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Alan Lowenthal
Alan Lowenthal.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 47
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorLoretta Sanchez (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$9.00 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,210,251
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1999-2004
California State Senate
2004-2012
Education
Bachelor'sHobart College
Ph.D.Ohio State University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 8, 1941
Place of birthNew York, NY
ProfessionProfessor
Net worth$1,073,022
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Alan Lowenthal (b. March 8, 1941, in New York, NY) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 47th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012 when he defeated Gary DeLong (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Lowenthal served in the California State Assembly from 1998-2004 and as a member of the Long Beach City Council from 1992-1998. Lowenthal is also a former member of the California State Senate, representing District 27 from 2004 to 2012.[1]

Lowenthal is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

Lowenthal has a B.A. from Hobart College and a PhD from Ohio State University. He was a professor at California State University-Long Beach in community psychology from 1969 until he retired.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Lowenthal's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1962: Graduated from Hobart College with B.A.
  • 1965: Graduated from Ohio State University with M.A.
  • 1967: Graduated from Ohio State University with Ph.D.
  • 1992-1998: Member, Long Beach City Council
  • 1998-2004: California State Assembly
  • 2004-2012: California State Senate
  • 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lowenthal serves on the following committees:[3][4]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

State senate

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lowenthal served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation
  • Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities, Chair

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lowenthal served on these committees:

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.[10] For more information pertaining to Lowenthal's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[12][13] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Lowenthal was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[12][13]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Lowenthal 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.[14]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Lowenthal 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.[15]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Lowenthal voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[16]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Lowenthal 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.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Lowenthal 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Lowenthal 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.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Lowenthal 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.[21]

Campaign themes

2012

Lowenthal's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "California is at the leading edge of green technology innovation and the creation of “green collar jobs.” Alan Lowenthal will aggressively pursue the funding and legislation necessary to support and expand these job-creating technologies and industries, and to keep them in California."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Good education leads to good jobs. Alan Lowenthal was one of the first innovators to put this into practice; as a College Professor he created the groundbreaking Long Beach Compact Program, bringing together schools, local business, and government to plan and develop curriculum that prepares students for jobs waiting after graduation."
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Medicare and Social Security aren’t political football – they are vital, successful programs which provide crucial support and independence to millions of seniors and disabled citizens. Alan Lowenthal will fight the ideological and partisan attacks on these crucial services."
  • Prioritizing Public Safety and our Schools
Excerpt: "Alan took a stand in the legislature to eliminate local government slush funds and gave that money to our police, firefighters, and schools. He will make the tough decisions, and stand up to the politicians and the special interests funding them to make sure the safety of our neighborhoods and quality of our schools are the top priority."
  • Clean Environment and Clean Technology
Excerpt: "Alan Lowenthal is regularly recognized by organizations like the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters as one of the most effective protectors of the environment and clean communities. Alan wrote the laws that cleaned up millions of tons of pollutants from the port, helping clean our air and lower asthma and other pollution-related diseases in our community."

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. [23],[24]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Lowenthal ranked as a 100. He was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[25]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 47th congressional district elections, 2014

Lowenthal is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 47th congressional district elections, 2012

Lowenthal won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 47th District.[1] He and Gary DeLong (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Peter Mathews (D), Jay Shah (D), Usha Shah (D), Steve Foley (R), Sanford Kahn (R) and Steve Kuykendall (R). Lowenthal went on to defeat DeLong in the general election on November 6, 2012.[26][27]

U.S. House, California District 47 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Lowenthal 56.6% 130,093
     Republican Gary DeLong 43.4% 99,919
Total Votes 230,012
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 47 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Lowenthal (D) 33.8% 27,356
Green check mark transparent.pngGary DeLong (R) 29.4% 23,831
Steven Kuykendall (R) 10.8% 8,769
Peter Mathews (D) 9.8% 7,951
Steve Foley (R) 7.2% 5,848
Sanford Kahn (R) 3.2% 2,563
Usha Shah (D) 2.9% 2,350
Jay Shah (D) 2.8% 2,273
Total Votes 80,941

2008

In 2008 Lowenthal was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 27. He finished with 171,668 votes while his opponent Allen Wood finished with 83,628 votes.[28] Lowenthal raised $612,938 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Lowenthal (D) 171,668
Allen Wood (R) 83,268

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lowenthal is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lowenthal raised a total of $1,210,251 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[29]

Alan Lowenthal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 47) Won $1,210,251
Grand Total Raised $1,210,251

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lowenthal's reports.[30]

Alan Lowenthal (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$39,710.71$153,936.67$(29,385.13)$164,262.25
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$164,262.25$112,321.76$(55,678.54)$220,905.47
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$220,905.47$98,624.55$(45,615.52)$273,914.50
Running totals
$364,882.98$(130,679.19)

2012

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

Lowenthal won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lowenthal's campaign committee raised a total of $1,210,251 and spent $1,171,131.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Lowenthal spent $9.00 per vote received in 2012.

2010 (Off-cycle)

Lowenthal raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.

2008


Senator Lowenthal speaks about SB 9 and 19

In 2008 Lowenthal raised $612,938 in campaign donations. His top four contributors are listed below.[36]

Donor Amount
Operating Engineers Local 12 $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Lowenthal missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[37]

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.[38]

Lowenthal most often votes with:

Lowenthal least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lowenthal's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $481,045 and $1,665,000. That averages to $1,073,022, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[39]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lowenthal has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time. This ranked 60th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Alan Lowenthal is married to Deborah Malumed and they have two children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Alan Lowenthal," Accessed June 17, 2011
  3. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, California's 47th District, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed January 25, 2013
  5. Members of the Senate Transportation and Housing committee
  6. Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Finance and Insurance
  7. California Budget and Fiscal Review committee membership
  8. Senate Environmental Quality committee membership list
  9. Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee membership
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 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 Votesmart, "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. Campaign website, Issues
  23. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
  24. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
  25. Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
  26. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  27. Unofficial election results
  28. California State Senate official election results
  29. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Alan Lowenthal," Accessed March 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Alan Lowenthal Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Alan Lowenthal April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Alan Lowenthal July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Alan Lowenthal October Quarterly," Accessed October 21, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Alan Lowenthal 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Campaign donations
  37. GovTrack, "Alan Lowenthal," Accessed April 2, 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Alan Lowenthal," Accessed July 31, 2013
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Lowenthal, (D-Cali), 2011"
  40. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Loretta Sanchez
U.S. House, California, District 47
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Senate District 27
2004–2012
Succeeded by
Fran Pavley (D)