Brian Bilbray

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Brian Bilbray
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U.S. House, California, District 50
Former member
In office
1995-2001, 2006-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 6, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Supervisor, San Diego County
1984-1994
Mayor, City of Imperial Beach
1978-1984
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1951
Place of birthCoronado, California
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Campaign website
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Brian Bilbray (b. January 28, 1951) was a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 50th congressional district from 2007 to 2013.

Bilbray ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 52nd District as a Republican. He was displaced from district 50 by redistricting.[1] Challenger Scott Peters (D) defeated Bilbray (R) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after polls closed.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bilbray was a "rank-and-file Republican."[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Bilbray served on the following committees:[5]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Brian Bilbray endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Campaign themes

2012

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

  • Afghanistan
Excerpt: "Since October 2001, our men and women in uniform have fought bravely to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. We cannot forget that in eight years, United States Forces and her allies have removed the Taliban from power, helped develop a new democratic Afghan government, and formed an Afghan National Security Force that is increasingly tasked with military operations."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "The future success of our American Republic rests with its most valuable asset, its citizens. For our nation to continue to lead the world, we need to put the health and well-being of our citizens first."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "As Chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, I have worked across party lines to secure our border and fight against amnesty. As a nation, we need to ensure respect for the laws of this country and fairness for the millions of immigrants who came here legally and have waited in line."
  • Renewable Energy and the Environment
Excerpt: "In this time of wide partisan divides, I think there is something that everyone -whether they’re Democrat, Republican, or Independent – agree on! I think we agree that the economic and environmental future of this nation depends on our development of clean, new, domestic energy technologies."
  • Spending and the Deficit
Excerpt: "Washington has a spending problem. Unfortunately, their spending problem is our problem, since we have to pay the bill. The proposed federal budget next year is $3.6 trillion dollars — more than twice the budget in 1996! Do you feel Washington is doing twice as good of a job? Of course not."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Bilbray 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 85 Republicans 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 52nd congressional district elections, 2012

Bilbray ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 52nd District as a Republican. He was displaced from district 50 by redistricting. He and Scott Peters (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Lori Saldana (D), Shirley Decourt-Park (D), Gene Hamilton Carswell (R), Wayne Iverson (R), John Stahl (R), John Subka (R), Jack Doyle (Independent), and Ehab Shehata (Independent). Peters defeated Bilbray in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

U.S. House, California District 52 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters 51.2% 151,451
     Republican Brian Bilbray Incumbent 48.8% 144,459
Total Votes 295,910
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 52 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Bilbray (R) Incumbent 43.1% 61,930
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters (D) 23.7% 34,106
Lori Saldana (D) 23.2% 33,387
John Stahl (R) 3.8% 5,502
Wayne Iverson (R) 3.1% 4,476
Shirley Decourt-Park (D) 1.6% 2,368
John Subka (R) 0.8% 1,091
Gene Hamilton Carswell (R) 0.6% 828
Total Votes 143,688

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bilbray won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Francine Busby (D), Lars Grossmith (Libertarian), and Miriam Clark (Peace and Freedom) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, California District 50 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Bilbray Incumbent 56.7% 142,247
     Democratic Francine Busby 39% 97,818
     Libertarian Lars Grossmith 2.2% 5,546
     Peace and Freedom Miriam Clark 2.2% 5,470
Total Votes 251,081

Campaign donors

2012

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

Bilbray did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bilbray's campaign committee raised a total of $2,659,541 and spent $2,772,270.[12]

2010

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

Bilbray won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Bilbray's campaign committee raised a total of $1,207,757 and spent $1,104,328.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bilbray paid his congressional staff a total of $993,305 in 2011. He ranked 53rd on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 173rd overall of the highest 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.[14]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Bilbray was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Bilbray's staff was given an apparent $6,717.25 in bonus money.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bilbray's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,111,014 and $1,434,004. That averages to $1,272,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

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. Bilbray ranked 195th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[17]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bilbray ranked 210th in the conservative rankings.[18]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Brian Bilbray voted with the Republican Party 90.2% of the time, which ranked 185 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[19]

Personal

Bilbray and his wife, Karen, have five children.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Duke Cunningham
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 50
2006-2013
Succeeded by
Duncan Hunter
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U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 50
1995-2001
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Supervisor, San Diego County
1984-1994
Succeeded by
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Mayor, City of Imperial Beach
1978-1984
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