Chris Van Hollen
|Chris Van Hollen|
|U.S. House, Maryland, District 8|
|January 3, 2003-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Maryland State Senate|
|Maryland House of Representatives|
|J.D.||Georgetown University Law School|
|Birthday||January 10, 1959|
|Place of birth||Karachi, Pakistan|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Van Hollen won re-election November 6, 2012.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Van Hollen's political career:
- Maryland House of Representatives, 1990-1994
- Maryland State Senate, 1994-2002
- U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 8th congressional district, 2003-Present
U.S. House of Representatives
Van Hollen serves on the following House committees:
- Budget Committee Ranking Member
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 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.
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. He defeated Republican challenger Ken Timmerman in the November general election.
|U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Chris Van Hollen Incumbent||63.4%||217,531|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"|
|U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Chris Van Hollen Incumbent||92.2%||35,989|
The following is Van Hollen's speech from the 2012 National Democratic Convention.
Chris Van Hollen, "Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's DNC speech"
Van Hollen was endorsed by the organizations below.
- 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
On November 2, 2010, Van Hollen won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Michael Lee Philips (R), Mark Grannis (L), and Fred Nordhorn (C) in the general election.
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Hollen's reports.
|Chris Van Hollen (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||June 16, 2012||$1,899,481.46||$228,202.42||$(63,882.58)||$2,063,801.30|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$2,063,801.30||$350,661.97||$(171,101.24)||$2,243,362.03|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 8th Congressional District, 2010 - Chris Van Hollen Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|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|
|Public Sector Unions||$100,200|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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 ranks 51st on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 64th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranks 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Chris Van Hollen has voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 5 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
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- Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" Accessed April 3, 2012
- Gov Track "Van Hollen" Accessed May 15, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Chris Van Hollen" Accessed December 1, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 1, 2011
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
- Van Hollen's Campaign Website
- YouTube channel
- Van Hollen's Campaign Website
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 1, 2011
- Federal Election Commission "Chris Hollen Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
- Open Secrets "Chris Van Hollen 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 1, 2011
- LegiStorm "Chris Van Hollen"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Van Hollen, (D-Maryland), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
- Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 1, 2011
|U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 8
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|Maryland State Senate
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|Maryland House of Representatives
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