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Jeff Merkley
Jeff Merkley.jpg
U.S. Senate, Oregon
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGordon Smith (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,512,231
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Speaker of the House, Oregon State House of Representatives
2007-2008
Representative, Oregon State House of Representatives
1998-2008
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1979
Master'sPrinceton University, 1982
Personal
BirthdayOctober 24, 1956
Place of birthPortland, OR
Net worth$1,275,510
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Jeff Merkley (b. October 24, 1956, in Portland, OR) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Oregon. Merkley was first elected to the Senate in 2008. He defeated Gordon H. Smith (R) and David Brownlow (Constitution) in the general election.

Merkley is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate from Oregon.[1] He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[2] He is also running as an Independent candidate.[3]

Merkley's political career began in 1998 when he won election to the Oregon House of Representatives. He served as a representative from 1999 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

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

Biography

Merkley was born in Portland, Oregon. He holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree from Princeton.[4]

Career

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

  • 1979: Graduated from Stanford University
  • 1982: Graduated from Princeton University
  • 1999-2008: Oregon House of Representatives
  • 2007-2008: Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
  • 2009-Present: U.S Senator from Oregon

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Merkley serves on the following Senate committees:[5]

  • United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Budget
  • Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
    • Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
    • Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy

2011-2012

[6]

Issues

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] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Merkley's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Nay3.png Merkley voted against confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[10] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Merkley voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[11]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Merkley voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans opposing the bill.[9]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Yea3.png Merkley voted for the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[9] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Merkley was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[9]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and called for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Merkley voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Merkley voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Merkley 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Oregon, 2014

Merkley is running for re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Oregon.[1] He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. He defeated Pavel Goberman and William Bryk.[2] He is also running as an Independent candidate.[3]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Oregon Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Merkley Incumbent 93.1% 156,402
William Bryk 4% 6,680
Pavel Goberman 2.9% 4,943
Total Votes 168,025
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Polls

General election
General Election
Poll Monica Wehby Jeff MerkleyOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Survey USA
August 1-5, 2014
52%33%7%9%+/-4.2564
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
GOP primary
Survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters in Oregon
Poll Monica Wehby Jason CongerMark Allen CallahanTimothy CrawleyJo Rae PerkinsNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Wenzel Strategies
May 1-4, 2014
42.9%22.3%4.0%2.7%2.5%25.5%+/-3.95607
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Merkley vs. Wehby
Oregon Statewide Poll
Poll Jeff Merkley Monica WehbyNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Benson Strategy Group
April 14-17, 2014
52%32%16%+/-4600
Harper Polling
April 1-2, 2014
46%34%20%+/-3.91670
AVERAGES 49% 33% 18% +/-3.96 635
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Merkley vs. Conger
Oregon Statewide Poll
Poll Jeff Merkley Jason CongerNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Benson Strategy Group
April 14-17, 2014
50%34%16%+/-4600
Harper Polling
April 1-2, 2014
47%40%12%+/-3.91670
AVERAGES 48.5% 37% 14% +/-3.96 635
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Merkley re-election
Re-election of Jeff Merkley
Poll Re-elect New personDependsUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
December 9-10, 2013
39%54%7%5%+/-2.12,039
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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


2008

On November 4, 2008, Jeff Merkley won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Gordon H. Smith (R) and David Brownlow (Constitution) in the general election.[13]

U.S. Senate, Oregon General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Merkley 49.1% 864,392
     Republican Gordon H. Smith 45.7% 805,159
     Constitution David Brownlow 5.3% 92,565
Total Votes 1,762,116

Campaign donors

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 Merkley’s reports.[14]

Jeff Merkley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]July 2, 2013$544,415.19$1,043,685.19$(61,785.65)$252,302.55
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$1,318,743.76$815,968.57$(326,650.87)$1,808,061.46
October Quarterly[17]October 13, 2013$1,808,061.46$908,962.11$(427,275.97)$2,289,747.60
Year-End Quarterly[18]December 31, 2013$2,286,747$1,129,886$(418,415)$3,001,854
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$3,001,854.98$1,056,498.36$(449,706.59)$3,608,646.75
Running totals
$4,955,000.23$(1,683,834.08)

Comprehensive donor information for Merkley is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Merkley raised a total of $6,512,231 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 19, 2013.[20]

Jeff Merkley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate Won $6,512,231
Grand Total Raised $6,512,231

2008

Breakdown of the source of Merkley's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Merkley won election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Merkley's campaign committee raised a total of $6,512,231 and spent $6,501,315.[21]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Merkley's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $79,024 to $2,471,996. That averages to $1,275,510, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Merkley ranked as the 61st most wealthy senator in 2012.[22] Between 2007 and 2012, Merkley‘s calculated net worth[23] decreased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[24]

Jeff Merkley Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$3,008,104
2012$1,275,510
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-58%
Average annual growth:-12%[25]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[26]
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.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Merkley is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 2013.[27]

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.[28]

Merkley most often votes with:

Merkley least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Merkley missed 11 of 1,278 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013, which is 0.9 percent of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7 percent among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[29]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Merkley paid his congressional staff a total of $625,167 in 2011. He ranked 20th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 24th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranked 21st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[30]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

Merkley was ranked one of the two most liberal senators in 2012.[31]

2011

Merkley was ranked one of the two most liberal senators in 2011.[32]

Voting with party

2013

Merkley voted with the Democratic Party 88.9 percent of the time, which ranked 41st among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[33]

Personal

Merkley and his wife, Mary, have two children.

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 JeffMerkley.com, "Home," accessed May 13, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filing Search Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Jeff Merkley," accessed October 24, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Vote Smart, "Jeff Merkley"
  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. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Project Vote Smart, "Jeff Merkley Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Merkley 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 29, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 19, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  20. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jeff Merkley," April 2013
  21. Open Secrets, "Jeff Merkley 2008 Election Cycle," accessed May 16, 2013
  22. OpenSecrets, "Merkley, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  23. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  24. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  25. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  26. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  27. GovTrack, "Jeff Merkley," accessed June 7, 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Sen. Jeff Merkley," accessed August 22, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Jeff Merkley," accessed April 2013
  30. LegiStorm, "Jeff Merkley"
  31. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Gordon Smith
U.S. Senate - Oregon
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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