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Gene Green
Gene Green.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 29
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.38 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,908,384
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State Senate
1985-1993
Texas House of Representatives
1973-1985
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
Personal
BirthdayOctober 17, 1947
Place of birthHouston, Texas
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$522,503
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Raymond Eugene "Gene" Green (b. October 17, 1947, in Houston, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Green represents Texas' 29th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 1992.

Green most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated James Stanczak (L) and Maria Selva (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Green began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served from 1973 to 1985. He served in the Texas State Senate from 1985 until his election to the U.S. House in 1992.

Green is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

Green received his bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. He then attended the University of Houston's Bates College of Law and went on to practice law.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Green serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

2011-2012

Green was a member of the following House committees:[4]

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Green's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he plans to use military force in Syria.[7]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[7][8]

The letter notes that the lawmakers believe Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers ask.[8]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter reads. “We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.”[8]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Green was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[8]

NDAA

Neutral/Abstain Green did not vote on 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Green 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 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Green voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[12] 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.[13] Green voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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.[15] 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. Green voted for HR 2775.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Green voted for 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.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Green 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Green 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Green voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Green 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 1 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

2014

See also: Texas' 29th Congressional District elections, 2014

Green is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 29th Congressional District elections, 2012

Green won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 29th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He defeated James Stanczak (L) and Maria Selva (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23][24]

U.S. House, Texas District 29 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGene Green Incumbent 90% 86,053
     Libertarian James Stanczak 5.2% 4,996
     Green Maria Selva 4.8% 4,562
Total Votes 95,611
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Green is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Green raised a total of $5,908,384 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[35]

Gene Green's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 29) Won $1,012,294
2010 US House (Texas, District 29) Won $1,080,909
2008 US House (Texas, District 29) Won $1,077,277
2006 US House (Texas, District 29) Won $728,000
2004 US House (Texas, District 29) Won $662,698
2002 US House (Texas, District 29) Won $697,844
2000 US House (Texas, District 29) Won $649,362
Grand Total Raised $5,908,384

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Green's reports.[36]

Gene Green (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 12, 2013$869,756.00$36,602.61$(43,290.80)$863,067.81
July Quarterly[38]July 13, 2013$863,067.81$98,459.70$(38,942.55)$922,584.96
October Quarterly[39]October 14, 2013$922,584.96$171,103.45$(49,654.46)$1,044,033.95
Year-End[40]January 30, 2014$1,044,033$149,786$(118,176)$1,075,643
Pre-Primary[41]February 18, 2014$1,075,643$16,977$(78,845)$1,013,775
April Quarterly[42]April 12, 2014$1,013,775$112,453$(86,916)$1,039,312
July Quarterly[43]July 12, 2014$1,039,312$85,243$(77,551)$1,047,004
Running totals
$670,624.76$(493,375.81)

2012

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

Green won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Green's campaign committee raised a total of $1,012,295 and spent $721,459.[44] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[45]

Cost per vote

Green spent $8.38 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Green won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Green's campaign committee raised a total of $1,080,909 and spent $1,102,026.[46]

U.S. House, Texas District 29, 2010 - Gene Green Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,080,909
Total Spent $1,102,026
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $294,385
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $294,297
Top contributors to Gene Green's campaign committee
Ocean Shipholdings$15,100
Bracewell & Giuliani$10,500
National Assn of Broadcasters$10,500
American Society of Anesthesiologists$10,200
Abbott Laboratories$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$142,915
Oil & Gas$88,600
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$70,074
Lawyers/Law Firms$65,100
Electric Utilities$54,675

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Green is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[47]

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.[48]

Green most often votes with:

Green least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Green missed 538 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Green paid his congressional staff a total of $869,011 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[50]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Green's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $295,006 and $750,000. That averages to $522,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Green ranked as the 263rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[51]

Gene Green Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$522,5030%
2011$522,5030%
2010$522,503N/A

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. Green ranked 164th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[52]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Green was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 170th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[53]

Voting with party

2013

Green voted with the Democratic Party 87.3% of the time, which ranked 190th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[54]

Personal

Green and his wife, Helen, have two children.[55]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Raymmond Eugene "Gene" Green," Accessed November 1, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. Democratic candidate list
  24. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Gene Green," Accessed March 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Gene Green Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Green April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Green July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Green October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Green Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Green Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Green April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Green July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  44. Open Secrets "Gene Green 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  46. Open Secrets "Gene Green 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  47. Gov Track "Gene Green," Accessed June 7 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Gene Green," Accessed August 2, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Gene Green," Accessed April 2, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Gene Green," Accessed September 13, 2012
  51. OpenSecrets.org, "Gene Green (D-Texas), 2012"
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. Official House website "Full Biography," Accessed November 1, 2011
Political offices
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Texas State Senate
1985-1993
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Texas House of Representatives
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