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Wolf is not seeking re-election in [[Virginia's 10th Congressional District]] in the general election on [[Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]].<ref name=retire>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/17/rep-frank-wolf-r-va-wont-seek-reelection/ ''Washington Post'', "Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) won’t seek reelection", accessed December 17, 2013]</ref>
 
Wolf is not seeking re-election in [[Virginia's 10th Congressional District]] in the general election on [[Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]].<ref name=retire>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/17/rep-frank-wolf-r-va-wont-seek-reelection/ ''Washington Post'', "Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) won’t seek reelection", accessed December 17, 2013]</ref>
  
Prior to his election in the [[U.S. House]], Wolf served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior <ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/pubs/almanac/2002/people/va/rep_va10.htm ''National Journal'' "Frank R. Wolf," accessed July, 2013]</ref>
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Prior to his election to the [[U.S. House]], Wolf served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior <ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/pubs/almanac/2002/people/va/rep_va10.htm ''National Journal'' "Frank R. Wolf," accessed July, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Frank Wolf
Frank Wolf.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1981-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 33
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJoseph L. Fisher (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.78 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,929,608
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
1974-1975
Staffer for U.S. Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton
1971-1974
Staffer for U.S. Rep. Edward G. Biester, Jr.
1968-1971
Education
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
OtherLL.B. from Georgetown University Law School,
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1962-1967
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 30, 1939
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$459,219
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank R. Wolf (b. January 30, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 10th Congressional District. Wolf was first elected in 1980 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Wolf is currently serving his seventeenth consecutive term. [1].

Wolf is not seeking re-election in Virginia's 10th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Wolf served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior [3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wolf is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Wolf earned his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and his LL.B. from Georgetown University Law School.[4]

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of Wolf's professional and political career:[5]

  • 1981-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1974-1975: Deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • 1971-1974: Staffer for U.S. Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton
  • 1968-1971: Staffer for U.S. Rep. Edward G. Biester, Jr.
  • 1962-1967: United States Army Reserve

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Wolf serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science Chair
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

2011-2012

Wolf served on the following House committees:[7]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Chair
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th 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.[8] For more information pertaining to Wolf's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Wolf 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Wolf voted in support of 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Wolf voted in opposition 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]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Wolf voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[10]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Wolf supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[14] 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.[15] Wolf voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[17] 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. Wolf voted for HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Wolf supported 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Wolf supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Wolf supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Wolf voted against 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Wolf is not seeking re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Virginia's 10th District.The general election took place November 4, 2014.[2]

2012

See also: Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Wolf won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Virginia 10th District.[24] He ran unopposed in the June 6th Republican primary and defeated Kristin Cabral (D) and Kevin Chrisholm (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[25]

U.S. House, Virginia District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kristin Cabral 38.8% 142,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Wolf Incumbent 58.4% 214,038
     Independent Kevin Chisholm 2.7% 9,855
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 527
Total Votes 366,444
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wolf is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Wolf raised a total of $8,929,608 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[43]

Frank Wolf's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 10) Won $1,091,197
2010 US House (Virginia, District 10) Won $1,365,313
2008 US House (Virginia, District 10) Won $2,051,358
2006 US House (Virginia, District 10) Won $1,735,555
2004 US House (Virginia, District 10) Won $1,460,719
2002 US House (Virginia, District 10) Won $695,984
2000 US House (Virginia, District 10) Won $529,482
Grand Total Raised $8,929,608

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wolf's reports.[44]

Frank Wolf (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 14, 2013$187,089.04$46,331.76$(25,737.04)$207,683.76
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$207,683.76$127,172.07$(64,893.48)$269,962.35
October Quarterly[47]October 15, 2013$269,962.35$38,996.65$(24,187.61)$284,771.39
Year-end[48]January 31, 2014$284,771$18,502$(38,059)$265,214
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2014$265,214.13$180.78$(63,462.04)$201,932.87
Running totals
$231,183.26$(216,339.17)

2012

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

Wolf won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Wolf's campaign committee raised a total of $1,091,197 and spent $1,020,032.[50]

Cost per vote

Wolf spent $7.78 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Wolf's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Wolf won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Wolf's campaign committee raised a total of $1,365,313 and spent $1,305,503.[51]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Wolf is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 3, 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Wolf most often votes with:

Wolf least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Wolf missed 203 of 18,905 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Wolf paid his congressional staff a total of $888,936 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[55]

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, Wolf's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $417,222 and $501,216. That averages to $459,219, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 2.87% from 2010.[56]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Wolf's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $430,779 to $514,773. That averages to $472,726, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[57]

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. Wolf was 1 of 2 members who ranked 197th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[58]

2011

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. Wolf ranked 219th in the conservative rankings.[59]

Voting with party

July 2013

Wolf voted with the Republican Party 90.0% of the time, which ranked 202th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[60]

Personal

Wolf and his wife, Carolyn, have five children and fifteen grandchildren.[7]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Washington Post, "Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) won’t seek reelection", accessed December 17, 2013
  3. National Journal "Frank R. Wolf," accessed July, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Frank Wolf," Accessed November 9, 2011
  5. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Wolf", accessed January 2, 2014
  6. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  7. 7.0 7.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 9, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Frank Wolf's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Wolf on agriculture", accessed October 15, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wolf's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wolf's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Wolf on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  23. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  24. Leesburg Today "PHC Professor Sits Down With Five 'News-Makers'," April 9, 2012
  25. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
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  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Frank Wolf," Accessed April 4, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Wolf Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  50. Open Secrets "Wolf Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  51. Open Secrets "Frank R. Wolf 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 10, 2011
  52. Gov Track "Wolf" Accessed July 3 2013
  53. OpenCongress, "Rep. Frank Wolf," accessed August 8, 2013
  54. GovTrack, "Frank Wolf," Accessed April 11, 2013
  55. LegiStorm, "Frank Wolf," Accessed September 13, 2012
  56. OpenSecrets.org, "Wolf (R-VA), 2011"
  57. OpenSecrets.org, "Frank Wolf (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  58. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph L. Fisher
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 10th District
1981-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
1974-1975
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Staffer for U.S. Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton
1971-1974
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Staffer for U.S. Rep. Edward G. Biester, Jr.
1968-1971
Succeeded by
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