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Joe Courtney
Joe Courtney.jpg
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRob Simmons (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,298,085
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 56
1987-1994
Education
Bachelor'sTufts University
J.D.University of Connecticut
Personal
BirthdayApril 6, 1953
Place of birthHartford, Connecticut
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$403,514
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Joe Courtney campaign logo
Joseph "Joe" Courtney (b. April 6, 1953, in Hartford, Connecticut) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Connecticut's 2nd congressional district.

Courtney was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Paul Formica (R), Dan Reale (L) and Colin D. Bennet (G) in the general election.[1]

In 1998, Courtney made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor.[2]

Courtney 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.

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

Biography

Courtney grew up in suburban Hartford, Connecticut.

Education:[3]

  • 1975: Tufts University in Boston
  • 1978: J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law

Courtney worked as a public defender for three years after graduating law school. From 1987 to 1994, Courtney was a representative in the Connecticut General Assembly. He also served as Town Attorney in Vernon, Connecticut, the town in which he currently resides.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Courtney serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Courtney served on the following committees:[3]

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 Courtney'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

Courtney said at a public forum on Syria on September 3, 2013, that he would not vote for an Obama-administration proposed resolution authorizing the use of force.[7]

“I find it unacceptable,” Courtney said.

Courtney said the wording of the resolution did not provide a time limit for U.S. involvement or limit the use of U.S. ground forces.[7] He also said he did not rule out supporting a different resolution authorizing U.S. intervention in Syria, but said the administration needed to answer more questions first.[7]

“I am willing to listen to more information, but at this point I’m approaching it with skepticism,” Courtney said.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Courntey 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Courtney 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 "No" Courtney voted in opposition to 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.[11]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Courtney 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.[12]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Courtney voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Courtney 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.[14]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Courtney voted against 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.[15]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Courtney 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.[16]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Courtney voted in favor of 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.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Courtney was recognized in a legislative poll in 1994 by Connecticut Magazine for his bipartisan efforts, and named the "Most Conscientious" and the "Democrat Most Admired by Republicans."[3]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Courtney 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.[18]

Elections

2014

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

Courtney 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. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Courtney ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 2nd District. Courtney ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Paul Formica (R), Dan Reale (L) and Colin D. Bennet (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[19]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 68.2% 204,708
     Republican Paul M Formica 29.4% 88,103
     Green Colin D. Bennet 1.2% 3,638
     Libertarian Dan Reale 1.2% 3,511
Total Votes 299,960
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Courtney is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Courtney raised a total of $9,298,085 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[23]

Joe Courtney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Connecticut, District 2) Won $1,520,758
2010 US House (Connecticut, District 2) Won $1,781,959
2008 US House (Connecticut, District 2) Won $2,370,575
2006 US House (Connecticut, District 2) Won $2,457,906
2002 US House (Connecticut, District 2) Defeated $1,166,887
Grand Total Raised $9,298,085

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 Courtney's reports.[24]

Joe Courtney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]4/15/2013$306,383.17$113,829.66$(49,785.91)$370,426.92
July Quarterly[26]7/15/2013$370,426.92$166,219.75$(51,287.99)$485,358.68
Running totals
$280,049.41$(101,073.9)

2012

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

Courtney won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Courtney's campaign committee raised a total of $1,520,758 and spent $1,449,934.[27] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[28]

Cost per vote

Courtney spent $7.08 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Courtney won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Courtney's campaign committee raised a total of $1,781,959 and spent $2,171,904.[29]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Courtney is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of June 7, 2013.[30]

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.[31]

Courtney most often votes with:

Courtney least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Courtney missed 51 of 5,226 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[32]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Courtney paid his congressional staff a total of $1,015,601 in 2011. He ranked 80th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 147th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranked 4th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[33]

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, Courtney's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $127,029 and $680,000. That averages to $403,514, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 10.85% from 2010.[34]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Courtney's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $133,021 and $595,000. That averages to $364,010.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[35]

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. Courtney ranked 97th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[36]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Courtney ranked 139th in the liberal rankings.[37]

Voting with party

June 2013

Joe Courtney voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, which ranked 126th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[38]

Personal

Courtney lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney, and their two children, Robert and Elizabeth. [3]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. Project Votesmart, "Joe Courtney," accessed September 13, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Congressman Joe Courtney "Biography" Accessed October 15, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  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. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Norwich Bulletin, "Courtney says he's skeptical of U.S. intervention in Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  8. Project Votesmart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  9. Project Votesmart, "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 13, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Votesmart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  12. Project Votesmart, "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  13. Project Votesmart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  15. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  16. Project Votesmart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  17. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joe Courtney," Accessed March 22, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Joe Courtney Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Joe Courtney 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Joe Courtney 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
  30. Gov Track "Courtney" Accessed June 7, 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Rep. Joe Courtney," Accessed July 31, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Joe Courtney," Accessed March 29, 2013
  33. LegiStorm "Joe Courtney"
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Courtney, (D-Conn), 2011"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Courtney, (D-Conn), 2010"
  36. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Rob Simmons
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 2
2007–Present
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 56
1987-1994
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