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 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]

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:[2]

  • 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:[3]

2011-2012

Pastor served on the following committees:[4]

  • 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:[5]

  • 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."

Legislative actions

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 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.[6]

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Pastor's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

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.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Pastor 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.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Pastor voted for 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.[11]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

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.[12]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement 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.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Health Care 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.[15]

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.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Pastor is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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 Scott Fistler (R write-in) and Joe Cobb (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[17][18][19]

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.[31]

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.[32]

Ed Pastor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$1,314,389.49$89,581.25$(49,899.21)$1,354,071.53
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$1,354,071.53$65,181.76$(68,594.06)$1,350,659.23
Running totals
$154,763.01$(118,493.27)

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.[35] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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, 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.[42]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

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, Ed Pastor has voted with the Democratic Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 132nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[46]

Personal

Pastor and his wife, Verma, have two children.

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External links


References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Ed Pastor," Accessed October 30, 2011
  3. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Congressman Ed Pastor, Serving the 4th District of Arizona "Meet Ed"
  5. Campaign website, Issues
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  18. Official primary candidate list
  19. Associated Press primary results
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Wikipedia, "Ed Pastor," accessed April 22, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ed Pastor," Accessed March 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Ed Pastor Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  33. 'Federal Election Commission "Ed Pastor April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  34. 'Federal Election Commission "Ed Pastor July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Ed Pastor 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Ed Pastor 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  38. GovTrack, "Ed Pastor," Accessed April 2, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Ed Pastor," Accessed July 30, 2013
  40. LegiStorm "Ed Pastor"
  41. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Pastor, (D-Arizona), 2011"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Pastor, (D-Arizona), 2010"
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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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