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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 Sherman's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H6CA24113 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Brad Sherman Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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[[File:Brad Sherman Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Sherman's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]

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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
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]

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

Campaign themes

2012

Sherman's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]'

  • 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."

Specific votes

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 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.[8]

Elections

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 June 5, 2012, blanket primary, 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 November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10] Sherman was considered a vulnerable incumbent. [11]

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.[12]

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.[21]

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.[22]

Brad Sherman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$47,778.49$181,071.37$(181,761.79)$47,088.07
July Quarterly[24]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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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 he 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.[29]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[30]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

Voting with party

2013

Brad Sherman voted with the Democratic Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 43rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[34]

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. Campaign website, Issues
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  10. Unofficial election results
  11. New York Times "House Ratings" accessed October 3
  12. The Washington Post, "Berman-Sherman debate turns nasty, in a House race that is already heated," October 12, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Brad Sherman," Accessed March 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Brad Sherman Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  23. 'Federal Election Commission "Brad Sherman April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  24. 'Federal Election Commission "Brad Sherman July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Brad Sherman 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Brad Sherman 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 6, 2011
  27. Gov Track "Brad Sherman," Accessed June 7 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Brad Sherman," Accessed April 2, 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Brad Sherman"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Sherman, (D-Cali), 2011"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Sherman, (D-Cali), 2010"
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. 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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