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Debbie Stabenow
Debbie Stabenow.jpg
U.S. Senate, Michigan
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSpencer Abraham (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$22,665,612
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1997-2001
Michigan State Senate
1991-1994
Michigan State House of Representatives
1979-1990
Education
High schoolClare High School
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Master'sMichigan State University
Personal
BirthdayApril 29, 1950
Place of birthGladwin, MI
ProfessionSocial Worker
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Deborah Ann Greer "Debbie" Stabenow (b. April 29, 1950 in Gladwin, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Michigan. Stabenow was first elected to the Senate in 2000.

Stabenow most recently won re-election to the Senate in 2012. She ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary. She defeated Pete Hoekstra (R), Scotty Boman (L), Harley Mikkelson (G), Richard Matkin (UST) and John Litle (NLP) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Stabenow began her political career in the Michigan House of Representatives, where she served from 1979 until her election to the State Senate in 1990. She served in the Senate until 1994 and was later elected to the U.S. House in 1996. Stabenow served in that position until her election to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Stabenow is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Stabenow was born in 1950 in Gladwin, MI, and attended high school in Clare, MI. She earned both her B.A. and her M.S.W. from Michigan State University in 1972 and 1975, respectively. Stabenow has also worked as a social worker.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Stabenow's political career[1]:

  • Michigan State House of Representatives, 1979-1990
  • Michigan State Senate, 1991-1994
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-2001
  • U.S. Senate, 2001-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Stabenow serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
  • Budget Committee
  • Energy and Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
    • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Finance Committee
    • The Subcommittee on International Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Chair
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
    • The Subcommittee on Healthcare

2011-2012

Stabenow served on the following Senate committees[3]:

Issues

Legislative actions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Stabenow 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Stabenow's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Stabenow voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[7]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Stabenow will donate her pay earned during the shutdown to charity.[8]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Stabenow voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[9]

Immigration

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" Stabenow voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[10]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Stabenow voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[11]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2012

Stabenow won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[12] She ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary. She defeated Pete Hoekstra (R), Scotty Boman (L), Harley Mikkelson (G), Richard Matkin (UST) and John Litle (NLP) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[13]

Polls

Debbie Stabenow vs. Pete Hoekstra
Poll Debbie Stabenow Pete HoekstraNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 20, 2012)
53%37%3%7%+/-4.5500
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Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stabenow is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Stabenow raised a total of $35,027,401 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[16]

Debbie Stabenow's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Michigan) Won $14,376,142
2006 U.S. Senate (Michigan) Won $12,361,789
2000 U.S. Senate (Michigan) Won $8,289,470
Grand Total Raised $35,027,401

2012

Breakdown of funds according to source.

Stabenow won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Stabenow's campaign committee raised a total of $14,376,099 and spent $13,434,824.[17]

Out-of-state donations

According to an Open Secrets report, Stabenow ranked among the top ten senate candidates receiving out-of-state donations during the 2012 election cycle. She received $3,399,022, or 54.8%, of her donations from outside of Michigan. [18]

2006

Breakdown of the source of Stabenow's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Stabenow won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Stabenow's campaign committee raised a total of $12,361,789 and spent $12,426,541.[19]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Stabenow is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[20]

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.[21]

Stabenow most often votes with:

Stabenow least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Stabenow missed 32 of 3,888 roll call votes from Jan 2001 to Apr 2013, which is 0.8% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[22]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Stabenow paid her congressional staff a total of $3,016,045 in 2011. She ranked 11th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 13th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 6th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Insufficient information has been released by Stabenow to fully calculate her net worth. More information later.

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Stabenow's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-50,000 and $-15,001. That averages to $-32,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[24]

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, 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, Stabenow was ranked the 22nd most liberal senator during 2012.[25]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Debbie Stabenow was ranked the 22nd most liberal senator during 2011.[26]

Voting with party

2013

Stabenow voted with the Democratic Party 97.5% of the time, which ranked 8th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[27]

Personal

Stabenow lives in Lansing, MI. She has two children and two grandchildren.[28]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Debbie Stabenow," Accessed October 29, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  3. Official U.S. Senate Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 29, 2011
  4. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  8. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  13. Associated Press primary results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Donor history for Debbie Stabenow" April 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Debbie Stabenow 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 2013
  18. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Debbie Stabenow 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 2011
  20. Gov Track "Debbie Stabenow," Accessed June 7, 2013
  21. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300093_Debbie_Stabenow OpenCongress, "Debbie Stabenow," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  22. GovTrack, "Debbie Stabenow" Accessed April 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Debbie Stavenow"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Stabenow, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. Official Site "About," Accessed October 29 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Spencer Abraham
U.S. Senate - Michigan
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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