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Hastings, serving as a judge for the {{JP|United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida|Southern District of Florida}}, was impeached and removed from the post in 1989.<ref name="impeach">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/junkie/links/hastings102189.htm ''Washington Post'' "Senate Removes Hastings" Accessed July 16, 2013]</ref>
 
Hastings, serving as a judge for the {{JP|United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida|Southern District of Florida}}, was impeached and removed from the post in 1989.<ref name="impeach">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/junkie/links/hastings102189.htm ''Washington Post'' "Senate Removes Hastings" Accessed July 16, 2013]</ref>
  
On October 20, 1989 Hastings was convicted by the [[Florida State Senate]] of engaging in a "corrupt conspiracy" to extort a $150,000 bribe in a case before him, marking the first time a federal official had been impeached and removed from office for a crime he had been acquitted of by a jury.<ref name="impeach"/> The [[Florida State Senate|Senate]] voted 69 to 26, five votes more than necessary for a conviction, to find him guilty of the charge against him and strip of his lifetime, $89,500-a-year position.<ref name="impeach"/>  
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On October 20, 1989, Hastings was convicted by the [[Florida State Senate]] of engaging in a "corrupt conspiracy" to extort a $150,000 bribe in a case before him, marking the first time a federal official had been impeached and removed from office for a crime he had been acquitted of by a jury.<ref name="impeach"/> The [[Florida State Senate|Senate]] voted 69 to 26, five votes more than necessary for a conviction, to find him guilty of the charge against him and strip of his lifetime, $89,500-a-year position.<ref name="impeach"/>  
  
 
===Legislative actions===
 
===Legislative actions===

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Alcee L. Hastings
Alcee Hastings.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 20
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDebbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,930,009
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1979-1989
Education
Bachelor'sFisk University & Howard University
J.D.Florida A&M University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 5, 1936
Place of birthAltamonte Springs, Florida
ProfessionAttorney, Judge
Net worth-$4,732,002
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Alcee Lamar Hastings (b. September 5, 1936, in Altamonte Springs, Florida) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Florida's 20th congressional district.

Hastings ran for re-election to Florida's 20th District in 2012.[1][2][3] Hastings was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992 from Florida's 23rd congressional district.[4]

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

Biography

Born in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Hastings was educated at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Howard University in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from Florida A&M University in 1963, and began to practice law.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hastings serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Hastings served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Controversy

Impeachment and removal from Southern District of Florida

Hastings, serving as a judge for the Southern District of Florida, was impeached and removed from the post in 1989.[7]

On October 20, 1989, Hastings was convicted by the Florida State Senate of engaging in a "corrupt conspiracy" to extort a $150,000 bribe in a case before him, marking the first time a federal official had been impeached and removed from office for a crime he had been acquitted of by a jury.[7] The Senate voted 69 to 26, five votes more than necessary for a conviction, to find him guilty of the charge against him and strip of his lifetime, $89,500-a-year position.[7]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Hastings's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

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."[10][11] 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. Hastings was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[10][11]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hastings 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.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 20th congressional district elections, 2014

Hastings is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 20th congressional district elections, 2012

Hastings was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 20th District. Hastings won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Hastings ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[2] The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[13]

U.S. House, Florida District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlcee L. Hastings Incumbent 87.9% 214,727
     Independent Randall Terry 12.1% 29,553
     Independent Anthony Dutrow 0% 5
Total Votes 244,285
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hastings is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hastings raised a total of $3,930,009 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[20]

Alcee Hastings's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 20) Won $652,962
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $780,445
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $820,458
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $343,108
2004 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $955,197
2002 U.S. House (Florida, District 23) Won $377,839
Grand Total Raised $3,930,009

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 Hastings's reports.[21]

Alcee L. Hastings (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]4/12/2013$356,105.91$37,307.80$(58,653.32)$234,760.39
July Quarterly[23]7/10/2013$234,760.39$80,607.80$(60,477.96)$254,890.23
Running totals
$117,915.6$(119,131.28)

2012

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

Hastings won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hastings's campaign committee raised a total of $652,963 and spent $558,062.[24] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[25]

Cost per vote

Hastings spent $2.60 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Hastings won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Hastings's campaign committee raised a total of $780,445 and spent $778,998 .[26]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 23rd Congressional District, 2010 - Alcee Hastings Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $780,445
Total Spent $778,998
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $105,751
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $106,142
Top contributors to Alcee Hastings's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
BRIDGE PAC$10,000
Desert Caucus$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$54,696
Pro-Israel$48,950
Crop Production & Basic Processing$42,950
Finance/Credit Companies$38,500
Misc Business$37,250

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hastings is a "far-left Democratic leader," as of June 12, 2013.[27]

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.[28]

Hastings most often votes with:

Hastings least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hastings missed 1,143 of 13,520 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 8.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[29]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hastings paid his congressional staff a total of $1,154,539 in 2011. He ranks 27th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 33rd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[30]

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, Hastings's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$7,348,999 and -$2,115,006. That averages to -$4,732,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth had no change from 2010.[31]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hastings' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-7,348,999 and $-2,115,006. That averages to $-4,732,002.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[32]

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. Hastings ranked 75th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[33]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hastings ranked 80th in the liberal rankings.[34]

Voting with party

2013

Alcee L. Hastings voted with the Democratic Party 95% of the time, which ranked 89th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[35]

Personal

Hastings resides in Miramar, Florida.[4]

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. Sunshine State News "Bernard Sansaricq Wants a Rematch With Alcee Hastings" Accessed December 3, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  3. [ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Alcee L. Hastings-Member of Congress-Florida Congressional District 23 "Biography" Accessed October 21, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings "Committee Assignments" Accessed October 20, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Washington Post "Senate Removes Hastings" Accessed July 16, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. [ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Alcee L. Hastings" Accessed April 4, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Alcee L. Hastings 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Alcee Hastings 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  26. http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00002884&newMem=N Open Secrets "Alcee Hastings 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011]
  27. Gov Track "Alcee Hastings" Accessed June 12, 2013
  28. http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400170_Alcee_Hastings OpenCongress, "Rep. Alcee L. Hastings," Accessed July 31, 2013]
  29. GovTrack, "Alcee L. Hastings," Accessed March 29, 2013
  30. LegiStorm "Alcee Hastings"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Hastings (D-Fla), 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Hastings, (D-Florida), 2010"
  33. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 20
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 23
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
Preceded by
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Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1979-1989
Succeeded by
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