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Jared Polis
Jared Polis.jpg
U.S. House, Colorado, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMark Udall (D)
Leadership
Chair of the Colorado Board of Education
2004-2005
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.41 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,749,496
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado State Board of Education
2001-2007
Education
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Personal
BirthdayMay 12, 1975
Place of birthBoulder, Colorado
ProfessionPublic Administration
Net worth$214,946,679
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jared Schutz Polis (b. May 12, 1975, in Boulder, Colorado) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Polis was first elected to the House in 2008.

Polis was most recently re-elected in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Randy Luallin (L), Kevin Lundberg (R) and Susan Hall (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

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

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Polis is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Jared Polis was born in Boulder, Colorado. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1996.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Polis' academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Polis serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Polis served on the following committees:[6]

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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Polis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Polis 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.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Polis 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.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Polis 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Polis returned his pay earned during the shutdown to the U.S. Treasury.[12]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Polis voted for 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. Polis was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Polis 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.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Polis 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.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Polis 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.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Polis 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.[18]

Campaign themes

2014

Polis' office website lists the following issues:[19]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "With American families and businesses still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, Congress must have a singular focus on job creation and expanding opportunity. We must build ladders of opportunity and tear down barriers for all Americans who are willing to work hard and take responsibility so that everyone can achieve the American Dream."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Congressman Polis uses his business background, education policy knowledge and school leadership experience to work with his colleagues to enact meaningful education reform. He believes that building an excellent public education system that provides each and every child with the opportunity to succeed is the best possible investment in America’s future."
  • Energy & Environment
Excerpt: "Colorado’s landscape and environment are the heart of our state’s character. Visitors from across the globe come to Colorado year-round to get a taste of what we’re surrounded by every day. Our state’s natural beauty is itself a precious resource that we must preserve."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Congressman Polis believes that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care. It is unacceptable that a country that spends more on health care than any other cannot provide affordable treatment for all its citizens."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Since our founding, the United States has been a beacon of hope for immigrants. We have welcomed people like Congressman Polis' great-grandparents, who came to our shores in search of religious freedom and the opportunity for a better life for their family. It is our immigrant experience and our diversity as a nation that has set us apart, making America the land of innovation as well as the land of opportunity."

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, Fort Collins and Larimer County became part of Polis' 2nd District. Polis said of the changes, "Fort Collins, Loveland and the cities and towns of the new 2nd Congressional District are dynamic, wonderful communities that I would be honored to serve in the new Congress. I am particularly pleased to have the chance to represent two of our state’s finest universities, including the new businesses their presence helps create as we work to provide jobs and opportunities for all Coloradans."[20]

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Polis is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Colorado's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Polis won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 2nd District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Randy Luallin (L), Kevin Lundberg (R) and Susan Hall (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[21][22]

U.S. House, Colorado District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJared Polis Incumbent 55.7% 234,758
     Republican Kevin Lundberg 38.6% 162,639
     Libertarian Randy Luallin 3.3% 13,770
     Green Susan Hall 2.5% 10,413
Total Votes 421,580
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Polis is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Polis raised a total of $9,749,496 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[25]

Jared Polis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,147,923
2010 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $1,248,539
2008 US House (Colorado, District 2) Won $7,353,034
Grand Total Raised $9,749,496

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Polis' reports.[26]

Jared Polis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$25,376.55$97,742.59$(80,492.25)$42,626.89
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$42,626.89$121,345.53$(56,573.59)$107,398.83
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$107,398.83$66,621.92$(58,718.32)$115,302.43
Running totals
$285,710.04$(195,784.16)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Polis' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Polis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Polis' campaign committee raised a total of $1,147,923 and spent $1,504,673.[30] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

Polis spent $6.41 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Polis' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Polis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Polis' campaign committee raised a total of $1,248,539 and spent $895,953.[32]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Polis is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[33]

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.[34]

Polis most often votes with:

Polis least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Polis paid his congressional staff a total of $1,067,870 in 2011. He ranked 117th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 96th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[35]

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, Polis' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $83,065,361 and $346,827,997. That averages to $214,946,679, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 50.08% from 2010.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Polis' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $57,944,127 and $228,492,998. That averages to $143,218,562.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[37]

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. Polis ranked 146th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[38]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Polis ranked 100th in the liberal rankings.[39]

Voting with party

2013

Polis voted with the Democratic Party 92.2% of the time, which ranked 160th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Polis has a partner, Marlon Reis.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  2. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "POLIS, Jared, (1975 - )"
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jared Polis," Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Jared Polis, 2nd District of Colorado "caucus"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. Office website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  20. Coloradoan, "County to get new representation," December 6, 2011
  21. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  22. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jared Polis," Accessed March 22, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Jared Polis Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Jared Polis April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Jared Polis July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Jared Polis October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Jared Polis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Jared Polis 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Jared Polis," Accessed June 7 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Jared Polis," Accessed July 30, 2013
  35. LegiStorm "Jared Polis"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Polis, (D-Colorado), 2011"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Polis, (D-Colorado), 2010"
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Mark Udall
U.S. House of Representatives - Colorado, District 2
2009-Present
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Colorado Board of Education
2001-2007
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