Jeff Merkley

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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$1,900,511
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Jeff Merkley (b. October 24, 1956) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Oregon. Merkley was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Merkley's political career began in 1998 when he won election to the Oregon House of Representatives. He served as representative from 1999 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2008 and as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Merkley's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 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[2]:

  • United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • 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
  • 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

[3]

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

Elections

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.[5]

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

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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[8]

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 Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 0.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. [9]

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 he 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.[10]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Merkley's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $951,025 and $2,849,997. That averages to $1,900,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 15.85% from 2010.[11]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Merkley's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $530,026 and $2,750,996. That averages to $1,640,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[12]

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

According to the data released in 2013, Merkley was ranked one of the two most liberal senators during 2012.[13]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Jeff Merkley was ranked one of the two most liberal senators during 2011.[14]

Voting with party

2013

Merkley voted with the Democratic Party 88.9% of the time, which ranked 41st among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[15]

Personal

Merkley and his wife, Mary, have two children.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Gordon Smith
U.S. Senate - Oregon
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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