Ami Bera

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Ami Bera
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U.S. House, California, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGeorge Miller (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$25.00 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,632,282
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolKennedy High School (1983)
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Irvine (1987)
M.D.University of California-Irvine (1991)
Personal
BirthdayMarch 2, 1965
Place of birthHollywood, California
ProfessionPhysician
Net worth$5,128,535
ReligionUnitarian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ami Bera (b. March 2, 1965, in Hollywood, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 7th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012.

Bera defeated incumbent Dan Lungren (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. The race was too close to call for over a week after the polls closed.[1][2]

Bera is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election. Bera is seeking re-election.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bera is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Bera's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1987: Graduated from the University of California-Irvine, with B.S.
  • 1991: Graduated from the University of California-Irvine, with M.D.
  • 2004-2007: Associate dean, University of California-Irvine School of Medicine
  • 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

2013-2014

Bera serves on the following committees:[5]

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Bera's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Bera voted for 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Bera voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Bera voted for 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.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Bera voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] 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. Bera joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

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.[17] 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.[18] Bera voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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.[20] 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. Bera voted for HR 2775.[21]

Bera declined his pay because "Congress should lead by example and put people before politics,” he said in a statement. “If Congress can't do its job and put the American people first, then they certainly shouldn't get paid during a crisis that they are causing. We must stop the finger-pointing, start acting like adults, and make Washington work for the people again.”[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Bera voted for 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. Bera was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Bera 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" Bera 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" Bera 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]

Campaign themes

2014

Bera's campaign website lists the following issues:[28]

  • National Security: "In Congress, I will uphold our most enduring principles, while protecting America from those who threaten our freedoms. I believe we must be tough and smart not only about today's challenges, such as terrorism and homeland security, but also about emerging threats, such as nuclear proliferation."
  • Medicare: "Glaringly absent from the current debate about Medicare is the Doctor’s perspective. As a physician who has worked at every level of the health care system and a candidate for Congress, I bring a unique perspective to the Medicare discussion."
  • Job Creation and Economic Recovery: "Living in Sacramento County, it is obvious that people are hurting. They are trying to do the right thing, to work hard and care for their families. But too often this is not enough. For too many, America’s promise of opportunity is beginning to seem empty."
  • Creating a New Energy Economy: "Central to our national mission is the mandate to build for future generations. We now know, however, that many of our present patterns of development and growth are both economically and environmentally unsustainable. The long-term health, security and prosperity of our nation and world require a transition in how we think about our relationship to energy use and natural ecosystems."
  • Moving Forward with Healthcare: "I have spent my professional life caring for people and educating the next generation of doctors. Unfortunately, the system consistently puts bureaucracies before the health of our patients. I have witnessed medical costs skyrocket without seeing patient care improve. And I have treated patients who would be healthier if they could have afforded basic preventive care. This is the result of an industry that puts profits before patients."

[29]

—Ami Bera's campaign website, http://www.beraforcongress.com/issues

Elections

2014

See also: California's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014
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Bera 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.

Bera is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3]

2012

See also: California's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bera won election to the U.S. House, representing California's 7th District. He and district 3 incumbent Dan Lungren (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Douglas Arthur Tuma (L) and Curt Taras (Ind). Bera was victorious over Lungren in the general election on November 6, 2012, in a race that was too close to call until a week after the election.[30][31]

U.S. House, California District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera 51.7% 141,241
     Republican Dan Lungren Incumbent 48.3% 132,050
Total Votes 273,291
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 7 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Lungren (R) Incumbent 52.7% 63,586
Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera (D) 41% 49,433
Curt Taras (NPP) 3.2% 3,854
Douglas Arthur Tuma (L) 3.1% 3,707
Total Votes 120,580

Polls

2012

Dan Lungren V. Ami Bera
Poll Dan Lungren Ami BeraUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(October 25-26, 2012)
46%46%8%+/-3.7792
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Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bera is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bera raised a total of $3,632,282 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[32]

Ami Bera's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 7) Won $3,632,282
Grand Total Raised $3,632,282

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bera's reports.[33]

Ami Bera (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$107,506.27$303,492.73$(80,953.03)$330,045.97
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$330,045.97$272,095.66$(97,097.63)$505,044.00
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$505,044.00$462,073.51$(68,369.39)$898,748.12
Year-End[37]January 31, 2014$898,748$340,671$(87,782)$1,151,637
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$1,151,637$491,299$(173,962)$1,468,974
Pre-Primary[39]May 22, 2014$1,468,974$281,601$(152,654)$1,597,921
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2014$1,597,921$439,933$(71,635)$1,966,219
Running totals
$2,591,165.9$(732,453.05)

2012

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

Bera won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bera's campaign committee raised a total of $3,632,282 and spent $3,531,711.[41] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Bera spent $25.00 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Bera 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.[43]

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.[44]

Bera most often votes with:

Bera least often votes with:

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, Bera's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,147,078 and $8,109,993. That averages to $5,128,535, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Bera ranked as the 73rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[45]

Ami Bera Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$5,128,535
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.

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, Bera has voted with the Democratic Party 89.2% of the time. This ranked 184th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[46]

Personal

Bera lives in Elk Grove, California with his wife, Janine, and daughter, Sydra.[47]

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References

  1. Modesto Bee, "Outcome in tight Lungren-Bera contest could take weeks," November 8, 2012
  2. Sacramento Bee, "Ami Bera ousts Rep. Dan Lungren in congressional race," November 15, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Ami Bera," accessed June 13, 2013
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  28. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 14, 2014
  29. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  30. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  31. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Ami Bera," accessed March 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Ami Bera July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Ami Bera 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Ami Bera," accessed April 2, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Ami Bera," accessed July 31, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets, "Ami Bera (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
  47. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bio
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