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Diana DeGette

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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 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.[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]

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

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.[8]

Campaign themes

2012

DeGette's campaign website listed the following issues:[9]

  • 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."

Specific votes

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 one 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.[10]

Elections

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 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.[11][12]

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.[21]

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

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.[22]

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.[23]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Colorado District 1, 2010 - Diana DeGette Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $825,016
Total Spent $822,289
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $196,993
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $196,993
Top contributors to Diana DeGette's campaign committee
Qwest Communications$21,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Dental Assn$10,000
American Podiatric Medical Assn$10,000
AmerisourceBergen Corp$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$113,144
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$84,765
Lawyers/Law Firms$82,884
TV/Movies/Music$39,600
Public Sector Unions$31,250

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.[24]

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 she 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.[25]

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, 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.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

Voting with party

2013

Diana DeGette voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[30]

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. Wet Mountain Tribune, "The Third Dimension," December 8, 2011
  9. Campaign website, Issues
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  12. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Diana DeGette," Accessed March 22, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Diana DeGette 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Diana DeGette 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  24. Gov Track "Diana DeGette," Accessed June 7 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Diana DeGette"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "DeGette, (D-Cali), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "DeGette, (D-Cali), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Schroeder
U.S. House of Representatives - Colorado, District 1
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Colorado House of Representatives
1992-1996
Succeeded by
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