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Lee won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 13th congressional district elections, 2012|13th District]] as a [[Democrat]].<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/OFFICIAL-CALIFORNIA-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-Endorsement-Results1.pdf ''California Democratic Party'' "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
 
Lee won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 13th congressional district elections, 2012|13th District]] as a [[Democrat]].<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/OFFICIAL-CALIFORNIA-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-Endorsement-Results1.pdf ''California Democratic Party'' "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Lee is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/barbara_lee/400237 ''Gov Track'' "Barbara Lee" Accessed April 14, 2012]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==

Revision as of 11:51, 11 June 2013

Barbara Lee
Barbara Lee.JPG
U.S. House, California, District 13
Incumbent
In office
1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRonald V. Dellums (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedApril 7, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,593,131
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
1996-1998
California State Assembly
1990-1996
Education
Bachelor'sMills College
Master'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Personal
BirthdayJuly 16, 1946
Place of birthEl Paso, Texas
ProfessionSocial Worker
Net worth$534,507
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Barbara Jean Lee (b. July 16, 1946) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 13th congressional district. Lee was first elected to the House in 1998 in a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of U.S. Representative Ron Dellums.

Lee won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 13th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lee is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Lee was born in El Paso, Texas. She earned a B.A. from Mills College in 1973, and an M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lee serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Lee served on the following committees:[5]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Lee 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.[6]

2012

Campaign themes

Lee's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • Arts & Culture
Excerpt: "The cities in our congressional district have one signature export in common—creativity. The Thirteenth Congressional District deserves a thriving arts economy that supports a greater numbers of artists. "
  • Civil Rights
Excerpt: "Our society has made significant progress in the last half century in terms of becoming a more just nation for all of its peoples. But we still have a long way to go. We must level the playing field and offer every individual an equal opportunity to realize his or her potential."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "A real economic recovery for our urban centers will take time and patience along with thoughtful investment in our collective future. A "cuts only" budget strategy does not address the jobs crisis being experienced in our congressional district, and in every corner of the country. "
  • Education
Excerpt: "Support for public education is a long-standing American value. Over the last 20 years, however, school funding has needlessly become a political football. We must resolve to provide ladders of opportunity to make certain that all children have equal access to a quality public education that will prepare them for college or a living-wage job."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Protecting our environment is critical to the stability of the nation. Implementing eco-friendly policies will not only improve the quality of life for our residents —it will provide a pathway for economic revitalization and the strengthening of our national security. As a country, we must prioritize the implementation of comprehensive environmental policies that reflect our values. In so doing, we will achieve the goals of protecting our people as well as our planet. "

Elections

2012

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

Lee won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 13th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 9th by redistricting. She and Marilyn Singleton (Ind) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Justin Jelincic (D). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

U.S. House, California District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Lee Incumbent 86.8% 250,436
     Independent Marilyn M. Singleton 13.2% 38,146
Total Votes 288,582
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 13 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Lee (D) Incumbent 83.1% 94,709
Green check mark transparent.pngMarilyn Singleton (NPP) 11.8% 13,502
Justin Jelincic (D) 5% 5,741
Total Votes 113,952

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lee is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Lee raised a total of $6,593,131 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[17]

Barbara Lee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 13) Won $1,167,291
2010 US House (California, District 9) Won $1,156,049
2008 US House (California, District 9) Won $1,051,437
2006 US House (California, District 9) Won $965,875
2004 US House (California, District 9) Won $871,025
2002 US House (California, District 9) Won $889,322
2000 US House (California, District 9) Won $492,132
Grand Total Raised $6,593,131

2012

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

Lee won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lee's campaign committee raised a total of $1,167,291 and spent $1,148,467.[18]

2010

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

Lee won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Lee's campaign committee raised a total of $1,156,049 and spent $1,156,304.[19]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 9, 2010 - Barbara Lee Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,156,049
Total Spent $1,156,304
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Barbara Lee's campaign committee
Kazan, McClain et al$16,850
Gilead Sciences$15,650
California Waste Solutions$12,400
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,200
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$91,900
Real Estate$57,600
Health Professionals$50,100
Building Trade Unions$46,800
Retired$44,990

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lee is a "far-left Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[20]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Lee missed 291 of 10,319 roll call votes from April 1998 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.8%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[21]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lee paid her congressional staff a total of $1,082,657 in 2011. He ranked 128th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 83rd overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[22]

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, Lee's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $272,014 and $797,000. That averages to $534,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 36.18% from 2010.[23]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lee's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $252,006 and $533,000. That averages to $392,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[24]

National Journal vote ratings

2011

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. Lee was 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.[25]

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, Barbara Lee has voted with the Democratic Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 145th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[26]

Personal

Lee is single and has two children.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Barbara Lee," Accessed November 2, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressman Barbara Lee, Proudly Serving California's 9th District "Committees & Caucuses"
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Campaign website, Issues
  8. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  9. Unofficial election results
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Barbara Lee," Accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Barbara Lee 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Barbara Lee 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  20. Gov Track "Barbara Lee," Accessed June 7 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Barbara Lee," Accessed April 2, 2013
  22. LegiStorm "Barbara Lee"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Lee, (D-Cali), 2011"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Lee, (D-Cali), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Dellums
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 13
1999-Present
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California State Senate
1996-1998
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California State Assembly
1990-1996
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