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Revision as of 15:52, 13 September 2013
|U.S. House, Missouri, District 2|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Todd Akin (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Missouri|
|Birthday||Sept. 13, 1962|
|Place of birth||St. Louis, Missouri|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Campaign themes
- 4.2 Legislative actions
- 4.2.1 113th Congress
- 4.2.2 National security
- 4.2.3 Economy
- 4.2.4 Immigration
- 4.2.5 Healthcare
- 4.2.6 Social issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Wagner began her political career as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township before becoming the first woman hold the chair of the Missouri Republican Party.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wagner is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.
Wagner was born and raised in St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Business School in 1984, focusing on Logistics.
Wagner held management positions at Hallmark Cards and Ralston Purina. She served for 9 years as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township. She became the first woman to occupy the post of chair of the Missouri Republican Party in 1999. During her tenure as chair, Republicans in the state won historical gains. In 2001, she became co-chair of the Republican National Committee, and between 2005 and 2009, Wagner served as U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Wagner serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
On her campaign website, Wagner listed nine issues. They were:
- Job Creation
- Her campaign website said, "Ann understands that in order for businesses to grow and prosper entrepreneurs need certainty in government policies, most especially in the areas of tax, healthcare and energy. If Ann is elected to Congress, one of her biggest priorities will be to fight for job creators, whether it is a one-man shop or a large corporation. Ann will make decisions that minimize over-regulation and promote certainty so entrepreneurs can spend more time growing their business. Ann does not want businesses to simply survive in the Second District. She wants them to thrive."
- Spending & Debt
- Her campaign website said, "Ann knows that it is time to rein in spending before we mortgage our children’s future. She firmly believes that we owe future generations the chance to achieve their dream rather than the responsibility of paying off our debt. However, Ann understands that we cannot limit debt without controlling spending. She supports cutting up the government credit card and instituting a Balanced Budget Amendment that prevents government from spending more than it takes in. Ann also supports returning power to individual states. By doing so, costs will be lowered and the redundancy between the state and federal government will be eliminated."
- Her campaign website said, "Simply put, Ann believes that we must repeal Obamacare. She sides with the 71% of Missourians who voted in support of Proposition C to exempt Missouri from complying with the unconstitutional mandate. At a time when our country is already going broke, Ann understands that you cannot take an industry like healthcare that makes up one-sixth of the economy and shift the burden to the government. She supports free market principles that encourage individuals to take healthcare into their own hands and to make the decisions most suited to their lifestyle. Forced competition among carriers will not only drive costs down but will also improve the quality of care."
- Tax Reform
- Her campaign website said, "Ann supports a true overhaul of the current tax code. Seventy thousand-plus pages of tax policy put businesses and individuals at an unfair advantage. Businesses are forced to spend countless time and money focusing on what they must do to comply rather than on bettering their craft. Ann supports simplifying the code to make policies more straightforward and to eliminate tax loopholes. These measures will help provide businesses with real, long-term certainty in the tax structure that will promote innovation and job creation."
- National Security
- Her campaign website said, "Ann believes it is extremely important to support those who defend our freedom and fight for our country. As the mother of a son who serves in the military, Ann understands the sacrifices that the men and women of the military make for our safety and liberty. She supports giving deference to commanders on the ground to make the necessary assessments of security situations. Ann also believes in maintaining a strong relationship with Israel, an ally in the fight for freedom and peace in the Middle East."
- Restore Integrity
- Her campaign website said, "Ann believes that we do not need elected officials who are going to recycle the old way of doing things. She believes we need strong, effective, conservative leaders who will stand in the gap between the people and the federal government. Ann also supports a full ban on insider trading and believes we need to prevent the revolving door policy of legislators becoming lobbyists."
- Protecting the Unborn
- Her campaign website said, "Ann believes that life is truly our greatest gift from conception to natural death. In Congress, she will fight for the day when abortion is not only illegal but unthinkable. She will support the Hyde Amendment to bar federal funds from being used to pay for abortions and will work to defund Planned Parenthood and similar organizations."
- The Second Amendment
- Her campaign website said, "Ann is honored to be the only Republican candidate in this race to receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. Whether it is hunting, sporting and recreation, or for purposes of protection, Ann believes that the founding fathers meant for all law-abiding citizens to have the right to bear and maintain firearms as provided for by the Second Amendment. Ann supports recent decisions by the United State Supreme Court to strike down various gun bans and pledges her support in continuing the fight to protect this fundamental right for all individuals."
- Her campaign website said, "Whether it is clean coal, exploration drilling, solar, wind, natural gas, hydro, or creating a new pipeline like Keystone XL, Ann believes we need to have a true “all-of-the-above” approach to transforming our energy policy. In the 21st century global economy, it is crucial that we become less dependent on foreign energy sources and more reliant on what we already have to offer, which will in turn strengthen our national security and grow our economy. The St. Louis area is fortunate to have many energy interests such as Peabody, Ameren, Arch and Patriot and others, that call the region home. Focusing on a true “all-of-the-above” approach and fighting for energy independence will lead to more job creation and will ultimately be a stimulant for our economy. Ann also supports getting rid of the over-burdensome regulations set forth by agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency that destroy our energy independence, job growth and national security, and force employers to expend resources on unnecessary and extreme regulations."
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. For more information pertaining to Wagner's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Wagner voted in support of 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Wagner voted in opposition 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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Wagner voted in support 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
Wagner 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.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Wagner voted in support of 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. Clay was 1 of 144 Democrats who opposed the bill, while 44 voted for it.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Wagner voted in support of 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. 
Health Care Reform Rules
Wagner voted in support of 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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Wagner voted in support of 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.
Wagner voted in opposition of 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.
Wagner is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Wagner ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 2nd District. She won the nomination on the Republican ticket. Wagner defeated John Morris, James O. Baker and Randy Jotte in the August 7 primary. She won election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Missouri District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Missouri District 2 Republican Primary, 2012|
|James O. Baker||3.9%||3,185|
Comprehensive donor information for Wagner is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Wagner raised a total of $2,705,873 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Ann Wagner's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. (Missouri, District 2)||$2,705,873|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,705,873|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wagner's reports.
|Ann Wagner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||4/16/2013 (amended)||$205,509.73||$288,208.13||$(72,369.86)||$421,348.00|
Wagner won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Wagner's campaign committee raised a total of $2,705,873 and spent $2,500,363. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Wagner spent $10.55 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, 2012 - Ann Wagner Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$59,565|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$59,565|
|Top contributors to Ann Wagner's campaign committee|
|Jones Financial Companies||$38,000|
|Thompson Coburn LLP||$28,450|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$100,000|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Wagner missed 0 of 92 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 
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.
Wagner most often votes with:
Wagner least often votes with:
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Wagner's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,276,087 and $7,446,000. That averages to $5,361,043, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Wagner has three children with her husband, Ray.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Ann + Wagner + Missouri + House
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- State of Missouri, "November 6, 2013 General Election," accessed May 30, 2013
- Wagner for Congress, "Meet Ann," accessed May 30, 2013
- St. Louis Business Journal, "Wagner confirmed as ambassador to Luxembourg," June 17, 2005
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Ann Wagner, "Issues," accessed September 12, 2014
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Ann Wagner's Political Summary," accessed September 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Wikipedia, "An Act to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees," accessed September 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
- Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," August 9, 2013
- STLToday.com "Field is set in Missouri elections" April 3, 2012
- AP Results "U.S. House in Missouri Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results"
- Politico, "5 primaries to watch," accessed April 18, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Ann Wagner," accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner for Congress July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- GovTrack, "Ann Wagner," accessed March 26, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Ann Wagner," accessed July 29, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Ann L. Wagner (R-Mo), 2011"
- Official Campaign Site "About Ann" accessed January 16, 2012
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