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{{tnr}}'''Janice D. "Jan" Schakowsky''' (b. May 26, 1944) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Schakowsky was first elected by voters from [[Illinois' 9th congressional district]] in 1998.  
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{{tnr}}'''Janice D. "Jan" Schakowsky''' (b. May 26, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Schakowsky was first elected by voters from [[Illinois' 9th congressional district]] in 1998.  
  
Schakowsky defeated challenger [[Simon Ribeiro]] in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and defeated challenger [[Timothy Wolfe]] (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref>
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She defeated challenger [[Simon Ribeiro]] in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and defeated challenger [[Timothy Wolfe]] (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref>
  
Schakowksy serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the [[Democratic]] caucus for the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-announces-whip-team-113th-congress ''Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer'' "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013]</ref>
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She serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the [[Democratic]] caucus for the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-announces-whip-team-113th-congress ''Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer'' "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013]</ref>
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She is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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:: ''See also: [[Gang of Eight]]''
Schakowsky 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.  She was one 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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On October 8, 2013, eight [[Democratic]] members of [[Congress]] were arrested while attending a protest calling for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.<ref name="protest">[http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/08/20874725-democratic-lawmakers-arrested-during-immigration-protest?lite ''NBC News,'' "Democratic lawmakers arrested during immigration protest," accessed October 9, 2013]</ref>
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The eight included Schakowsky, [[John Lewis]], [[Luis Gutierrez]], [[Charlie Rangel]], [[Raul Grijalva]], [[Joe Crowley]], [[Keith Ellison]] and [[Al Green]].<ref name="protest"/> The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitol.<ref name="protest"/> Authorities arrested the lawmakers for crowding and disrupting the streets around the Capitol. Almost 200 people were arrested by police during the protest.<ref name="protest"/>
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====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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=====American response in Syria=====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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=====Department of Homeland Security Appropriations=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Schakowsky 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 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/6387/jan-schakowsky/?p=1#.UlghhlN0I7I ''Project Votesmart,'' "
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Support vote}} Schakowsky voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Schakowsky voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====National Defense Authorization Act=====
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{{Support vote}} Schakowsky voted in support of 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Economy====
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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Schakowsky said about the shutdown, "The people that are driving this shutdown are people who don't have any institutional memory and many of them actually have no legislative experience whatsoever [or] legislative memory. So they came here on a mission, which was to shutdown the government. A couple of them bragged about it early on. ... This is a moment when our economy could actually be leaping forward. We are at a point where we could be creating jobs. We could be in a great position right now, and instead we're going to be seeing, I think, really tragic consequences in terms of the economy and individual American families."<ref>[http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2013/10/01/us-government-shutdown-whats-next ''Progress Illinois.com,'' "U.S. Government Shutdown: How Did We Get Here And What's Next?," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Schakowsky 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. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Health Care Reform Rules=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Schakowsky 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Schakowsky voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013.  The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185.  The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Amash amendment=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Schakowsky voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====SNAP challenge=====
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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{{Support vote}} Schakowsky 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.  She 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 9th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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Schakowsky is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 9th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schakowsky's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00327023 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Jan Schakowsky 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Jan Schakowsky 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Schakowsky's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Jan Schakowsky 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Schakowsky's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
Schakowsky won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Schakowsky's campaign committee raised a total of $1,350,902 and spent $1,338,067.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004724&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Jan Schakowsky 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref>
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Schakowsky won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Schakowsky's campaign committee raised a total of $1,350,902 and spent $1,338,067.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004724&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Jan Schakowsky 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Schakowsky spent $6.87 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Schakowsky is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/janice_schakowsky/400360 ''Gov Track'' "Schakowsky" Accessed May 10, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Schakowsky is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]," as of June 17, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/janice_schakowsky/400360 ''Gov Track'' "Schakowsky" Accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400360_Janice_Schakowsky ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Jan Schakowsky," Accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[James McGovern]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Randy Weber]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[John Barrow]]
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
====2012====
 
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Schakowsky ranked 24th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Schakowsky ranked 24th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
 
====2011====
 
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Schakowsky ranked 46th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Schakowsky ranked 46th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schakowsky paid her congressional staff a total of $1,219,538 in 2011.  She ranks 8th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 8th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/browse_by_representative/index/letter/S.html LegiStorm "Jan Schakowsky"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schakowsky paid her congressional staff a total of $1,219,538 in 2011.  She ranks 8th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 8th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/browse_by_representative/index/letter/S.html LegiStorm "Jan Schakowsky"]</ref>
 
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Schakowsky's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $10,024 and $404,999. That averages to $207,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 6.95% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004724&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Schakowsky (D-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Schakowsky's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $10,024 and $404,999. That averages to $207,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 6.95% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004724&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Schakowsky (D-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Schakowsky's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $12,025 and $433,999. That averages to $223,012, which is lower than  the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004724&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Schakowsky, (D-Illinois), 2010"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Schakowsky's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $12,025 and $433,999. That averages to $223,012, which is lower than  the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004724&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Schakowsky, (D-Illinois), 2010"]</ref>
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==Personal==
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Schakowsky resides in Evanston, [[Illinois]], with her husband Robert Creamer. She has three children, Ian, Mary and stepdaughter Lauren Creamer, and four grandchildren, Isabel, Eve, Lucy and William.<ref name="about"> [http://www.janschakowsky.org/about ''Jan Schakowsky Democrat for Congress'' "About" Accessed November 2, 2011] </ref>
  
 
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Schakowsky resides in Evanston, [[Illinois]], with her husband Robert Creamer. She has three children, Ian, Mary, and stepdaughter Lauren Creamer, and four grandchildren, Isabel, Eve, Lucy, and William.<ref name="about"> [http://www.janschakowsky.org/about ''Jan Schakowsky Democrat for Congress'' "About" Accessed November 2, 2011] </ref>
 
 
 
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Jan Schakowsky
Janice D. Schakowsky.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSidney Yates (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.87 in 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,227,676
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Personal
BirthdayMay 26, 1944
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionNon-Profit Program Director
Net worth$207,511
ReligionReform Judaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jan Schakowsky campaign logo
Janice D. "Jan" Schakowsky (b. May 26, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Schakowsky was first elected by voters from Illinois' 9th congressional district in 1998.

She defeated challenger Simon Ribeiro in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and defeated challenger Timothy Wolfe (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

She serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[2]

She is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

Biography

Schakowsky was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S. in elementary education.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Schakowsky serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Schakowsky served on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Controversy

Arrest during immigration protest

See also: Gang of Eight

On October 8, 2013, eight Democratic members of Congress were arrested while attending a protest calling for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.[5]

The eight included Schakowsky, John Lewis, Luis Gutierrez, Charlie Rangel, Raul Grijalva, Joe Crowley, Keith Ellison and Al Green.[5] The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitol.[5] Authorities arrested the lawmakers for crowding and disrupting the streets around the Capitol. Almost 200 people were arrested by police during the protest.[5]

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 Schakowsky'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. Schakowsky was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[8][9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Schakowsky 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 and was largely along party lines.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Schakowsky voted in support of 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]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Schakowsky said about the shutdown, "The people that are driving this shutdown are people who don't have any institutional memory and many of them actually have no legislative experience whatsoever [or] legislative memory. So they came here on a mission, which was to shutdown the government. A couple of them bragged about it early on. ... This is a moment when our economy could actually be leaping forward. We are at a point where we could be creating jobs. We could be in a great position right now, and instead we're going to be seeing, I think, really tragic consequences in terms of the economy and individual American families."[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Schakowsky 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Schakowsky 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Schakowsky voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Schakowsky voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Schakowsky, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[12]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[13]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Schakowsky 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. She 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.[14]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 9th congressional district elections, 2014

Schakowsky is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Illinois' 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Schakowsky won re-election in November.[15] Schakowsky ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 9th District. Schakowsky ran on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Schakowsky defeated challenger Simon Ribeiro in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1] Candidate Timothy Wolfe run unopposed in the Republican primary and was defeated by Schakowsky in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJan Schakowsky Incumbent 66.3% 194,869
     Republican Timothy Wolfe 33.7% 98,924
Total Votes 293,793
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Schakowsky Incumbent 91.9% 48,124
Simon Ribeiro 8.1% 4,270
Total Votes 52,394

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schakowsky is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Schakowsky raised a total of $8,227,676 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[23]

Jan Schakowsky's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 9) Won $1,350,902
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 9) Won $1,520,106
2008 U.S. House (Illinois, District 9) Won $1,408,942
2006 U.S. House (Illinois, District 9) Won $1,138,224
2004 U.S. House (Illinois, District 9) Won $1,098,204
2002 U.S. House (Illinois, District 9) Won $861,461
2000 U.S. House (Illinois, District 9) Won $849,837
Grand Total Raised $8,227,676

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 Schakowsky's reports.[24]

Jan Schakowsky (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$273,011.52$174,490.69$(147,487.29)$300,014.92
July Quarterly[26]7/13/2013$300,014.92$285,748.82$(239,991.84)$345,771.90
October Quarterly[27]October 13, 2013$345,771.90$107,163.31$(112,986.92)$339,948.29
Running totals
$567,402.82$(500,466.05)

2012

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

Schakowsky won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Schakowsky's campaign committee raised a total of $1,350,902 and spent $1,338,067.[28] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Schakowsky spent $6.87 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Schakowsky won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Schakowsky's campaign committee raised a total of $1,520,106 and spent $1,633,678.[30]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 9th Congressional District, 2010 - Jan Schakowsky Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,520,106
Total Spent $1,633,678
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $677,066
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $703,272
Top contributors to Jan Schakowsky's campaign committee
JStreetPAC$15,545
Jenner & Block$13,250
Sidley Austin LLP$12,100
State of Illinois$10,850
Teamsters Union$10,300
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$210,925
Health Professionals$98,200
Pro-Israel$77,419
Business Services$57,600
Retired$55,875

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schakowsky is a "far-left Democratic leader," as of June 17, 2013.[31]

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.[32]

Schakowsky most often votes with:

Schakowsky least often votes with:

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. Schakowsky ranked 24th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[33]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Schakowsky ranked 46th in the liberal rankings.[34]

Voting with party

2013

Janice D. Schakowsky voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 105th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[35]

Lifetime missed votes

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

According to the website GovTrack, Schakowsky missed 202 of 9,871 roll call votes from Jan 1999 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[36]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schakowsky paid her congressional staff a total of $1,219,538 in 2011. She ranks 8th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 8th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[37]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Schakowsky is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Schakowsky's staff was given an apparent $34,200.00 in bonus money.[38]

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, Schakowsky's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $10,024 and $404,999. That averages to $207,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 6.95% from 2010.[39]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schakowsky's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $12,025 and $433,999. That averages to $223,012, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[40]

Personal

Schakowsky resides in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband Robert Creamer. She has three children, Ian, Mary and stepdaughter Lauren Creamer, and four grandchildren, Isabel, Eve, Lucy and William.[41]

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  41. Jan Schakowsky Democrat for Congress "About" Accessed November 2, 2011
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U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 9
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