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Dennis A. Ross
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U.S. House, Florida, District 15
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Posey (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,058,462
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives, District 63[1]
2000-2009
Chairman, Polk County Republican Executive Committee
1983-1995
Education
High schoolLakeland Senior High School (1977)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida, Auburn University(1981)
J.D.Samford University's Cumberland School of Law (1987)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 18, 1959
Place of birthLakeland, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$2,710,999
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dennis A. Ross campaign logo

Dennis Alan Ross (b. October 18, 1959 in Lakeland, Florida) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ross was elected by voters from Florida's 15th congressional district.

Due to redistricting, Ross ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 15th District.[2][3] Ross was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010 from District 12.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ross is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, Ross was the youngest of five children. He attended Catholic school for nine years before graduating at Lakeland Senior High School in 1977. After high school, he attended the University of Florida before transferring to Auburn University where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management. He then graduated from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in 1987.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Ross serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Ross served on the following committees:[6]

  • Republican Study Committee
  • Tea Party Caucus

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Ross's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • Spending & Our Nation's Debt
Excerpt: "Our nation continues to spend way more than it takes in each and every year. With our national debt topping $15 trillion, Washington needs to show real leadership by passing a BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT to our Constitution. This is the only effective way to make politicians cut spending and rein in government waste. "
  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "For years, “Jobs and the Economy” has been the issue of each and every political campaign. The simple answer to what Washington can do to create jobs is “get out of the way”."
  • Protecting Seniors Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "Keeping our promises to seniors is a top priority for anyone who is elected to serve in Washington. As your Representative, I will make fight to make Medicare solvent for this generation and generations beyond as well as making sure Social Security is there for the millions of seniors who paid into the system and depend on their benefits."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Ross 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Florida's 15th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Ross ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 15th District. Ross sought re-election on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Ross ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[9] He ran unopposed for re-election on November 6, 2012.[10]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ross is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ross raised a total of $2,058,462 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[12]

Dennis Ross's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 15) Won $883,780
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 12) Won $1,174,682
Grand Total Raised $2,058,462

2012

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

Ross won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Ross's campaign committee raised a total of $1,020,415 and spent $801,764.[13]

2010

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

Ross won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ross's campaign committee raised a total of $1,174,682 and spent $1,151,469.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 12th Congressional District, 2010 - Dennis Ross Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,174,682
Total Spent $1,151,469
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $657,353
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $655,720
Top contributors to Dennis Ross's campaign committee
Publix Super Markets$35,500
Watkins Associated Industries$16,900
Flo-Sun Inc$13,000
The Villages$10,600
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$100,000
Insurance$88,100
Food Processing & Sales$45,400
Health Professionals$42,150
Real Estate$35,921

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ross is a "lonley far-right Republican follower," as of June 12, 2013.[15]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Ross missed 22 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[16]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ross paid his congressional staff a total of $973,361 in 2011. He ranks 173rd on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 233rd 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.[17]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Ross is one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Ross's staff was given an apparent $56,000.00 in bonus money.[18]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ross's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$3,447,996 and $8,869,994. That averages to $2,710,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 55.83% from 2010.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ross' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,990,008 and $10,284,998. That averages to $6,137,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Ross ranked 15th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Ross ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[22]

Voting with party

2013

Dennis A. Ross voted with the Republican Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 24th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

In 1983 Dennis and his wife Cindy were married in Lakeland.[1]Dennis and Cindy have two boys, Shane who graduated from high school in 2009 and Travis who will graduate from high school in 2011. [1]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Posey (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 15
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Adam Putnam
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 12
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Gus Bilirakis (R)
Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives, District 63
2000-2009
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Chairman, Polk County Republican Executive Committee
1983-1995
Succeeded by
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