Jim McDermott (Washington)

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Jim McDermott
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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
First electedNovember 8, 1988
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$418,437
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James A. "Jim" McDermott (b. December 28, 1936) 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 in the United States House of Representatives McDermott served as a 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

After completing his psychiatric residencies, McDermott served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He then joined the University of Washington's faculty.

McDermott was an unsuccessful candidate for the governor of Washington in 1980, and an unsuccessful candidate for gubernatorial nomination in 1972 and 1984.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McDermott serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-12

McDermott was a member of the following committees:[6]

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

Issues

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."[7]

Specific votes

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 one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

McDermott won re-election in 2012.[9] 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.[10][11][12]

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 Open 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
[13]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Jim McDermott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]4/15/2013$28,598.93$63,598.69$(28,809.77)$63,387.85
July Quarterly[29]7/15/2013$63,387.85$59,067.40$(61,652.32)$60,802.93
Running totals
$122,666.09$(90,462.09)

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 .[30]

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.[31]

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, 7th District, 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.[32]

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.[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. 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.[34]

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, McDermott's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $404,438 and $432,436. That averages to $418,437, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 45.5% from 2010.[35]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McDermott's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $729,258 to $806,254. That averages to $767,756, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38]


Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, McDermott has voted with the Democratic Party 94.0% of the time, which ranked 61 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[39]

Recent news

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Personal

McDermott has two children and three grandchildren.[40]

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 of the United States Congress "McDERMOTT, James A., (1936 - )"
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Official House website "Committees," Accessed November 17, 2011
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/paul-ryan-jim-mcdermott_n_3384538.html?utm_hp_ref=politics Huffington Post, "Paul Ryan Slams Jim McDermott For Calling IRS Investigation 'Political Theater,'" Accessed June 10, 2013]
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
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  10. Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
  11. Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
  12. AP Primary Results
  13. Our Campaigns, "WA District 7 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim McDermott," Accessed April 5, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "im McDermott 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "McDermott 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Jim McDermott 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  32. Gov Track "Jim McDermott," Accessed July 4, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Jim McDermott," Accessed April 11, 2013
  34. LegiStorm, "Jim McDermott," Accessed September 7, 2012
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "McDermott (D-WA), 2011"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Jim McDermott (D-Wash), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  40. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 17, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
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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Washington House of Representatives
1971-1972
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