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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
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) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Courtney was elected by voters from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district.

Courtney was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Courtney is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

Biography

Courtney grew up in suburban Hartford, Connecticut. Courtney is a 1975 graduate of Tufts University in Boston and earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. He worked as a public defender for 3 years after leaving school. Courtney is a partner in the law firm Courtney, Boyan & Foran. He also serves 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

Political Positions

  • 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]

Specific votes

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 one 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.[5]

Elections

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.[6]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Courtney won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Janet Peckinpaugh (R), G. Scott Deshefy (Green), Daniel Reale (Independent), Muriel P. Bianchi (Independent) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 58.7% 140,888
     Republican Janet Peckinpaugh 39.9% 95,671
     Green G. Scott Deshefy 1.4% 3,344
     Independent Daniel Reale 0% 27
     Independent Muriel P. Bianchi 0% 19
Total Votes 239,949

Campaign donors

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.[8]

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.[9]


U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Joe Courtney Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,781,959
Total Spent $2,171,904
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $247,391
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $269,668
Top contributors to Joe Courtney's campaign committee
General Dynamics$32,350
Northeast Utilities$19,550
Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder$18,750
United Technologies$16,000
Silver, Golub & Teitell$14,950
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$195,825
Health Professionals$71,100
Retired$63,350
Public Sector Unions$62,000
Building Trade Unions$60,500

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. 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 he 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.[10]

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, 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.[11]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Joe Courtney has voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 79 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[15]

Personal

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

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Rob Simmons
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 2
2007–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 56
1987-1994
Succeeded by
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