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'''Joseph N. "Joe" Baca''' (b. January 23, 1947) is a 2014 [[Democratic]] candidate seeking election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014|the 31st Congressional District]] of [[California]].  He is a former member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[California's 43rd Congressional District]] from 1999 to 2013 He lost his re-election bid in 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>  
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'''Joseph N. "Joe" Baca''' (b. January 23, 1947) is a 2014 [[Democratic]] candidate seeking election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014|the 31st Congressional District]] of [[California]].  He is a former member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[California's 43rd Congressional District]] from 1999 to 2013 He lost his re-election bid in 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'', "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012]</ref>  
  
 
Baca ran for re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 35th Congressional District elections, 2012|35th District]] as a [[Democrat]].  He was displaced from [[California's 43rd Congressional District elections, 2012|the 43rd District district]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/sanbernardinocounty/ci_18880529 "Baca announces run for 35th District," ''redlandsdailyfacts.com'', September 12, 2011]</ref>
 
Baca ran for re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 35th Congressional District elections, 2012|35th District]] as a [[Democrat]].  He was displaced from [[California's 43rd Congressional District elections, 2012|the 43rd District district]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/sanbernardinocounty/ci_18880529 "Baca announces run for 35th District," ''redlandsdailyfacts.com'', September 12, 2011]</ref>

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Joe Baca
Joe Baca.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 43
Former member
In office
1999-2013
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly
1995-1998
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 16, 1999
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
1999
California State Assembly
1992-1999
Education
Associate'sBarstow Community College
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1968
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 23, 1947
Place of birthBelen, New Mexico
ProfessionPublic Relations, Businessman
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Campaign website
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Joseph N. "Joe" Baca (b. January 23, 1947) is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 31st Congressional District of California. He is a former member of the U.S. House representing California's 43rd Congressional District from 1999 to 2013 He lost his re-election bid in 2012.[1]

Baca ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 35th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from the 43rd District district by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Baca was a "moderate Democratic leader."[3]

Biography

Baca was born in Belen, New Mexico. He earned an A.A. from Barstow Community College in 1970, and a B.A. in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1971.[4][5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Baca's academic, professional and political career:[6][7]

Baca worked for 15 years in community relations with General Telephone and Electric. In 1979, he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the San Bernardino Valley College District.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Baca served on the following committees:[8]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture, Ranking Member
  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Baca 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.[9]

Elections

2014

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See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

Baca is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 31st District. He is running for the seat that will be left open following the retirement of Rep. Gary Miller (R) rather than face a rematch against Gloria Negrete McLeod in District 35. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[10]

Endorsements

Baca reported receiving endorsements from 27 House Democrats. They are as follows:[11]

Baca initially received endorsements from Reps. James Clyburn, Tim Walz, and Terri Sewell, but they have since rescinded their endorsements of him. Baca accused the three of removing their endorsements after being pressured by the DCCC, who is supporting his opponent, Pete Aguilar, in the primary.[12]

Controversy

After Baca learned that Gloria Negrete McLeod, who ousted him in 2012, was not running for re-election in the 35th District he said, "Look at what we wound up with: Some bimbo who decided not to run again. ... Here we go again now with another New Yorker trying to tell us who's going to be the representative of the 31st. It's up to the people to decide." He later issued this apology, "I was just upset the district lost a representative in a short period of time. To me, that's a disservice to the area. I do apologize for my poor choice of words."[13]

2012

See also: California's 35th Congressional District elections, 2012

Baca ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 35th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from the 43rd District district by redistricting. He and Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Anthony Vieyra (G). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and McLeod won.[1][14][15]

U.S. House, California District 35 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Negrete McLeod 55.9% 79,698
     Democratic Joe Baca Incumbent 44.1% 62,982
Total Votes 142,680
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 35 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Baca (D) Incumbent 45% 15,388
Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Negrete McLeod (D) 36.3% 12,425
Anthony Vieyra (G) 18.6% 6,372
Total Votes 34,185

2010

On November 2, 2010, Baca won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Scott Folkens (R) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, California District 43 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Baca Incumbent 65.5% 70,026
     Republican Scott Folkens 34.5% 36,890
Total Votes 106,916

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Baca's reports.

Joe Baca (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$8,535.87$17,608.19$(19,760.79)$6,383.27
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$6,383.27$38,272.23$(17,243.90)$27,411.60
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$27,411.60$36,444.05$(27,249.88)$36,605.77
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$36,605$20,484$(35,723)$21,367
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$21,367$33,135$(25,880)$28,622
Pre-Primary[22]May 22, 2014$28,622$22,155$(30,991)$19,786
Running totals
$168,098.47$(156,848.57)

2012

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

Baca did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Baca's campaign committee raised a total of $1,046,528 and spent $1,162,457.[23]

2010

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

Baca won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Baca's campaign committee raised a total of $758,696 and spent $697,007.[24]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Baca paid his congressional staff a total of $1,068,829 in 2011. He ranked 70th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 91st overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Baca's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,004 and $46,000. That averages to $24,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[26]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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. Baca ranked 146th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[27]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Baca ranked 156th in the liberal rankings.[28]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Joe Baca voted with the Democratic Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 130 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[29]

Personal

Baca and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  2. "Baca announces run for 35th District," redlandsdailyfacts.com, September 12, 2011
  3. GovTrack, "Baca" Accessed May 21, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "BACA, Joe, (1947 - )"
  5. Congressman Joe Baca, Fighting for the 43rd District of California "Biography"
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "BACA, Joe, (1947 - )"
  7. Congressman Joe Baca, Fighting for the 43rd District of California "Biography"
  8. Congressman Joe Baca, Fighting for the 43rd District of California "Committees and Caucuses"
  9. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  10. Roll Call, "California: Baca Will Challenge Miller in 31st District," April 15, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "Ex-Rep. Joe Baca Touts 30 Endorsements From House Democrats #CA31," May 28, 2013
  12. Politico, "Brouhaha over Joe Baca backing heats up," May 30, 2013
  13. The Hill, "Ex-Rep. Baca bashes 'bimbo' Negrete McLeod, won't run for seat," February 18, 2014
  14. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  23. Open Secrets, "Joe Baca 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 19, 2013
  24. Open Secrets, "Joe Baca 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 14, 2011
  25. LegiStorm, "Joe Baca"
  26. OpenSecrets, "Baca, (D-Cali), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Calvert
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 43
1999-2013
Succeeded by
Maxine Waters
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California State Senate
1999
Succeeded by
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California State Assembly
1992-1999
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