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{{Support vote}} Esty voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013 by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/17277/45771/72826/keep-the-irs-off-your-health-care-act-of-2013 ''Project Votesmart,'' "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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{{Support vote}} Esty voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013,by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/17277/45771/72826/keep-the-irs-off-your-health-care-act-of-2013 ''Project Votesmart,'' "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

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Elizabeth Esty
Elizabeth Esty.jpg
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorChris Murphy (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,269,050
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 103rd District
2009-2011
Cheshire Town Council
2005-2007
Education
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Yale Law School
Personal
BirthdayAugust 25, 1959
Place of birthOak Park, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$4,807,570
ReligionCongregationalist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Esty campaign logo
Elizabeth Esty (b. August 25, 1959, in Oak Park, Illinois) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut.

She was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012. She defeated Christopher Donovan and Dan Roberti in the Democratic primary and defeated Andrew Roraback (R) and John Pistone (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Esty is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. She is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

Esty previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2009-2011.[3]

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

Career

Esty served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2009-2011.[3] Esty has been a law clerk for a federal judge, private attorney, and Professor at American University.

She is a member of the Cheshire Public Library Board, Legal Advisor to the Connecticut League of Women Voters Consensus Project, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the First Congregational Cheshire, lay member of the Committee on Ministry New Haven Association of the United Church of Christ, and a member of the Parent-Teacher Association.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Esty serves on the following committees:[5]

Connecticut House

2009-2010

While a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, Esty served on the following committees.

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

  • Job creation and economic growth
  • Clean and affordable energy
  • Fiscal responsibility and protecting taxpayers
  • Protecting seniors
  • Affordable, quality health care
  • Clean environment
  • Quality education
  • Foreign policy and national security
  • Veterans
  • Marriage equality and equal rights
  • Women's rights

Legislative actions

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Esty's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Esty said on September 3, 2013, "It's not an easy sell for me to consider voting for this, but I'm trying to keep an open mind. I'm quite concerned about the 'what ifs.'"[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Esty 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 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Esty voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Esty voted in opposition to 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Esty voted in support of 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.[13]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Neutral/Abstain Esty did not vote on 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.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Esty 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Esty 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[16]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Esty voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Esty voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013,by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[18]

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut's 5th congressional district elections, 2014

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

Esty is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

2012

See also: Connecticut's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Esty ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 5th District. Esty defeated Christopher Donovan and Dan Roberti in the Democratic primary.[1] She won the election on November 6, 2012.[19]

Following the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012 in which Esty defeated Christopher Donovan, the endorsed candidate of the Democratic party, discussion speculated on whether Donovan would choose to still run against Esty in the general election as the Working Families Party nominee.[20] However, in late August 2012 discussion began between Donovan, Esty, and the Working Families Party over whether Esty might pick up the nomination of the party, preventing division amongst the Democratic party that might give way to a win by Republican nominee Andrew Roraback in the general election.

While Donovan was endorsed by the Democratic party and was the frontrunner for most of the campaign, an investigation by the FBI closer to the primary hurt his chances in the primary. Two of Donovan's staff members were among eight people arrested and were immediately fired and replaced after a sting operation by the FBI in which the staffers were allegedly accepting campaign contributions from straw donors.[20] Although Donovan was not implicated and an investigation paid for by the campaign cleared him of having any knowledge of wrongdoing, it was enough to derail his campaign.[20]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Esty 51.3% 146,098
     Republican Andrew Roraback 48.7% 138,637
     Independent John Pistone 0% 12
Total Votes 284,747
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Esty 44.5% 12,679
Chris Donovan 32.4% 9,215
Dan Roberti 23.1% 6,584
Total Votes 28,478

Endorsements

In August 2012 Esty received endorsements from the Connecticut AFL-CIO and Governor Dan Malloy (D).[21]

2010

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Esty ran for re-election to the 103rd District seat in 2010. She was defeated by Al Adinolfi (R) in the November 2 general election.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Esty won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 103rd District, defeating Al Adinolfi (R). Esty received 6,088 votes in the election while Adinolfi received 5,867 votes.[22] Esty raised $30,525 for her campaign; Adinolfi raised $30,000.[23]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 103
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elizabeth Esty (D) 6,088
Al Adinolfi (R) 5,867

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Esty is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Esty raised a total of $3,269,050 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[24]

Elizabeth Esty's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Connecticut, District 5) Won $3,269,050
Grand Total Raised $3,269,050

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Esty's reports.[25]

Elizabeth Esty (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]4/15/2013$40,989.95$232,659.59$(77,439.66)$196,209.88
July Quarterly[27]7/15/2013$196,209.88$289,385.98$(89,245.68)$396,350.18
Running totals
$522,045.57$(166,685.34)

2012

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

Esty won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Esty's campaign committee raised a total of $3,269,050 and spent $3,228,060.[28] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Esty spent $22.09 per vote received in 2012.

2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to Elizabeth Esty's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $25,000

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Esty missed 3 of 89 roll call votes, which is 3.4% from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[30]

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.[31]

Esty most often votes with:

Esty least often votes with:

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, Esty's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,538,140 and $7,077,000. That averages to $4,807,570, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[32]

Voting with party

2013

Elizabeth Esty voted with the Democratic Party 92.8% of the time, which ranked 104th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[33]

Personal

Esty lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with her husband of 26 years, Dan Esty. They have three children, Sarah, Thomas, and Jonathan. [34]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House primary election results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Elizabeth Esty for Congress "Biography" Accessed February 15, 2012
  4. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Esty
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. The Courant, "Connecticut Delegation Wrestles With Syria Decision," accessed September 9, 2013
  9. Project Votesmart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  10. Project Votesmart, "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 13, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Project Votesmart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  13. Project Votesmart, "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  15. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  16. [hhttp://votesmart.org/bill/17295/45799/72826/requires-congressional-approval-for-any-rules-under-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.Ujn0qn_B_A4 Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]
  17. Project Votesmart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  19. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 My Record Journal "Donovan talks to Esty: A step toward unity in 5th District?" Accessed August 28, 2012
  21. My Record Journal "Donovan talks to Esty: A step toward unity in 5th District?" Accessed August 28, 2012
  22. Connecticut House official election results for 2008
  23. District 103 Connecticut House candidate funds, 2008
  24. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Elizabeth Esty," Accessed March 22, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Elizabeth Esty Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Elizabeth Esty 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Elizabeth Esty," Accessed March 29, 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Rep. Elizabeth Esty," Accessed July 31, 2013
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Esty, (D-Conn), 2011"
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  34. Elizabeth Etsy for Congress "Biography" Accessed December 21, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher S. Murphy
U.S. House- Connecticut District 5
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Connecticut State House District 103
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Al Adinolfi