|U.S. House, Connecticut, District 5|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Chris Murphy (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 103rd District|
|Cheshire Town Council|
|J.D.||Yale Law School|
|Birthday||August 25, 1959|
|Place of birth||Oak Park, Illinois|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Campaign themes
- 3.2 Legislative actions
- 3.2.1 113th Congress
- 3.2.2 National security
- 3.2.3 Economy
- 3.2.4 Immigration
- 3.2.5 Healthcare
- 3.2.6 Social issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
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.
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.
Esty serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
While a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, Esty served on the following committees.
- 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
- Marriage equality and equal rights
- Women's rights
113th Congress113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Esty's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.'"
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
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.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
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.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
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.
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.
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.
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. She won the election on November 6, 2012.
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. 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. 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.
|U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012|
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.
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. Esty raised $30,525 for her campaign; Adinolfi raised $30,000.
|Connecticut House of Representatives, District 103|
|Elizabeth Esty (D)||6,088|
|Al Adinolfi (R)||5,867|
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.
|Elizabeth Esty's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Connecticut, District 5)||$3,269,050|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,269,050|
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.
|Elizabeth Esty (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
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. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Esty spent $22.09 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Connecticut District 5, 2012 - Elizabeth Esty Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,578,508|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,574,454|
|Top contributors to Elizabeth Esty's campaign committee|
|Sidley Austin LLP||$33,680|
|State of Connecticut||$16,050|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$105,400|
Listed below is the largest contributor to Elizabeth Esty's 2008 campaign.
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
Esty most often votes with:
Esty least often votes with:
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.
Voting with party
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.
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- AP Results "U.S. House primary election results" Accessed August 14, 2012
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Elizabeth Esty for Congress "Biography" Accessed February 15, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Esty
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- The Courant, "Connecticut Delegation Wrestles With Syria Decision," accessed September 9, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 13, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
- [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]
- Project Votesmart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- My Record Journal "Donovan talks to Esty: A step toward unity in 5th District?" Accessed August 28, 2012
- My Record Journal "Donovan talks to Esty: A step toward unity in 5th District?" Accessed August 28, 2012
- Connecticut House official election results for 2008
- District 103 Connecticut House candidate funds, 2008
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Elizabeth Esty," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Elizabeth Esty Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
- Open Secrets "Elizabeth Esty 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- GovTrack, "Elizabeth Esty," Accessed March 29, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Elizabeth Esty," Accessed July 31, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Esty, (D-Conn), 2011"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Elizabeth Etsy for Congress "Biography" Accessed December 21, 2011
Christopher S. Murphy
|U.S. House- Connecticut District 5
| Succeeded by|
|Connecticut State House District 103
| Succeeded by|