Ed Pastor

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Ed Pastor
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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
First electedSeptember 24, 1991
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$1,145,506
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ed Pastor (b. June 28, 1943) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 7th congressional district. Pastor was first elected to the House in 1991.

Due to redistricting, Pastor ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 7th District. He won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pastor is a "moderate Democratic follower".[2]

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:[5]

  • 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

Campaign themes

2012

Pastor 's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • 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."
  • Health Care
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."

Specific votes

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Arizona's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Pastor ran for 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 defeatedScott Fistler (R write-in) and Joe Cobb (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9][10]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Pastor won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Janet Contreras, Joe Cobb, Rebecca Dewitt and in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, Arizona District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor Incumbent 66.9% 61,524
     Republican Janet Contreras 27.5% 25,300
     Libertarian Joe Cobb 3% 2,718
     Green Rebecca Dewitt 2.6% 2,365
Total Votes 91,907

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.[12]

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

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.[13]

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.[14]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Arizona District 4, 2010 - Ed Pastor Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,014,291
Total Spent $1,092,555
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $80,896
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $80,858
Top contributors to Ed Pastor's campaign committee
Pinnacle West Capital$15,500
Phoenix Children's Hospital$11,800
General Dynamics$11,250
First Strategic$10,600
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lobbyists$81,168
Transportation Unions$65,000
Electric Utilities$60,250
Air Transport$46,900
Lawyers/Law Firms$46,650

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.[15]

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 he 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.[16]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Pastor is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Pastor's staff was given an apparent $15,500.00 in bonus money.[17]

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, Pastor's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $701,012 and $1,590,000. That averages to $1,145,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 6.86% from 2010.[18]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Pastor's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $614,012 and $1,529,998. That averages to $1,072,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Pastor votes with the Democratic Party 91.4% of the time. This ranks 126th among the 192 Senate Democrats in 2011.[22]

Personal

Pastor and his wife, Verma, have two children.

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References

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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