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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
Cost per vote$4.59 in 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, in El Paso, Texas) 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 most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 13th District. She defeated Independent Marilyn Singleton in the general election. [1] She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.[2]

Lee began her political career in the California State Assembly, where she served from 1991 to 1997. She then served in the California State Senate from 1997 until she was elected to the U.S. House in 1998.

Lee is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

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 Lee's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by Lee calling for a congressional resolution on strikes, cautioning that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[8][9] The letter also calls on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons.[8][9]

NDAA

Voted "No" Lee voted against 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Lee 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 that was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Lee voted against 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.[12]

Economy

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.[13] 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.[14] Lee voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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 funds 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.[16] 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. Lee voted for HR 2775.[17]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Lee voted against 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.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Lee 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Lee 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.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Lee 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.[22]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Lee, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[23]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

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 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.[25]

Campaign themes

2012

Lee's campaign website listed the following issues:[26]

  • 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

2014

See also: California's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Lee is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 9th by redistricting. She and Marilyn Singleton (Ind) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Justin Jelincic (D). Lee then defeated Singleton in the general election on November 6, 2012.[27][28]

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.[36]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lee's reports.[37]

Barbara Lee (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 14, 2013$45,180.59$69,482.55$(84,858.43)$29,804.71
July Quarterly[39]July 14, 2013$29,804.71$178,925.82$(110,755.06)$97,975.47
October Quarterly[40]October 14, 2013$97,975.47$111,504.89$(157,897.99)$51,582.37
Year-End[41]January 30, 2014$51,582$145,649$(95,983)$101,247
Running totals
$505,562.26$(449,494.48)

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.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Lee spent $4.59 per vote received in 2012.

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.[44]

Her 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.[45]

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.[46]

Lee most often votes with:

Lee least often votes with:

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.[47]

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 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.[48]

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, 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.[49]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[50]

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.[51]

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, 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.[52]

Personal

Lee is single and has two children.

Recent news

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See also

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. 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. 8.0 8.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," Accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  24. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  25. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  26. Campaign website, Issues
  27. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  28. Unofficial election results
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Barbara Lee," Accessed March 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Barbara Lee Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  42. Open Secrets "Barbara Lee 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets "Barbara Lee 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  45. Gov Track "Barbara Lee," Accessed June 7 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Barbara Lee," Accessed July 31, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Barbara Lee," Accessed April 2, 2013
  48. LegiStorm "Barbara Lee"
  49. OpenSecrets.org, "Lee, (D-Cali), 2011"
  50. OpenSecrets.org, "Lee, (D-Cali), 2010"
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Dellums
U.S. House of Representatives - California
1999-Present
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California State Senate
1996-1998
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California State Assembly
1990-1996
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