Jackie Speier

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Jackie Speier
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U.S. House, California, District 12
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 7
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedApril 8, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
California State Assembly
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Davis
J.D.University of California, Hastings College of Law
Date of birthMay 14, 1950
Place of birthSan Francisco, California
Office website
Campaign website
Karen Lorraine Jacqueline "Jackie" Speier (b. May 14, 1950) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 12th congressional district. Speier was first elected to the House in 2008.

Speier won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 14th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her current district by redistricting.[2] The open primary election took place on June 5, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Speier is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[3]


Jackie Speier was born in San Francisco, California. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, in 1972, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in 1976.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Speier's academic, professional and political career:[5]


Campaign themes


Speier's campaign website lists the following issues:[6]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "The economy has been growing since mid-2009, but unemployment remains high. New jobs in our area spring largely from science and technology. The two UC’s (Berkeley/San Francisco) coupled with Stanford, as well as our CSU’s, make historic discoveries almost monthly. Investors from around the globe also find our culture, climate and diverse population to be globally competitive."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "The cost of war demands that we provide for the men and women who have served in our military. The Veterans Administration (VA) is the federal agency charged with coordinating health and disability benefits for our military veterans. But the VA is failing to provide these benefits in a timely fashion, forcing veterans in the Bay Area to wait an average of 320 days for a claims decision."
  • Financial Services Reform
Excerpt: "I also worked closely with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in crafting the CARD Act, legislation that cuts down on abusive credit card practices. Under the CARD Act, companies cannot increase interest rates on outstanding balances unless the consumer has missed two consecutive payments. Payments must be applied to the most costly balance first, with lower-interest rate balances being paid off thereafter."
  • Consumer Protection
Excerpt: "Establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was one of the most significant milestones in consumer protection in modern US history. I worked hard to establish this new consumer protection agency. Consumers should never be duped by financial companies selling negative amortization loans, credit cards that become unaffordable when fine print springs a trap on them, or hidden fees for services."

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Speier serves on the following committees:[7]




See also: California's 14th congressional district elections, 2012

Speier won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 14th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and Deborah Bacigalupi (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Michael Moloney (D). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]


On November 2, 2010, Speier won re-election to the United States House. She advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Mike Moloney (R) and Mark Paul Williams (Libertarian) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, California District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJackie Speier Incumbent 75.6% 152,044
     Republican Mike Moloney 22.1% 44,475
     Libertarian Mark Paul Williams 2.3% 4,611
Total Votes 201,130

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Speier's reports.[11]

Jackie Speier (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$953,023.76$215,213.56$(113,234.09)$1,055,003.23
Pre-Primary [13]May 24, 2012$1,055,003.23$41,265.63$(36,134.62)$1,060,134.24
Running totals


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

Speier won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Speier's campaign committee raised a total of $1,060,953 and spent $772,791.[14]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Speier paid her congressional staff a total of $1,085,002 in 2011. She ranks 133rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 78th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 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.[15]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Speier's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $4,506,072 and $20,527,999. That averages to $12,517,035.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Jackie Speier voted with the Democratic Party 92.1% of the time, which ranked 115 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[17]


Speier and her husband, Barry, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Lantos
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 12
Succeeded by
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California State Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly
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Preceded by
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
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