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Jim Gerlach
Jim Gerlach.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTim Holden (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$10.99 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$14,059,089
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania Senate
1995-2002
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1991-1994
Education
Bachelor'sDickinson College
J.D.Dickinson School of Law
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 25, 1955
Place of birthEllwood City, Pennsylvania
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$154,003.50
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
James "Jim" Gerlach (b. February 25, 1955, in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Gerlach was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District in 2002.

He won re-election in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the April 24 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Manan Trivedi in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Prior to becoming a congressman, Gerlach served in both chambers of the state legislature.

On January 6, 2014, Gerlach announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2014.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gerlach is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Gerlach was born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from Dickinson College in 1977 and 1980, respectively.[4]

Career

Before entering public service, Gerlach worked as an attorney in private practice.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Gerlach serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Gerlach served on the following committees:[7]

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Gerlach's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Gerlach voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Gerlach voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Gerlach voted in favor of 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Gerlach voted in support of 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.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Gerlach voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of 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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] 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. Gerlach voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

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.[18] 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.[19] Gerlach voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" 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.[21] 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. Gerlach voted for HR 2775.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Gerlach voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Gerlach voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Gerlach voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Gerlach voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Gerlach 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Jim Gerlach endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [24]

Campaign themes

2012

As laid out on his official campaign website, Gerlach's primary focuses for the 2012 campaign included, but was not limited to the following issues:

  • Jobs and the Economy:

Gerlach plan to improve the economy include "cutting government red tape so businesses can create jobs... working on bi-partisan effort to shore up American manufacturing" in addition to providing unemployment benefits and fighting national energy taxes.[25]

  • Health care:

Excerpt: "Jim has co-sponsored legislation that would not only repeal [the Affordable Care Act], but also replace it with patient-driven, private sector solutions that contain costs and protect the quality of care Americans have come to expect with their health care system... The system is broken because of rapid increases in costs that make health care unaffordable for employers, families and individuals."[25]

  • Energy:

Gerlach wants to make America energy independent by supporting "further safe and clean off-shore drilling particularly in the Outer Continental Shelf, and advancing projects like the Keystone XL pipeline which would have provided tens of thousands of American jobs and a reliable flow of oil from Canada to the United States."[25]

  • Veterans:

Gerlach highlights his congressional record of supporting bills aimed at improving the quality of life for veterans, such as a bill to "increase funding to aid homeless vets and mandates every VA medical center in the country cover post-traumatic stress disorder." He also voted to give veterans a time cushion against home foreclosure, more resources to help veterans transition back into the civilian workforce, and provide employers incentives to hire National Guardsmen.[25]

  • Taxes and Spending

Excerpt: "Raising taxes during an economic downturn is the last thing that government should be doing. Congress should be cutting spending, putting more money back into the pockets of families, seniors and job creators, and taking a serious approach to reducing and eliminating our $16 trillion national debt."[25]

Endorsements

Campaign Media


Gerlach's first ad touts his record of supporting American business growth in contrast with his opponent, who supported the stimulus plan that created jobs in China

Campaign shows interview titled "Trivedi Not Telling the Truth About Out of State Residency and Employment"

Elections

2014

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See also: Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Gerlach is not seeking re-election to Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family.[3]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Gerlach ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 6th District. He was unopposed in the April 24 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Manan Trivedi in the November 6 general election.[28]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[29] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[29]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Manan Trivedi 42.9% 143,803
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gerlach Incumbent 57.1% 191,725
Total Votes 335,528
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gerlach is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Gerlach raised a total of $14,059,089 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 17, 2013.[35]

Jim Gerlach's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 6) Won $2,234,892
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 6) Won $2,120,901
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 6) Won $2,370,625
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 6) Won $3,353,282
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 6) Won $2,357,299
2002 US House (Pennsylvania, District 6) Won $1,622,090
Grand Total Raised $14,059,089

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jim Gerlach's reports.[36]

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gerlach's reports.[37]

Jim Gerlach (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$254,009.30$309,634.17$(86,549.59)$477,093.88
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$477,093.88$307,182.71$(140,534.46)$643,742.13
October Quarterly[40]October 13, 2013$643,742.13$184,528.45$(110,661.63)$717,608.95
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$851,792.65$2,975.53$(377,090.52)$477,677.66
Running totals
$804,320.86$(714,836.2)

2012

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

Gerlach won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $2,234,892 and spent $2,108,953.[42] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Gerlach spent $10.99 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Gerlach won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gerlach's campaign committee raised a total of $2,120,901 and spent $2,063,892.[44]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gerlach is a "moderate Republican leader" as of June 2013.[45]

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.[46]

Gerlach most often votes with:

Gerlach least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Gerlach missed 278 of 7,680 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.6%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gerlach paid his congressional staff a total of $813,145 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.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Gerlach's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $63,007 to $245,000. That averages to $154,003.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Gerlach ranked as the 362nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[49]

Jim Gerlach Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$88,727
2012$154,003.50
Growth from 2004 to 2012:74%
Average annual growth:9%[50]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[51]
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

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.

2012

Gerlach ranked 216th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[52][53]

2011

Gerlach ranked 199th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[54]

Voting with party

2013

Jim Gerlach voted with the Republican Party 90.5% of the time, which ranked 218th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]

2011

Jim Gerlach voted with the Republican Party 85.3% of the time, which ranked 228 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[56]

Personal

Jim Gerlach is married to his wife, Karen. They have three children.

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Washington Post, "Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) won’t seek re-election," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "GERLACH, Jim, (1955 - )"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "GERLACH, Jim, (1955 - )"
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. Congressman Jim Gerlach, Serving Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District, "Biography"
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Vote Smart, "Jim Gerlach Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed December 22, 2011
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 Official Campaign Website, "Issues-Jobs," accessed October 4, 2012
  26. The Center for Public Integrity, "Hospital PAC backs GOP House candidates," October 1, 2012
  27. Official Campaign Website, "Home," accessed October 4, 2012
  28. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  29. 29.0 29.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jim Gerlach," accessed April 17, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Gerlach 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Gerlach 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, " July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Jim Gerlach's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Jim Gerlach 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  45. Gov Track, "Jim Gerlach," accessed June 19, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jim Gerlach," accessed August 22, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Jim Gerlach," accessed April 17, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Jim Gerlach," accessed September 24, 2012
  49. OpenSecrets, "Gerlach, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  51. 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.
  52. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  53. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Holden
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 6
2003–Present
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Pennsylvania Senate
1995-2002
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1991-1994
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