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*Emily's List<ref> [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/emilys-list-allyson-schwartz_n_3322253.html ''Huffington Post,'' "Emily's List Endorses Allyson Schwartz For Pennsylvania Governor," May 23, 2013] </ref>
 
*Emily's List<ref> [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/emilys-list-allyson-schwartz_n_3322253.html ''Huffington Post,'' "Emily's List Endorses Allyson Schwartz For Pennsylvania Governor," May 23, 2013] </ref>
 
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Allyson Schwartz
Allyson Schwarz.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Pennsylvania
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJoe Hoeffel (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$16,363,850
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania State Senate
1991-2004
Education
Bachelor'sSimmons College
Master'sBryn Mawr College
Personal
BirthdayOctober 3, 1948
Place of birthQueens, New York
ProfessionHealth Care Executive
Net worth$2,577,522
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Allyson Young Schwartz (b. October 3, 1948, in Queens, New York) is a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Schwartz was first elected in 2004 by voters from Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district and took office in January of 2005. Schwartz is currently serving her fourth consecutive term in the seat, having most recently won re-election in 2012. She had no formal opposition in the April 24, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Joe Rooney (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[1][2]

Despite being a native New Yorker, Schwartz has spent her entire political career serving the state of Pennsylvania. Before becoming a representative from Pennsylvania in the United States House, she was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1991-2004.[3]

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

Schwartz has decided to forfeit a possible fifth term election to Congress in 2014 in order to run for Pennsylvania Governor. She filed for the 2014 election to challenge Republican incumbent Tom Corbett on April 8, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[4]

Biography

Schwartz was born in Queens, New York. She earned her B.A. from Simmons College in 1970, and her M.S.W. from Bryn Mawr College in 1972.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Schwartz serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Schwartz served on the following committees:[7]

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Schwartz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Schwartz 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 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Schwartz voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Schwartz voted in favor of 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Schwartz voted in support of 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.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Schwartz said that she plans to "go without her paycheck during the government shutdown" and is working to determine where she will donate the earnings.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Schwartz 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Schwartz 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Schwartz voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Schwartz voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Schwartz 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. She 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.[14]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2014

Schwartz is running for election as Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014. She formally entered the race to challenge incumbent first term Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on April 8, 2013.[15] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[4]

Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three Pennsylvania races that were showing early promise of a competitive primary or a possible partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

The 13th District seat is currently held by a Democrat, Allyson Schwartz. Schwartz will vacate her seat in 2014, in order to run for governor against incumbent Tom Corbett (R).[4]

PoliticsPA highlighted six Democrats as possible replacements for Schwartz: state Representative Brendan Boyle, physician and University of Pennsylvania professor Valerie Arkoosh, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies and state Senator Daylin Leach.[16][17][18] In Boyle's case, the 13th Congressional District encompasses the entirety of the 107th legislative district, which he has represented since 2009, as well as the entire district of state Rep. Kevin Boyle, his brother; however, there was expected to be a formidable rival in former Pennsylvania's 13th District Rep. Marjorie Margolies. Her son is married to Chelsea Clinton, which many predicted to cause an uphill campaign fundraising battle for her Democratic primary opponents. Upon joining the race, however, Margolies said that she “did not run on Clinton’s coattails” in 1992 and would not do so in 2014.[19]

Endorsements

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Schwartz ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 13th District. She had no formal opposition in the April 24, 2012 Democratic Primary and defeated Joe Rooney (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[23]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[24] Pennsylvania tied with Ohio for 9th on the list.[24]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAllyson Schwartz Incumbent 69.1% 209,901
     Republican Joe Rooney 30.9% 93,918
Total Votes 303,819
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Schwartz won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Carson Dee Adcock (R) in the general election.[25]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schwartz is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Schwartz raised a total of $16,363,850 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 17, 2013.[30]

Allyson Schwartz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 13) Won $2,910,725
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 13) Won $2,906,212
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 13) Won $3,161,116
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 13) Won $2,788,236
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 13) Won $4,597,561
Grand Total Raised $16,363,850

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Allyson Schwartz's reports.[31]

Allyson Schwartz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$3,122,777$416,405$(3,113,897)$415,995
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$415,285$52,227$(30,766)$436,746
Running totals
$468,632$(3,144,663)

2012

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

Schwartz won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, her campaign committee raised a total of $2,901,725 and spent $1,203,040.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Schwartz spent $5.73 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Schwartz won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Schwartz's campaign committee raised a total of $2,906,212 and spent $3,481,643.[36]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 13, 2010 - Allyson Schwartz Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,906,212
Total Spent $3,481,643
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $926,468
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $923,778
Top contributors to Allyson Schwartz's campaign committee
Berger & Montague$19,000
Cozen & O'Connor$17,350
University of Pennsylvania$16,100
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius$15,950
Toll Brothers Inc$14,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$336,794
Health Professionals$196,100
Women's Issues$151,287
Securities & Investment$150,699
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$148,622

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schwartz is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 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]

Schwartz most often votes with:

Schwartz least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Schwartz missed 153 of 6,459 roll call votes from January 2005 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[39]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schwartz paid his congressional staff a total of $840,780 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

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, Schwarz's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,494,044 and $3,661,000. That averages to $2,577,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 8.92% from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schwartz's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,699,042 to $3,961,000. That averages to $2,830,021 which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[42]

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.

2012

Schwartz ranked 110th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[43][44]

2011

Schwartz ranked 144th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[45]

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, Allyson Schwartz has voted with the Democratic Party 95.3% of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[46]

2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Allyson Schwartz has voted with the Demcoratic Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 92 among the 192 House Demcoratic members as of December 2011.[47]

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Personal

Allyson Schwartz is married to David. They have 2 children.

See also

External links

References

  1. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SCHWARTZ, Allyson Y., (1948 - )"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Allyson Schwartz files to run for Pa. governor," April 8, 2013
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Allyson Schwartz, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed March 20, 2013
  7. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  8. Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen "Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere"
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Votesmart, "Allyson Schwartz Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Allyson Schwartz hires Democratic Party finance chief as she considers running against Corbett," December 8, 2012
  16. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Political judo: Marjorie Margolies turns weakness to strength," May 31, 2013
  17. Philadelphia Inquirer, "State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast running for Congress," April 8, 2013
  18. PoliticsPA, "Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat?," February 26, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Marjorie Margolies running for Congress again," May 29, 2013
  20. Huffington Post, "Emily's List Endorses Allyson Schwartz For Pennsylvania Governor," May 23, 2013
  21. PoliticsPA, "Schwartz Endorsed by UMWA," September 10, 2013
  22. PoliticsPA, "Brady Backs Schwartz," October 17, 2013
  23. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Allyson Schwartz," Accessed April 17, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Allyson Schwartz Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Allyson Schwartz April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Allyson Schwartz July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Allyson Schwartz's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Allyson Schwartz 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  37. Gov Track "Allyson Schwartz" Accessed June 19, 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Rep. Allyson Schwartz," accessed August 22, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Allyson Schwartz," Accessed April 17, 2013
  40. LegiStorm, "Allyson Schwartz," Accessed September 18, 2012
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  43. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  44. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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Joe Hoeffel
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 13
2005–Present
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Pennsylvania State Senate
1991-2004
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