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|Place of birth = Karachi, Pakistan
 
|Place of birth = Karachi, Pakistan
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
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{{tnr}}'''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  [[Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]  defeating challenger [[George English]] in the [[Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012|Democratic primary]]. <ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico,'' "2012 Election Map, Maryland"]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''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  [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]  defeating challenger [[George English]] in the [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|Democratic primary]]. <ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico,'' "2012 Election Map, Maryland"]</ref>
  
 
Van Hollen announced on August 21, 2013, an intention to file a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over the agency's criteria for tax-exempt social welfare groups.<ref name="irs"/>
 
Van Hollen announced on August 21, 2013, an intention to file a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over the agency's criteria for tax-exempt social welfare groups.<ref name="irs"/>
  
Van Hollen is set to run for re-election in [[Maryland's 8th congressional district]] in the general election on [[Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]].
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Van Hollen is set to run for re-election in [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District]] in the general election on [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014|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]].<ref name="bioguide"/>
 
Prior to his congressional career, Van Hollen served as a member of both the [[Maryland House of Representatives]] and the [[Maryland State Senate]].<ref name="bioguide"/>
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*[[Maryland House of Representatives]], 1990-1994
 
*[[Maryland House of Representatives]], 1990-1994
 
*[[Maryland State Senate]], 1994-2002
 
*[[Maryland State Senate]], 1994-2002
*[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Maryland's 8th congressional district]], 2003-Present
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*[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District]], 2003-Present
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Controversy===
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====Clinton hit list====
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Van Hollen said his presence on a “political hit list” maintained by [[Hillary Clinton]] aides is news to him, and said it was an “unsolved mystery.”<ref name="hitlist">[http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/195237-van-hollen-not-sure-why-hes-on-clinton-hit-list#ixzz2qJ5huZUP ''The Hill,'' "Van Hollen not sure why he's on hit list," accessed January 13, 2014]</ref>
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“I'm trying to figure out this last one. ... As I say, it's an unsolved mystery and maybe someone will pick up the phone and tell me,” Van Hollen said. “Again, this assumes that this is a true report.”<ref name="hitlist"/>
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===Legislative actions===
 
===Legislative actions===
 
====113th Congress====
 
====113th Congress====
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"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."<ref name="sunday"/>
 
"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."<ref name="sunday"/>
  
=====Department of Homeland Security Appropriations=====
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/6098/chris-van-hollen-jr ''Project Votesmart,'' "Chris Van Hollen Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/6098/chris-van-hollen-jr ''Project Votesmart,'' "Chris Van Hollen Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>
  
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act=====
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Oppose vote}} Van Hollen voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====National Defense Authorization Act=====
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
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====Immigration====
 
====Immigration====
=====Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition=====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
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====Social issues====
 
====Social issues====
 
=====Lawsuit against IRS=====
 
=====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.<ref name="irs">[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/21/democratic-congressman-to-sue-the-irs/ ''CNN.com,'' "Democratic congressman to sue the IRS," accessed August 21, 2013]</ref>
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Van Hollen announced on August 21, 2013, an intention to file a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over the agency's criteria for tax-exempt social welfare groups.<ref name="irs">[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/21/democratic-congressman-to-sue-the-irs/ ''CNN.com,'' "Democratic congressman to sue the IRS," accessed August 21, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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.'.<ref name="irs"/> 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.<ref name="irs"/> 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.<ref name="irs"/>
 
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.'.<ref name="irs"/> 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.<ref name="irs"/> 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.<ref name="irs"/>
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===2014===
 
===2014===
  
:: ''See also: [[Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
 
Van Hollen is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
 
Van Hollen is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Van Hollen ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Maryland, 2012|Maryland's]] [[Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012|8th District]].  Van Hollen defeated challenger [[George English]] in the [[Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012|Democratic primary]] on April 3, 2012.<ref name="primary"/> He defeated Republican challenger [[Ken Timmerman]] in the November general election.
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Van Hollen ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Maryland, 2012|Maryland's]] [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|8th District]].  Van Hollen defeated challenger [[George English]] in the [[Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|Democratic primary]] on April 3, 2012.<ref name="primary"/> He defeated Republican challenger [[Ken Timmerman]] in the November general election.
  
 
The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/results/primary/gen_results_2012_3_00808.html ''Maryland State Board of Elections,'' "2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
 
The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/results/primary/gen_results_2012_3_00808.html ''Maryland State Board of Elections,'' "2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/chris_van_hollen/400415 ''GovTrack,'' "Chris Van Hollen," Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Van Hollen missed 98 of 7,661 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/chris_van_hollen/400415 ''GovTrack,'' "Chris Van Hollen," Accessed April 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
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===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00013820&year=2011''OpenSecrets.org,'' "Van Hollen, (D-Maryland), 2011"]</ref>
 
  
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Van Hollen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $47,006 and $181,000. That averages to '''$114,003,''' which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Van Hollen ranked as the 376th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00013820&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org,'' "Van Hollen (D-MD), 2012"]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00013820&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org,'' "Van Hollen, (D-Maryland), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[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.
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.  
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
According to the data released in 2013, Van Hollen was ranked the 64th most liberal representative during 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
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Van Hollen ranked 64th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
According to the data released in 2012, Chris Van Hollen was ranked the 114th most liberal representative during 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Van Hollen ranked 114th in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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==See also==
 
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014]]
 
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==External links==
 
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Revision as of 15:58, 21 January 2014

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$114,003
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, an 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

Controversy

Clinton hit list

Van Hollen said his presence on a “political hit list” maintained by Hillary Clinton aides is news to him, and said it was an “unsolved mystery.”[6]

“I'm trying to figure out this last one. ... As I say, it's an unsolved mystery and maybe someone will pick up the phone and tell me,” Van Hollen said. “Again, this assumes that this is a true report.”[6]

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Van Hollen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

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.[9] In the report, he explained three lessons from Iraq he believe can guide intervention in Syria and says President Obama must present clear evidence of Assad regime culpability.[9] 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.[9]

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.[10]

"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."[10]

DHS 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.[11]

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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Van Hollen voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

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.[11]

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.[13] 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.[14] Van Hollen voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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.[11]

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.[11]

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.[11]

Social issues

Lawsuit against IRS

Van Hollen announced on August 21, 2013, an intention to 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.[11]

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.[18]

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 to represent Maryland's 8th District. Van Hollen defeated challenger George English in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[19] He defeated Republican challenger Ken Timmerman in the November general election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[20]

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.[21]

  • 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.[27]

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.[28]

Chris Van Hollen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$1,996,171.25$67,203.75$(422,691.87)$1,640,683.13
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$1,640,683.13$173,809.62$(83,361.67)$1,731,131.08
October Quarterly[31]October 13, 2013$1,731,131.08$74,512.60$(62,083.28)$1,743,560.40
Year-end[32]January 31, 2014$1,743,560$100,060$(75,778)$1,767,841
April Quarterly[33]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.[34]

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.[35]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 8th Congressional District, 2010 - Chris Van Hollen Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,901,713
Total Spent $2,570,775
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $166,729
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $151,763
Top contributors to Chris Van Hollen's campaign committee
Corstone Capital$25,600
Arnold & Porter$19,390
Arent Fox LLP$16,625
Holland & Knight$13,500
US Dept of Health & Human Services$11,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$153,892
Health Professionals$135,050
Public Sector Unions$100,200
Insurance$98,700
Real Estate$94,300

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.[36]

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.[37]

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 January 2003 to March 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.[38]

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.[39]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Van Hollen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $47,006 and $181,000. That averages to $114,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Van Hollen ranked as the 376th most wealthy representative in 2012.[40]

Chris Van Hollen Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$114,00327.37%
2011$89,503-69.81%
2010$296,503.50N/A

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 in the previous year.

2012

Van Hollen ranked 64th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[41]

2011

Van Hollen ranked 114th in the liberal rankings in 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]

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External links


References

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  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
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