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}}{{tnr}}'''Adam Bennett Schiff''' (b. June 22, 1960, in Framingham, Massachusetts) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[California's 28th Congressional District]]. Schiff was first elected to the House in 2000.  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Adam Bennett Schiff''' (b. June 22, 1960, in Framingham, Massachusetts) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[California's 28th Congressional District]]. Schiff was first elected to the House in 2000.  
  
Schiff most recently won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 28th Congressional District elections, 2012|28th District]].  He defeated [[Phil Jennerjahn]] (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> He was displaced from [[California's 29th Congressional District elections, 2012|district 29]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/OFFICIAL-CALIFORNIA-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-Endorsement-Results1.pdf ''California Democratic Party'' "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," accessed March 4, 2012]</ref>
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Schiff most recently won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 28th Congressional District elections, 2012|28th District]].  He defeated [[Phil Jennerjahn]] (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'', "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012]</ref> He was displaced from [[California's 29th Congressional District elections, 2012|district 29]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/OFFICIAL-CALIFORNIA-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-Endorsement-Results1.pdf ''California Democratic Party'' "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," accessed March 4, 2012]</ref>
  
 
Prior to his career in the [[U.S. House]], Schiff served in the [[California State Senate]] from 1996 to 2001.
 
Prior to his career in the [[U.S. House]], Schiff served in the [[California State Senate]] from 1996 to 2001.

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Adam Schiff
Adam Schiff.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 28
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorHenry Waxman (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.74 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,506,115
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
1996-2000
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
BirthdayJune 22, 1960
Place of birthFramingham, Massachusetts
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,119,013
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Adam Bennett Schiff (b. June 22, 1960, in Framingham, Massachusetts) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 28th Congressional District. Schiff was first elected to the House in 2000.

Schiff most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 28th District. He defeated Phil Jennerjahn (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] He was displaced from district 29 by redistricting.[2]

Prior to his career in the U.S. House, Schiff served in the California State Senate from 1996 to 2001.

Schiff is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

Schiff was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. He earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1982 and his J.D. from Harvard University in 1985.[3]

Career

Outside of political life, Schiff worked as an attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Schiff serves on the following committees:[4][5]

2011-2012

Schiff served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

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

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Schiff 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Schiff voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Schiff joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Schiff voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Schiff voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Schiff voted against 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Schiff 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.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Schiff voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Schiff 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 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[28]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 28th Congressional District elections, 2014

Schiff is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 28th Congressional District elections, 2012

Schiff won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 28th District.[1] He was displaced from district 29 by redistricting. He and Phil Jennerjahn (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Jonathan Ryan Kalbfeld (D), Massie Munroe (D), Sal Genovese (D), Garen Mailyan (R) and Jenny Worman (R). Schiff went on to defeat Jennerjahn in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, California District 28 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Schiff Incumbent 76.5% 188,703
     Republican Phil Jennerjahn 23.5% 58,008
Total Votes 246,711
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 28 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Schiff (D) Incumbent 59% 42,797
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Jennerjahn (R) 17.4% 12,633
Jenny Worman (R) 8.2% 5,978
Garen Mailyan (R) 5.2% 3,749
Sal Genovese (D) 3.9% 2,829
Massie Munroe (D) 3.4% 2,437
Jonathan Ryan Kalbfeld (D) 2.9% 2,119
Total Votes 72,542

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schiff is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Schiff raised a total of $12,506,115 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[37]

Adam Schiff's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 28) Won $1,333,321
2010 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,378,951
2008 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,190,021
2006 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,200,905
2004 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,488,304
2002 US House (California, District 29) Won $1,253,899
2000 US House (California, District 27) Won $4,660,714
Grand Total Raised $12,506,115

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schiff's reports.[38]

Adam Schiff (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$2,059,330.24$53,833.56$(95,228.80)$2,017,935.00
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$2,017,935.00$130,945.24$(100,984.79)$2,047,895.45
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2013$2,047,895.45$85,344.66$(105,867.10)$2,027,373.01
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$2,027,373$155,561$(139,751)$2,043,183
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$2,043,183$95,714$(121,532)$2,017,365
Pre-Primary[44]May 22, 2014$2,017,365$32,954$(51,094)$1,999,225
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2014$1,999,225$84,335$(41,034)$2,042,527
Running totals
$638,687.46$(655,491.69)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Schiff's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Schiff won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Schiff's campaign committee raised a total of $1,333,321 and spent $1,082,976.[46] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Schiff spent $5.74 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Schiff won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Schiff's campaign committee raised a total of $1,378,951 and spent $1,222,795.[48]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schiff is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[49]

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.[50]

Schiff most often votes with:

Schiff least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Schiff missed 110 of 8,657 roll call votes from January 2001 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schiff paid his congressional staff a total of $927,182 in 2011. He ranked 39th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 175th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schiff's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $568,026 and $1,670,000. That averages to $1,119,013, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Schiff ranked as the 198th most wealthy representative in 2012.[53]

Adam Schiff Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$1,119,013
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.

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. Schiff ranked 94th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[54]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Schiff ranked 132nd in the liberal rankings.[55]

Voting with party

2013

Schiff voted with the Democratic Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 5th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[56]

Personal

Schiff and his wife, Eve, have two children.

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

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  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," accessed March 4, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Adam Schiff," accessed November 6, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressman Adam Schiff, "Press release: Rep. Schiff Sworn Into Congress to Represent Newly Drawn 28th Congressional District ," January 3, 2013
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  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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U.S. House of Representatives - California
2001-Present
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California State Senate
1996-2000
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