Jim Langevin

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James R. Langevin
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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 primarySeptember 9, 2014
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$2,026,513.50
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 takes 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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% 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]

DHS 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]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Langevin 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

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

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other 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] Langevin voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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. Langevin joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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] Langevin voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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.[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. Langevin voted for HR 2775.[21]

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

Langevin planned to donate his pay to charity in the event that federal employees were not paid retroactively. In an announcement he said he would split "his earnings between the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund."[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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

Healthcare 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 Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Langevin voted against 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.[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.[23]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed 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.[24]

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 one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[25]

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Langevin is 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 takes 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 to represent Rhode Island's 2nd District. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[26]

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[27]

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.[34]

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.[35]

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

Jim Langevin's (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$150,118.12$185,439.26$(157,784.88)$177,772.50
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$177,772.50$147,908.68$(90,113.19)$235,567.99
October Quarterly[39]October 13, 2013$235,567.99$141,521.89$(377,089.88)$265,249.14
Year-End[40]January 31, 2014$265,249$112,735$(86,669)$291,315
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$291,315.01$119,500.87$(65,285.49)$345,530.39
Running totals
$707,105.7$(776,942.44)

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.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

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.[44]

U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2, 2010 - Jim Langevin Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,095,292
Total Spent $1,113,748
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $179,811
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $180,555
Top contributors to Jim Langevin's campaign committee
General Dynamics$24,300
Raytheon Co$15,950
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American College of Emergency Physicians$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$82,884
Health Professionals$61,712
Building Trade Unions$60,000
Defense Electronics$52,250
Public Sector Unions$46,550

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.[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]

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.[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. 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.[48]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Langevin is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Langevin's staff was given an apparent $79,117.58 in bonus money.[49]

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, Langevin's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $693,030 to $3,359,997. That averages to $2,026,513.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Langevin ranked as the 147th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50]

Jim Langevin Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$2,026,513.50
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

Langevin ranked 128th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[51]

2011

Langevin ranked 147th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

Personal

Langevin resides in Warwick, Rhode Island.[55]

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See also

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," accessed March 3, 2013
  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, 2013
  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 Vote Smart, "Jim Langevin Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  23. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  24. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Rhode Island"
  27. Providence Journal, "R.I. teachers union mailer signals primary choices to voters," August 28, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jim Langevin," accessed April 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Langevin 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Langevin 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Langevin Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Jim Langevin'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, "James R. Langevin 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  45. Gov Track, "Rep. James Langevin," accessed June 19, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. James Langevin," accessed August 22, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Jim Langevin," accessed April 17, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Jim Langevin," accessed September 18, 2012
  49. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  50. OpenSecrets, "Langevin, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  51. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. United States House of Representatives, "Full Biography," accessed December 9, 2013
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
Preceded by
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Rhode Island House of Representatives
1988-1994
Succeeded by
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