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Dave Camp
Dave Camp.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1991-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyRepublican
PredecessorFred Upton (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$16.71 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Campaign $$13,378,134
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives
1989-1990
Education
High schoolMidland Dow High School, Midland, MI
Bachelor'sAlbion College
J.D.University of San Diego School of Law
Personal
BirthdayJuly 9, 1953
Place of birthMidland, Michigan
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$10,494,638
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dave Camp campaign logo
David Lee "Dave" Camp (b. July 9, 1953, in Midland, Michigan) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 4th Congressional District. Camp was first elected to the House in 1990.

Camp most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Debra Freidell Wirth (D), John Gelineau (L), Pat Timmons (G) and George Zimmer (UST) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

On March 31, 2014, Camp announced that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. Camp was previously considered a potential candidate for the Senate seat. He announced in August 2013 that he would not seek the open seat.[1][2][3][4]

Camp began his legislative career in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he served from 1989 to 1990. Prior to that he was a member of the staff of U.S. Rep. Bill Schuette.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Camp is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Camp was born in 1953 in Midland, Michigan. After graduating from Midland Dow High School, Camp went on to earn his B.A. from Albion College in 1975 and his J.D. from San Diego University Law School in 1978. Prior to his political career, Camp worked as an attorney.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Camp's professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Camp serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Camp served on the following House committees:[7]

Issues

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Camp's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Camp voted for 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]

DHS Appropriations Act (2014)

Voted "Yes" Camp voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Camp voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Camp voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% 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. Camp voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

Tax reform

Camp, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, had been promising tax reform legislation in 2013, but due to timing and the government shutdown, he eased up on that promise. He told reporters, "I’d still like to do that. I very much have wanted to stick to that, certainly to have the bill ready and be able to move forward this year if we can." The disastrous implementation of President Obama's healthcare law is another issue that could lead to a delay of the reform legislation, as Republicans do not wish to draw attention away from it. Camp added, "You never can predict timing around here. Clearly, we’re continuing to try."[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] Camp voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. Camp voted for HR 2775.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Camp voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[25]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Camp voted for 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.[26] The vote largely followed party lines.[27]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Camp voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[28]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Camp voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[29]

Legislative actions

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Camp 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 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Dave Camp endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [31]

Campaign themes

2012

The following are four issues which were highlighted by Camp on his campaign website.[32]

  • Jobs For Michigan

Excerpt: "Following the spend then tax spree enacted by the Obama Administration, Camp has and continues to propose and support efforts aimed at immediate and long-term steps to be enacted that will help Michigan families and friends find employment."[33]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "America can provide access to quality health care for every American by reducing the cost of health insurance, protecting those who have been or get sick, and expanding coverage. This can be done without having a government takeover of our health care system, without raising taxes or premiums, and without forcing Americans to buy health insurance they don’t want or can’t afford."[34]

  • Defense

Excerpt: " I am committed to ensuring that our military remains the most effective and capable military in the world. Recent attempted terrorist attacks within the borders of our country make it very clear that terrorists are still determined to destroy our society. We must maintain a strong national defense."[35]

  • Adoption

Excerpt: "I introduced what has now become landmark adoption legislation, the Adoption and Safe Families Act... It streamlines the adoption process to quickly help move more children in foster care into permanent adoptive homes.[36]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

On March 31, 2014, Camp announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014. Camp was previously considered a potential candidate for the Senate seat. He announced in August 2013 that he would not seek the open seat.[4][37][2][3]

2012

See also: Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Camp won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 4th District.[38] He ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary. He then defeated Debra Freidell Wirth (D), John Gelineau (L), Pat Timmons (G) and George Zimmer (UST) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[39]


Dave Camp, "Camp Statement - HR 6169 - Tax Reform"
U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Debra Freidell Wirth 33.6% 104,996
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Camp Incumbent 63.1% 197,386
     Libertarian John Gelineau 1.4% 4,285
     Green Pat Timmons 0.9% 2,776
     UST George Zimmer 1.1% 3,506
Total Votes 312,949
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Camp is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Camp raised a total of $13,378,134 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[51]

Dave Camp's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 4) Won $4,476,144
2010 US House (Michigan, District 4) Won $3,051,808
2008 US House (Michigan, District 4) Won $2,237,726
2006 US House (Michigan, District 4) Won $1,215,951
2004 US House (Michigan, District 4) Won $853,405
2002 US House (Michigan, District 4) Won $793,618
2000 US House (Michigan, District 4) Won $749,482
Grand Total Raised $13,378,134

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 Camp’s reports.[52]

Dave Camp (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[53]April 15, 2013$2,653,090.39$362,153.83$(277,951.44)$2,737,292.77
July Quarterly[54]July 15, 2013$2,737,292.77$788,758.91$(488,161.79)$3,037,889.89
October Quarterly[55]October 15, 2013$3,037,889.89$456,342.87$(296,133.3)$3,198,099.13
Year-End[56]January 31, 2014$2,804,267.40$10,627.55$(161,804.57)$2,653,090.38
Running totals
$1,617,883.16$(1,224,051.1)

2012

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

Camp won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Camp's campaign committee raised a total of $4,476,145 and spent $3,299,098.[57]

Cost per vote

Camp spent $16.71 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Camp won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Camp's campaign committee raised a total of $3,051,808 and spent $2,148,415.[58]

U.S. House, Michigan District 4, 2010 - Dave Camp Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,051,808
Total Spent $2,148,415
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $15,881
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $15,880
Top contributors to Dave Camp's campaign committee
Dow Chemical$45,669
Altria Group$32,850
General Electric$22,500
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$22,500
New York Life Insurance$19,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$238,222
Health Professionals$222,819
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$213,550
Securities & Investment$159,439
Lobbyists$140,680

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Camp is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[59]

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.[60]

Camp most often votes with:

Camp least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Camp missed 257 of 14,452 roll call votes from Jan 1991 to Mar 2013, which is 1.8%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[61]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Camp paid his congressional staff a total of $1,052,497 in 2011. He ranked 26th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 113th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[62]

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, Camp's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $5,654,277 and $15,335,000. That averages to $10,494,638, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Camp ranked as the 41st most wealthy representative in 2012.[63]

Dave Camp Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$9,230,618
2012$10,494,638
Growth from 2004 to 2012:14%
Average annual growth:2%[64]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[65]
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.

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Camp was ranked the 138th most conservative representative during 2012.[66]

2011

Camp was ranked the 143rd most conservative representative during 2011.[67]

Voting with party

2013

Camp voted with the Republican Party 95.8% of the time, which ranked 150th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[68]

Personal

Camp lives in Midland, Michigan, with his wife and three children.[69]

2013 worst year

Camp was named by The Hill as a member of Congress who had one of the worst years in 2013.[70]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "Dave Camp not running for Carl Levin’s seat," August 16, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 ‘’Huffington Post’’ “Carl Levin Retiring After Current Term, Will Not Seek Re-election In 2014,” accessed July 31, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 ‘’Washington Post’’ “Dave Camp might run for Senate in Michigan,” accessed July 31, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Politico, "Dave Camp won’t seek reelection," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Dave Camp," accessed December 21, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 21, 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
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  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  27. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  35. Camp's Campaign Website, "Issues: Defense," accessed October 5, 2012
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  64. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  65. 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.
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  70. The Hill, "Best, worst years in Washington," accessed January 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Upton (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 4
1993–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives
1989-1990
Succeeded by
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