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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Farenthold's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H0TX27061 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Blake Farenthold Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>  
 
Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Farenthold's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H0TX27061 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Blake Farenthold Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>  
  
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===2012===
 
===2012===

Revision as of 21:13, 6 November 2013

Blake Farenthold
Blake Farenthold.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 27
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSolomon P. Ortiz (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$9.80 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,769,723
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.St. Mary's University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 12, 1962
Place of birthCorpus Christi, Texas
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$24,222,549
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Randolph Blake Farenthold (b. December 12, 1962, in Corpus Christi, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Farenthold represents Texas' 27th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2010.

Farenthold most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Rose Meza Harrison (D), Corrie Byrd (L) and William Bret Baldwin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Farenthold is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Before entering politics, Farenthold had careers as a conservative radio show host, lawyer and owner of a computer consulting firm.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Farenthold serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Farenthold was a member of the following committees:[4]

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Farenthold's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Farenthold 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.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Farenthold voted for 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Farenthold voted for 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.[12]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Farenthold 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.[13]

Government shutdown
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Farenthold declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Farenthold voted for 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.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Farenthold voted for 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.[17]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Farenthold voted for 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.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Farenthold voted against 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. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[19]

Obama impeachment

Footage taken from a Texas open house shows Farenthold stating disappointment regarding the resolution of President Obama's birth certificate issues. He said, "I think unfortunately the House is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue. The original Congress, when his eligibility came up, should have looked into it and they didn’t. I’m not sure how we fix it." He went on to say, "If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted."[20]

2012

Redistricting made Farenthold's district much more conservative than when he won election in 2010 by defeating Democratic incumbent Solomon Ortiz. Thus, his re-election bid was a fairly safe one, but some voters think he is not conservative enough for this new district. "The district is so conservative that Farenthold would likely lose votes to a Libertarian and an independent challenger, in addition to squaring off with his Democratic opponent, Rose Meza Harrison."[21]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 27th congressional district elections, 2014

Farenthold is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 27th congressional district elections, 2012

Farenthold won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 27th District. He defeated John Grunwald, Don Al Middlebrook and Trey Roberts in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Rose Meza Harrison (D), Corrie Byrd (L) and William Bret Baldwin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[22]

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[23] Farenthold ranked 1st on the list.[23] The article notes that in redistricting the new Republican map moved Farenthold's district into "white, heavily Republican Corpus Christi, Texas."[23] Assuming no major Republican competition in a primary and the new map stood up to the legal challenges, Farenthold would go from an "accidental winner" in 2010[23] into a second-term incumbent in a safe Republican district.[23]

U.S. House, Texas District 27 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Farenthold Incumbent 56.8% 120,684
     Democratic Rose Meza Harrison 39.2% 83,395
     Independent Bret Baldwin 2.5% 5,354
     Libertarian Corrie Byrd 1.5% 3,218
Total Votes 212,651
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Farenthold Incumbent 70.8% 28,058
Trey Roberts 11.7% 4,653
Don Al Middlebrook 9.3% 3,676
John Grunwald 8.2% 3,256
Total Votes 39,643

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Farenthold is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Farenthold raised a total of $1,769,723 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[25]

Blake Farenthold's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 27) Won $1,153,105
2010 US House (Texas, District 27) Won $616,618
Grand Total Raised $1,769,723

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Farenthold's reports.[26]

Blake Farenthold (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$1,472.72$66,629.87$(36,183.09)$31,919.50
July Quarterly[28]July 13, 2013$31,919.50$107,528.43$(85,198.25)$54,249.68
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$54,249.68$180,288.55$(73,476.68)$161,061.55
Year-End[30]January 31, 2014$161,061$148,548$(92,132)$217,477
Pre-Primary[31]February 20, 2014$217,477$31,717$(61,664)$187,529
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$187,529$83,604$(31,205)$239,928
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2014$239,928$263,511$(83,539)$419,900
Running totals
$881,826.85$(463,398.02)

2012

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

Farenthold won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Farenthold's campaign committee raised a total of $1,153,105 and spent $1,182,936.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Farenthold spent $9.80 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Farenthold won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Farenthold's campaign committee raised a total of $616,618 and spent $565,898.[36]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Farenthold is a "moderate Republican follower" as of June 2013.[37]

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.[38]

Farenthold most often votes with:

Farenthold least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Farenthold missed 14 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.8%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[39]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Farenthold paid his congressional staff a total of $742,786 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

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, Farenthold's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $9,659,099 to $38,785,999. That averages to $24,222,549, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 9.12% from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Green's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $11,188,102 to $42,120,996. That averages to $26,654,549 which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[42]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Farenthold tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 82nd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[43]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Farenthold was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 148th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[44]

Voting with party

2013

Farenthold voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 41st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]

Personal

Farenthold and his wife, Debbie, have two children.[2]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official House website "Bio," Accessed November 1, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committees," Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. Committee on Homeland Security, Chairman Peter T. King "Subcommittee on Transportation Security"
  6. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Chairman John L. Mica "Members, Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment"
  7. Committee on Oversight & Government Reform "The Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform"
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  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 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. 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
  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. The Washington Post, "Rep. Farenthold says House could impeach Obama," August 12, 2013
  21. The Republic, "Redistricting means Farenthold likely safe, but is he conservative enough for new district?" October 27, 2012
  22. The New York Times, "Time in House Could Be Short for Republican Newcomers", July 4, 2011
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Blake Farenthold," Accessed March 25, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Blake Farenthold Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  34. Open Secrets "Blake Farenthold 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Texas District 27," Accessed November 1, 2011
  37. Gov Track "Blake Farenthold," Accessed June 7 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Blake Farenthold," Accessed August 2, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Blake Farenthold," Accessed April 2, 2013
  40. LegiStorm, "Blake Farenthold," Accessed September 13, 2012
  41. OpenSecrets.org "Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 27
2011-Present
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