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Jim McDermott
Jim McDermott.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1989-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMike Lowry (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.01 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,861,319
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State Senate
1975-1987
Washington House of Representatives
1971-1972
Education
Bachelor'sWheaton College
M.D.University of Illinois
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy Medical Corps
Years of service1968-1970
Personal
BirthdayDecember 28, 1936
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionPsychiatrist
Net worth$461,026
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James A. "Jim" McDermott (b. December 28, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 7th Congressional District. McDermott was first elected in 1988 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. McDermott is currently serving his twelfth consecutive term.[1].

McDermott is running for re-election in Washington's 7th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election to the United States House of Representatives, McDermott served as a member of both the Washington State Senate and the Washington House of Representatives.[2]

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

Biography

McDermott was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his B.S. from Wheaton College in 1958, and earned his M.D. from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1963.[3]

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of McDermott's professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McDermott serves on the following committees:[6][7]

2011-2012

McDermott served the following committees:[8]

  • Ways and Means Committee Senior member
    • Subcommittee on Trade Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on Human Resources Senior member
    • Subcommittee on Oversight

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.[9] For more information pertaining to McDermott's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

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

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he plans to use military force in Syria.[11]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[11][12]

The letter notes that the lawmakers believe Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers ask.[12]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter reads. “We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.”[12]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. McDermott was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[12]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[12][13] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. McDermott was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[12][13]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" McDermott 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.[14]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" McDermott voted in opposition of 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.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" McDermott 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.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" McDermott voted in opposition 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

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.[16] 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.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] McDermott 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.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] 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. McDermott joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[19][20]

IRS targeting

During a congressional hearing on scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service specifically targeting conservative groups on June 4, 2013, McDermott referred to the hearings as "political theater" and stated that there was no conspiracy. He then went on to say, "It's clearly wrong. It was inept, stupid and a whole lot of other things."[22]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" McDermott voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[23] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[24]

King Amendment

McDermott signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[25] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[26]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

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.[27] 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.[28] McDermott voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[29]

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.[30] 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. McDermott voted for HR 2775.[31]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" McDermott 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.[32] The vote largely followed party lines.[33]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" McDermott has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[34]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" McDermott voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[35]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" McDermott voted against 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 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[36]

Elections

2014

See also: Washington's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

McDermott is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 7th District. McDermott is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Washington's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

McDermott won re-election in 2012.[37] He and Ron Bemis (R) advanced past the August 7, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Don Rivers (D), Andrew Hughes (D), Charles Allen (D), Scott Sutherland (R), and Goodspaceguy (Employmentwealth Party). They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[38][39][40]

U.S. House, Washington District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McDermott Incumbent 79.7% 298,368
     Republican Ron Bemis 20.3% 76,212
Total Votes 374,580
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 7 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim McDermott (D) Incumbent 70.9% 124,692
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Bemis (R) 15.2% 26,791
Andrew I. Hughes (D) 5.9% 10,340
Scott Sutherland (R) 3.2% 5,573
Charles Allen (D) 2.5% 4,367
Donovan Rivers (D) 1.5% 2,688
Goodspaceguy (I) 0.8% 1,387
Total Votes 175,838
[41]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McDermott is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, McDermott raised a total of $3,861,319 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[54]

Jim McDermott (Washington)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 7) Won $611,669
2010 US House (Washington, District 7) Won $582,232
2008 US House (Washington, District 7) Won $614,932
2006 US House (Washington, District 7) Won $888,559
2004 US House (Washington, District 7) Won $379,513
2002 US House (Washington, District 7) Won $415,537
2000 US House (Washington, District 7) Won $368,877
Grand Total Raised $3,861,319

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 McDermott's reports.[55]

Jim McDermott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2013$28,598.93$63,598.69$(28,809.77)$63,387.85
July Quarterly[57]July 15, 2013$63,387.85$59,067.40$(61,652.32)$60,802.93
October Quarterly[58]October 14, 2013$60,802.93$49,598.79$(44,477.20)$65,924.52
Year-end[59]January 31, 2014$65,924$51,204$(37,794)$79,333
April Quarterly[60]April 15, 2014$79,333.91$68,115.45$(53,128.35)$94,321.01
Running totals
$291,584.33$(225,861.64)

2012

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

McDermott won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, McDermott's campaign committee raised a total of $611,670 and spent $601,202 .[61]

Cost per vote

McDermott spent $2.01 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

McDermott won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, McDermott's campaign committee raised a total of $582,232 and spent $568,649.[62]

U.S. House, Washington District 7, 2010 - Jim McDermott (Washington) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $582,232
Total Spent $568,649
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Jim McDermott (Washington)'s campaign committee
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$10,000
National Education Assn$10,000
New York Life Insurance$10,000
Operating Engineers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$34,000
Building Trade Unions$33,500
Retired$29,451
Industrial Unions$29,000
Health Professionals$23,600

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McDermott is a "far-left Democratic follower," as of July 4, 2013.[63]

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.[64]

McDermott most often votes with:

McDermott least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, McDermott missed 650 of 15,362 roll call votes from January 1989 to April 2013. This amounts to 4.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[65]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McDermott paid his congressional staff a total of $1,223,315 in 2011. He ranks 8th on the list of the highest paid representative staff salaries Overall, Washington ranks 18th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[66]

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, McDermott's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $436,527 to $485,525. That averages to $461,026, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. McDermott ranked as the 277th most wealthy representative in 2012.[67]

Jim McDermott Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$461,026
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

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. McDermott ranked 49th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[68]

2011

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. McDermott was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 58th in the liberal rankings.[69]

Voting with party

July 2013

McDermott voted with the Democratic Party 94.0% of the time, which ranked 61st among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[70]

Personal

McDermott has two children and three grandchildren.[71]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. The National Journal "Jim McDermott Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "McDERMOTT, James A., (1936 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory, "McDermott," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "McDERMOTT, James A., (1936 - )"
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  8. Official House website, "Committees," accessed November 17, 2011
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
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  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
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  23. Vote Smart, "McDermott on agriculture," accessed October 17, 2013
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  25. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
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  34. Project Vote Smart, "Representative McDermott's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 17, 2013
  35. Project Vote Smart, "McDermott on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  36. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  37. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
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  46. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  49. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  50. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  51. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  52. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  53. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  54. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jim McDermott," accessed April 5, 2013
  55. Federal Election Commission, "McDermott 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  56. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  57. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
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  59. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  60. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
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  62. Open Secrets, "Jim McDermott 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 17, 2011
  63. GovTrack, "Jim McDermott," accessed July 4, 2013
  64. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jim McDermott," accessed August 8, 2013
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  66. LegiStorm, "Jim McDermott," accessed September 7, 2012
  67. OpenSecrets, "McDermott, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
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  69. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  70. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  71. Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 17, 2011
Political offices
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Mike Lowry
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 7
1989-Present
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Washington State Senate
1975-1987
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