office is aware of and is cooperating fully with the Ethics Committee’s preliminary inquiry into an FEC reporting error." Stockman blamed the error on an accountant and said he removed the person from that position and shut down the campaign committee.
Stockman won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Stockman's campaign committee raised a total of $365,285 and spent $361,604. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Stockman spent $2.19 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 36, 2012 - Steve Stockman Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,597|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,701|
|Top contributors to Steve Stockman's campaign committee|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$15,000|
|National Assn for Gun Rights||$10,000|
|Gun Owners of America||$9,449|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$20,500|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- 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:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Stockman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,001 and $15,000. That averages to $8,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96.
|Steve Stockman Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
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). Stockman received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.
From 1989-2014, 18.15 percent of Stockman's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Steve Stockman Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$118,100|
|% total in top industry||4.16%|
|% total in top two industries||7.97%|
|% total in top five industries||18.15%|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Stockman most often voted with:
Stockman least often voted with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Stockman missed 145 of 2,412 roll call votes from January 1995 to July 2014. This amounts to 6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
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.
Stockman ranked 138th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Stockman voted with the Republican Party 90.2 percent of the time, which ranked 207th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.
Stockman voted with the Republican Party 91.1 percent of the time, which ranked 220th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Stockman is married.
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- Media coverage:
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
- The Texas Tribune, "Stockman Files to Run Against Cornyn," December 9, 2013
- The Texas Tribune, "Primary 2014 Election Results," March 4, 2014
- The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
- National Journal, "Texas, 36th House District: Steve Stockman (R)," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- 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
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- On The Issues, "Steve Stockman Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
- 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.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
- Politico, "Have you seen Rep. Steve Stockman?," January 23, 2014
- Politico, "Steve Stockman rips press over MIA claim," January 27, 2014
- Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012 (timed out)
- Associated Press, Primary runoff results," accessed August 31, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Steve Stockman," accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
- CNN Politics, "Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Steve Stockman," April 25, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Steve Stockman 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Steve Stockman (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Steve Stockman," accessed September 23, 2014
- GovTrack, "Steve Stockman," accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Steve Stockman," accessed July 18, 2014
- GovTrack, "Steve Stockman," accessed July 21, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed August 1, 2011
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