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Hansen Clarke
Hansen Clarke.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Michigan, District 14
Date of primaryAugust 5, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
U.S. House, Michigan, District 13
In office
January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State Senate
Michigan House of Representatives
1991, 1999-2003
Bachelor'sCornell University
J.D.Georgetown University
Date of birthMarch 2, 1957
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ReligionRoman Catholic
Campaign website
Hansen Hashim Clarke (b. March 2, 1957) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 13th Congressional District from 2011 to 2013. He ran for re-election in 2012 to the 14th Congressional District seat, but was defeated by fellow incumbent Gary Peters in the Democratic primary.[1]

Clarke was making a second run at the 14th Congressional District as a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the open seat in the U.S. House.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Clarke was a "moderate Democratic follower."[2]


Clarke was born in 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his B.F.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Prior to his political career, Clarke worked as an attorney.[3]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Clarke served on the following House committees:[4]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Clarke 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 who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: Michigan's 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Clarke ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 14th District. Clarke sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 14 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Hansen Clarke 30.9% 22,866
Burgess Foster 1.1% 831
Rudy Hobbs 32.4% 23,996
Brenda Lawrence 35.6% 26,387
Total Votes 74,080
Source: Michigan Secretary of State


California's 31st Congressional District Contested Primary - Democratic candidates
Endorsement/Contribution Rudy Hobbs Brenda Lawrence Hansen Clarke Burgess Foster
MI Rep. Sander Levin May 22, 2013
EMILY's List February 13, 2014
National Organization for Women July 23, 2014
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan July 31, 2014


See also: Michigan's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

Clarke ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 14th District. He was defeated by incumbent Gary Peters in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Michigan District 14 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Peters 47% 41,230
Hansen Clark 35.2% 30,847
Brenda Lawrence 13.3% 11,644
Mary Waters 3.3% 2,919
Bob Costello 1.2% 1,027
Total Votes 87,667


On November 2, 2010, Clarke won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated John Hauler (R), Heidi Peterson (Libertarian), George Corsetti (Green), Duane Montgomery (Independent) and James Casha (Write-In) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, Michigan District 13, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHansen Clarke 79.4% 100,885
     Republican John Hauler 18.5% 23,462
     Libertarian Heidi Peterson 0.6% 815
     Green George Corsetti 0.8% 1,032
     Independent Duane Montgomery 0.7% 881
     Write-in James Casha 0% 1
Total Votes 127,076

Campaign donors


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

Clarke won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Clarke's campaign committee raised a total of $578,399 and spent $346,510.[8]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Clarke paid his congressional staff a total of $894,877in 2011. He ranked 25th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 139th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[9]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Clarke's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $163,009 and $445,000. That averages to $304,004.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[10]

Political Positions

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.


According to the data released in 2013, Clarke ranked 32nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[11]


According to the data released in 2012, Hansen Clarke was ranked one of the most liberal representatives during 2011. This is a position that is helb by eighteen other representatives. It is also the most liberal ranking held by one of Michigan's representatives.[12]

Voting with party

November 2011

Hansen Clarke voted with the Democratic Party 94.2 percent of the time, which ranked 47 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[13]


Clarke is married to Choi Palms-Cohen. They live in Detroit.[14]

Recent news

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See also

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Carolyn Kilpatrick
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan, District 13
Succeeded by
John Conyers, Jr.
Preceded by
Michigan State Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michigan House of Representatives
1991, 1999-2003
Succeeded by