|U.S. House, Texas, District 27|
|January 3, 2011-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Solomon P. Ortiz (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas|
|J.D.||St. Mary's University|
|Birthday||December 12, 1962|
|Place of birth||Corpus Christi, Texas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Before entering politics, Farenthold had careers as a conservative radio show host, lawyer, and owner of a computer consulting firm.
Farenthold serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements
- Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and The Census - Chair
- United States House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet]]
- Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Farenthold was a member of the following committees:
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways & Transit
- Oversight and Government Reform Committee
- Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management
- Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
- Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
Redistricting has 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."
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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
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 November 6, 2012, general election.
In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting. Farenthold ranked 1st on the list. The article notes that in redistricting the new Republican map moved Farenthold's district into "white, heavily Republican Corpus Christi, Texas." 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 into a second-term incumbent in a safe Republican district.
|U.S. House, Texas District 27 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Blake Farenthold Incumbent||56.8%||120,684|
|Democratic||Rose Meza Harrison||39.2%||83,395|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 27 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Blake Farenthold Incumbent||70.8%||28,058|
|Don Al Middlebrook||9.3%||3,676|
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.
|Blake Farenthold's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 27)||$1,153,105|
|2010||US House (Texas, District 27)||$616,618|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,769,723|
|Blake Farenthold (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$1,472.72||$66,629.87||$(36,183.09)||$31,919.50|
|July Quarterly||July 13, 2013||$31,919.50||$107,528.43||$(85,198.25)||$54,249.68|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 27th Congressional District, 2012 - Blake Farenthold Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$383,986|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$333,457|
|Top contributors to Blake Farenthold's campaign committee|
|Kiewit Offshore Services||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$97,252|
Ideology and leadership
The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.
Farenthold most often votes with:
Farenthold least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
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. 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.
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.
Voting with party
Blake Farenthold voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 41st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Farenthold and his wife, Debbie, have two children.
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- Media coverage:
- Collected news and commentary at The Texas Tribune
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Official House website "Bio," Accessed November 1, 2011
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Official House website "Committees," Accessed November 1, 2011
- Committee on Homeland Security, Chairman Peter T. King "Subcommittee on Transportation Security"
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Chairman John L. Mica "Members, Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment"
- Committee on Oversight & Government Reform "The Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform"
- The Republic, "Redistricting means Farenthold likely safe, but is he conservative enough for new district?" October 27, 2012
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- The New York Times, "Time in House Could Be Short for Republican Newcomers", July 4, 2011
- The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Blake Farenthold," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Blake Farenthold Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Blake Farenthold April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Blake Farenthold July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Open Secrets "Blake Farenthold 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets "2010 Race: Texas District 27," Accessed November 1, 2011
- Gov Track "Blake Farenthold," Accessed June 7 2013
- OpenCongress, "Blake Farenthold," Accessed August 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Blake Farenthold," Accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Blake Farenthold," Accessed September 13, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org "Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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