Allyson Schwartz

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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) 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 to 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

Specific votes

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 one 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12][13] 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.[14]

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.[16]

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.[17] Pennsylvania tied with Ohio for 9th on the list.[17]

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.[18]

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.[23]

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

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.[24]

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.[25]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 13 General Election, 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".[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[29]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[30]

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. In 2012, Schwartz ranked 110th among Democratic Representatives in the liberal rankings.[31][32]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Schwartz was ranked 144th in the liberal rankings.[33]

Voting with party

2013

Allyson Schwartz voted with the Democratic Party 95.3% of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[34]

2011

Allyson Schwartz voted with the Demcoratic Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 92 among the 192 House Demcoratic members as of December 2011.[35]

Recent news

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Personal

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

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. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Allyson Schwartz hires Democratic Party finance chief as she considers running against Corbett," December 8, 2012
  11. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Political judo: Marjorie Margolies turns weakness to strength," May 31, 2013
  12. Philadelphia Inquirer, "State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast running for Congress," April 8, 2013
  13. PoliticsPA, "Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat?," February 26, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Marjorie Margolies running for Congress again," May 29, 2013
  15. Huffington Post, "Emily's List Endorses Allyson Schwartz For Pennsylvania Governor," May 23, 2013
  16. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Allyson Schwartz," Accessed April 17, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Allyson Schwartz's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Allyson Schwartz 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Allyson Schwartz" Accessed June 19, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Allyson Schwartz," Accessed April 17, 2013
  28. LegiStorm, "Allyson Schwartz," Accessed September 18, 2012
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  31. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  32. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Hoeffel
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 13
2005–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Pennsylvania State Senate
1991-2004
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