Bob Gibbs

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Bob Gibbs
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U.S. House, Ohio, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSteve Austria (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.57 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,673,332
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ohio State Senate
2009-2010
Ohio House of Representatives
2003-2008
Education
Bachelor'sOhio State University Agriculture Technology Institute
Personal
BirthdayJune 14, 1954
Place of birthPeru, Indiana
ProfessionTechnician, Farmer, Small Business Owner
Net worth$1,573.525
ReligionUnited Methodist Church
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bob Gibbs (b. June 14, 1954, in Peru, IN) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio. Gibbs represents Ohio's 7th Congressional District. He was first elected in 2010, representing Ohio's 18th Congressional District. Due to redistricting, he won re-election to the 7th District in 2012.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Gibbs served in the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.[1]

Gibbs is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. Gibbs ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014.

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

Biography

Gibbs was born in Peru, Indiana. He earned an A.A.S. from Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Gibbs' academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Gibbs serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials

2011-2012

Gibbs served on the following committees:[4]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Gibbs's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Gibbs 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Gibbs voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Gibbs voted for 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.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[10] 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.[11] Gibbs voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Nay3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[13] 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. Gibbs voted against HR 2775.[14]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Gibbs 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.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Gibbs 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Gibbs 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.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Gibbs 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.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Gibbs 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.[20]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Bob Gibbs' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Gibbs is a Hard-Core Conservative. Gibbs received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 77 percent on economic issues.[21]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[22]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[21]

Elections

2014

See also: Ohio's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Gibbs is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014.[23]

Gibbs is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[24]

2012

See also: Ohio's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Gibbs won re-election to the U.S. House, to represent Ohio's 7th District. He defeated Hombre Liggett in the March 6 Republican primary and faced Joyce Healy-Abrams (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[25]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[26] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for ninth on the list.[26]

U.S. House, Ohio District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joyce Healy-Abrams 43.6% 137,708
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Gibbs Incumbent 56.4% 178,104
Total Votes 315,812
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Ohio's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Gibbs Incumbent 79.9% 54,067
Hombre Liggett 20.1% 13,621
Total Votes 67,688

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gibbs is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gibbs raised a total of $2,673,332 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[28]

Bob Gibbs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 7) Won $1,550,088
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 18) Won $1,123,244
Grand Total Raised $2,673,332

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gibbs’ reports.[29]

Bob Gibbs (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$234,651.89$87,263.17$(36,344.33)$285,570.73
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$285,570.00$294,554.94$(51,014.25)$529,110.69
October Quarterly[32]October 14, 2013$529,110.69$264,324.34$(57,471.95)$735,963.08
Year-End Quarterly[33]December 31, 2013$735,963.00$59,950.00$(39,657.00)$756,255.00
April Quarterly[34]April 14, 2014$760,754.50$84,950.00$(147,269.30)$698,435.20
Running totals
$791,042.45$(331,756.83)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Gibbs' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Gibbs won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gibbs' campaign committee raised a total of $1,550,088 and spent $1,347,806.[35]

Cost per vote

Gibbs spent $7.57 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Gibbs won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gibbs' campaign committee raised a total of $1,123,244 and spent $1,090,872.[36]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Gibbs' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $722,052 to $2,424,998. That averages to $1,573.525, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Gibbs ranked as the 172nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[37] Between 2009 and 2012, Gibbs' calculated net worth[38] increased by an average of 26 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[39]

Bob Gibbs Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$879,162
2012$1,573,525
Growth from 2009 to 2012:79%
Average annual growth:26%[40]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[41]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gibbs is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of August 2014.[42] This was the same rating Gibbs received in June 2013.

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.[43]

Gibbs most often votes with:

Gibbs least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Gibbs missed 21 of 2,726 roll call votes from January 2011 to August 2014. This amounts to 0.8 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gibbs paid his congressional staff a total of $854,569 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.[44]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Gibbs ranked 86th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[45]

2012

Gibbs ranked 64th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[46]

2011

Gibbs ranked 26th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[47]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Gibbs voted with the Republican Party 96.3 percent of the time, which ranked 22nd among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.[48]

2013

Gibbs voted with the Republican Party 98.4 percent of the time, which ranked 17th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[49]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Gibbs," accessed June 20, 2013
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "GIBBS, Bob, (1954 - )"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressman Bob Gibbs, 18th District of Ohio, "Committee Assignments"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 On The Issues, "Bob Gibbs Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  22. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  23. Associated Press, "Ohio Primary Election Results," accessed May 7, 2014
  24. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  25. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  26. 26.0 26.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Bob Gibbs," accessed March 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 7, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  35. Open Secrets, "Bob Gibbs 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Bob Gibbs 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  37. Open Secrets, "Gibbs (R-Ohio), 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  38. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  39. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  40. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  41. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  42. 42.0 42.1 GovTrack, "Bob Gibbs," accessed August 19, 2014
  43. OpenCongress, "Bob Gibbs," accessed August 19, 2014
  44. LegiStorm, "Bob Gibbs," accessed September 25, 2012
  45. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 19, 2014
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 7, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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