|U.S. House, Connecticut, District 5|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Chris Murphy (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$22.09 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 103rd District|
|Cheshire Town Council|
|J.D.||Yale Law School|
|Date of birth||August 25, 1959|
|Place of birth||Oak Park, Illinois|
|Net worth||(2012) $3,923,539|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Key votes
- 3.1 113th Congress
- 3.2 National security
- 3.3 Economy
- 3.4 Immigration
- 3.5 Healthcare
- 3.6 Social issues
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 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 won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on August 12, 2014. She defeated Mark Greenberg (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014. She was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was 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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Esty's academic, professional and political career:
- 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from Connecticut's 5th Congressional District
- 2008-2010: Connecticut House of Representatives
- 2005-2008: Cheshire, Connecticut, Town council
- 1985: Graduated from Yale University with a J.D.
- 1981: Graduated from Harvard University with an A.B.
Esty serves on the following committees:
Esty served 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.
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Esty's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Esty voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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.
Esty voted in opposition to HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted 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.
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.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Esty voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Esty joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Esty voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Esty voted for HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos 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.
Healthcare 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 Healthcare Act
Esty voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Esty is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Esty received a score of 61 percent on social issues and 16 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Opposes||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Neutral||Stay out of Iran||Favors|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
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.'"
Esty's campaign website listed the following issues:
—Elizabeth Esty's campaign website, http://elizabethesty.com/issues/
- 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
Esty won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on August 12, 2014. She defeated Mark Greenberg (R) and John Pistone (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Esty was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
|U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Elizabeth Esty Incumbent||53%||107,930|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State (100% reporting) Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.|
Esty won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 5th District. Esty defeated Christopher Donovan and Dan Roberti in the Democratic primary. She then defeated Andrew Roraback (R) and John Pistone (I) in the general 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 close to the primary hurt his chances. 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|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Esty attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Esty is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Esty raised a total of $6,213,885 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 26, 2015.
|Elizabeth Esty's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||US House (Connecticut, District 5)||$2,944,835|
|2012||US House (Connecticut, District 5)||$3,269,050|
|Grand Total Raised||$6,213,885|
|Elizabeth Esty (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$40,989.95||$232,659.59||$(77,439.66)||$196,209.88|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$196,209.88||$289,385.98||$(89,245.68)||$396,350.18|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$396,350.18||$320,810.69||$(78,440.64)||$638,720.23|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$638,720||$292,743||$(85,109)||$846,353|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$846,353||$405,606||$(89,654)||$1,162,306|
|Pre-Convention||May 2, 2014||$1,162,306||$54,226||$(24,000)||$1,192,533|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$1,192,533||$391,487||$(103,215)||$1,480,805|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,480,805||$584,694||$(1,142,489)||$923,010|
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|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Listed below is the largest contributor to Elizabeth Esty's 2008 campaign.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Esty's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,187,079 and $5,660,000. That averages to $3,923,539, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Esty ranked as the 91st most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Esty's calculated net worth decreased by an average of 20 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Elizabeth Esty Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-20%|
|Average annual growth:||-20%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Esty received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.
From 2011-2014, 27.99 percent of Esty's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Elizabeth Esty Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$223,900|
|% total in top industry||8.54%|
|% total in top two industries||14.93%|
|% total in top five industries||27.99%|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Esty missed 20 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
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:
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Esty ranked 140th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Esty voted with the Democratic Party 93.3 percent of the time, which ranked 96th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.
Esty voted with the Democratic Party 92.8 percent of the time, which ranked 104th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
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- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- The Courant, "Connecticut Delegation Wrestles With Syria Decision," accessed September 9, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed July 14, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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- This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Christopher S. Murphy
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