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Grace Napolitano
Grace Napolitano.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 32
Incumbent
In office
1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSteve Horn (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.89 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,779,483
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1993-1998
Mayor of Norwalk, California
1989-1990
Norwalk, California City Council
1986-1992
Education
High schoolBrownsville High School
Bachelor'sCerritos College and Texas Southmost College (did not earn degree)
Personal
BirthdayDecember 4, 1936
Place of birthBrownsville, Texas
ProfessionAutomotive Industry
Net worth$256,502
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Graciela Flores Napolitano (b. December 4, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 32nd Congressional District. Napolitano was first elected to the House in 1998.

Napolitano most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 32nd District. She defeated David Miller (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 38th, by redistricting.[2]

Napolitano began her political career as a member of the Norwalk, California, City Council. She served on the council from 1986 to 1992 and served as the Mayor of Norwalk from 1989 to 1990. Napolitano then served in the California State Assembly from 1992 until her election to the U.S. House in 1998.

Napolitano is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Napolitano is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Napolitano was born in Brownsville, Texas. She attended Cerritos College and Texas Southmost College but did not earn a degree.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Napolitano's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Napolitano worked at Ford Motor Company until her full-time entry into public service in 1992.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Napolitano serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Napolitano served on the following committees:[6]

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Napolitano's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Napolitano voted against 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" Napolitano 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 "No" Napolitano voted against 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] Napolitano 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. Napolitano voted for HR 2775.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Napolitano voted against 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" Napolitano 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" Napolitano 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" Napolitano 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" Napolitano 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. She 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: California's 32nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Napolitano is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 32nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Napolitano won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 32nd District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 38th, by redistricting. She and David Miller (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating G. Bill Gonzalez (D). Napolitano went on to defeat Miller in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23][24]

U.S. House, California District 32 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGrace Napolitano Incumbent 65.7% 124,903
     Republican David Miller 34.3% 65,208
Total Votes 190,111
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 32 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGrace Napolitano (D) Incumbent 46.1% 24,094
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Miller (R) 41.8% 21,843
G. Bill Gonzalez (D) 12.1% 6,322
Total Votes 52,259

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Napolitano is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Napolitano raised a total of $2,779,483 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[32]

Grace Napolitano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 32) Won $540,770
2010 US House (California, District 38) Won $391,824
2008 US House (California, District 38) Won $425,757
2006 US House (California, District 38) Won $329,193
2004 US House (California, District 38) Won $350,930
2002 US House (California, District 38) Won $305,286
2000 US House (California, District 34) Won $435,723
Grand Total Raised $2,779,483

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Napolitano's reports.[33]

Grace Napolitano (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$209,415.15$25,025.27$(16,703.92)$217,736.50
July Quarterly[35]July 12, 2013$217,736.50$41,780.00$(17,667.90)$241,848.60
October Quarterly[36]October 14, 2013$241,848.60$39,177.56$(38,348.95)$242,677.21
Year-End[37]January 29, 2014$242,677$41,996$(13,956)$270,716
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$270,716$36,011$(16,747)$289,980
Pre-Primary[39]May 22, 2014$289,980$8,655$(9,177)$289,457
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2014$289,457$70,276$(18,258)$341,475
Running totals
$262,920.83$(130,858.77)

2012

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

Napolitano won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Napolitano's campaign committee raised a total of $540,770 and spent $610,490.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Napolitano spent $4.89 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Napolitano won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Napolitano's campaign committee raised a total of $391,824 and spent $265,608.[43]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 38, 2010 - Grace Napolitano Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $391,824
Total Spent $265,608
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Grace Napolitano's campaign committee
Edison International$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
Operating Engineers Union$10,000
United Technologies$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$40,750
Lobbyists$28,550
Air Transport$28,000
Building Trade Unions$26,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$22,300

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Napolitano is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 2013.[44]

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.[45]

Napolitano most often votes with:

Napolitano least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Napolitano missed 411 of 9,871 roll call votes from January 1999 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[46]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Napolitano paid her congressional staff a total of $1,034,325 in 2011. She ranked 93rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 128th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

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, Napolitano's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-231,994 and $744,998. That averages to $256,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Napolitano ranked as the 329th most wealthy representative in 2012.[48]

Grace Napolitano Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$256,50223.32%
2011$208,000326.09%
2010$-91,999N/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. Napolitano ranked 27th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[49]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Napolitano was 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.[50]

Voting with party

2013

Napolitano voted with the Democratic Party 97.4% of the time, which ranked 18th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

Napolitano and her husband, Frank, have five children.

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Primary Endorsements," Accessed March 10, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Grace F. Napolitano," Accessed November 12, 2011
  4. Congressman Grace F. Napolitano, Proudly Representing the 38th District of California "Full Biography"
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congressman Grace F. Napolitano, Proudly Representing the 38th District of California "Full Biography"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  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. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  24. Unofficial election 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. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Grace Napolitano," Accessed March 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Grace Napolitano Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Napolitano April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Napolitano July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Napolitano October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Napolitano Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Napolitano April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Napolitano Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Grace Napolitano July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  41. Open Secrets "Grace Napolitano 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Grace Napolitano 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  44. Gov Track "Grace Napolitano," Accessed June 7 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Grace Napolitano," Accessed July 31, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Grace Napolitano," Accessed April 2, 2013
  47. LegiStorm "Grace Napolitano"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Grace Napolitano (D-Calif), 2012"
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Horn
U.S. House - California
1999-Present
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California State Assembly
1993-1998
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Mayor of Norwalk, California
1989-1990
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Norwalk, California City Council
1986-1992
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