Gus Bilirakis

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Gus M. Bilirakis
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U.S. House, Florida, District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDennis A. Ross (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,999,178
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives, District 48
1999-2007
Education
High schoolTarpon Springs High School
Associate'sSt. Petersburg Junior College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
J.D.Stetson University College of Law
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 8, 1963
Place of birthGainsville, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$605,517
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gus Michael Bilirakis (b. February 8, 1963 in Gainsville, Florida) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bilirakis was elected by voters from Florida's 12th congressional district.

Due to redistricting, Bilirakis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 12th District.[1][2] He was first elected to the U.S. House, representing District 9, in 2006.[3]

Bilirakis previously represented District 48 of the Florida House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007.[3]

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

Biography

Bilirakis grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida, as the grandson of Greek immigrants. Bilirakis graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. He then attended the University of Florida, where he graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1989.

Bilirakis has a Tampa Bay area law practice, the Bilirakis Law Group, specializing in probate and estate planning, which he took over from his father. While his father Michael Bilirakis was a Member of Congress from 1983–2007, Gus helped run his campaigns.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bilirakis serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Bilirakis served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Bilirakis's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • National Security
Excerpt: "Gus strongly opposes illegal immigration and does not believe we should give amnesty or any other reward to those who have broken our nation’s immigration laws because doing so simply encourages continued lawbreaking and greater illegal immigration in the future."
  • Honoring Our Nation's Heroes
Excerpt: "As Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Gus is committed to working on behalf of the brave men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. When elected to Congress, he fought for a seat on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs so he could be an advocate for veterans and their families and ensure they receive the benefits they have earned. He also chairs the Republican Policy Committee’s Task Force on Veterans’ Affairs."
  • Protecting Florida's Seniors
Excerpt: "Gus is working hard to ensure that Florida's seniors have peace of mind. Gus believes that we must protect Medicare and Social Security for current beneficiaries and future generations and voted to stop scheduled Medicare premium increases."
  • Fiscal Discipline & Job Creation
Excerpt: "Gus believes that economic innovation and growth begins with fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C."
  • Health Care Reform
Excerpt: "Gus strongly believes that serious health care reform must begin with reducing premiums and increasing access to care for those without it. He supports sensible solutions that will lower rising health care costs and increase access to insurance while preserving the doctor-patient relationship and keeping you in charge of your care."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Bilirakis 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]

Election

2012

See also: Florida's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Bilirakis was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 12th District. Bilirakis was seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Bilirakis ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[8]

U.S. House, Florida District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGus Bilirakis Incumbent 63.5% 209,604
     Democratic Jonathan Michael Snow 32.9% 108,770
     Independent Paul Sidney Elliot 1.5% 4,915
     Independent John Russell 2.1% 6,878
Total Votes 330,167
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bilirakis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Bilirakis raised a total of $5,999,178 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[12]

Gus Bilirakis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 12) Won $758,988
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 10) Won $1,088,911
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 10) Won $1,494,533
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 10) Won $2,656,746
Grand Total Raised $5,999,178

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 Bilirakis' reports.[13]

Gus Bilirakis Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]4/14/2013$47,968.43$54,677.73$(61,104.76)$41,541.40
July Quarterly[15]7/14/2013$42,541.40$179,805.27$(44,305.69)$177,040.98
Running totals
$234,483$(105,410.45)

2012

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

Bilirakis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $758,988 and spent $919,050.[16]

2010

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

Bilirakis won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Bilirakis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,088,911 and spent $915,411.[17]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bilirakis is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 11, 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Bilirakis missed 98 of 5,226 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[19]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bilirakis paid his congressional staff a total of $891,185 in 2011. He ranks 109th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 133rd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

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, Bilirakis's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $246,035 and $965,000. That averages to $605,517, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 33.37% from 2010.[21]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bilirakis' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $88,033 and $819,999. That averages to $454,016, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

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. Bilirakis ranked 148th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[23]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bilirakis ranked 122nd in the conservative rankings.[24]

Voting with party

2013

Gus M. Bilirakis voted with the Republican Party 99.4% of the time, which ranked 16th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[25]

Personal

Gus lives in Palm Harbor with his wife, Eva, and sons Michael, Teddy, Manuel, and Nicholas.[3]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Tampa Bay Times "Redrawn congressional boundaries create roadblock for Fasano" Accessed February 14, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Congressman Gust Bilirakis "Biography of Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis" Accessed October 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Congressman Gus Bilirakis "Committee & Leadership Assignments" Accessed October 17, 2011
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Gus M. Bilirakis" Accessed April 4, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Gus Bilirakis 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Gus Bilirakis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Gus M. Bilirakis 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Bilirakis" Accessed June 11, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Gus Bilirakis," Accessed March 29, 2013
  20. LegiStorm "Gus Bilirakis"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Bilirakis (R-Fla), 2011"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Bilirakis, (R-Florida), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis A. Ross (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 12
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Michael Bilirakis
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 9
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Alan Grayson (D)
Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives, District 48
1999-2007
Succeeded by
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