Chris Van Hollen

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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
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland's 8th congressional district. Van Hollen was first elected to the House in 2002. Van Hollen won re-election in 2012 and he defeated challenger George English in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Van Hollen is a "moderate Democratic leader".[2]

Van Hollen won re-election November 6, 2012.[3]

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.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Van Hollen's political career[4]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hollen serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Van Hollen served on the following House committees[6]:

Issues

Specific votes

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 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.[7]

Elections

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.[1] He defeated Republican challenger Ken Timmerman in the November general election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[8]

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 of Representatives-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

Chris Van Hollen, "Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's DNC speech"

Endorsements

Van Hollen was endorsed by the organizations below.[9]

  • 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

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.[15]

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.[16]

Analysis

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.[17]

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 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.[18]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[19]

2010

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.[20]

Political Positions

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.[21]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Chris Van Hollen was ranked the 114th most liberal representative during 2011.[22]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Chris Van Hollen voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 5 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

Van Hollen lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Katherine, and their three children.[24]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" Accessed April 3, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Van Hollen" Accessed May 6, 2013
  3. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Chris Van Hollen" Accessed December 1, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 1, 2011
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
  9. Van Hollen's Campaign Website
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Chris Van Hollen 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 1, 2011
  17. GovTrack, "Chris Van Hollen," Accessed April 2013
  18. LegiStorm "Chris Van Hollen"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Van Hollen, (D-Maryland), 2011"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Van Hollen, (D-Maryland), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  24. 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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