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Ed Pastor
Ed Pastor.jpg
U.S. House, Arizona, District 7
Incumbent
In office
1991-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn Shadegg (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$10.56 in 2012
First electedSeptember 24, 1991
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,733,887
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County
1976-1991
Education
Bachelor'sArizona State University, 1966
J.D.Arizona State University, 1974
Personal
BirthdayJune 28, 1943
Place of birthClaypool, Arizona
ProfessionAttorney, Politician
Net worth$1,404,006
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ed Pastor (b. June 28, 1943, in Claypool, Arizona) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 7th Congressional District. Pastor was first elected to the House in 1991.

Pastor most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 7th District. He defeated Rebecca DeWitt in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Scott Fistler (R write-in) and Joe Cobb (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Pastor is not seeking re-election in 2014.[2]

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

Career

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

  • 1966: Graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe with B.A.
  • 1974: Graduated from Arizona State College of Law with J.D.
  • 1971-1972: Aide to Arizona Governor Raul Castro
  • 1977-1991: Maricopa County Supervisor
  • 1972-2008: Delegate, Democratic National Conventions
  • 1991-Present: U.S. Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pastor serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Pastor served on the following committees:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Issues

Legislative actions

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] For more information pertaining to Pastor's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Pastor 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Pastor voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Pastor voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Pastor voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Pastor joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Pastor voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Pastor voted for HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Pastor 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Pastor 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Pastor voted against 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Pastor 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.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Pastor 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 who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Campaign themes

2012

Pastor 's campaign website listed the following issues:[27]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "I have always believed that our obligations to current and future generations of Americans require fiscal responsibility and a commitment to broad-based economic prosperity. We must work together to balance the budget and reduce our national debt, so that debt payments do not undermine our children's economic prospects."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a former chemistry teacher, I believe that education is a lifelong activity that is essential not only to improving the lives of individuals, but to improving the health, security and prosperity of our communities. The federal government plays an important role in expanding educational opportunities."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy costs are a growing burden on family budgets, while energy production poses an increasing threat to our environment. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water, I am proud to support a strong national investment in programs promoting research and development of clean and renewable energy technologies."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Millions of Americans cannot afford the comprehensive health insurance they need to receive quality preventative health care in addition to emergency care. The employer-based insurance system our nation relies on excludes many workers and their families, strains small businesses, and no longer meets our nation's needs. For that reason, I have long advocated for universal comprehensive health coverage and have co-sponsored and voted for the Affordable Care Act."

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Pastor is choosing to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014.[2]

2012

See also: Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pastor won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 7th District. He defeated Rebecca DeWitt in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Joe Cobb (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28][29][30]

U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor Incumbent 81.7% 104,489
     Libertarian Joe Cobb 18.3% 23,338
Total Votes 127,827
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Arizona District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor Incumbent 79% 22,664
Rebecca DeWitt 21% 6,013
Total Votes 28,677

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pastor is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Pastor raised a total of $6,733,887 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[42]

Ed Pastor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 7) Won $1,025,610
2010 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $1,014,291
2008 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $1,174,759
2006 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $1,092,996
2004 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $845,637
2002 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $837,418
2000 US House (Arizona, District 2) Won $743,176
Grand Total Raised $6,733,887

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pastor's reports.[43]

Ed Pastor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2013$1,314,389.49$89,581.25$(49,899.21)$1,354,071.53
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2013$1,354,071.53$65,181.76$(68,594.06)$1,350,659.23
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2013$1,350,659.23$68,185.55$(48,820.31)$1,370,024.47
Year-End[47]January 31, 2014$1,370,024$62,710$(76,996)$1,355,738
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$1,355,738$1,300$(46,957)$1,310,081
Running totals
$286,958.56$(291,266.58)

2012

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

Pastor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pastor's campaign committee raised a total of $1,025,610 and spent $1,103,157.[49] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[50]

Cost per vote

Pastor spent $10.56 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Pastor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Pastor's campaign committee raised a total of $1,014,291 and spent $1,092,555.[51]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pastor missed 251 of 14,163 roll call votes from October 1991 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.8%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Pastor most often votes with:

Pastor 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. Pastor paid his congressional staff a total of $757,011 in 2011. He ranked 3rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 31st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranked 47th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[54]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Pastor was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Pastor's staff was given an apparent $15,500.00 in bonus money.[55]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pastor's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $863,012 and $1,945,000. That averages to $1,404,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Pastor ranked as the 180th most wealthy representative in 2012.[56]

Ed Pastor Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$632,028
2012$1,404,006
Growth from 2004 to 2012:122%
Average annual growth:15%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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. Pastor ranked 94th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[59]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Pastor ranked 95th in the liberal rankings.[60]

Voting with party

2013

Pastor voted with the Democratic Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 132nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

Pastor and his wife, Verma, have two children.

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See also

External links


References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Reuters, "Arizona Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor says will retire," February 27, 2014
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Ed Pastor," accessed October 30, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 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, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  28. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  29. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," August 28, 2012
  30. Associated Press, "Primary results," August 28, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. Wikipedia, "Ed Pastor," accessed April 22, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Ed Pastor," accessed March 22, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Ed Pastor Summary Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Ed Pastor April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Ed Pastor July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Ed Pastor October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Ed Pastor Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Ed Pastor April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  49. Open Secrets, "Ed Pastor 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  50. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  51. Open Secrets, "Ed Pastor 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 30, 2011
  52. GovTrack, "Ed Pastor," accessed April 2, 2013
  53. OpenCongress, "Ed Pastor," accessed July 30, 2013
  54. LegiStorm, "Ed Pastor," accessed August 21, 2012
  55. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  56. OpenSecrets, "Ed Pastor (D-Ariz), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  59. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  60. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Shadegg
U.S. House of Representatives - Arizona, District 7
1991-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County
1976-1991
Succeeded by
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