Betty Sutton

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Betty Sutton
Betty Sutton.jpg
U.S. House, Ohio, District 13
Retired Representative
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ohio House of Representatives
Member/Vice-President, Summit County Council
Barberton City Council
Bachelor'sPolitical Science, Kent State University, 1985
J.D.University of Akron School of Law, 1990
Date of birthJuly 31, 1963
Place of birthBarberton, Ohio
Net worth$438,511
Office website
Campaign website
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Betty Sue Sutton (b. July 31, 1963) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio. Sutton represents Ohio's 13th congressional district and was first elected in 2006. Due to redistricting, she ran for re-election in 2012 to District 16 and lost to incumbent Jim Renacci (R).

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sutton is a "far-left Democrat".[1]


Sutton was born in Barberton, Ohio. She earned a B.A. from Kent State University in 1985, and a J.D. from the University of Akron in 1990.[2]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Sutton served on the following committees:[3]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Sutton 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.[4]



See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

Sutton was considered a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio in 2014. She ultimately decided against entering the race in March 2013.[5][6][7]


See also: Ohio's 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Sutton was defeated by incumbent Jim Renacci.[8] Sutton ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Ohio's 13th District. Sutton ran unopposed in the March 6, 2012 Democratic primary.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[9] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[9]

After redistricting, Sutton faced another incumbent, Jim Renacci, in November. She was considered a vulnerable incumbent.[10]

In the final two weeks before the election, candidate James B. Renacci changed his plans to air tv advertisements. He had slots reserved for these two weeks, but since Cleveland is home to close races for Senate, House and Presidential elections, he decided that the market was saturated and that continuing to advertise on TV would not help him reach undecided voters. His opponent, 13th District incumbent Betty Sutton, continued to advertise.[11]

U.S. House, Ohio District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Betty Sutton 48% 170,600
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames B. Renacci Incumbent 52% 185,165
Total Votes 355,765
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


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

On November 2, 2010, Sutton won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Tom Ganley (R) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 13 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Sutton Incumbent 55.7% 118,806
     Republican Tom Ganley 44.3% 94,367
Total Votes 213,173


2012 Election

A Normington, Petts and Associates poll, conducted June 26-28, 2012, showed Sutton with a slim lead over rival and fellow incumbent Rep. Jim Renacci.[13]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 16, 2012
Poll Betty Sutton (D) Jim Renacci (R)Margin of ErrorSample Size
(June 26-28, 2012)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Sutton's reports.[14]

Betty Sutton (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$438,897.49$391,357.30$(46,489.16)$783,765.63
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$783,765.63$294,127.70$(174,182.85)$903,710.48
Running totals

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic incumbent Betty Sutton outraised Republican incumbent Jim Renacci in the third quarter. Sutton raised $594,000 and has $1,214,000 in cash-on-hand while Renacci raised $551,000 and has $1,021,000 in cash-on-hand.[17]


Sutton won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Sutton's campaign committee raised a total of $1,799,214 and spent $1,781,137.[18]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sutton paid her congressional staff a total of $957,654 in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 30th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Sutton's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $78,023 to $798,999. That averages to $438,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 28.52% from 2010.[20]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Sutton's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $328,023 to $899,000. This averages out to $613,511.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[21]

National Journal vote ratings

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. Sutton tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 135th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[22]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Sutton ranked 89th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[23]

Percentage voting with party

Betty Sutton voted with the Democratic Party 94.3% of the time, which ranked 32 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[24]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Gov Track "Betty Sutton" Accessed April 18, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SUTTON, Betty, (1963 - )"
  3. U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, Representing Ohio's 13th Congressional District "Committee Assignments"
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. The Plain Dealer, "Former Rep. Betty Sutton will not run for governor," March 22, 2013
  6. Plain Dealer, "Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to pass on rematch with John Kasich," January 8, 2013
  7. Plain Dealer, "Former Rep. Betty Sutton is seriously considering a campaign for governor," January 10, 2013
  8. Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  10. New York Times "House Ratings" Accessed October 3
  11. NYT: The Caucus "Ohio House Candidate Cancels Advertising Buy" Accessed October 26, 2012
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. "Poll shows Rep. Betty Sutton with slight lead over Rep. Jim Renacci" Accessed July 6, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Betty Sutton's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012
  15. [h Federal Election Commission "Betty Sutton April Quarterly," Accessed July 17, 2012]
  16. Federal Election Commission "Betty Sutton July Quarterly," Accessed October 5, 2012
  17. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  18. Open Secrets "Betty Sutton 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  19. LegiStorm, "Betty Sutton," Accessed September 25, 2012
  20. "Betty Sue Sutton (D-Ohio), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  21., "Betty Sue Sutton (D-Ohio), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Sherrod Brown
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio District 13
Succeeded by
Tim Ryan (D)
Preceded by
Ohio House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member & Vice President, Summit County Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Barberton City Council
Succeeded by