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James R. Langevin
James Langevin.jpg
U.S. House, Rhode Island, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRobert Weygand (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$9.12 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,447,223
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Rhode Island Secretary of State
1995-2001
Rhode Island House of Representatives
1988-1994
Education
Bachelor'sRhode Island College
Master'sHarvard University
Personal
BirthdayApril 22, 1964
Place of birthWarwick, Rhode Island
Net worth$1,761,009
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

James R. Langevin (b. April 22, 1964, in Warwick, Rhode Island) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Rhode Island. Langevin was first elected by the voters of Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district in 2000. He most recently won re-election in 2012. He faced one challenger in the Democratic primary election and defeated Republican Michael G. Riley and Independent Abel G. Collins in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Prior to becoming a congressman, Langevin served as Rhode Island Secretary of State from 1994-2001. He was also a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Langevin is next up for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. Should he choose to run, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Langevin is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Langevin was born in Warwick, Rhode Island. He earned his B.A. from Rhode Island College in 1990, and his M.A. from Harvard University in 1994.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Langevin serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Langevin served on the following committees:[4]

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

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

As of September 1, 2013, Langevin does not support President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against Syria. He stated, "My constituents have expressed a strong objection to any U.S. military response that would involve American boots on the ground, and I share that position. Any response should be targeted, limited in scope and duration, and the result of international cooperation. Just as importantly, this response should come after a thorough consultation with Congress, and I applaud the President’s decision to seek a vote in advance of military action."[7][8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Langevin voted against 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 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Langevin voted in favor of 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.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Langevin voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Langevin 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.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Langevin will donate his pay to charity in the event that federal employees are not paid retroactively for days lost. If that happens, he "will be splitting his earnings between the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund."[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Langevin voted against 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.[9]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Langevin did not vote on 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.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Langevin voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Langevin 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.[9]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Langevin, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[12] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[13]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Langevin 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.[14]

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Langevin was set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Langevin ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Rhode Island's 2nd District. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[15]

U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames R. Langevin Incumbent 55.7% 124,067
     Republican Michael G. Riley 35.1% 78,189
     Independent Abel G. Collins 9.1% 20,212
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 192
Total Votes 222,660
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Langevin Incumbent 74.1% 22,161
John Matson 25.9% 7,748
Total Votes 29,909

Endorsements

Langevin received endorsements from the following:

  • National Education Association of Rhode Island[16]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Langevin is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Langevin raised a total of $6,447,223 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[23]

Jim Langevin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Rhode Island, District 2) Won $1,103,438
2010 US House (Rhode Island, District 2) Won $1,095,292
2008 US House (Rhode Island, District 2) Won $804,924
2006 US House (Rhode Island, District 2) Won $839,351
2004 US House (Rhode Island, District 2) Won $758,683
2002 US House (Rhode Island, District 2) Won $786,063
2000 US House (Rhode Island, District 2) Won $1,059,472
Grand Total Raised $6,447,223

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jim Langevin's reports.[24]

Jim Langevin's (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$150,118.12$185,439.26$(157,784.88)$177,772.50
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2013$177,772.50$147,908.68$(90,113.19)$235,567.99
October Quarterly[27]October 13, 2013$235,567.99$141,521.89$(377,089.88)$265,249.14
Running totals
$474,869.83$(624,987.95)

2012

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

Langevin won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,103,438 and spent $1,131,247.[28] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Langevin spent $9.12 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Langevin won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Langevin's campaign committee raised a total of $1,095,292 and spent $1,113,748.[30]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Langevin is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[31]

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.[32]

Langevin most often votes with:

Langevin least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Langevin missed 145 of 8,676 roll call votes from January 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. [33]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Langevin paid his congressional staff a total of $1,062,345 in 2011. Overall, Rhode Island ranks 9th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[34]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Langevin was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Langevin's staff was given an apparent $79,117.58 in bonus money.[35]

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, Langevin's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $567,022 and $2,954,997. That averages to $1,761,009.00, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 11.42% from 2010.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Langevin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $696,026 to $3,279,997. That averages to $1,988,011.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[37]

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

Langevin ranked 128th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[38]

2011

Langevin ranked 147th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[39]

Voting with Party

2013

Jim Langevin voted with the Democratic Party 97.2 of the time, which ranked 4th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[40]

2011

James R. Langevin voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 17th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[41]

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Rhode Island"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "LANGEVIN, James, (1964 - )"
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin "Committees and Caucuses"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Congressman Jim Langevin Representing Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District, "Press release: Langevin Response to Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria," September 1, 2103
  8. Politico, "John Kerry, House leaders make case for action," September 3, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Jim Langevin Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  12. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  13. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Politico "2012 Election Map, Rhode Island"
  16. Providence Journal, "R.I. teachers union mailer signals primary choices to voters," August 28, 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Langevin," Accessed April 22, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Jim Langevin 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Jim Langevin's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "James R. Langevin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  31. Gov Track, "Rep. James Langevin," accessed June 19, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Rep. James Langevin," accessed August 22, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Jim Langevin," accessed April 17, 2013
  34. LegiStorm, "Jim Langevin," Accessed September 18, 2012
  35. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Jim Lengevin (D-RI), 2011"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Jim Lengevin (D-RI), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  38. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Weygand
U.S. House of Representatives - Rhode Island, District 2
2001–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Barbara M. Leonard
Rhode Island Secretary of State
1995-2001
Succeeded by
Edward S. Inman
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Rhode Island House of Representatives
1988-1994
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