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Pallone announced his bid for [[U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the death of [[Frank Lautenberg]] (D). Mayor of Newark [[Cory Booker]], [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Rush D. Holt, Jr.]] and [[New Jersey State Assembly|Assembly Speaker]] [[Sheila Oliver]] are also planning to seek the [[Democratic]] party nomination.<ref>[http://www.rollcall.com/news/pallone_makes_preparations_for_senate_campaign_in_nj-220501-1.html ''Roll Call,'' "Pallone Makes Preparations for Senate Campaign in N.J.," January 2, 2012]</ref><ref name="run">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/cory-booker-senate-92236.html?hp=t2_3 ''Politico'' "Cory Booker’s unexpected sprint for Senate" Accessed June 5, 2013]</ref><ref name=running/>
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Pallone announced his bid for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the death of [[Frank Lautenberg]] (D). Mayor of Newark [[Cory Booker]], [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Rush D. Holt, Jr.]] and [[New Jersey State Assembly|Assembly Speaker]] [[Sheila Oliver]] are also planning to seek the [[Democratic]] party nomination.<ref>[http://www.rollcall.com/news/pallone_makes_preparations_for_senate_campaign_in_nj-220501-1.html ''Roll Call,'' "Pallone Makes Preparations for Senate Campaign in N.J.," January 2, 2012]</ref><ref name="run">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/cory-booker-senate-92236.html?hp=t2_3 ''Politico'' "Cory Booker’s unexpected sprint for Senate" Accessed June 5, 2013]</ref><ref name=running/>
  
 
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Frank Pallone
Frank Pallone.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBernard J. Dwyer (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,802,178
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 3
1988-1993
New Jersey State Senate
1983-1988
Long Branch City Council
1982-1988
Education
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College
Master'sTufts University
J.D.Rutgers University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 30, 1951
Place of birthLong Branch, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$789,027
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank Pallone, Jr. (b. October 30, 1951) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Pallone was elected by voters from New Jersey's 6th congressional district. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

On June 9, 2013, Pallone announced his candidacy for United States Senate in the special election that will be held to fill the seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg's death. [2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pallone is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Pallone was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1973, a M.A. from Tufts University in 1974, and a J.D. from Rutgers University in 1978.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Pallone's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pallone serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Pallone served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Political positions

Campaign themes

2012

On his site, Pallone listed his positions on 12 separate issues, but he has campaigned largely on environmental issues since his first congressional bid in 1988 in New Jersey's 3rd congressional district.[7] In 2012, he also focused on the economy and job creation.[8]

  • Economy and jobs: "Congressman Pallone supports the Democrats' ‘Make it in America’ agenda, which does more to encourage businesses to make products in the U.S. and supports investments in important areas like education and clean energy innovation."[9]
  • Education: "Congressman Pallone believes local schools and teachers must be provided with adequate resources and compensation, and a strong emphasis must be placed on hiring and retaining highly trained and talented teaching professionals."[10]
  • Energy and Gas Prices: "Middle class families are doing everything they can to cope with high gas and energy prices and tightening budgets, and that’s why Congressman Pallone advocates an all-of-the-above strategy that expands production of American energy resources. The most critical aspect of this agenda is to incentivize clean, renewable energy such as solar and wind that is manufactured here in America."[11]
  • Environment: "It has always been a top priority of Congressman Pallone’s to protect the water and air and clean up communities so New Jersey residents can lead healthy lives in the areas that they live and work."[12]
  • Equality: "Congressman Pallone continues to fight for policies that reflect our American ideals of equality, fairness and justice, and works to ensure all Americans, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to the same protections under the law."[13]
  • Fisheries: "Congressman Pallone believes that a strong fishing industry is vital to achieving a strong economy in the Sixth District." [14]
  • Foreign Affairs and Defense: "Keeping the country safe is of the utmost importance to Congressman Pallone. He takes seriously his job to protect and defend our nation, and to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the resources and support they deserve."[15]
  • Health Care: "As the Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Pallone believes that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care and fights for legislation that will help achieve these goals. The Affordable Care Act, or the health care reform law, is a major step towards expanding coverage, lowering health care costs and protecting patients from insurance company abuses. In addition, Congressman Pallone uses his leadership role on the Health Subcommittee to bring drugs to market faster, make our food system safer, and support work that will advance public health. He is particularly passionate about efforts to improve health outcomes for children." [16]
  • Housing: "Congressman Pallone supports the federal government taking necessary steps to give homeowners the tools they need to get back on their feet and modify home loans to avoid foreclosure."[17]
  • Labor: "Congressman Pallone stands with Middle Class families in New Jersey that are working to fight for better wages, benefits and conditions at their places of employment. His highest priority is to create jobs while advancing a ‘Make It In America’ agenda to stop the flow of jobs overseas."[18]
  • New Jersey Specific Issues: "Congressman Pallone’s most important job is to serve the people of the Sixth Congressional District and stand up for the issues that New Jersey residents care about. He regularly submits requests for federal funding for projects in the district, as well as fights for issues and legislation that will benefit the district."[19]
  • Seniors: "The economic struggles of the past few years have been particularly hard on seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes. Congressman Pallone is committed to protecting the programs that seniors rely on, like Medicare and Social Security, while also making them stronger and more secure."[20]
  • Veterans: "Congressman Pallone supports adequate funding for veterans programs to provide the men and women that fought for our country the support they need to stay healthy, get an education and find a good job."[21]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Pallone 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.[22]

Elections

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Pallone announced his bid for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D). Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, Rep. Rush D. Holt, Jr. and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver are also planning to seek the Democratic party nomination.[23][24][2]

2012

See also: New Jersey's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Pallone ran for, and won, re-election in 2012.[25] He was unchallenged in the Democratic primary and faced Republican Anna Little in the November general election.[26]

Despite the new shape of New Jersey's 6th congressional district, this year's race strongly resembles the match-up two years ago between Republican Anna Little and Democratic incumbent Pallone. In the redistricting, the 6th district was shifted to the east, but maintained its political demographics: the ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans is nearly 3 to 1. Despite tea-party support, Little lost to Pallone by 11 points in 2010.[27]

Pallone hoped to continue his work on environmental issues, after re-election.[28]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Pallone Incumbent 63.3% 151,782
     Republican Anna Little 35.2% 84,360
     Libertarian Len Flynn 0.6% 1,392
     Independent Mac Dara Lyden 0.3% 830
     Independent Herbert Tarbous 0.2% 406
     Independent Karen Zaletel 0.4% 868
Total Votes 239,638
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $10,802,178 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[39]

Frank Pallone's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $1,868,760
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $2,235,780
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $2,601,120
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $2,500,568
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 6) Won $1,595,950
Grand Total Raised $10,802,178

2012

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

Pallone won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pallone's campaign committee raised a total of $1,868,760 and spent $1,593,292.[40]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Pallone's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Pallone was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a tenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,235,780 and spent $2,573,747.[41]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pallone is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of June 19, 2013.[42]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pallone missed 206 of 15,359 roll call votes from January 1989 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pallone paid his congressional staff a total of $1,027,960 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[44]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Pallone's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $198,057 to $1,379,998. That averages to $789,027, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[45]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Pallone's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $22,052 to $924,998. Averaging to a net worth of $473,525 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[46]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Pallone tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 38th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[47]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Pallone was tied with 19 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 1st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[48]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Frank Pallone voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[49]

Recent news

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Personal

Pallone married the former Sarah Hospodor in 1992. They have three children, daughters Rose Marie and Celeste Teresa, and a son, Frank Andrew.[50]

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "Frank Pallone joins N.J. Senate race," Accessed June 10, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "PALLONE, Frank, Jr., (1951 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "PALLONE, Frank, Jr., (1951 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "About Me"
  7. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Environment"
  8. NJ Spotlight "Race in New-Look 6th Congressional District Features Familiar Foes" Accessed October 12, 2012
  9. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Economy and jobs"
  10. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Education"
  11. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Energy and Gas Prices"
  12. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Environment"
  13. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Equality"
  14. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Fisheries"
  15. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense"
  16. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Health Care"
  17. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Housing"
  18. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Labor"
  19. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: New Jersey Specific Issues"
  20. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Seniors"
  21. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "Issues: Veterans"
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. Roll Call, "Pallone Makes Preparations for Senate Campaign in N.J.," January 2, 2012
  24. Politico "Cory Booker’s unexpected sprint for Senate" Accessed June 5, 2013
  25. New Jersey Department of State, Division of Elections "2012 Official List of Candidates for House of Representatives," April 17, 2012
  26. WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
  27. NJ Spotlight "Race in New-Look 6th Congressional District Features Familiar Foes" Accessed October 12, 2012
  28. NJ Spotlight "Race in New-Look 6th Congressional District Features Familiar Foes" Accessed October 12, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Frank Pallone," Accessed April 23, 2013
  40. Open Secrets "Frank Pallone 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Frank Pallone 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 28, 2011
  42. Gov Track "Frank Pallone," Accessed June 19, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Pallone," Accessed April 10, 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Frank Pallone Jr," Accessed October 2, 2012
  45. OpenSecrets.org "Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  47. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  48. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  50. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Representing the People of the 6th District of New Jersey "About Me"
Political offices
Preceded by
Bernard J. Dwyer
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 6
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
James J. Howard
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 3
1988-1993
Succeeded by
Jim Saxton
Preceded by
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New Jersey Senate
1983-1988
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Long Branch City Council
1982-1988
Succeeded by
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