|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 4|
|January 3, 2007-2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Bachelor's||Florida State University|
|Master's||George Washington University|
|Date of birth||March 7, 1968|
|Place of birth||Kittanning, Pennsylvania|
|Profession||Political Assistant, Professional Advocate|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Polls
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Recent news
- 10 Personal
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Jason Altmire (b. March 7, 1968) was 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.
- 2007-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district
- 1991-1996: Staff, U.S. Representative Pete Peterson of Florida
Altmire has also worked as a professional advocate.
Altmire served on the following committees:
- Education and the Workforce Committee
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Altmire has missed 0 percent of all roll call votes during his congressional career.
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. 
Altmire 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.
Altmire was one of 34 Democrats in the House to vote against the health care reform bill.
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, Altmire lost to Critz in the April 24 Democratic primary.
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Mark Critz Incumbent||51.2%||32,384|
|Jason Altmire Incumbent||48.8%||30,895|
Because of redistricting, Altmire was forced to challenge Critz in the April 24, 2012 Democratic primary. They were 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. 
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."
- Allegheny County Democratic Committee
- Westmoreland County Democratic Committee
- Beaver County Democratic Committee
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On March 13, 2012, the Altmire campaign released its first two campaigns, touting the congressman's record and his roots and family background. The 30-second ads are titled "A Lot" and "Ethic." On March 28, 2012 Altmire released a 30-second ad highlight the differences between his and Critz's voting record. 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.
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.”
|Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District Democratic Primary: Jason Altmire vs. Mark Critz|
|Poll||Jason Altmire (D)||Mark Critz (D)||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(April 13-15, 2012)
(March 22-25, 2012)
(March 12-14, 2012)
(February 2-5, 2012)
(January 10-15, 2012)
|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|
In the first quarter of 2012, Altmire out-raised Democratic primary rival Mark Critz. Altmire pulled in $330,000 to Critz's $285,000.
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.
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 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|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Altmire paid his congressional staff a total of $926,145 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Altmire was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Altmire's staff was given an apparent $69,000.00 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Altmire's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $149,009 to $410,000. That averages to $279,540.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
National Journal vote rankings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.In 2012, Altmire ranked 172nd among Democratic Representatives in the liberal rankings.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.In 2011, Altmire ranked 188th among Democratic members of the U.S. House in the liberal rankings.
Voting with party
Jason Altmire voted with the Democratic Party 55.6% of the time, which ranked 191 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.
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Jason Altmire is married to Kelly. They have 2 children.
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- Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
- Gov Track "Altmire" Accessed May 18, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "ALTMIRE, Jason, (1968 - )"
- Congressman Jason Altmire, Representing Pennsylvania's Fourth Congressional District "Committee Assignments"
- govtrack.us "Rep. Jason Altmire" Accessed April 7, 2012
- National Journal "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House" Accessed February 24, 2012
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- govtrack.us "House Vote #165 in 2010" Accessed April 7, 2012
- Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
- Politico "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles" Accessed April 18, 2012
- Pennsylvania Secretary of State 2012 Official Primary Results
- Roll Call "Pennsylvania: Court Hearing Friday on Mark Critz’s Ballot Challenge" Accessed March 22, 2012
- Politico "Jason Altmire wins, calls Mark Critz tactics like ‘prom king’" Accessed March 22, 2012
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Altmire in the 12th: It's a tough call between Democratic incumbents" Accessed April 3, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- The Hill "Reps. Altmire, Critz release dueling TV ads in Pennsylvania" Accessed March 24, 2012
- PoliticsPA "Altmire Ad: Big Differences Between Mark Critz and Jason Altmire" Accessed March 28, 2012
- The Hill "Altmire ads unfair, say Dem colleagues" Accessed Apirl 20, 2012
- PoliticsPA "Altmire Wins Q1 $$ Battle" Accessed April 9, 2012
- opensecrets.org "Rep Jason Altmire, Top Industries" Accessed April 7, 2012
- Open Secrets "Jason Altmire 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Jason Altmire," Accessed September 24, 2012
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Jason Altmire (D-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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