Eliot Engel

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Eliot Engel
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U.S. House, New York, District 17
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 26
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly - District 81
Bachelor'sHunter-Lehman College, City University of New York
Master'sHerbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York
J.D.New York Law School
Date of birthFebruary 18, 1947
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionJunior High School Teacher
Office website
Eliot Lance Engel (b. February 18, 1947) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Engel was elected by voters from New York's 17th congressional district. Due to New York's redistricting, he ran in the 16th district in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Engel is a "moderate Democratic leader".[1]


Engel was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. from Hunter-Lehman College, City University of New York in 1969, an M.A. from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York in 1973, and a J.D. from New York Law School in 1987.[2]


Prior to public service, Engel was a teacher and guidance counselor in the New York City public school system.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Engel serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia
    • Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment



See also: New York's 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Engel won re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn 16th district.[5] Engel defeated Aniello Grimaldi in the June 26 Democratic primary and then defeated Joseph McLaughlin (R) and Joseph Diaferia (G) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[6][7]

U.S. House, New York District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEliot Engel Incumbent 66.4% 179,561
     Republican Joseph McLaughlin 20% 53,935
     Green Joseph Diaferia 1.1% 2,974
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 12.5% 33,850
Total Votes 270,320
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


On November 2, 2010, Engel was re-elected to the United States House for a twelfth term. He defeated Anthony Mele (R), and York J. Kleinhandler (Conservative).[8]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEliot L. Engel Incumbent 68.5% 95,346
     Republican Anthony Mele 21.4% 29,792
     Blank/Scattering 6% 8,327
     Conservative York J. Kleinhandler 4.1% 5,661
Total Votes 139,126

Campaign donors


Eliot Engel Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$281,654.26$82,575$(113,178.98)$251,050.28
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$220,913.68$142,200$(176,085.15)$187,028.53
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2012$187,028.53$112,926$(165,762.04)$134,192.49
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Engel's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Engel was re-elected to the U.S. House for a twelfth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $981,834 and spent $1,063,388.[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Engel paid his congressional staff a total of $1,017,034 in 2011. Overall, New York ranks 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Engel's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $68,005 to $329,999. Averaging to a net worth of $199,002 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[14]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Eliot Engel voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 75th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[15]

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A lifelong resident of the Bronx, Engel is married to Pat Engel. They have three children.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerrold Nadler
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 17
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mario Biaggi
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 19
Succeeded by
Hamilton Fish IV
Preceded by
Alan Hochberg
New York Assembly - District 81
Succeeded by
Stephen Kaufman