Gerald Connolly

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Gerry Connolly
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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
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 "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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Connolly is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

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:[2]

2011-12

Connolly was a member of the following House committees:[3]

  • 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

Specific votes

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 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.[4]

Elections

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.[5][6]

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

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2010

On November 2, 2010, Gerald Connolly won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Keith S. Fimian (R), Christopher F. DeCarlo (I), David L. Dotson (L) and David William Gillis, Jr. (G) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, Virginia District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Connolly incumbent 49.2% 111,720
     Republican Keith S. Fimian 48.8% 110,739
     Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo 0.8% 1,846
     Libertarian David L. Dotson 0.6% 1,382
     Green David William Gillis, Jr. 0.4% 959
     Unlisted Write-in 0.1% 305
Total Votes 226,951

2008

On November 4, 2008, Gerald Connolly won election to the United States House. He defeated Keith S. Fimian (R) and Joseph P. Oddo (G) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Virginia District 11 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Connolly 54.7% 196,598
     Republican Keith S. Fimian 43% 154,758
     Green Joseph P. Oddo 2% 7,271
     Unlisted Write-in 0.2% 864
Total Votes 359,491

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.[9]

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

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.[10]

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.[11]

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

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.[12]

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.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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 89.8% of the time, which ranked 149 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[18]

District 11

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[19] Connolly ranked 8th on the list.[19] 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.[19]. 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.[19]

Recent news

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Personal

Connolly and his wife, Cathy, have one daughter.[20]

External links


References

  1. Gov Track "Connolly" Accessed May 16, 2012
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 9, 2011
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. Washington Post blog "Gerry Connolly’s campaign war chest tops $1 million," April 12, 2012
  6. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 4, 2013
  10. Open Secrets "Connolly Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Gerry Connolly 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 10, 2011
  12. GovTrack, "Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 11, 2013
  13. LegiStorm, "Gerald Connolly," Accessed September 13, 2012
  14. OpenSecrets.org, "Connolly (D-VA), 2011"
  15. OpenSecrets.org, "Gerry Connolly (D-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  16. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  17. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  18. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  20. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 9, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas M. Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 11
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Board of Supervisors Chairman, Fairfax County, Virginia
2004-2008
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Preceded by
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Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
1995-2003
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