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Chaka Fattah
Chaka Fattah.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 2
Incumbent
In office
1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorLucien Edward Blackwell (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,353,567
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania Senate
1988-1994
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1982-1988
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
Master'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1956
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Net worth$250,001
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Chaka Fattah (born Arthur Davenport on November 21, 1956) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania, representing Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district. He was first elected in 1994 and is currently serving his tenth term.

Fattah recently won re-election in 2012.[1] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Republican Robert Mansfield on November 6, 2012.

Fattah serves as the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations' Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the 113th Congress.

Prior to joining Congress, Fattah was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1988-1994 and of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before that, from 1982-1988.

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

Fattah is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Chaka Fattah was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Community College of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, he earned his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels School of State and Local Government in 1986, and also studied at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1984.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Fattah serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (Ranking member)
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

2011-2012

Fattah served on the following committees:[4]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Fattah 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.[5]

Elections

2014

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

Fattah 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 on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Fattah ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 2nd District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Republican Robert Mansfield in the November 6, 2012, election.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[6] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[6]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChaka Fattah Incumbent 89.3% 318,176
     Republican Robert Mansfield 9.4% 33,381
     Independent James Foster 1.4% 4,829
Total Votes 356,386
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fattah is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Fattah raised a total of $3,353,567 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 17, 2013.[16]

Chaka Fattah's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 2) Won $554,638
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 2) Won $458,055
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 2) Won $274,080
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 2) Won $1,080,364
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 2) Won $353,968
2002 US House (Pennsylvania, District 2) Won $302,141
2000 US House (Pennsylvania, District 2) Won $330,321
Grand Total Raised $3,353,567

2012

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

Fattah won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $554,638 and spent $525,952.[17]

2010

Fattah won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Fattah's campaign committee raised a total of $458,055 and spent $483,674.[18]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 2 Election, 2010 - Chaka Fattah Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $458,055
Total Spent $483,674
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $11,807
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $15,099
Top contributors to Chaka Fattah's campaign committee
Comcast Corp$21,000
Painters & Allied Trades Union$15,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
American Postal Workers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$45,800
Public Sector Unions$43,000
Building Trade Unions$35,000
TV/Movies/Music$27,500
Misc Unions$22,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fattah is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[19]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Fattah missed 928 of 12,417 roll call votes from January 1995 to April 2013. This amounts to 7.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. [20]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Fattah paid his congressional staff a total of $1,094,664 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

Net worth

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Fattah's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $150,002 and $350,000. That averages to $250,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[22]

2010

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, Fattah's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $150,002 to $350,000. That averages to $250,001 which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[23]

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. In 2012, Fattah ranked 115th among Democratic Representatives in the liberal rankings.[24][25]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Fattah was ranked 90th among Democratic members of the U.S. House in the liberal rankings.[26]

Voting with party

2013

Chaka Fattah voted with the Democratic Party 93.8% of the time, which ranked 94th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[27]

2011

Chaka Fattah voted with the Democratic Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 20th among the 192 House Democratic members as of Decemeber 2011.[28]

Recent news

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Personal

Chaka Fattah is married to Renee. They have 4 children.

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "FATTAH, Chaka, (1956 - )"
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Congressman Chaka Fattah, 2nd District of Pennsylvania "Committee Assignments"
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Chaka Fattah," Accessed April 17, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Chaka Fattah's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Chaka Fattah 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  19. Gov Track "Fattah" Accessed June 19, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Chaka Fattah," Accessed April 17, 2013
  21. LegiStorm, "Chaka Fattah," Accessed September 18, 2012
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Chaka Fattah (D-Pa), 2011"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Chaka Fattah (D-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  24. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  25. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucien Blackwell
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 2
1995–present
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Pennsylvania Senate
1988-1994
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1982-1988
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