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Brad Sherman
Brad Sherman.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 30
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAdam Schiff (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$41.30 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,691,977
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 24, 1954
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionAccountant, Attorney
Net worth$1,446,508
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bradley James "Brad" Sherman (b. October 24, 1954, in Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 30th congressional district. Sherman was first elected to the House in 1996.

Sherman most recently won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 30th District. He defeated fellow Democratic incumbent Howard Berman in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from district 27 by redistricting.[2]

The primary battle between Howard Berman and Sherman made Politico's list of the 5 ugliest member vs. member battles.[3]

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

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Sherman's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sherman serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Sherman served on the following committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy
    • Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia

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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Sherman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Sherman 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.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Sherman 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.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Sherman voted against 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.[11]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Sherman 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.[12]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Sherman 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.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Sherman 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.[15]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Sherman 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.[16]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Sherman 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. He 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.[17]

Campaign themes

2012

Sherman's campaign website listed the following issues:[18]'

  • Fixing the Economy
Excerpt: "When the recession hit, Brad Sherman made job creation his top priority. He voted for legislation that saved or created more than 3 million jobs. As a result, construction was accelerated on transportation projects in the San Fernando Valley, like the 405-Sepulveda Pass freeway widening project."
  • Standing Up to Wall Street
Excerpt: "As a CPA and tax policy expert, Brad Sherman led the effort to oppose the Bush Administration’s TARP bailouts of Wall Street. He successfully fought to prevent future bailouts. He helped author the legislation to protect consumers from credit and mortgage fraud, increase capital requirements for banks, and end conflicts of interest for bond rating agencies. "
  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "Top Republican leaders are proposing privatizing Social Security and Medicare, cutting benefits, and raising the retirement age to 70. Brad Sherman strongly opposes all efforts to replace Social Security with private accounts that will place retirees at the mercy of the Wall Street."
  • Protecting the Environment
Excerpt: "Brad Sherman has been a strong environmental leader, providing critical support for the protection and expansion of park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains. He has worked to improve the Sepulveda Basin recreation area, and to build more local playgrounds, sports fields and bike lanes."
  • The U.S.-Israel Relationship
Excerpt: "For almost 15 years, I have served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I have been the lead Democratic member on the subcommittee dealing with Terrorism and Nonproliferation since 2003. Throughout my term in Congress, I have worked to support U.S. friendship and increased cooperation with Israel, our only close ally in the Middle East."
  • Strengthening U.S.-Armenia Ties
Excerpt: "As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I have focused on recognizing the Armenian Genocide, increasing funding to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and increasing military training aid for Armenia. I have also recently met with the President of Armenia as well as the Speaker of the Parliament of Nagorno-Karabakh to discuss strengthening ties between the United States, Armenia, and Artsakh."
  • The U.S.-Greece Relationship
Excerpt: "As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, I am a supporter of a strong U.S.-Greek relationship."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 30th congressional district elections, 2014

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

2012

See also: California's 30th congressional district elections, 2012

Sherman won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 30th District.[1] He was displaced from district 27 by redistricting. He and district 27 incumbent Howard Berman (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Vince Gilmore (D), Mark Reed (R), Susan Shelley (R), Navraj Singh (R) and Michael Powelson (Green). Sherman went on to defeat Berman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[19][20] Sherman was considered a vulnerable incumbent. [21]

The race between Sherman and Howard Berman heated up in a debate on October 11 when the two candidates nearly had a physical altercation. Berman moved over to Sherman's side of the stage and put a finger in his face. Sherman responded by putting his arm around Berman and asking "Do you want to get into this." A sheriff's deputy soon walked between the men, calming them down.[22]

U.S. House, California District 30 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Sherman Incumbent 60.3% 149,456
     Democratic Howard Berman Incumbent 39.7% 98,395
Total Votes 247,851
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 30 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Sherman (D) Incumbent 42.4% 40,589
Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Berman (D) Incumbent 32.4% 31,086
Mark Reed (R) 12.5% 11,991
Navraj Singh (R) 5.8% 5,521
Susan Shelley (R) 4% 3,878
Michael Powelson (G) 2.1% 1,976
Vince Gilmore (D) 0.8% 792
Total Votes 95,833

Full history


Polls

2012

Brad Sherman vs. Howard Berman
Poll Brad Sherman Howard BermanUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
(September 20, 2012)
45%32%23%+/-4628
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sherman is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Sherman raised a total of $10,691,977 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[31]

Brad Sherman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 30) Won $3,201,860
2010 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,743,592
2008 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,267,706
2006 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,262,634
2004 US House (California, District 27) Won $813,351
2002 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,227,124
2000 US House (California, District 24) Won $1,175,710
Grand Total Raised $10,691,977

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sherman's reports.[32]

Brad Sherman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$47,778.49$181,071.37$(181,761.79)$47,088.07
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$47,088.07$162,591.00$(127,669.24)$82,009.83
Running totals
$343,662.37$(309,431.03)

2012

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

Sherman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sherman's campaign committee raised a total of $3,201,860 and spent $6,172,614.[35] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

Cost per vote

Sherman spent $41.30 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Sherman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Sherman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,743,592 and spent $818,273.[37]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sherman is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Sherman most often votes with:

Sherman least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Sherman missed 131 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[40]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sherman paid his congressional staff a total of $949,870 in 2011. He ranked 48th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 200th overall of the lowest 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.[41]

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, Sherman's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $365,017 and $2,527,999. That averages to $1,446,508, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 16.44% from 2010.[42]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sherman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $499,019 and $2,962,998. That averages to $1,731,008.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[43]

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. Sherman ranked 113th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[44]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sherman ranked 85th in the liberal rankings.[45]

Voting with party

2013

Sherman voted with the Democratic Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 43rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[46]

Personal

Sherman and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "California incumbents seek new districts to call home", washingtonpost.com, August 11, 2011
  3. Politico "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles" Accessed April 18, 2012
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Brad Sherman," Accessed November 6, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congressman Brad Sherman, Serving the San Fernando Valley "Committee Assignments"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. Campaign website, Issues
  19. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  20. Unofficial election results
  21. New York Times "House Ratings" accessed October 3
  22. The Washington Post, "Berman-Sherman debate turns nasty, in a House race that is already heated," October 12, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Brad Sherman," Accessed March 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Brad Sherman Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  33. 'Federal Election Commission "Brad Sherman April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. 'Federal Election Commission "Brad Sherman July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Brad Sherman 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Brad Sherman 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 6, 2011
  38. Gov Track "Brad Sherman," Accessed June 7 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Brad Sherman," Accessed July 31, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Brad Sherman," Accessed April 2, 2013
  41. LegiStorm "Brad Sherman"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Sherman, (D-Cali), 2011"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Sherman, (D-Cali), 2010"
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Adam Schiff
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 30
1997-Present
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