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Daniel Lipinski
Daniel Lipinski.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 3
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
PredecessorWilliam O. Lipinski (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.49 in 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,852,594
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwestern University (1988)
Master'sStanford University (1989)
Ph.D.Duke University (1998)
Date of birthJuly 15, 1966
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionCollege Professor
Net worth$2,177,028
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel Lipinski campaign logo
Daniel William Lipinski (b. July 15, 1966, in Chicago, Illinois) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lipinski was elected by voters from Illinois' 3rd Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004.[1]

Lipinski ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated challenger Farah Baqai in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and won re-election by defeating challenger Richard Grabowski (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lipinski 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.


Lipinski earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, a Master's Degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, and a PhD in Political Science from Duke University.[1]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Lipinski serves on the following committees:[5][6]


Lipinski served on the following committes:[7]


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Lipinski's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations Act (2014)

Voted "Yes" Lipinski voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Lipinski 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Lipinski voted in favor of 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Lipinski 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.[10]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Lipinski voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Lipinski joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

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.[18] 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.[19] Lipinski voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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 funded 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.[21] 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. Lipinski voted against HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Lipinski 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.[10]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Lipinski voted in favor of 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.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Lipinski voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Lipinski 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.[10]

House vote on abortion ban

Yea3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196 on HR1797, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy.[23][24][25] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic, as the Senate was not expected to take up the bill, and the White House threatened to veto the legislation.[26] Lipinski was one of six Democratic members who voted in favor of the ban.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Lipinski 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 who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]


In 2011, the Democratic Party controlled the Illinois redistricting process. After the new maps were completed in June 2011, Republicans filed suit over the legality of the new districts.[28] An additional suit was filed by the League of Women Voters over the fairness of the maps.[29]

In November 2011, memos were released that showed the involvement of Congressional members in the redistricting process. One email written by Eric Lausten (Lipinski's chief of staff) to Tim Mapes -- the top staffer for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) -- implied the Congressman's input in the ultimate map. "Tim -- Just finished revising the map for Congressman Lipinski's 3rd District. I thinks its moving in right direction...," according to the email. Another email that was released contained a subject heading "Destabilizing Republican Incumbents."[30]



See also: Illinois' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Lipinski ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Illinois' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Lipinski ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 3rd District. Lipinkski beat out Richard Grabowski in the election.[31] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Lipinski was endorsed over challenger Farah Baqai.[3] Lipinksi was the only Illinois Democrat in the House to vote "no" on President Obama's national health care law, saying the program was unsustainable, and wanting strong language against federal funding of abortion.[3] According to a February 23, 2012, article in the Chicago Tribune, "His position was at odds with the White House, but in step with his district."[3]

Lipinski defeated challenger Farah Baqai in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2] In the Republican primary, Richard Grabowski defeated Arthur Jones and Jim Falvey.[2]

U.S. House, Illinois District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Lipinski Incumbent 68.5% 168,738
     Republican Richard Grabowski 31.5% 77,653
Total Votes 246,391
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel William Lipinski Incumbent 87.3% 44,532
Farah Baqai 12.7% 6,463
Total Votes 50,995

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lipinski is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Lipinski raised a total of $2,852,594 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[36]

Daniel Lipinski's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 3) Won $825,517
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 3) Won $752,199
2008 U.S. House (Illinois, District 3) Won $707,824
2006 U.S. House (Illinois, District 3) Won $371,989
2004 U.S. House (Illinois, District 3) Won $195,065
Grand Total Raised $2,852,594


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lipinski's reports.[37]

Daniel Lipinski (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]June 26, 2013$791,533.40$93,347.25$(95,242.54)$789,638.11
July Quarterly[39]July 14, 2013$789,638.11$128,172.41$(45,027.78)$872,782.74
October Quarterly[40]October 13, 2013$872,782.74$71,688.37$(45,142.74)$899,328.37
Year-end[41]January 31, 2014$899,328$126,972$(46,142)$980,158
Pre-Primary[42]March 6, 2014$980,158$15,765$(51,078)$944,845
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$944,845$90,673$(27,989)$1,007,529
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$1,007,529.00$91,605.00$(72,437.00)$1,026,741.00
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2014$1,026,741$142,487$(68,372)$1,100,856
Running totals


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

Lipinski won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lipinski's campaign committee raised a total of $825,517 and spent $589,509.[46] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Lipinski spent $3.49 per vote received in 2012.


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

Lipinski won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Lipinski's campaign committee raised a total of $752,199 and spent $455,329 .[48]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lipinski is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 16, 2013.[49]

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.[50]

Lipinski most often votes with:

Lipinski least often votes with:

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.


Lipinski ranked 169th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[51]


Lipinski ranked 172nd in the liberal rankings.[52]

Voting with party


Daniel Lipinski voted with the Democratic Party 87.1% of the time, which ranked 183rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Lipinski missed 177 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives


The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lipinksi paid his congressional staff a total of $902,263 in 2011. He ranks 27th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 146th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[55]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Lipinski was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Lipinski's staff was given an apparent $64,250.00 in bonus money.[56]

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, Lipinski's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,280,053 and $3,425,000. That averages to $2,352,526.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Lipinski ranked as the 134th most wealthy representative in 2012.[57]

Daniel Lipinski Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:114%
Average annual growth:14%[58]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[59]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Lipinski and his wife, Judy, reside in Western Springs, Illinois.[1]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ABC News 7, "Election Results Primary 2012," accessed March 20, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Chicago Tribune, "Contested races for the U.S. House," accessed March 12, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Congressman Daniel Lipinski, "112th Congressional Assignments," accessed October 30, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Vote Smart, "Daniel Lipinski Key Votes," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. THOMAS (Library of Congress), "H.R. 1797," accessed June 23, 2013
  24. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  26. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. Ballot Access News, "Illinois Republicans, to Help their Redistricting Lawsuit, Demand to Know Role of National Democratic Party Involvement," accessed September 12, 2011
  29. ABC 7, "League of Women Voters sues of remap," accessed August 16, 2011
  30. Chicago Sun Times, "Democratic memo reveals plan to "destabilize" Illinois House Republicans," accessed November 16, 2011
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois" accessed 2012
  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. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
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  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 22, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," October 14, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Daniel Lipinski 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Daniel Lipinski 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 30, 2011
  49. GovTrack, "Lipinski," accessed June 16, 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Rep. Daniel Lipinski," accessed August 1, 2013
  51. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. GovTrack, "Daniel Lipinski," accessed April 1, 2013
  55. LegiStorm, "Daniel Lipinski," accessed 2012
  56. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  57. OpenSecrets, "Lipinski (D-IL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  58. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  59. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Lipinski
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 3
Succeeded by