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}}{{tnr}}'''Diana DeGette''' (b. July 29, 1957 in Tachikawa, Japan) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Colorado's 1st congressional district]].  DeGette was first elected to the House in 1996.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Diana DeGette''' (b. July 29, 1957, in Tachikawa, Japan) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Colorado's 1st congressional district]].  DeGette was first elected to the House in 1996.  
  
DeGette was most recently re-elected in 2012.  She ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Democratic primary.  She then defeated [[Frank Atwood]] (L), [[Danny Stroud]] (R), [[Gary Swing]] (G) and [[Thomas Henry Juniel]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>''Colorado Secretary of State,'' - 2012 Primary Candidate List</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CO_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press - Unofficial election results]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
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DeGette was most recently re-elected in 2012.  She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012.  She then defeated [[Frank Atwood]] (L), [[Danny Stroud]] (R), [[Gary Swing]] (G) and [[Thomas Henry Juniel]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>''Colorado Secretary of State,'' - 2012 Primary Candidate List</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CO_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press - Unofficial election results]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
  
 
DeGette began her political career in the [[Colorado House of Representatives]].  She served in that position from 1992 to 1996.
 
DeGette began her political career in the [[Colorado House of Representatives]].  She served in that position from 1992 to 1996.
  
 
DeGette serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the [[Democratic]] caucus for the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-announces-whip-team-113th-congress ''Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer'' "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013]</ref>
 
DeGette serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the [[Democratic]] caucus for the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-announces-whip-team-113th-congress ''Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer'' "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013]</ref>
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DeGette is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014.
  
 
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DeGette won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2012|Colorado's]] [[Colorado's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st District]].  She ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Democratic primary.  She defeated [[Frank Atwood]] (L), [[Danny Stroud]] (R), [[Gary Swing]] (G) and [[Thomas Henry Juniel]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>''Colorado Secretary of State,'' - 2012 Primary Candidate List</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CO_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press - Unofficial election results]</ref>
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DeGette won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2012|Colorado's]] [[Colorado's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st District]].  She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012.  She defeated [[Frank Atwood]] (L), [[Danny Stroud]] (R), [[Gary Swing]] (G) and [[Thomas Henry Juniel]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>''Colorado Secretary of State,'' - 2012 Primary Candidate List</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CO_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press - Unofficial election results]</ref>
 
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Diana DeGette
Diana Degette.jpg
U.S. House, Colorado, District 1
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPat Schroeder (D)
Assistant Minority Leader, Colorado House of Representatives
1993-1996
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,480,000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives
1992-1996
Education
Bachelor'sColorado College, 1979
J.D.New York University, 1982
Personal
BirthdayJuly 29, 1957
Place of birthTachikawa, Japan
Net worth$1,491,512
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Diana DeGette (b. July 29, 1957, in Tachikawa, Japan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 1st congressional district. DeGette was first elected to the House in 1996.

DeGette was most recently re-elected in 2012. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. She then defeated Frank Atwood (L), Danny Stroud (R), Gary Swing (G) and Thomas Henry Juniel (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

DeGette began her political career in the Colorado House of Representatives. She served in that position from 1992 to 1996.

DeGette serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[4]

DeGette is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

DeGette serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations - Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

2011-2012

DeGette served on the following committees:[7]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Ranking Member

Issues

Legislative actions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" DeGette 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. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

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.[9] For more information pertaining to DeGette's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[11][12] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. DeGette was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[11][12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" DeGette voted against 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.[13]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" DeGette voted against 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 that was largely along party lines.[14]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" DeGette voted against 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[15]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" DeGette voted against 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.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" DeGette 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

Health Care Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain DeGette did not vote on 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.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" DeGette 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 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, DeGette's 1st District only saw minor changes. The Denver Metro area district remains a safe Democratic seat.[21]

Campaign themes

2012

DeGette's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • Health care
Excerpt: "Diana believes that it is critical that all Americans have access to the health care they need. Diana has led the way for health care reform in Congress and played a central role in expanding coverage for low-income children and families. "
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Threats to our natural resources and our environment are cause for serious concern in Colorado and across the country. Diana is a leading voice on environmental issues in Congress and is working to protect both Colorado’s public lands and our global environment."
  • Stem Cell Research
Excerpt: "U.S. Rep. DeGette was the chief architect of legislation to expand stem cell research, which was passed twice with broad, bipartisan support in Congress. The measure was vetoed twice by President George W. Bush – including his very first presidential veto. In March of 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order reversing former President Bush’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Standing next to the President as he signed the order, U.S. Rep. DeGette is working with the Obama Administration on codifying the order into law."
  • Food and Consumer Product Safety
Excerpt: "Diana has taken a leading role in advocating for the protection of our nation’s food supply. In light of the daunting food contamination outbreaks, Diana believes that the protection of our nation’s food supply should be recognized as a critical component of our national security."
  • Reproductive rights
Excerpt: "As the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, Diana has fought for common-sense family planning and reproductive rights. She is a lead sponsor of the Prevention First agenda, which is a comprehensive, bi-partisan approach to reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion."

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

DeGette is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Colorado's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

DeGette won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 1st District. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. She defeated Frank Atwood (L), Danny Stroud (R), Gary Swing (G) and Thomas Henry Juniel (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23][24]

U.S. House, Colorado District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiana DeGette Incumbent 68.2% 237,579
     Republican Danny Stroud 26.8% 93,217
     Libertarian Frank Atwood 3.6% 12,585
     Green Gary Swing 1.4% 4,829
Total Votes 348,210
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DeGette is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, DeGette raised a total of $5,480,000 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[33]

Diana DeGette's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $1,051,538
2010 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $825,016
2008 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $808,491
2006 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $635,208
2004 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $632,594
2002 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $863,351
2000 US House (Colorado, District 1) Won $663,802
Grand Total Raised $5,480,000

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DeGette's reports.[34]

Diana DeGette (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 14, 2013$62,321.36$79,658.91$(114,036.27)$27,944.00
July Quarterly[36]July 12, 2013$27,944.00$134,088.74$(87,148.05)$74,884.69
Running totals
$213,747.65$(201,184.32)

2012

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

DeGette won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, DeGette's campaign committee raised a total of $1,051,538 and spent $1,098,046.[37] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[38]

Cost per vote

DeGette spent $4.62 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

DeGette won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, DeGette's campaign committee raised a total of $825,016 and spent $822,289.[39]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DeGette is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[40]

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.[41]

DeGette most often votes with:

DeGette least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. DeGette paid her congressional staff a total of $1,131,801 in 2011. She ranked 34th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 42nd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[42]

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, DeGette's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $838,025 and $2,145,000. That averages to $1,491,512, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 17.72% from 2010.[43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, DeGette's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $724,025 and $1,810,000. That averages to $1,267,012.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[44]

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. DeGette ranked 32nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[45]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. DeGette ranked 48th in the liberal rankings.[46]

Voting with party

2013

DeGette voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

DeGette and her husband, Lino Lipinsky, have two children.

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External links


References

  1. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  2. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  3. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  4. Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013
  5. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Diana DeGette," Accessed November 1, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Ranking Member, Representing the 1st District of Colorado "Committee and Caucus Memberships"
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Wet Mountain Tribune, "The Third Dimension," December 8, 2011
  22. Campaign website, Issues
  23. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  24. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Diana DeGette," Accessed March 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Diana DeGette Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  35. 'Federal Election Commission "Diana DeGette April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  36. 'Federal Election Commission "Diana DeGette July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Diana DeGette 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Diana DeGette 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  40. Gov Track "Diana DeGette," Accessed June 7 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Diana DeGette," Accessed July 30, 2013
  42. LegiStorm "Diana DeGette"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "DeGette, (D-Cali), 2011"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "DeGette, (D-Cali), 2010"
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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1997-Present
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