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Charles J. Fleischmann
Charles Fleischmann.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 3
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorZach Wamp (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.86 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,788,811
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, 1983
J.D.University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1986
Personal
BirthdayOctober 11, 1962
Place of birthOoltewah, Tennessee
Net worth$2,419,459
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Charles J. Fleischmann (b. October 11, 1962, in Ooltewah, Tennessee) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee. Fleischmann represents Tennessee's 3rd congressional district was first elected in 2010. He won re-election in 2012.

Fleischmann was part of the wave of Republicans first elected in the 2010 midterm elections.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Fleischmann is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Fleischmann's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1983: Graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 1986: Graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Fleischmann serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education

2011-2012

Fleischmann served on the following committees:[3]

  • Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Science, Space, and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Environment (Science, Space, and Technology)
  • Small Business
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology

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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Fleischmann's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

Syria intervention

As of September 3, 2013, Fleischmann had not decided if he supported strikes on Syria. He said, "So far, the overwhelming opinion of my constituents—and this is subject to change—is to not get involved in a military way in Syria. I'm still listening; I'm still asking people to call in. This is a very important vote, and this is absolutely something that I'm going to continue to do up until the time of the vote—listening to my constituents." He added, "We're in a region of the world that is extremely dangerous. It is literally a tinderbox, and the unforeseen consequences without a plan or with a plan could lead to an escalation of hostilities we can't control. That gives me pause, hesitancy and concern as I approach this process."[6]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann voted in support of 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.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann voted in support of 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Fleischmann voted in opposition 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.[7]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann voted in support 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann support the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann supported 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.[11] The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[13]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Fleischmann supported 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.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Fleischmann voted against 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Fleischmann's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Economy: "The adoption of policies that promote business investment, lower taxes and reduce the regulatory burdens on business will create the strong economic force needed to turn our economy around."
  • Energy: "It is imperative to our national security that the United States becomes energy independent."
  • Education: "Tennessee needs an education system that provides its students with the skills that are necessary to compete and succeed in life."[16]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Fleischmann was re-elected.[17] Fleischmann was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 3rd District. Fleischmanna had sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was April 5, 2012. He faced Mary Headrick (D) and Matthew Deniston (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18]

According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that noted the top 10 incumbents who could lose their primaries, Fleischmann was the 3rd most likely incumbent to lose his primary.[19] The article cited competition from Weston Wamp in the primary as the main reason for his vulnerability.[19]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mary Headrick 35.5% 91,094
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles J. Fleischmann Incumbent 61.5% 157,830
     Independent Matthew Deniston 3.1% 7,905
Total Votes 256,829
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Fleischmann Incumbent 39.1% 29,947
Ron Bhalla 1.2% 926
Weston Wamp 28.7% 21,997
Scottie Mayfield 31% 23,779
Total Votes 76,649

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fleischmann is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fleischmann raised a total of $2,788,811 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[21]

Charles Fleischmann's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 3) Won $1,412,229
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 3) Won $1,376,582
Grand Total Raised $2,788,811

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 Fleischmann's reports.[22]

Charles Fleischmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]4/15/2013$21,214.65$99,942.00$(12,376.31)$108,780.34
July Quarterly[24]7/15/2013$108,780.34$200,210.00$(87,602.34)$221,388.00
Running totals
$300,152$(99,978.65)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Fleischmann's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Fleischmann won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Fleischmann's campaign committee raised a total of $1,412,229 and spent $1,398,210.[25]

Cost per vote

Fleischmann spent $8.86 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Fleischmann won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Fleischmann's campaign committee raised a total of $1,376,582 and spent $1,345,924.[26]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

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.[27]

Fleischmann most often votes with:

Fleischmann least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fleischmann is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 26, 2013.[28]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Fleischmann missed 31 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.8%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[29]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Fleischmann paid his congressional staff a total of $847,577 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[30]

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, Fleischmann's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,567,464 and $3,271,454. That averages to $2,419,459, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 11.17% from 2010.[31]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Fleischmann's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,098,812 to $3,348,803. That averages to $2,723,807.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[32]

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. Fleischmann was 1 of 2 members who ranked 86th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[33]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Fleischmann was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 21st in the conservative rankings.[34]

Voting with party

2013

Charles J. Fleischmann voted with the Republican Party 99.5% of the time, which ranked 5th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[35]

Personal

Charles J. Fleischmann is married to Brenda. They have 3 children.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress "Fleischmann," Accessed June 26, 2013
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Proudly Representing the 3rd District of Tennessee "Committees and Caucuses"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Nooga.com, "Rep. Scott DesJarlais opposes Syria intervention, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann still undecided", accessed September 3, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fleischmann's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Vote Smart, "Fleischmann on agriculture", accessed October 15, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fleischmann's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fleischmann's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Fleischmann on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. Chuck for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 10, 2012
  17. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  18. Associated Press primary results
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Washingotn Post "The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries" Accessed April 1, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Charles Fleischmann," Accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Fleischmann 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  23. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  24. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Fleischmann Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Charles J. Fleischmann 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  27. OpenCongress, "Charles Fleischmann," Accessed August 6, 2013
  28. Gov Track "Charles Fleischmann," Accessed June 26, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Fleischmann," Accessed April 10, 2013
  30. LegiStorm, "Charles J. Fleischmann," Accessed September 18, 2012
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Fleischmann (R-Tenn), 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Charles J. Fleischmann (R-Tennessee), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  33. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Zach Wamp
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 3
2011–present
Succeeded by
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