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Chris Van Hollen
Chris van Hollen.jpg
U.S. House, Maryland, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorConnie Morella (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.91 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,070,702
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State Senate
1994-2002
Maryland House of Representatives
1990-1994
Education
Bachelor'sSwarthmore College
Master'sHarvard University
J.D.Georgetown University Law School
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 10, 1959
Place of birthKarachi, Pakistan
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$89,503
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Van Hollen campaign logo
Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. (b. January 10, 1959, in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 8th congressional district. Van Hollen was first elected to the House in 2002 and won re-election on November 6, 2012 defeating challenger George English in the Democratic primary. [1]

Van Hollen announced on August 21, 2013, his intention to file a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over the agency's criteria for tax-exempt social welfare groups.[2]

Van Hollen is set to run for re-election in Maryland's 8th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Van Hollen served as a member of both the Maryland House of Representatives and the Maryland State Senate.[3]

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

Biography

Van Hollen was born in 1959 in Karachi, Pakistan, where his father worked as a foreign service officer. He earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College, his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 1982, 1985, and 1990, respectively. Prior to his political career, Van Hollen worked as an attorney.[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Van Hollen serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Van Hollen served on the following House 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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Van Hollen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Van Hollen submitted a special report to CNN on August 29, 2013, detailing his opinion on the situation with Syria.[8] In the report, he details three lessons from Iraq he believe can guide intervention in Syria and says President Obama must present clear evidence of Assad regime culpability.[8] Also in the report he says the U.S. must take strong action to punish Assad regime in order to deter use of chemical weapons and the mission must be clearly defined and achievable at an acceptable cost.[8]

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday on September 15, 2013, Van Hollen said he will not criticize President Obama's handling of the U.S. response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syria, noting that the administration has reached a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.[9]

"I look at results, and the result could not be more in line with the president's objective," Van Hollen said. "We've gone beyond just deterring the future use of chemical weapons to a plan to actually destroy [Syria President Bashar al-Assad's] chemical weapons stockpile."[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Van Hollen voted against 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" Van Hollen 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 "No" Van Hollen voted against 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]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Van Hollen 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.[10]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[12] 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.[13] Van Hollen voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Voted "Yes" 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.[15] 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. Van Hollen voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Van Hollen voted against 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Van Hollen voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Van Hollen voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Lawsuit against IRS

Van Hollen announced on August 21, 2013, that he will file a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over the agency's criteria for tax-exempt social welfare groups.[2]

The lawsuit will look at a discrepancy in the way federal law defines eligibility requirements for a 501(c)(4) group versus the way the IRS defines such groups, with the main differences coming down to two words: 'exclusively' and 'primarily.'.[2] The federal tax code states that a 501(c)(4) group is tax-exempt if the non-profit is "operated exclusively" to promote social welfare.[2] To meet the IRS social welfare requirements, an organization must "operate primarily to further the common good and general welfare of the people of the community." In other words, a group can participate in political advocacy, as long as its "primary" work benefits a larger community.[2]

The wording in IRS regulations has caused confusion amid the 2013 scandal in which the IRS admitted to applying extra scrutiny to 501(c)(4) groups with names tied to political activism. The controversy sparked numerous congressional hearings and a change in management at the agency.[2] While conservative groups with the names "tea party" and "patriot" were initially revealed as some of the targeted organizations, the IRS inspector general later said that groups with the word "progressive"–a common name found in liberal organizations–were also on a list of criteria for extra scrutiny.[2]

Van Hollen, the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, will file and initiate the suit against the Treasury Department and the IRS. Along with the group Democracy 21, other plaintiffs in the suit include the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen.[2]

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Van Hollen voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Van Hollen 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 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.[17]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2014

Van Hollen 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: Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Van Hollen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 8th District. Van Hollen defeated challenger George English in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[18] He defeated Republican challenger Ken Timmerman in the November general election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[19]

General election

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 63.4% 217,531
     Republican Ken Timmerman 32.9% 113,033
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 2.1% 7,235
     Green George Gluck 1.5% 5,064
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 393
Total Votes 343,256
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Maryland, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 92.2% 35,989
George English 7.8% 3,041
Total Votes 39,030

Endorsements

Van Hollen was endorsed by the organizations below.[20]

  • Clean Water Action
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Education Association Fund
  • NOW PAC
  • Ocean Champions (formerly Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus)
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • Sierra Club

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chris Van Hollen is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Chris Van Hollen raised a total of $12,070,702 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[26]

Chris Van Hollen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Maryland, District 8) Won $1,502,329
2010 U.S. House (Maryland, District 8) Won $1,901,713
2008 U.S. House (Maryland, District 8) Won $2,317,139
2006 U.S. House (Maryland, District 8) Won $1,676,534
2004 U.S. House (Maryland, District 8) Won $1,702,772
2002 U.S. House (Maryland, District 8) Won $2,970,215
Grand Total Raised $12,070,702

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 Hollen’s reports.[27]

Chris Van Hollen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$1,996,171.25$67,203.75$(422,691.87)$1,640,683.13
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$1,640,683.13$173,809.62$(83,361.67)$1,731,131.08
October Quarterly[30]October 13, 2013$1,731,131.08$74,512.60$(62,083.28)$1,743,560.40
Year-end[31]January 31, 2014$1,743,560$100,060$(75,778)$1,767,841
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$1,767,841$129,873$(66,209)$1,831,505
Running totals
$545,458.97$(710,123.82)

2012

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

Van Hollen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Van Hollen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,502,330 and spent $1,413,822.[33]

Cost per vote

Van Hollen spent $6.91 per vote recieved in 2012.

2010

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

Van Hollen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Van Hollen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,901,713 and spent $2,570,775.[34]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Van Hollen is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 24, 2013.[35]

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.[36]

Van Hollen most often votes with:

Van Hollen least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Van Hollen missed 98 of 7,661 roll call votes from Jan 2003 to Mar 2013, which is 1.3% of votes during that period. This is better 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. Van Hollen paid his congressional staff a total of $1,102,671 in 2011. He ranked 51st on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 64th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranked 11th 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]

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, Van Hollen's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $33,006 and $146,000. This averages to $89,503, which is a 69.81% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[39]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Van Hollen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $148,007 and $445,000. That averages to $296,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[40]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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, Van Hollen was ranked the 64th most liberal representative during 2012.[41]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Chris Van Hollen was ranked the 114th most liberal representative during 2011.[42]

Voting with party

June 2013

Chris Van Hollen voted with the Democratic Party 93.4% of the time, which ranked 71 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[43]

Personal

Van Hollen lives in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife, Katherine, and their three children.[44]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 CNN.com, "Democratic congressman to sue the IRS," accessed August 21, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Chris Van Hollen," Accessed December 1, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," Accessed December 1, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 CNN.com, "On Syria, learn from U.S. mistakes in Iraq," accessed August 29, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "Rep. Chris Van Hollen: I won’t second-guess Obama on Syria," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Votesmart, "Chris Van Hollen Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named primary
  19. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results"
  20. Van Hollen's Campaign Website
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Chris Van Hollen," Accessed May 16, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Chris Van Hollen 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Van Hollen April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Van Hollen July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  33. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Chris Van Hollen 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 1, 2011
  35. GovTrack, "Van Hollen," Accessed May June 24, 2013
  36. OpenCongress, "Chris Hollen," Accessed August 5, 2013
  37. GovTrack, "Chris Van Hollen," Accessed April 2013
  38. LegiStorm, "Chris Van Hollen"
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Van Hollen, (D-Maryland), 2011"
  40. OpenSecrets.org, "Van Hollen, (D-Maryland), 2010"
  41. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  42. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  43. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  44. Official House Site, "Biography," Accessed December 1, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Morella
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 8
2003–present
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Maryland State Senate
1994-2002
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Maryland House of Representatives
1990-1994
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