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Henry Waxman
Henry Waxman.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 33
Incumbent
In office
1975-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 39
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn H. Rousselot (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$15.50 in 2012
First elected1974
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,622,701
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1969-1974
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
J.D.University of California, Los Angeles
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1939
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,199,010
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Henry Waxman (b. September 12, 1939, in Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 33rd Congressional District. Waxman was first elected to the House in 1974.

Waxman most recently won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 33rd District. He defeated Bill Bloomfield (Ind) in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from the 30th District by redistricting.[2]

Waxman began his political career in the California State Assembly, where he served from 1969 to 1974.

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

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

Biography

Waxman was born in Los Angeles, California. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961 and 1964, respectively.

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Waxman serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Waxman served on the following committees:[5]

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

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[8][9] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Waxman was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[8][9]

NDAA

Voted "No" Waxman 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Waxman 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Waxman 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] Waxman voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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.[16] 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. Waxman voted for HR 2775.[17]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Waxman 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.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Waxman 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Waxman 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.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Waxman 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.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Waxman 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.[23]

Campaign themes

2012

Waxman's campaign website listed the following issues:[24]

  • Jobs & The Economy
Excerpt: "Congressman Waxman believes the top priority for this Congress should be putting America back to work. When President Obama was sworn into office, our country was facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "In one of the most powerful, industrialized countries in the world, no one should have to choose between taking their child to a doctor and paying the rent. Congressman Henry A. Waxman has spent decades crafting and debating policy that advances equality and opportunity - a legislative journey that has been interrupted and delayed far too many times at the expense of the health and well-being of the American public."
  • Medicare & Medicaid
Excerpt: "Congressman Waxman strongly opposes efforts by the Republican majority in the House to end Medicare as we know it and to cut Medicaid. The GOP budget plan inflicts terrible harm on Americans from all walks of life – while protecting the wealthiest taxpayers in America, both individuals and corporations. "
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Protecting the environment has been a top priority for Congressman Waxman throughout his congressional career. He has fought tirelessly to address global climate change, create new jobs in American clean energy and reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign oil."
  • Consumer Protection
Excerpt: "Congressman Henry A. Waxman has been fighting for years to protect the rights of America's consumers, promoting a thriving commercial environment while protecting the vulnerable and advocating for protections from corrupt and deceptive business practices."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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

2012

See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Waxman won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 33rd District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from the 30th District by redistricting. He and Bill Bloomfield (Ind) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Zein Obagi (D), Tim Pape (D), Bruce Margolin (D), Christopher David (R), Steve Collett (L) and David William Steinman (G). Waxman went on to defeat Bloomfield in the general election on November 6, 2012.[25][26]

U.S. House, California District 33 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Waxman Incumbent 54% 171,860
     Independent Bill Bloomfield 46% 146,660
Total Votes 318,520
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 33 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Waxman (D) Incumbent 45.3% 51,235
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Bloomfield (NPP) 24.6% 27,850
Christopher David (R) 15.3% 17,264
Bruce Margolin (D) 4.4% 5,020
Steve Collett (L) 4.3% 4,916
David William Steinman (G) 3.5% 3,940
Zein Obagi (D) 1.8% 1,988
Tim Pape (D) 0.7% 847
Total Votes 113,060

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Waxman is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Waxman raised a total of $6,622,701 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[46]

Henry Waxman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 33) Won $1,894,271
2010 US House (California, District 30) Won $1,538,103
2008 US House (California, District 30) Won $990,870
2006 US House (California, District 30) Won $648,175
2004 US House (California, District 30) Won $564,007
2002 US House (California, District 30) Won $469,632
2000 US House (California, District 29) Won $517,643
Grand Total Raised $6,622,701

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Waxman's reports.[47]

Henry Waxman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2013$220,611.74$52,962.22$(94,151.07)$179,422.89
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2013$180,422.89$167,748.15$(75,427.23)$272,743.81
October Quarterly[50]October 11, 2013$272,743.81$252,799.48$(60,503.26)$465,040.03
Running totals
$473,509.85$(230,081.56)

2012

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

Waxman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Waxman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,894,271 and spent $2,663,178.[51] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[52]

Cost per vote

Waxman spent $15.50 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Waxman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Waxman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,538,103 and spent $1,440,465.[53]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 30, 2010 - Henry Waxman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,538,103
Total Spent $1,440,465
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $364,125
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $244,713
Top contributors to Henry Waxman's campaign committee
News Corp$32,900
LHC Group$19,200
National Assn for Home Care$14,800
Arnold & Porter$13,550
Akin, Gump et al$13,250
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$168,350
TV/Movies/Music$149,150
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$117,800
Health Services/HMOs$112,350
Lawyers/Law Firms$85,350

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Waxman is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[54]

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.[55]

Waxman most often votes with:

Waxman least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Waxman missed 2,087 of 22,884 roll call votes from January 1975 to March 2013. This amounts to 9.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[56]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Waxman paid his congressional staff a total of $1,226,333 in 2011. He ranked 5th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 6th 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.[57]

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, Waxman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $667,021 and $1,731,000. That averages to $1,199,010, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Waxman ranked as the 187th most wealthy representative in 2012.[58]

Henry Waxman Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$1,199,010-0.7%
2011$1,207,5104.95%
2010$1,150,510N/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. Waxman ranked 26th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[59]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Waxman ranked 39th in the liberal rankings.[60]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Waxman has voted with the Democratic Party 97.5% of the time, which ranked 14th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

Waxman and his wife, Janet, have two children.

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References

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  2. "House veteran Waxman will run in new district that includes South Bay", dailybreeze.com, August 27, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Henry Arnold Waxman," Accessed November 12, 2011
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  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
John H. Rousselot
U.S. House of Representatives - California
1975-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly
1969-1974
Succeeded by
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