Dan Maffei

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Dan Maffei
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U.S. House, New York, District 24
Incumbent
In office
2009-2011, January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position (current service)1
Years in position (previous service)2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRichard L. Hanna (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$14.32 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,032,959
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 25
2008-2010
Education
Bachelor'sBrown University
Master'sColumbia University, Harvard University
Personal
BirthdayJuly 4, 1968
Place of birthSyracuse, NY
ProfessionJournalist, Businessman
Net worth$-49,000
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dan Maffei (b. July 4, 1968, in Syracuse, NY) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 24th congressional district. Maffei was first elected to the House in 2008 serving just one term and is currently serving his first term back in office having won election on November 6, 2012 . Maffei is one of the only five House Democrats to win his seat back from freshman Republicans that had taken it two years earlier. He had previously served New York's 25th congressional district from 2008-2010.[1][2]

Maffei is running for re-election in New York's 24th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3]

Prior to being elected to the House, Maffei served as a television news reporter for Channel 9 in Saracuse, New York and as a communications and policy advisor for both Sens. Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Maffei 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

Maffei has worked as a television news reporter for Channel 9 in Syracuse and he has served as a communications and policy advisor for Senators Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He previously served one term in the U.S. House from 2008 to 2010.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

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

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Maffei 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Maffei voted in opposition of 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Maffei 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Maffei voted in support of 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Maffei voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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] Maffei voted to approve 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. Maffei voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Maffei 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Maffei has voted against attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Maffei voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Rep. Maffei voted for the stimulus bill.[21] A total of 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). Only 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [22]

Maffei also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[23] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[24]

Maffei supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[25] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. Only 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[26]

Finally, Maffei voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[27] A total of 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. About 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. A total of 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[28]

Campaign themes

2012

Maffei listed several of his campaign themes on his website including:[29]

  • Tax Relief
  • Balanced Budget
  • Retirement Security
  • Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Veterans
  • Jobs
  • Ending Bailouts
  • Making Trade Work

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 24th congressional district elections, 2014

Maffei is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 24th District. Maffei is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Maffei is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3]

2012

See also: New York's 24th congressional district elections, 2012

Maffei ran for U.S. House in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic and Working Families Party primaries and faced incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle (R) and Ursula Rozum (G) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[30] Maffei won the election.[31]

U.S. House, New York District 24 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Maffei 47.1% 143,044
     Republican Ann Marie Buerkle Incumbent 41.9% 127,054
     Green Usula Rozum 7.5% 22,670
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.6% 10,799
Total Votes 303,567
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Maffei is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Maffei raised a total of $2,032,959 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[34]

Dan Maffei's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 24) Won $2,032,959
Grand Total Raised $2,032,959

Individual breakdown

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 Maffei’s reports.[35]

Dan Maffei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]May 16, 2013$59,851.52$307,242.41$(89,675.47)$277,418.46
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$277,418.18$315,388.34$(107,478.07)$485,328.78
October Quarterly[38]October 11, 2013$485,328.73$278,192.69$(65,994.10)$697,527.32
Year-End Quarterly[39]December 31, 2013$697,527$213,129$(5,422)$903,194
April Quarterly[40]April 14, 2014$903,194.02$315,230.52$(75,411.05)$1,143,013.49
Running totals
$1,429,182.96$(343,980.69)

2012

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

Maffei won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Maffei's campaign committee raised a total of $2,032,959 and spent $2,047,007.[41]

Cost per vote

Maffei spent $14.32 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Maffei is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 21, 2013.[42]

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.[43]

Maffei most often votes with:

Maffei least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Maffei missed 38 of 1,757 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 2.2% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [44]

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, Maffei's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-97,998 to $-2. That averages to $-49,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[45]

Voting with party

June 2013

Dan Maffei voted with the Democratic Party 78.7% of the time, which ranked 195th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June, 2013.

Personal

He is married to Abby Davidson-Maffei. They live in DeWitt, New York.

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See also

External links


References

  1. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
  2. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Campaign website "bio"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  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 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maffei's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 10, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Maffei on agriculture", accessed October 10, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 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. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maffei's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 10, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Maffei's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 10, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Maffei on abortion," accessed October 10, 2013
  21. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  22. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  23. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  24. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  25. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  26. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  27. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  28. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  29. Campaign website "Issues"
  30. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  31. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Fundraising for Dan Maffei" March 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Maffei April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  41. Open Secrets "Dan Maffei 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  42. Gov Track "Maffei, Dan" Accessed June 21, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Dan Maffei," Accessed August 6, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Dan Maffei" Accessed April 2013
  45. OpenSecrets.org "Dan Maffei (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard L. Hanna
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 24
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 25
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Ann Marie Buerkle