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'''Jason Altmire''' (b. March 7, 1968) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Pennsylvania]]. Altmire was first elected by voters from [[Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district]] in 2006.  
 
'''Jason Altmire''' (b. March 7, 1968) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Pennsylvania]]. Altmire was first elected by voters from [[Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district]] in 2006.  
  
Because of [[Redistricting in Pennsylvania|redistricting]], Altmire's territory was thrown in with [[Mark Critz]] in the newly redrawn [[Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district|12th district]]. [[http://www.ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Incumbent_Democrat_Tim_Holden%27s_defeat_highlights_Pennsylvania_congressional_and_legislative_primaries#Congress|Critz defeated Altmire]] in the April 24 Democratic primary.<ref>[http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=13&ElectionID=45&OfficeID=11 ''Pennsylvania Department of State'' "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012]</ref>
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Because of [[Redistricting in Pennsylvania|redistricting]], Altmire's territory was thrown in with [[Mark Critz]] in the newly redrawn [[Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district|12th district]]. [[Incumbent_Democrat_Tim_Holden%27s_defeat_highlights_Pennsylvania_congressional_and_legislative_primaries#Congress|Critz defeated Altmire]] in the April 24 Democratic primary.<ref>[http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=13&ElectionID=45&OfficeID=11 ''Pennsylvania Department of State'' "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==

Revision as of 00:41, 25 April 2012

Jason Altmire
Jason Altmire.jpeg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 4
Incumbent
In office
2007-January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sFlorida State University
Master'sGeorge Washington University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 7, 1968
Place of birthKittanning, Pennsylvania
ProfessionPolitical Assistant, Professional Advocate
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Jason Altmire (b. March 7, 1968) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Altmire was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district in 2006.

Because of redistricting, Altmire's territory was thrown in with Mark Critz in the newly redrawn 12th district. Critz defeated Altmire in the April 24 Democratic primary.[1]

Biography

Altmire was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. from Florida State University in 1990, and his M.H.S.A. from George Washington University in 1998.[2]

Career

Altmire has also worked as a professional advocate.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Altmire serves on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jason Altmire has voted with the Democratic Party 55.6% of the time, which ranked 191 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[4]

Voting Record

Altmire has missed 0 percent of all roll call votes during his congressional career.[5]

A February 2012 analysis by National Journal found that out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, Altmire ranks number 188 in liberal rankings. The ranking means that out of the 192 Democrats in the House, Altmire is the 188th most liberal member. [6]

Health Care

Altmire was one of 34 Democrats in the House to vote against the health care reform bill.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Altmire was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's newly redrawn 12th District. Because of redistricting, Altmire's territory was thrown in with Mark Critz in the newly redrawn 12th district. While Altmire lead in the polls, [defeated Altmire] in the April 24 Democratic primary.[8]

Politico rated the race between Critz and Altmire one of the 5 ugliest member vs. member battles.[9]

Ballot challenge

Because of redistricting, Altmire is forced to challenge Critz in the April 24, 2012 Democratic primary. They are both running for re-election in the new 12th congressional district. Altmire was nearly forced off the ballot by a legal challenge from the Critz campaign. Critz argued that hundreds of Altmire's signatures were invalid because the petition gatherer lived outside of the district, thus violating Pennsylvania law. [10]

On March 5, however, a Pennsylvania judge ruled against Critz, allowing Altmire to stay on the ballot. After the ruling, Altmire said Critz had resorted to the tactics of a "prom king."[11]

Endorsements

  • Allegheny County Democratic Committee
  • Westmoreland County Democratic Committee
  • Beaver County Democratic Committee
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[12]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Altmire won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Keith Rothfus (R) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 4 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Altmire Incumbent 50.8% 120,827
     Republican Keith Rothfus 49.2% 116,958
Total Votes 237,785

2008

On November 4, 2008, Altmire won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Melissa A. Hart in the general election.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 4 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Altmire Incumbent 55.9% 186,536
     Republican Melissa A. Hart 44.1% 147,411
Total Votes 333,947

2006

On November 7, 2010, Altmire won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Melissa A. Hart in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 4 Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Altmire Incumbent 51.9% 131,847
     Republican Melissa A. Hart 48.1% 122,049
Total Votes 253,896

Ads

On March 13, 2012, the Altmire campaign released its first two campaigns, touting the congressman's record and his roots and family background.[16]

The 30-second ads are titled "A Lot" and "Ethic."

"A Lot"

"Ethic"


On March 28, 2012 Altmire released a 30-second ad highlight the differences between his and Critz's voting record.[17]

"Stood"


In early April, Altmire released another ad, attacking Critz's voting record. Titled "Represent," the ad's narrator says Critz's record shows he does not represent western Pennsylvania.

"Represent"

Ad controversy

Some House Democrats expressed frustration with an Altmire ad that attacked Critz for failing to "stand up to the Tea Party" on the conservative budget proposal. Some lawmakers viewed the ad as a distortion because in reality, Critz voted "present" with party leaders, instead of "no." House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Reps. Robert Brady (D-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) all publicly defended Critz against the ad. “Manipulating those issues is a disservice to our party and certainly inaccurate about Mark,” said Schakowsky.

In defending the ad, Altmire told The Hill newspaper, “It’s 100 percent accurate. My ad says he did not vote against the Tea Party budget, and he didn’t. ...No. It’s not technically correct. It’s 100 percent correct. My ad says he didn’t vote against the Tea Party budget. He didn’t. Thank you, good talking to you." Before, Critz had said that he would endorse Altmire if he won the primary. Now, that may change. "It’s this Medicare ad,” said Critz. “I’m very frustrated by that, because it’s very misleading. And for him to pick that issue and turn it into a negative ad upsets me because it really undermines what we’re trying to do as a party to protect Medicare. It angers me.”[18]

Polls

2012 Election

A Tribune Review/Susquehanna Research and Polling poll, conducted April 13-15, 2012, showed Critz within striking distance - four points - of Altmire.[19]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 12, 2012
Poll Jason Altmire (D) Mark Critz (D)Margin of ErrorSample Size
[1]
(April 13-15, 2012)
43%39%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

A Global Strategy Group internal Critz poll, conducted March 22-25, 2012, showed Rep. Altmire with just a single-digit lead over Critz.[20]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 12, 2012
Poll Jason Altmire (D) Mark Critz (D)Margin of ErrorSample Size
[2]
(March 22-25, 2012)
45%38%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

A Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research internal Altmire poll, conducted March 12-14, 2012, showed Rep. Altmire with a strong, 24-point lead over Critz.[21]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 12, 2012
Poll Jason Altmire (D) Mark Critz (D)Margin of ErrorSample Size
[3]
(March 12-14, 2012)
55%31%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

A Global Strategy Group internal Critz poll conducted February 2-5, 2012, showed Rep. Altmire with just a 10-point lead over Critz.[22]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 12, 2012
Poll Jason Altmire (D) Mark Critz (D)Margin of ErrorSample Size
[4]
(February 2-5, 2012)
47%37%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

An Anzalone Liszt Research internal Altmire poll conducted January 10-15, 2012, showed Rep. Altmire with a 16-point lead over Critz.[23]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 12, 2012
Poll Jason Altmire (D) Mark Critz (D)Margin of ErrorSample Size
[5]
(January 10-15, 2012)
50%34%+/-4.4503
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

In the first quarter of 2012, Altmire out-raised Democratic primary rival Mark Critz. Altmire pulled in $330,000 to Critz's $285,000.[24]

Altmire has received more than $430,000 from law firms throughout his Congressional career. He has also gotten more than $300,000 in contributions from health professionals and the hospital industry.[25]

2010

Altmire won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Jason Altmire's campaign committee raised a total of $2,503,953 and spent $2,507,513.[26]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 4 Election, 2010 - Jason Altmire Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,503,953
Total Spent $2,507,513
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,287,104
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,262,139
Top contributors to Jason Altmire's campaign committee
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$22,800
Rosebud Mining$22,000
Ibis Tek$19,200
Jennmar Corp$19,200
Humana Inc$15,084
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$135,510
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$117,821
Mining$111,000
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$107,152
Lawyers/Law Firms$102,046

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Personal

Jason Altmire is married to Kelly. They have 2 children.

External links

References

  1. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "ALTMIRE, Jason, (1968 - )"
  3. Congressman Jason Altmire, Representing Pennsylvania's Fourth Congressional District "Committee Assignments"
  4. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  5. govtrack.us "Rep. Jason Altmire" Accessed April 7, 2012
  6. National Journal "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House" Accessed February 24, 2012
  7. govtrack.us "House Vote #165 in 2010" Accessed April 7, 2012
  8. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  9. Politico "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles" Accessed April 18, 2012
  10. Roll Call "Pennsylvania: Court Hearing Friday on Mark Critz’s Ballot Challenge" Accessed March 22, 2012
  11. Politico "Jason Altmire wins, calls Mark Critz tactics like ‘prom king’" Accessed March 22, 2012
  12. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Altmire in the 12th: It's a tough call between Democratic incumbents" Accessed April 3, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  16. The Hill "Reps. Altmire, Critz release dueling TV ads in Pennsylvania" Accessed March 24, 2012
  17. PoliticsPA "Altmire Ad: Big Differences Between Mark Critz and Jason Altmire" Accessed March 28, 2012
  18. The Hill "Altmire ads unfair, say Dem colleagues" Accessed Apirl 20, 2012
  19. PoliticsPA "Poll: Altmire 43, Critz 39" Accessed April 18, 2012
  20. National Journal "Critz Internal Poll Shows Closer Race Against Altmire" Accessed March 28, 2012
  21. PoliticsPA "Altmire Poll: Altmire Increases Lead Despite Court Challenge" Accessed March 22, 2012
  22. PoliticsPA "Critz Internal Poll: Critz Behind in Primary But Not That Much" Accessed March 22, 2012
  23. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Early Returns" Accessed March 22, 2012
  24. PoliticsPA "Altmire Wins Q1 $$ Battle" Accessed April 9, 2012
  25. opensecrets.org "Rep Jason Altmire, Top Industries" Accessed April 7, 2012
  26. Open Secrets "Jason Altmire 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Melissa Hart
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 4
2007–Present
Succeeded by
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