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 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]

2011-12

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

Immigration

Healthcare

Social issues

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.[10]

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.[11][12]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Gerald Connolly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]4/15/2013$867,945.88$369,096.45$(117,476.65)$1,119,565.68
July Quarterly[18]7/15/2013$1,119,565.68$206,086.97$(82,466.03)$1,243,186.62
Running totals
$575,183.42$(199,942.68)

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

District 11

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[30] Connolly ranked 8th on the list.[30] 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.[30]. 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.[30]

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Personal

Connolly and his wife, Cathy, have one daughter.[31]

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. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Washington Post blog "Gerry Connolly’s campaign war chest tops $1 million," April 12, 2012
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 4, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Gerald Connolly 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Connolly Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Gerry Connolly 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 10, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Connolly" Accessed July 3, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Gerald Connolly," Accessed April 11, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Gerald Connolly," accessed August 8, 2013
  24. LegiStorm, "Gerald Connolly," Accessed September 13, 2012
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Connolly (D-VA), 2011"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Gerry Connolly (D-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  31. 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
Succeeded by
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Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
1995-2003
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