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Ed Perlmutter
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U.S. House, Colorado, District 7
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBob Beauprez (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,173,595
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado State Senate
1994-2002
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado, 1975
J.D.University of Colorado, 1978
Personal
BirthdayMay 1, 1953
Place of birthDenver, Colorado
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$927,516
ReligionProtestant Christian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Edwin George "Ed" Perlmutter (b. May 1, 1953 in Denver, Colorado) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 7th congressional district. Perlmutter was first elected to the House in 2006.

Perlmutter was most recently re-elected in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 7th District. He ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Democratic primary. He then defeated Joe Coors, Jr. (R), Buck Bailey (L), and Douglas Campbell (Constitution Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Perlmutter began his political career in the Colorado State Senate, where he served from 1995 to 2003.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Perlmutter is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Perlmutter's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Perlmutter serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

2011-2012

Perlmutter served on the following committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade

Issues

Specific votes

Rep. Perlmutter voted for TARP.[7] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[8]

Perlmutter also supported the auto bailout.[9] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[10]

In addition, Rep. Perlmutter voted for the stimulus bill.[11] According to a poll, 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%), while 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [12]

Perlmutter also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[13] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[14]

Perlmutter supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[15] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. Additionally, 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[16]

Finally, Perlmutter voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[17] According to a poll, 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. Additionally, 35% of likely voters oppose repeal and 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[18]

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, Permutter's Jefferson County-based 7th District has a margin of 6 percent more Democrats than Republicans.[19] The 2012 race, however, was expected to be competitive.[20]

Campaign themes

2012

Perlmutter's campaign website listed the following issues:[21]

  • Afghanistan & Iraq
Excerpt: "The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a mistake. When George W. Bush took our eye off Afghanistan to invade Iraq in 2003, he set back our operation in Afghanistan many years, and President Obama was left to pick up the pieces."
  • Civil Rights
Excerpt: "The value and success of our country is due in large part to the diversity of our citizens. I believe we should never discriminate against someone based on race, creed, religion or sexual orientation."
  • Conservation
Excerpt: "Many of us live and raise our families in Colorado for the quality of life it provides us. This incredible district encompasses the metro area from the foothills to the plains. As your Congressman, I am committed to protecting our environment."
  • Education
Excerpt: "A quality education is the foundation for a brighter future for our children. That bright future only happens if local communities have the resources they need to provide the highest quality education possible for our children."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "As we confront rising gas prices and more demands from our energy grid, America needs to ensure we have a balanced, all of the above, energy plan which includes investing in a clean energy sources. A good plan will include responsibly producing and maximizing traditional oil and gas resources and further developing alternative energy like wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal, nuclear and other renewable energy and energy efficiency measures."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Perlmutter 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.[22]

Elections

2012

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

Perlmutter won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 7th District. He ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Democratic primary. He then defeated Joe Coors, Jr. (R), Buck Bailey (L), and Douglas Campbell (Constitution Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23][24]

U.S. House, Colorado District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Perlmutter Incumbent 53.5% 182,460
     Republican Joe Coors, Jr. 40.8% 139,066
     Libertarian Buck Bailey 2.7% 9,148
     Constitution Douglas Campbell 3% 10,296
Total Votes 340,970
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Perlmutter is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Perlmutter raised a total of $10,173,595 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[28]

Ed Perlmutter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 7) Won $2,975,375
2010 US House (Colorado, District 7) Won $2,443,962
2008 US House (Colorado, District 7) Won $1,770,087
2006 US House (Colorado, District 7) Won $2,984,171
Grand Total Raised $10,173,595

2012

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

Perlmutter won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Perlmutter's campaign committee raised a total of $2,975,375 and spent $2,988,390.[29]

2010

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

Perlmutter won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Perlmutter's campaign committee raised a total of $2,443,962 and spent $2,943,593.[30]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Perlmutter is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[31]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Perlmutter paid his congressional staff a total of $943,378 in 2011. He ranked 46th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 197th overall of the lowest 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.[32]

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, Perlmutter's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $508,033 and $1,347,000. That averages to $927,516, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 4.13% from 2010.[33]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Perlmutter's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $513,038 and $1,422,000. That averages to $967,519, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[34]

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. Perlmutter ranked 160th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[35]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Perlmutter ranked 151st in the liberal rankings.[36]

Voting with party

2013

Ed Perlmutter voted with the Democratic Party 90.2% of the time, which ranked 178th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[37]

Personal

Perlmutter and his wife, Nancy, have three 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. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Ed Perlmutter," Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  7. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  8. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  10. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  12. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  13. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  14. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  15. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  16. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  17. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  18. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  19. Colorado Statesman, "High Court Affirms Maps Drawn by Dems," December 9, 2011
  20. Denver Post, "Dems' victory in redistricting battle means more competitive congressional races in Colorado," December 6, 2011
  21. Campaign website, Issues
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  24. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ed Perlmutter," Accessed March 22, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Ed Perlmutter 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Ed Perlmutter 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Ed Perlmutter," Accessed June 7 2013
  32. LegiStorm "Ed Perlmutter"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Perlmutter, (D-Colorado), 2011"
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Perlmutter, (D-Colorado), 2010"
  35. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  36. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  37. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Beauprez
U.S. House of Representatives - Colorado, District 7
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Colorado State Senate
1994-2002
Succeeded by
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