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Doris Matsui
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U.S. House, California, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRobert T. Matsui (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 8, 2005
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,005,955
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Berkeley, 1966
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 25, 1944
Place of birthDinuba, California
Net worth$1,309,009
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Doris Matsui (b. September 25, 1944 in Dinuba, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 6th congressional district. Matsui was first elected to the House in 2005 in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Bob Matsui.

Matsui most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 6th District. She defeated Joseph McCray, Sr. (R) in the general election.[1] Matsui was displaced from her former district, the 5th by redistricting.[2]

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Matsui's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1966: Graduated from University of California, Berkeley with B.A.
  • 1993-1998: Staff, White House
  • 2005-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Matsui serves on the following committees:[4][5]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy

2011-2012

Matsui served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

  • Health Care
Excerpt: "The health care law that was enacted in the spring of 2010 is a major step forward in providing affordable, quality care to all. I will continue to fight for its full implementation, so that all American families can benefit from it. Join me in advocating affordable access to healthcare for hard working American families."
  • Jobs and the Sacramento Economy
Excerpt: "Rebuilding our economy and putting Sacramentans back to work remains my number one priority. In light of state and local budget cuts, ensuring the federal government is responsive to our region’s needs has never been more important to me."
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Flood protection and ensuring our District has the necesary infrastruture to ensure public safety and grow its economy are among my top priorities."
  • Clean Energy
Excerpt: "Clean energy is a growing industry, filled with both promise and potential. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have made it a top priority to bring clean energy technology to Sacramento and transform our district into a global leader"

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Matsui 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 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.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Matsui won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 6th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 5th by redistricting. She and Joseph McCray, Sr. (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Erik Smitt (R). Matsui then defeated McCray in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

U.S. House, California District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Matsui Incumbent 75.1% 160,667
     Republican Joseph McCray, Sr. 24.9% 53,406
Total Votes 214,073
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 6 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Matsui (D) Incumbent 71.4% 67,174
Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph McCray, Sr. (R) 16.6% 15,647
Erik Smitt (R) 12% 11,254
Total Votes 94,075

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Matsui is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Matsui raised a total of $5,005,955 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[15]

Doris Matsui's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 6) Won $908,449
2010 US House (California, District 5) Won $835,400
2008 US House (California, District 5) Won $964,536
2006 US House (California, District 5) Won $2,297,570
Grand Total Raised $5,005,955

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Matsui's reports.[16]

Doris Matsui (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$196,909.77$105,303.40$(66,869.24)$235,343.93
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$235,343.93$245,792.20$(109,241.83)$371,894.30
Running totals
$351,095.6$(176,111.07)

2012

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

Matsui won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Matsui's campaign committee raised a total of $908,449 and spent $858,322.[19]

2010

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

Matsui won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Matsui's campaign committee raised a total of $835,400 and spent $842,505.[20]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 5, 2010 - Doris Matsui Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $835,400
Total Spent $842,505
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $19,141
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $19,534
Top contributors to Doris Matsui's campaign committee
Kelley, Drye & Warren$12,399
AFLAC Inc$10,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Home Depot$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$74,549
Lobbyists$72,140
Insurance$46,800
Health Professionals$41,400
Real Estate$34,700

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Matsui is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[21]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Matsui missed 53 of 6,377 roll call votes from March 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.8%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[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. Matsui paid her congressional staff a total of $987,950 in 2011. She ranked 65th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranked 248th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[23]

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, Matsui's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $723,018 and $1,895,000. That averages to $1,309,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 10.77% from 2010.[24]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Matsui's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $824,021 and $2,110,000. That averages to $1,467,010.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

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. Matsui ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[26]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Matsui ranked 36th in the liberal rankings.[27]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Doris Matsui has voted with the Democratic Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 44th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[28]

Personal

Matsui is widowed and has one child.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Rep. Doris Matsui announces reelection bid", sacbee.com, October 12, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Doris Okada Matsui," Accessed November 2, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Committee on Energy and Commerce, "Committee Democrats Announce Subcommittee Memberships for 113th Congress," January 15, 2013
  6. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Proudly Serving California's 5th District "Committee Assignment"
  7. Campaign website, Issues
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  10. Unofficial election results
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. California Secretary of State special election results, accessed April 22, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Doris Matsui," Accessed March 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Doris Matsui Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  17. 'Federal Election Commission "Doris Matsui April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  18. 'Federal Election Commission "Doris Matsui July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Doris Matsui 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Doris Matsui 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Doris Matsui," Accessed June 7 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Doris Matsui," Accessed April 2, 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Doris Matsui"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Matsui, (D-California), 2011"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Matsui, (D-California), 2010"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Matsui
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 6
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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