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
Cost per vote$11.35 in 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
Carloyn McCarthy (b. January 5, 1944, in Brooklyn, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 4th congressional district. McCarthy was first elected to the House in 1996 and is currently serving her ninth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against Francis Becker.

McCarthy currently serves on the Committee on Higher Education and the Workforce as well as the Committee on Financial Services .

McCarthy is running for re-election on November 4, 2014 .

McCarthy announced in early June 2013 that she is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.[1] 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.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, McCarthy is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.

Biography

McCarthy was born in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her nursing credentials from Glen Cove Nursing School in 1964.[2]

Career

After becoming licensed, McCarthy was a nurse specializing in intensive care before entering public service.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McCarthy serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

McCarthy served on the following committees:[5]

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to McCarthy's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Neutral/Abstain McCarthy did not cast a vote on 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.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Neutral/Abstain McCarthy did not cast a vote on 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 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" McCarthy voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" McCarthy voted in favor of 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Neutral/Abstain McCarthy did not vote on the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Neutral/Abstain On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] McCarthy did not vote on the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Neutral/Abstain The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. McCarthy did not vote on HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Neutral/Abstain McCarthy did not cast a vote on 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" McCarthy has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Neutral/Abstain McCarthy did not vote on HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

McCarthy voted for TARP.[23] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[24]

McCarthy also supported the auto bailout.[25] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[26]

In addition, McCarthy voted for the stimulus bill.[27] 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. [28]

McCarthy also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[29] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[30]

McCarthy supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[31] 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.[32]

Finally, McCarthy voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[33] 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.[34]

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 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.[35]

Campaign themes

2012

McCarthy listed several of her campaign themes on her website:[36]

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

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

McCarthy is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New York's 4th congressional district elections, 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. [37] She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[38]

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.[47]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McCarthy’s reports before she announced that she would not seek re-election in 2014.[48]

Carolyn McCarthy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[49]April 12, 2013$564,947.39$317,007.69$(246,798.68)$635,156.40
July Quarterly[50]July 15, 2013$635,156.40$233,588.86$(222,664.65)$646,080.61
Year-End Quarterly[51]12/31/2013$683,205$45,813$(78,676)$649,440
Running totals
$596,409.55$(548,139.33)

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.[52]

Cost per vote

McCarthy spent $11.35 per vote received in 2012.

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.[53]
U.S. House, New York District 4, 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

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCarthy is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of June 12, 2013.[54]

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.[55]

McCarthy most often votes with:

McCarthy least often votes with:

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.[56]

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.[57]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, McCarthy is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. McCarthy's staff was given an apparent $4,617.00 in bonus money.[58]

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, 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.[59]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[60]

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.[61]

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.[62]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Carolyn McCarthy has voted with the Democratic Party 91% of the time, which ranked 160 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[63]

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. She has two grandchildren, Denis and Grace.[64]

McCarthy announced in early June 2013 that she is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.[1] 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.[1][65]

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Politico "Rep. Carolyn McCarthy has lung cancer" Accessed June 4, 2013
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McCARTHY, Carolyn, (1944 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McCARTHY, Carolyn, (1944 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressman Carolyn McCarthy, Representing New York's Fourth District "Carolyn's Committees"
  6. The Committee on Financial Services "Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises"
  7. Education & the Workforce Committee "Members, Subcommittees & Jurisdictions"
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carolyn McCarthy's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 2, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "McCarthy on agriculture", accessed October 2, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carolyn McCarthy's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 2, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Carolyn McCarthy's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 2, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "McCarthy on abortion," accessed October 2, 2013
  23. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  24. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  25. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  26. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  27. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  28. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  29. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  30. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  31. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  32. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  33. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  34. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  35. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  36. Campaign website "Issues"
  37. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pol
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  46. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
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  49. Federal Election Commission, "Carolyn McCarthy Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  50. Federal Election Commission, "Carolyn McCarthy July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  51. Federal Election Commission, "Carolyn McCarthy Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
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  53. Open Secrets "Carolyn McCarthy 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 7, 2011
  54. Gov Track "McCarthy" Accessed June 12, 2013
  55. OpenCongress, "Carolyn McCarthy," Accessed August 6, 2013
  56. GovTrack, "Carolyn McCarthy" Accessed March 26, 2013
  57. LegiStorm, "Carolyn McCarthy," Accessed October 2, 2012
  58. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  59. OpenSecrets.org "Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  60. OpenSecrets.org, "Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  61. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  62. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  63. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  64. Congressman Carolyn McCarthy, Representing New York's Fourth District "Biography"
  65. 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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