Carolyn McCarthy

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Carolyn McCarthy
Carolyn McCarthy.jpeg
U.S. House, New York, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDan Frisa (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,415,990
Term limitsN/A
Education
OtherGlen Cove Nursing School
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 5, 1944
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionNurse
Net worth$3,821,686
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Carolyn McCarthy (b. January 5, 1944) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. McCarthy was elected by voters from New York's 4th congressional district.

She ran for re-election in 2012. Politico reports that redistricting has made the 4th district less Democratic.[1] She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

McCarthy announced in early June 2013 that she is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.[3] She reported that it is a “treatable form of cancer” and says she expects to “miss activities in Washington” as she undergoes treatment, but will return to work after recovering.[3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCarthy is a "moderate Democratic leader".[4]

Biography

McCarthy was born in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her nursing credentials from Glen Cove Nursing School in 1964.[5]

Career

After becoming licensed, McCarthy was a nurse specializing in intensive care until entering public service.[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McCarthy serves on the following committees:[7]

2011-2012

McCarthy served on the following committees:[8]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

McCarthy listed several of her campaign themes on her website:[11]

  • Education
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security
  • Women's Health

Political positions

Specific votes

McCarthy voted for TARP.[12] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[13]

McCarthy also supported the auto bailout.[14] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[15]

In addition, McCarthy voted for the stimulus bill.[16] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [17]

McCarthy also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[18] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[19]

McCarthy supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[20] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[21]

Finally, McCarthy voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[22] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[23]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" McCarthy 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. She 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.[24]

Elections

See also: New York's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

2012

McCarthy ran for re-election in 2012. Because of New York's redistricting, her new territory was not as favorable to McCarthy. She was unopposed in the primaries for the Democratic, Working Families and Independence parties. [1] She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[25]

U.S. House, New York District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn McCarthy Incumbent 54.7% 163,955
     Republican Francis Becker Jr. 28.6% 85,693
     Conservative Frank Scaturro 5.2% 15,603
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 11.4% 34,233
Total Votes 299,484
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCarthy is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, McCarthy raised a total of $12,415,990 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[34]

Carolyn McCarthy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 4) Won $2,277,999
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 4) Won $1,684,444
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 4) Won $1,336,619
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 4) Won $1,441,801
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 4) Won $1,769,151
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 4) Won $1,902,514
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 4) Won $2,003,462
Grand Total Raised $12,415,990

Individual breakdown

2012

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

McCarthy won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McCarthy's campaign committee raised a total of $2,278,000 and spent $1,860,331.[35]

2010

Breakdown of the source of McCarthy's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
McCarthy was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for an eighth term. Her campaign committee raised a total of $1,684,444 and spent $1,726,969.[36]
U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Carolyn McCarthy Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,684,444
Total Spent $1,726,969
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $307,510
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $303,149
Top contributors to Carolyn McCarthy's campaign committee
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$15,000
Painters & Allied Trades Union$15,000
Air Line Pilots Assn$10,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Assn/Oral & Maxillofacial Surg$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$105,110
Education$81,614
Insurance$81,100
Securities & Investment$71,100
Retired$67,172

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, McCarthy missed 488 of 11,071 roll call votes from Jan 1997 to Apr 2013, which is 4.4% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[37]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McCarthy paid her congressional staff a total of $1,004,877 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[38]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, McCarthy was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. McCarthy's staff was given an apparent $4,617.00 in bonus money.[39]

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, McCarthy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,746,189 to $5,897,184. That averages to $3,821,686, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 1.81% from 2010.[40]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCarthy's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,678,161 to $5,829,156. Averaging to a net worth of $3,753,658.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[41]

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. McCarthy tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 158th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[42]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McCarthy tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 151th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[43]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Carolyn McCarthy voted with the Democratic Party 90.9% of the time, which ranked 139th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[44]

Recent news

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Personal

McCarthy is a lifelong resident of Mineola, New York. She married Dennis McCarthy in 1967 and they raised one son, Kevin. Carolyn has two grandchildren, Denis and Grace.[45]

McCarthy announced in early June 2013 that she is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.[3] She reported that it is a “treatable form of cancer” and says she expects to “miss activities in Washington” as she undergoes treatment, but will return to work after recovering.[3][46]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico "Incumbents at risk in final N.Y. map," March 19, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Politico "Rep. Carolyn McCarthy has lung cancer" Accessed June 4, 2013
  4. Gov Track "McCarthy" Accessed May 14, 2012
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McCARTHY, Carolyn, (1944 - )"
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McCARTHY, Carolyn, (1944 - )"
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  8. Congressman Carolyn McCarthy, Representing New York's Fourth District "Carolyn's Committees"
  9. The Committee on Financial Services "Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises"
  10. Education & the Workforce Committee "Members, Subcommittees & Jurisdictions"
  11. Campaign website "Issues"
  12. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  13. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  14. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  15. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  16. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  17. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  19. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  20. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  21. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  22. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  23. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  24. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Carolyn McCarthy" March 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Carolyn McCarthy 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Carolyn McCarthy 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 7, 2011
  37. GovTrack, "Carolyn McCarthy" Accessed March 26, 2013
  38. LegiStorm, "Carolyn McCarthy," Accessed October 2, 2012
  39. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  40. OpenSecrets.org "Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  42. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  45. Congressman Carolyn McCarthy, Representing New York's Fourth District "Biography"
  46. Electoral Vote "Rep. Carolyn McCarthy Has Lung Cancer" Accessed June 12, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Frisa
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 4
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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