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Jeb Hensarling
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U.S. House, Texas, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPete Sessions (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$19.26 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,398,080
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
J.D.University of Texas, Austin
Personal
BirthdayMay 29, 1957
Place of birthStephenville, Texas
ProfessionLawyer and Businessman
Net worth$1,947,016
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jeb Hensarling (b. May 29, 1957, in Stephenville, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Hensarling represents Texas' 5th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2002.

Hensarling most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Linda Mrosko (D) and Ken Ashby (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Hensarling is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

Hensarling was born in Stephenville, Texas. He earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1982.[2][3]

Career

After graduating, Hensarling worked in private law practice and as an officer for several businesses before pursuing his political career.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hensarling serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Hensarling was a member of the following committees:[5]

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Hensarling's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Hensarling voted for 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Hensarling voted for 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Hensarling voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Hensarling voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Hensarling voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Hensarling voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Hensarling voted against HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Hensarling 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.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Hensarling voted for 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Hensarling voted for 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.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Hensarling voted for 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.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Hensarling voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jeb Hensarling endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [28]

Campaign themes

2014

Hensarling's campaign website lists the following issues:[29]

  • Jobs and Economy
Excerpt: "The economic growth that our country needs originates from the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people. House Republicans have passed more than 40 bills aimed at empowering small business owners, reducing regulatory burdens, fixing the tax code, increasing competitiveness for American manufacturers, encouraging entrepreneurship and growth, maximizing domestic energy production, and paying down America’s unsustainable debt burden."
  • Government Regulation Gone Wild
Excerpt: "Today there are more federal regulations on the books than any other time in our nation’s history. Something is wrong when Congress is forced to stop the EPA from issuing rules regulating the dust on farms."
  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "The Supreme Court’s disappointing and regrettable decision to uphold Obamacare does not change the fact that this law increases health care costs, cuts more than $500 billion from Medicare, forces people who like their current private insurance into exchanges, threatens quality of care, and assaults religious freedom while also making it harder for small businesses to create jobs."
  • Increasing America’s Energy Supply
Excerpt: "In 2012, the International Energy Agency predicted that new advances in technology could make America the world’s largest oil producer. Combined with our other energy resources such as natural gas and coal, this dramatic expansion of our energy supply could have tremendous implications for our nation’s economy and national security."
  • Housing Finance Reform
Excerpt: "To date, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have cost taxpayers almost $200 billion. Now the Federal Housing Administration is likely to need a taxpayer funded bailout in the new year."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hensarling is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hensarling won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 5th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Linda Mrosko (D) and Ken Ashby (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

U.S. House, Texas District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeb Hensarling Incumbent 64.4% 134,091
     Democratic Linda S. Mrosko 33.2% 69,178
     Libertarian Ken Ashby 2.4% 4,961
Total Votes 208,230
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hensarling is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hensarling raised a total of $11,398,080 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[37]

Jeb Hensarling's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 5) Won $3,017,392
2010 US House (Texas, District 5) Won $1,745,500
2008 US House (Texas, District 5) Won $1,598,453
2006 US House (Texas, District 5) Won $1,472,926
2004 US House (Texas, District 5) Won $1,595,840
2002 US House (Texas, District 5) Won $1,967,969
Grand Total Raised $11,398,080

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hensarling's reports.[38]

Jeb Hensarling (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$1,883,788.43$616,693.37$(179,176.14)$2,321,305.66
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$2,321,305.66$720,884.00$(221,194.26)$2,820,995.40
October Quarterly[41]October 14, 2013$2,820,995.40$411,130.97$(181,380.40)$3,050,745.97
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$3,050,745$326,347$(245,757)$3,131,335
Pre-Primary[43]February 20, 2014$3,131,335$49,057$(1,078,554)$2,101,838
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$2,101,838$196,531$(61,977)$2,236,392
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2014$2,236,392$352,111$(1,116,174)$1,472,329
Running totals
$2,672,754.34$(3,084,212.8)

2012

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

Hensarling won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hensarling's campaign committee raised a total of $3,017,392 and spent $2,583,174.[46] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Hensarling spent $19.26 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Hensarling won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Hensarling's campaign committee raised a total of $1,745,500 and spent $1,804,771.[48]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hensarling is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[49]

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.[50]

Hensarling most often votes with:

Hensarling least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hensarling missed 105 of 7,661 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hensarling paid his congressional staff a total of $723,238 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

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, Hensarling's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,159,033 and $2,735,000. That averages to $1,947,016, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Hensarling ranked as the 151st most wealthy representative in 2012.[53]

Jeb Hensarling Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$1,947,016
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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. Hensarling tied with four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 5th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[54]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hensarling was tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 15th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[55]

Voting with party

2013

Hensarling voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 53rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]

Personal

Hensarling lives in Dallas with his wife, Melissa, and their two children.[3]

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References

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  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Jeb Hensarling," accessed October 21, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official House website, "Biography," accessed October 21, 2011
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Pete Sessions
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 5
2003-Present
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