Gregg Harper

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Gregg Harper
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U.S. House, Mississippi, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorChip Pickering (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,772,105
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
City Prosecutor of both Brandon and Richmond, Mississippi
Republican Party Chairman, Rankin County, Mississippi
2000-2007
Education
High schoolPearl High School
Bachelor'sMississippi College
J.D.University of Mississippi
Personal
BirthdayJune 1, 1956
Place of birthJackson, Mississippi
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$125,501
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gregory "Gregg" Harper (b. June 1, 1956) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Mississippi's 3rd congressional district. Harper was first elected to the House in 2008. He won re-election in 2012.

Harper defeated Robert Allen in the Republican primary in 2012. He defeated John Luke Pannell (Reform) in the November 2012 general election.[1][2]

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

Biography

Harper was born in 1956 in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from public high school in Perl, Mississippi, in 1974, he went on to earn his B.A. from Mississippi College and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Prior to his political career, Harper worked as an attorney in private practice.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Harper's political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Harper serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Harper served on the following House committees:[5]

    • Subcommittee on Elections Chairman
  • Ethics Committee
    • Joint Committee on Printing Chairman
    • Joint Committee on the Library Vice-Chairman[6]

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Harper voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

  • Immigration

Excerpt: "Congressman Gregg Harper understands that it is illegal to be in the United States without proper documentation, and those who are here illegally should have to face consequences. Amnesty for illegal aliens is unacceptable."[8]

  • Defense

Excerpt: "Congressman Gregg Harper believes that one of the federal government’s core duties defined in the Constitution is to provide for the common defense. Peace through strength is obtained through a robust national defense policy."[9]

  • Economy and Jobs

Excerpt: "Congressman Gregg Harper supports giving small businesses tax relief and reining in the excessive federal agency regulations that may hamper job creation and economic growth."[10]

  • Education

Excerpt: "Like every federal government agency, Congressman Gregg Harper believes the Department of Education should be examined thoroughly for waste and inefficiencies."[11]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "Instead of advancing a bill that focuses on access to care, protects the patient-doctor relationship and lowers health care premiums through increased competition and choice, the president signed a $1.7 trillion law that raids $764 billion from Medicare and raises taxes over $1 trillion."[12]

Elections

2012

See also: Mississippi's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Harper won re-election in 2012.[13] On March 13, Harper defeated his Republican primary opponent, Robert Allen. He defeated John Luke Pannell (Reform) in the November 2012 general election.[14][15]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGregg Harper Incumbent 80% 234,717
     Reform John Luke Pannell 20% 58,605
Total Votes 293,322
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGregg Harper Incumbent 91.8% 78,667
Robert Allen 8.2% 7,025
Total Votes 85,692

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harper is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Harper raised a total of $2,772,105 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[18]

Gregg Harper's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 3) Won $916,615
2010 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 3) Won $715,014
2008 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 3) Won $1,140,476
Grand Total Raised $2,772,105

2012

Breakdown of the source of Harper's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Harper won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harper's campaign committee raised a total of $916,616 and spent $654,281.[19]

2010

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

Harper won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Harper's campaign committee raised a total of $715,014 and spent $688,959.[20]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Harper is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[21]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Harper missed 36 of 3,353 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 1.1% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[22]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Harper paid his congressional staff a total of $1,095,779 in 2011. Overall, Mississippi ranked 41st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[23]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Harper was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Harper's staff was given an apparent $4,152.78 in bonus money.[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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Harper's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$198,996 and $449,998. That averages to $125,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 20.57% from 2010.[25]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Harper's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-148,996 to $464,999. This yields an average net worth of $158,001 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[26]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Harper was ranked the 146th most conservative representative during 2012.[27]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Gregg Harper was ranked the 101st most conservative representative during 2011.[28]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Gregg Harper voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 138th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[29]

Recent news

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Personal

Harper lives in Pearl, Mississippi, with his wife of thirty two years, Sidney, and their two children.[30]

External links

References

  1. WAPT 16 "Unofficial Mississippi Primary Results," March 13, 2012
  2. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Gregg Harper" Accessed December 3, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
  6. Congressman Gregg Harper, Representing the Third District of Mississippi "Committees and Caucuses"
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Gregg Harper "Immigration," October 11, 2012
  9. Gregg Harper "Defense," October 11, 2012
  10. Gregg Harper "Economy," October 11, 2012
  11. Gregg Harper "Education," October 11, 2012
  12. Gregg Harper "Healthcare," October 11, 2012
  13. Politico "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  14. WAPT 16 "Unofficial Mississippi Primary Results," March 13, 2012
  15. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Gregg Harper" Accessed May 16, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed June 17, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Gregg Harper 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Gregg Harper," Accessed June 17, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Gregg Harper" Accessed April 2013
  23. LegiStorm, "Gregg Harper," Accessed October 8, 2012
  24. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Gregg Harper, (R-Miss), 2011"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Gregg Harper (R-Miss), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. Official House Site "Full Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Chip Pickering
U.S. House of Representatives - Mississippi, District 3
2009–present
Succeeded by
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