Connie Mack

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Connie Mack
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U.S. House, Florida, District 14
Former member
In office
January 3, 2005-January 3, 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
2000-2003
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
Personal
BirthdayAugust 12, 1967
Place of birthFort Meyers, Florida
ProfessionMarketing Executive
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Connie Mack campaign logo
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Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV (Connie Mack) (b. August 12, 1967) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mack was elected by voters from Florida's 14th Congressional District in 2004 and served until 2013. On March 30, 2012, the 14th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[1] Mack opted to run for the U.S. Senate rather than seek re-election to the House in 2012. He was succeeded by Democrat Kathy Castor on January 3, 2013.

Mack ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Florida. Mack won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[2] There were eight other candidates running in the primary elections on August 14, 2012. He was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Mack was a "rank-and-file Republican."[4]

Biography

Connie Mack was born and raised in southwest Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida.[5] He is the son of former U.S. Senator Connie Mack and well-known cancer prevention advocate Priscilla Mack.[5]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

2011-2012

Mack serves on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Connie Mack endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

Campaign themes

2012

Mack's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • Freedom
Excerpt: "Freedom is the core of all human progress. It is a truly American value. Freedom brought the pilgrims across the Atlantic on the Mayflower; it represented “true north” for millions of enslaved Americans during the Civil War; and calls for freedom awoke the American sleeping giant during the World Wars. We have always been the shining city on a hill, and the flame of freedom has been our beacon to the world."
  • Security
Excerpt: "While freedom is the core of all human progress, without security, no one is truly free. It is vitally important that we protect both our economic security and national security."
  • Prosperity
Excerpt: "Prosperity is the driver behind our economy. Every citizen who starts a business is intent on making it a success, and because of this incredible ambition, Americans have been global innovators in nearly every field."
  • The Penny Plan
Excerpt: "America is on the brink of a fiscal crisis unlike any we’ve ever seen, yet Washington continues its spending-taxing-borrowing binge. We’ve seen this time and again: Senator Bill Nelson, President Obama and their lockstep liberal allies in Congress have gone on spending sprees with the federal government’s credit card, charging taxpayers for everything from bailouts to failed “stimulus” plans to Obamacare. With your help, I will put a stop to it in the United States Senate."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Mack 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.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District special election, 2014

Mack announced on January 29, 2014, that he would not run in the special election and would instead advocate for conservative principles as a private citizen.[10]

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Florida, 2012

Mack ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Florida. Mack won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[2] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Mack was defeated on November 6, 2012, by incumbent Bill Nelson.[11]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[12] The Senate seat in Florida was the toss up state ranked second in likelihood of ending up Democratic, behind New Mexico's Senate seat.[12] Incumbent Bill Nelson's mediocre approval rating was the reasoning behind the "toss-up" classification of the Senate seat, but Nelson was expected to gain Democratic support in time for the election in 2012.[12] Nelson was also expected to face significant opposition from Mack, U.S. representative from the 14th District, in the general election on November 6, 2012.[12]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mack won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Robert M. Neeld (D), Burt Saunders (I), and Jeff George (I) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Florida, District 14 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Mack Incumbent 59.4% 224,602
     Democratic Robert M. Neeld 24.8% 93,590
     Independent Burt Saunders 14.5% 54,750
     Independent Jeff George 1.3% 4,949
Total Votes 377,891

Polls

2012

General Election candidates for U.S. Senate seat
Poll Bill Nelson Connie MackOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
(August 15, 2012)
47%40%3%10%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(August 15-21, 2012)
50%41%0%9%+/-2.81,241
Rasmussen Reports
(September 16, 2012)
47%40%5%8%+/-4.5500
Mason-Dixon Polling
(September 19, 2012)
48%40%1%11%+/-3.5800
Quinnipiac University
(September 26, 2012)
53%39%0%8%+/-2.81,196
Rasmussen Reports
(October 8, 2012)
52%41%1%6%+/-4.5500
Rasmussen Reports
(October 15, 2012)
46%45%5%5%+/-4.5500
Sunshine State News
(October 22-24, 2012)
49%44%0%7%+/-3.11,001
Rasmussen Reports
(October 25, 2012)
49%46%2%3%+/-4750
Public Policy Polling
(October 26-28, 2012)
50%42%0%9%+/-6.7687
AVERAGES 49.1% 41.8% 1.7% 7.6% +/-4.09 767.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

2012

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

Mack lost election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Mack's campaign committee raised a total of $7,254,224 and spent $18,471,216.[14]

As of July 11, 2012, Mack raised $840,000 in the second quarter and at the end of the cycle has $1.4 million cash-on-hand.[15]

Mack raised over $2.7 million in the third quarter.[16]

2010

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

Mack won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Mack's campaign committee raised a total of $963,782 and spent $1,055,865 .[17]

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Mack paid his congressional staff a total of $966,266 in 2011. He ranked 168th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 224th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th 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

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Mack's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-3,927 and $1,715,999. That averages to $856,036, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[19]

National Journal vote ratings

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. Mack ranked 179th in the conservative rankings.[20]

Voting with party

2011

Connie Mack voted with the Republican Party 90 of the time, which ranked 185 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[21]

Personal

Mack was married in 1996 and had two children before divorcing in 2006.[22] He is the father of two children, Addison and Connie, and two stepchildren, Chesare and Chianna. Mack resides in Fort Myers.[5] From 2007 to 2013, Mack was married to former congresswoman Mary Bono Mack. In May 2013 they announced their divorce.[23]

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External links

References

  1. National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Human Events "Florida Senate Primary Race Heats Up," Accessed January 5, 2012
  3. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  4. GovTrack, "Mack" Accessed May 15, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Congressman Connie Mack "About Connie--Biography" Accessed October 18, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Congressman Connie Mack of Florida "About" Accessed October 18, 2011
  7. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  10. Miami Herald, "Former congressman won't run in special election," accessed January 29, 2014
  11. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. OpenSecrets "2012 Election" Accessed March 18, 2013
  15. Twitter account "Leary Reports" Accessed July 17, 2012
  16. Tampa Bay Times, "Mack's third quarter haul: $2.7 million; Nelson: $2.3 million," accessed October 10, 2012
  17. Open Secrets, "Connie Mack 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Connie Mack"
  19. OpenSecrets, "Mack, (R-Florida), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  22. NaplesNews.com "Mack divorce proceedings include sale of $825,000 home" Accessed October 18, 2011
  23. Politico, "Connie, Mary Bono Mack divorcing," May 24, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Porter Goss
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 14
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Kathy Castor (D)
Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives
2000-2003
Succeeded by
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