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Howard McKeon
Howard McKeon.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 25
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
PredecessorEdward R. Roybal (D)
Leadership
California Republican Central Committee
1988-1992
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,070,934
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Santa Clarita
1987-1988
Chairman and Trustee of William S. Hart Union High School District Board
1978-1987
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 9, 1938
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionSmall Businessman, Banker
Net worth$137,501
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Howard Philip "Buck" McKeon (b. September 9, 1938 in Los Angeles, California) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 25th congressional district. McKeon was first elected to the House in 1992.

McKeon most recently won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 25th District. He defeated Lee Rogers (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

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

Biography

McKeon was born in Los Angeles, California. He earned his B.S. from Brigham Young University in 1985.[3]

Career

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

McKeon also worked as a business owner and as a bank executive.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McKeon serves on the following committees: [5]

2011-2012

McKeon served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Buck McKeon endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

Campaign themes

2012

McKeon's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • Bringing jobs to our district
Excerpt: "Getting Americans back to work needs to be a top priority in Washington. California has been one of the hardest hit states during this Great Recession. California’s unemployment rate continues to be well over 11 percent, and nationally unemployment has been at or above 8 percent for 38 consecutive months- the longest such stretch of unemployment since the Great Depression. I am fighting to get the people of California`s 25th district back to work."
  • Restoring a strong American economy
Excerpt: " The American people deserve a fair, simple and competitive tax code, and the American taxpayer deserves transparency and accountability in how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent."
  • Educating our future generation of leaders
Excerpt: " The education of our children is one of the most important investments we can make to ensure a bright future for our country. As the global marketplace becomes more competitive, it is imperative that we lay the foundation for a more skilled and educated workforce. This requires that we ensure our children receive the best education that is available to them."
  • Ensuring a strong national defense
Excerpt: "In Congress I am currently the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, where I lead the charge to protect our country’s national security and provide for our troops. I believe a robust national defense is key to the long term success of our country. I wholeheartedly believe in President Reagan’s philosophy of “Peace through Strength.”"
  • Implementing an all-of-the-above energy investment
Excerpt: "With gas and energy prices continuing to rise, it is imperative we must address our nation’s failing energy policies. Americans need affordable, clean, safe, and abundant energy supplies, and our national security depends on alleviating our dependence on foreign oil. More than ever, we must be focused on increasing our energy independence."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" McKeon 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.[9]

Controversies

Wife salary from campaign

McKeon currently pays his wife, Patricia McKeon a $78,000/year salary from his campaign committee. As a congressman he is prohibited from personally profiting from his campaign contributions. However there is no such prohibition against a spouse receiving such payments. Congressman McKeon states that "Patricia gets paid by the campaign as a senior staff member for handling multiple critical elements."[10] Since 2007 she has received over $264,000, including a bonus of $4,600 in January of 2007. The payments made from the campaign to Patricia McKeon over this time period were the highest among congressional representatives who paid family members.[11]

Countrywide VIP Loan

Mckeon was named in a January 2012 Wall Street Journal article as having potentially received favorable terms on a 1999 home loan from Countrywide because of his position in congress[12]. Under congressional rules this could be determined to be a gift and therefore illegal. His campaign committee accepted donations from Countrywide PAC[13], the political action committee of Countrywide, totaling $3,500[14] and an additional $13,500[15] to a PAC, 21st Century PAC controlled by the McKeons[16].

In a response to news inquiries about his knowledge of the loan discounts McKeon stated, "If I had known we had got a good deal then I would have gotten all my loans from Countrywide."[17]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 25th congressional district elections, 2012

McKeon won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 25th District.[1] He and Lee Rogers (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Dante Acosta (R) and Cathie Wright (R). McKeon went on to defeat Rogers in the November 6, 2012, general election.[18][19]

U.S. House, California District 25 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBuck McKeon Incumbent 54.8% 129,593
     Democratic Lee Rogers 45.2% 106,982
Total Votes 236,575
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 25 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBuck McKeon (R) Incumbent 50.5% 39,997
Green check mark transparent.pngLee Rogers (D) 29.7% 23,542
Dante Acosta (R) 13.1% 10,387
Cathie Wright (R) 6.6% 5,215
Total Votes 79,141

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McKeon is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, McKeon raised a total of $8,070,934 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[30]

Buck McKeon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 25) Won $1,980,079
2010 US House (California, District 25) Won $1,254,590
2008 US House (California, District 25) Won $1,051,219
2006 US House (California, District 25) Won $1,253,498
2004 US House (California, District 25) Won $961,848
2002 US House (California, District 25) Won $866,346
2000 US House (California, District 25) Won $703,354
Grand Total Raised $8,070,934

2012

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

McKeon won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McKeon's campaign committee raised a total of $1,980,079 and spent $1,769,400.[31]

2010

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

McKeon won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, McKeon's campaign committee raised a total of $1,254,590 and spent $1,334,144.[32]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 25, 2010 - Buck McKeon Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,254,590
Total Spent $1,334,144
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $3,890
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $4,172
Top contributors to Buck McKeon's campaign committee
Lockheed Martin$52,000
Northrop Grumman$50,500
Boeing Co$28,900
General Dynamics$20,000
Fashion Inst of Design & Merchandising$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Defense Aerospace$169,900
Misc Defense$95,000
Defense Electronics$75,000
General Contractors$46,100
Education$45,100

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McKeon is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[33]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, McKeon missed 335 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[34]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McKeon paid his congressional staff a total of $986,789 in 2011. He ranked 62nd on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 191st 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.[35]

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, McKeon's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $85,002 and $190,000. That averages to $137,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 17.02% from 2010.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McKeon's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $50,002 and $184,999. That averages to $117,500.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[37]

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. McKeon ranked 97th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[38]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McKeon ranked 139th in the conservative rankings.[39]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Buck McKeon has voted with the Republican Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 161st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

McKeon and his wife, Patricia, have six children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "UPDATE: Doctor says he's running for Congress", the-signal.com, August 8, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McKEON, Howard P. (Buck), (1938 - )"
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Howard P. (Buck) McKeon," Accessed November 6, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. U.S. Congressman Buck McKeon, 25th District of California "Committees"
  7. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Knot, Alex (26 July 2011). "House Spouses Make Good Money From Campaigns", Roll Call. 
  11. Kelley, Matt (17 June 2007). "Lawmakers used campaign funds to pay relatives", USA Today. 
  12. Emshwiller, John (14 January 2012). "Lawmakers Tied to VIP Loan Program", The Wall Street Journal. 
  13. "FEC Disclosure Search - Countrywide PAC". Federal Election Commission. http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/com_supopp/C00282731/. 
  14. "FEC Disclosure Search - 21st Century PAC". Federal Election Commission. http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/com_rcvd/C00315747/. 
  15. "FEC Disclosure Search - 21st Century PAC". Federal Election Commission. http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/com_rcvd/C00258244/. 
  16. "21st Century PAC - Congressman Buck McKeon". 21st Century PAC. http://www.21stcenturypac.com/. 
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named mckeon-signal
  18. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  19. Unofficial election results
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Buck McKeon," Accessed March 22, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Buck McKeon 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Howard McKeon 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 6, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Buck McKeon," Accessed June 7 2013
  34. GovTrack, "Buck McKeon," Accessed April 2, 2013
  35. LegiStorm "Buck McKeon"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "McKeon, (R-Cali), 2011"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "McKeon, (R-Cali), 2010"
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward R. Roybal
U.S. House of Representatives - California
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Mayor of Santa Clarita, California
1987-1988
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Chairman and Trustee of William S. Hart Union High School District Board
1978-1987
Succeeded by
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