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Emanuel Cleaver
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U.S. House, Missouri, District 5
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
PredecessorKaren McCarthy (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,596,544
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Kansas City
Kansas City, City Council
Bachelor'sPrairie View A&M University
Master'sSt. Paul School of Theology
BirthdayOctober 26, 1944
Place of birthWaxahachie, Texas
ProfessionPastor, radio show host
Net worth$859,006
Office website
Campaign website
Emanuel Cleaver campaign logo
Emanuel Cleaver II (b. October 26, 1944 in Waxahachie, Texas) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Missouri's 5th congressional district. Cleaver was first elected to the House in 2004 and is currently serving his fifth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012, by a margin of 23.6%.[1]

Cleaver began his political career as a city council member in Kansas City in 1979 until his election as the first African-American Mayor of Kansas City, a position that he held from 1991 to 1999.[2]

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


Born in Waxahachie, Texas, Cleaver graduated from Prairie View A&M University and received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology.[2]


Cleaver works as a Methodist pastor between holding political office.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cleaver serves on the following committees:[3]


Cleaver served on the following committees:[4]

  • Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
  • Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response
  • Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming]]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Cleaver 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.[5]



Cleaver was seeking re-election in 2012.[6] Jason Greene sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[7]

U.S. House, Missouri District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEmanuel Cleaver Incumbent 60.5% 200,290
     Republican Jacob Turk 36.9% 122,149
     Libertarian Randy Langkraehr 2.6% 8,497
     Write-in Andrew Feagle 0% 6
Total Votes 330,942
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cleaver is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Cleaver raised a total of $4,596,544 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[12]

Emanuel Cleaver's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Missouri, District 5) Won $1,155,849
2010 U.S. House (Missouri, District 5) Won $637,380
2008 U.S. House (Missouri, District 5) Won $554,095
2006 U.S. House (Missouri, District 5) Won $669,497
2004 U.S. House (Missouri, District 5) Won $1,579,723
Grand Total Raised $4,596,544


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cleaver's reports.[13]

Cleaver for Congress Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]7/15/2013 (amended)$133,429.34$107,721.83$(80,786.87)$160,364.30
July Quarterly[15]7/19/2013 (amended)$160,364.30$126,845.00$(120,947.83)$166,261.47
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Cleaver's campaign funds for the 2012 election.
Cleaver was re-elected to the U.S. House for a fifth term in 2012. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,155,849 and spent $1,191,843.[16] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[17]

Cost per vote

Cleaver spent $5.95 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Cleaver's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Cleaver was re-elected to the U.S. House for a fourth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $637,380 and spent $607,575.[18]
U.S. House, Missouri District 5, 2010 - Emanuel Cleaver Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $637,380
Total Spent $607,575
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $274,423
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $258,627
Top contributors to Emanuel Cleaver's campaign committee
Polsinelli Shughart$12,950
Honeywell International$11,000
Husch Blackwell LLP$10,500
Carpenters & Joiners Union$10,000
National Assn of Realtors$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$68,200
Building Trade Unions$43,500
Industrial Unions$30,100
Construction Services$25,700
Real Estate$24,050


Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Cleaver missed 233 of 6,443 roll call votes from Jan 2005 to Apr 2013, which is 3.6% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[19]

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cleaver is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of May 2013.[20]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[21]

Cleaver most often votes with:

Cleaver least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cleaver paid his congressional staff a total of $1,017,986 in 2011. Overall, Missouri ranked 21st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[22]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Cleaver is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Cleaver's staff was given an apparent $34,458.32 in bonus money.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cleaver's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $448,013 and $1,269,999. This averages to $859,006, which is a 0.0365% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232.16 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[24]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cleaver's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $498,013 to $1,285,000. This yields an average net worth of $891,506.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

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, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Cleaver was ranked the 36th most liberal representative during 2012.[26]


According to the data released in 2012, Emanuel Cleaver was ranked the 30th most liberal representative during 2011.[27]

Percentage voting with party

May 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Emanuel Cleaver has voted with the Democratic Party 96.5% of the time, which ranked 52th among the 201 House Democratic members as of May 2013.[28]


Cleaver and his wife Dianne raised their four children in Kansas City, where they still live.[29]

Recent news

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External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Karen McCarthy
United States House of Representatives - District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mayor of Kansas City
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kansas City, City Council
Succeeded by


  1. State of Missouri, "Nov. 6, 2012 General Election" (accessed May 30, 2013)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. House of Representatives, "Emanuel Cleave official bio" (accessed May 30, 2013)
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II "committees"
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Open Secrets "Emanuel Cleaver Representative 2012" Accessed January 21, 2012
  7. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Emanuel Cleaver" Accessed May 16, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Cleaver for Congress Summary reports" (accessed July 22, 2013)
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Cleaver for Congress April Quarterly" (accessed July 22, 2013)
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Cleaver for Congress July Quarterly" (accessed July 22, 2013)
  16. Open Secrets "Emanuel Cleaver 2012 Election Data," Accessed February 2013
  17. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Emanuel Cleaver 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 8, 2011
  19. GovTrack, "Emanuel Cleaver" Accessed March 26, 2013
  20. Gov Track "Cleaver" (accessed May 30, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Rep. Emanuel Cleaver," (accessed July 29, 2013
  22. LegiStorm, "Emanuel Cleaver," Accessed October 8, 2012
  23. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  24., "Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), 2011," Accessed February 2013
  25., "Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  26. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  29. Cleaver for Congress, Congressman Cleaver, serving with Compassion, Civility, Courage "About"