Gerald Connolly

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Gerry Connolly
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 11
In office
January 3, 2009-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorThomas M. Davis (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,674,365
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Board of Supervisors Chairman, Fairfax County, Virginia
Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
Bachelor'sMaryknoll College
Master'sHarvard University
Date of birthMarch 30, 1950
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
ProfessionPublic Administration
Net worth$1,765,021
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Gerald E. Connolly (b. March 30, 1950, in Boston, Massachusetts) 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 ran for re-election in Virginia's 11th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election to 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.


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.[3]


The following is an abbreviated list of Connolly's professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Connolly serves on the following committees:[4]


Connolly served on the following House committees:[5]

  • 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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Connolly's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

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."[8]


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.[9]

DHS 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.[9]

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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Connolly 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Connolly voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Connolly joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

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.[17] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[18]. 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.[19] 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.[20] Connolly voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]


Morton Memos 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Connolly has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues


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.[27]

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.[28]



See also: Virginia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Connolly ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 11th District. Connolly sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Virginia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

Connolly 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.[29][30]

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.[33]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Connolly's reports.[34]


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.[40]

Cost per vote

Connolly spent $6.89 per vote received in 2012.


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.[41]


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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Connolly's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $490,048 to $3,039,994. That averages to $1,765,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Connolly ranked as the 159th most wealthy representative in 2012.[46]

Gerald Connolly Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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 2 members who ranked 154th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[47]


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.[48]

Voting with party

July 2013

Connolly voted with the Democratic Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 137th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[49]

District 11

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[50] Connolly ranked 8th on the list.[50] 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.[50]. 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.[50]


Connolly and his wife, Cathy, have one daughter.[3]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. National Journal "Gerald Connolly Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Connolly," accessed January 2, 2014
  4., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "Committee Assignments," accessed November 9, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. The Washington Post, "Rep. Gerald E. Connolly faces constituents’ ire in making the case for striking Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  18., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Connolly's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 16, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Connolly on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  29. Washington Post blog "Gerry Connolly’s campaign war chest tops $1 million," April 12, 2012
  30. Politico, "2012 Election Map," November 6, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Gerald Connolly," accessed April 4, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Gerald Connolly 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Connolly Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Gerry Connolly 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 10, 2011
  42. GovTrack, "Connolly" accessed July 3, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Gerald Connolly," accessed April 11, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Rep. Gerald Connolly," accessed August 8, 2013
  45. LegiStorm, "Gerald Connolly," accessed September 13, 2012
  46. "Connolly, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  47. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  48. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" accessed April 17, 2012
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Thomas M. Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 11
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Preceded by
Board of Supervisors Chairman, Fairfax County, Virginia
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Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
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