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{{tnr}}'''Gerald "Gerry" Connolly''' (b. March 30, 1950) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Virginia]]. Connolly represents [[Virginia's 11th congressional district]] and was first elected to the House in 2008. He won re-election in 2012.
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{{tnr}}'''Gerald E. Connolly''' (b. March 30, 1950) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] representing [[Virginia's 11th congressional district]]. Connolly was first elected to [[Virginia's 11th congressional district|district 11]] in 2008 and ran for re-election on [[Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Connolly is currently serving his third consecutive term. <ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Virginia"]</ref>.
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Connolly is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gerald_connolly/412272 ''Gov Track'' "Connolly" Accessed May 16, 2012]</ref>
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Connolly {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in [[Virginia's 11th congressional district]] in the general election on [[Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]].
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Prior to his election in the [[U.S. House]] Connolly was a Chair of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, Virginia.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/member/112#biography ''National Journal'' "Gerald Connolly Biography," accessed July, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Connolly was born in Boston, [[Massachusetts]]. He earned his bachelor's from Maryknoll College in 1971 and his M.P.A. in 1971 from Harvard University. After receiving his master's, he began working for the [[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations]].
 
Connolly was born in Boston, [[Massachusetts]]. He earned his bachelor's from Maryknoll College in 1971 and his M.P.A. in 1971 from Harvard University. After receiving his master's, he began working for the [[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations]].
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**Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
 
**Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
  
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Connolly was a member of the following House committees:<ref>[http://connolly.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=64&sectiontree=5,64 ''Official House website'' "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 9, 2011]</ref>
 
Connolly was a member of the following House committees:<ref>[http://connolly.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=64&sectiontree=5,64 ''Official House website'' "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 9, 2011]</ref>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Committee on Foreign Affairs]]
 
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** Subcommittee Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management
 
** Subcommittee Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Specific votes===
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===Legislative actions===
====Fiscal Cliff====
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====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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=====U.S. involvement in Syria=====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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Despite an "overwhelmingly negative" consensus in his district on intervening in Syria, Connolly had joined forces with Rep. [[Chris Van Hollen]] (D-MD) to write a narrow force resolution to appeal more to House members. Despite his support of taking military action, Connolly's constituents were clear. Connolly said:
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::"It's unpopular. I certainly listen. I like to believe the resolution I drafted reflects some of the concerns: limited time frame, no boots on the ground."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rep-gerald-e-connolly-faces-constituents-ire-in-making-the-case-for-striking-syria/2013/09/05/827351f4-1646-11e3-be6e-dc6ae8a5b3a8_story.html ''The Washington Post'', "Rep. Gerald E. Connolly faces constituents’ ire in making the case for striking Syria," accessed September 9, 2013]</ref>
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=====National Defense Authorization Act=====
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{{support vote}} Connolly 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/95078/gerry-connolly?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.Ul764xCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====Department of Homeland Security Appropriations=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Connolly voted in opposition 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.<ref name=ns/>
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Support vote}} Connolly 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.<ref name=ns/>
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=====Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act=====
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{{support vote}} Connolly voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm Bill=====
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: ''See also: [[United States Farm Bill 2013]]''
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{{oppose vote}}
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Connolly voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/95078/gerry-connolly?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.Ul79rhCBxVI ''Vote Smart'', "Connolly on agriculture", accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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=====King Amendment=====
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Connolly signed a letter sent to [[Collin Peterson]] in August 2013, asking him to keep [[Steve King]]'s amendment out of the final Farm Bill.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806604/letter-to-ranking-member-collin-peterson-house-committee-on-agriculture-reject-rep-kings-provision-on-farm-bill#.UkBtzIakrMk ''Vote Smart'', "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>  The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.<ref>[http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/17/king-farm-bill-amendment-angers-animal-advocates/ ''Time.com'', "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>.  King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for  egg-producing chickens.  King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.
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=====Government shutdown=====
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{{oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Connolly voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Connolly voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House,'' "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Connolly 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/95078/gerry-connolly?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.Ul7-DxCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Repealing Obamacare=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Connolly has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/95078/gerry-connolly?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.Ul7-eRCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Social issues====
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=====Abortion=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Connolly 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. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/95078/gerry-connolly?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.Ul7-7hCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Connolly on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
{{Support vote}}
Connolly 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Connolly 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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Connolly {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2014|Virginia's]] [[Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2014|11th District]]. Connolly {{2014isseeking}} the Democratic nomination in the primary. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Connolly 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Connolly's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Connolly 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Connolly's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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====Cost per vote====
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Connolly spent $6.89 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
===2010===
 
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Connolly is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]," as of July 3, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gerald_connolly/412272 ''Gov Track'' "Connolly" Accessed July 3, 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Connolly missed 29 of 3,357 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gerald_connolly/412272 ''GovTrack,'' "Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
 
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Connolly missed 29 of 3,357 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/gerald_connolly/412272 ''GovTrack,'' "Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
  
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412272_Gerald_Connolly ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Gerald Connolly," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Connolly paid his congressional staff a total of $866,822 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/986/Rep_Gerry_Connolly.html ''LegiStorm'', "Gerald Connolly," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
 
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Connolly paid his congressional staff a total of $866,822 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/986/Rep_Gerry_Connolly.html ''LegiStorm'', "Gerald Connolly," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Connolly's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $589,048 and $3,055,996. That averages to $1,822,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 8.94% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029891&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Connolly (D-VA), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Connolly's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $589,048 and $3,055,996. That averages to $1,822,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 8.94% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029891&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Connolly (D-VA), 2011"]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Connolly's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $998,048 to $3,004,998. That averages to $2,001,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029891&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Gerry Connolly (D-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Connolly's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $998,048 to $3,004,998. That averages to $2,001,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029891&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Gerry Connolly (D-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Connolly was 1 of 2 members who ranked 154th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.  Connolly was 1 of 2 members who ranked 154th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
 
:: ''See also: [[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.  Connolly was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 151st in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.  Connolly was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 151st in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
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Gerry Connolly
Gerry Connolly.JPG
U.S. House, Virginia, District 11
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorThomas M. Davis (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.89 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,674,365
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Board of Supervisors Chairman, Fairfax County, Virginia
2004-2008
Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
1995-2003
Education
Bachelor'sMaryknoll College
Master'sHarvard University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 30, 1950
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
ProfessionPublic Administration
Net worth$1,822,522
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gerald E. Connolly (b. March 30, 1950) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 11th congressional district. Connolly was first elected to district 11 in 2008 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Connolly is currently serving his third consecutive term. [1].

Connolly is running for re-election in Virginia's 11th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election in the U.S. House Connolly was a Chair of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, Virginia.[2]

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

Biography

Connolly was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor's from Maryknoll College in 1971 and his M.P.A. in 1971 from Harvard University. After receiving his master's, he began working for the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Connolly serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

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

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
    • Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service, Labor Policy
    • Subcommittee Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management

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 Connolly's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

U.S. involvement in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Despite an "overwhelmingly negative" consensus in his district on intervening in Syria, Connolly had joined forces with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to write a narrow force resolution to appeal more to House members. Despite his support of taking military action, Connolly's constituents were clear. Connolly said:

"It's unpopular. I certainly listen. I like to believe the resolution I drafted reflects some of the concerns: limited time frame, no boots on the ground."[7]
National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Connolly 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Connolly voted in opposition 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Connolly 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Connolly voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Connolly voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

King Amendment

Connolly signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[12] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[13]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

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.[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] Connolly voted against 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. Connolly voted for HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Connolly 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Connolly has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Connolly 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. 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 "Yes" Connolly 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.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2014

Connolly is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Virginia's 11th District. Connolly is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Virginia's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

He won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 6, 2012. He defeaetd Joe Galdo (G), Chris Perkins (R), Peter Marchetti (I), Chris DeCarlo (I), and Mark Gibson (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[24][25]

U.S. House, Virginia District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Connolly Incumbent 61% 202,606
     Republican Chris Perkins 35.5% 117,902
     Green Joe Galdo 0.7% 2,195
     Independent Peter Marchetti 0.6% 1,919
     Independent Chris DeCarlo 0.9% 3,027
     Independent Mark Gibson 1.1% 3,806
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 788
Total Votes 332,243
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Connolly is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Connolly raised a total of $6,674,365 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[28]

Gerald Connolly's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 11) Won $2,241,573
2010 US House (Virginia, District 11) Won $2,435,298
2008 US House (Virginia, District 11) Won $1,997,494
Grand Total Raised $6,674,365

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Connolly's reports.[29]

Gerald Connolly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$867,945.88$369,096.45$(117,476.65)$1,119,565.68
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$1,119,565.68$206,086.97$(82,466.03)$1,243,186.62
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2013$1,243,186.62$201,170.55$(113,266.18)$1,331,090.99
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$1,331,090$214,384$(77,843)$1,467,632
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$1,467,632.04$350,247.83$(127,471.93)$1,690,407.94
Running totals
$1,340,985.8$(518,523.79)

2012

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

Connolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Connolly's campaign committee raised a total of $2,241,573 and spent $1,396,232.[35]

Cost per vote

Connolly spent $6.89 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Connolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Connolly's campaign committee raised a total of $2,435,298 and spent $2,436,046.[36]

U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 11th District, 2010 - Gerald Connolly Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,435,298
Total Spent $2,436,046
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,877,373
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,799,027
Top contributors to Gerald Connolly's campaign committee
SAIC Inc$22,000
JStreetPAC$19,700
West Group Management$18,500
Mantech International$15,800
Reed Smith LLP$14,300
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$137,700
Public Sector Unions$131,200
Lawyers/Law Firms$124,468
Retired$119,593
Real Estate$113,699

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Connolly is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 3, 2013.[37]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Connolly missed 29 of 3,357 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Connolly most often votes with:

Connolly 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. Connolly paid his congressional staff a total of $866,822 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.[40]

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, Connolly's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $589,048 and $3,055,996. That averages to $1,822,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 8.94% from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Connolly's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $998,048 to $3,004,998. That averages to $2,001,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[42]

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. Connolly was 1 of 2 members who ranked 154th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[43]

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. Connolly was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 151st in the liberal rankings.[44]

Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Connolly has voted with the Democratic Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 137 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[45]

District 11

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[46] Connolly ranked 8th on the list.[46] The article noted that Connolly inadvertently benefited from a Republican plan to build up Republican incumbent districts in the redistricting process. Connolly's 11th district would lose portions of its Republican base to neighboring Frank Wolf's 10th district, resulting in a more Democratic district for Connolly.[46]. However, unless Virginia Republicans were able to win two seats in the state House, the plan would not go through and redistricting would be left up to the courts.[46]

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Personal

Connolly and his wife, Cathy, have one daughter.[47]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. National Journal "Gerald Connolly Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 9, 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. The Washington Post, "Rep. Gerald E. Connolly faces constituents’ ire in making the case for striking Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Connolly on agriculture", accessed October 16, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  13. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 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 Connolly's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Connolly on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  24. Washington Post blog "Gerry Connolly’s campaign war chest tops $1 million," April 12, 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. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 4, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Gerald Connolly 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  35. Open Secrets "Connolly Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Gerry Connolly 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 10, 2011
  37. Gov Track "Connolly" Accessed July 3, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 11, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Gerald Connolly," accessed August 8, 2013
  40. LegiStorm, "Gerald Connolly," Accessed September 13, 2012
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Connolly (D-VA), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Gerry Connolly (D-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  47. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 9, 2011
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Thomas M. Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 11
2009-Present
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Board of Supervisors Chairman, Fairfax County, Virginia
2004-2008
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