Cedric Richmond

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Cedric Richmond
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U.S. House, Louisiana, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJoseph Cao (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,077,330
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
2000-2011
Education
High schoolBenjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bachelor'sMorehouse College
J.D.Tulane University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 13, 1973
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$27,502
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Cedric Levon Richmond (b. September 13, 1973, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 2nd congressional district. Richmond was first elected to the House in 2010.

Richmond won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 2nd District. Richmond, the incumbent, defeated Gary Landrieu (D), Dwayne Bailey (R), Josue Larose (R), and Caleb Trotter (L) in the November 6 blanket primary.[1][2]

Richmond previously was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2000 to 2011.[3]

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

Biography

Richmond was born in 1973 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he also attended high school. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College and his J.D. from Tulane University.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Richmond's political career[3]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Richmond serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Richmond served on the following House committees:[5]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

The followings are issues highlighted at Richmond's campaign website.[6]

  • Excerpt: On Crime - "Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation, yet our crime rate is still unacceptably high. It is clear that the “lock them up and throw away the key” approach to crime isn’t working. Instead, what we need to stop simply reacting to crime after it happens, and start finding ways to prevent it."[7]
  • Excerpt: On the Economy- " That’s why I am committed to investing in a strong and more educated workforce that has economic security and is better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21stcentury... One way I believe we can do this is with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC reduces or eliminates the taxes that low-income, married or single working people pay (such as payroll taxes)."[8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Richmond 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.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Richmond is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Louisiana's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Richmond ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 2nd District. Richmond, the incumbent, defeated Gary Landrieu (D), Dwayne Bailey (R), Josue Larose (R), and Caleb Trotter (L) in the November 6 blanket primary.[10][11] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates did not receive a majority of the vote on that date, they went to a runoff, to be held on December 8.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCedric Richmond Incumbent 55.2% 158,501
     Democratic Gary Landrieu 25% 71,916
     Republican Dwayne Bailey 13.5% 38,801
     Republican Josue Larose 3.9% 11,345
     Libertarian Caleb Trotter 2.4% 6,791
Total Votes 287,354
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Media

Richmond's most recent ad can found at his campaign website.[12]


Cedric Richmond, "Accountable"[13]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Richmond is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Richmond raised a total of $2,077,330 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7,2013.[15]

Cedric Richmond's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 2) Won $937,451
2010 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 2) Won $1,139,879
Grand Total Raised $2,077,330

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 Richmond's reports.[16]

Cedric Richmond (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]4/15/2013$15,411.75$136,625.00$(26,482.85)$125,553.90
July Quarterly[18]7/15/2013$125,553.90$190,532.57$(80,247.08)$235,839.39
Running totals
$327,157.57$(106,729.93)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Richmond's campaign funds for the 2012 election.

Richmond won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Richmond's campaign committee raised a total of $937,451 and spent $826,311.[19] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[20]

Cost per vote

Richmond spent $5.21 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Richmond won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Richmond's campaign committee raised a total of $1,139,879 and spent $1,134,506.[21]

U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Cedric Richmond Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,139,879
Total Spent $1,134,506
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,079,915
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,097,806
Top contributors to Cedric Richmond's campaign committee
Hertz Investment Group$14,400
Metro Disposal$14,300
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$191,100
Leadership PACs$73,350
Public Sector Unions$54,000
Lobbyists$40,159
Candidate Committees$39,000

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Richmond is a "moderate Democratic follower," as of June 18, 2013.[22]

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.[23]

Richmond most often votes with:

Richmond least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Richmond missed 73 of 1,695 roll call vote from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013s. This amounts to 4.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Richmond paid his congressional staff a total of $834,040 in 2011. He ranks 9th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 81st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranks 37th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[25]

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, Richmond's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$47,994 and $102,998. This averages to $27,502, which is a 44.74% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Richmond's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-48,996 and $86,998. That averages to $19,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[27]

Political Positions

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Cedric Richmond was ranked the 120th most liberal representative during 2012. This is the most liberal ranking held by a representative of Louisiana.[28]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Cedric Richmond was ranked the 94th most liberal representative during 2011. This ranking is the most liberal possessed by a representative of Louisiana. [29]

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, Cedric Richmond has voted with the Democratic Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 150th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[30]

Recent news

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Personal

Richmond lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.[31]

External links


References

  1. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Cedric Richmond" Accessed November 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 15, 2011
  6. Richmond's Campaign Website
  7. Richmond's Campaign Website
  8. Richmond's Campaign Website
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  11. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  12. Richmond's Campaign Website
  13. YouTube channel
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Cedric Richmond" Accessed April 7, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Cedric Richmond 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  20. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Cedric Richmond 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  22. Gov Track "Richmond" Accessed June 18, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Cedric Richmond," Accessed August 2, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Cedric Richmond," Accessed April 1, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Cedric Richmond"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Richmond, (D-Louisiana), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Richmond, (D-Louisiana), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  31. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 17, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Cao
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 2
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Louisiana House of Representatives
2000-2011
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