John Larson

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John B. Larson
John B. Larson.jpg
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBarbara Kennelly (D)
Leadership
Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus of the United States House of Representatives
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,095,438
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut State Senate
1983-1995
Education
Bachelor'sCentral Connecticut State University
Associate'sEast Hartford High School
Personal
BirthdayJuly 22, 1948
Place of birthHartford, Connecticut
ProfessionHigh School Teacher, Insurance Agent
Net worth$180,503
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John B. Larson campaign logo
John Barry Larson (b. July 22, 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Connecticut's 1st congressional district. Larson was first elected to the House in 1998.

He was re-elected in 2012. He ran unopposed in the August 14, 2012, Democratic primary and defeated Mike McDonald (R) and S. Michael DeRosa (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

Biography

Larson was born on July 22, 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut. He and his seven brothers and sisters were raised in Mayberry Village, a public housing project in East Hartford by their parents, Raymond and Pauline.

He graduated from East Hartford High School in 1967 and from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 1971. Larson was later selected by Dr. Edward Zigler, the creator of Head Start, to be a Senior Fellow at Yale's Bush Center for Child Development.

Before entering Congress, Larson was a high school history teacher and athletic coach until he became an owner of Larson & Lysik insurance company.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Larson serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Larson served on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Larson's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is the most important predictor of individual financial success. It’s also the key to America’s long-term success in a 21st-century economy. Yet too many American families worry that they won’t be able to afford to invest in the opportunity higher education provides. It doesn’t have to be that way."
  • Economy & Small Business
Excerpt: "John’s top priority is to rebuild our economy and invest in a strong economic foundation for our future that works for all Americans. After eight years of failed leadership under the Bush Administration, our country was at a crisis point. The Great Recession threw our economy into a tailspin – losing 800,000 jobs a month at the end of 2008 – while Bush-era policies made it harder for the middle class and those seeking to join it to achieve the American dream,"
  • Government Accountability
Excerpt: "In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing corporations to spend unlimited secret money in elections. Since then, we’ve seen the rise of Super PACs and unprecedented amounts of corporate money in elections. John is working to change that by leading the effort to ensure that candidates are responsive to the American people – not to Washington lobbyists and special interests."
  • Veterans & Military Families
Excerpt: "America’s veterans deserve the same level of commitment that they have given to our country. John voted to increase funding for veterans’ medical care, provide a pay-raise for our troops, support military family housing programs, and restore the promise of a full college education for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans."
  • Energy & Environment
Excerpt: "Our dependence on foreign oil puts our national security and economy at risk. We see this risk each time instability in the Middle East hits our pocketbooks at the pump. We need to invest in an energy future that’s abundant, affordable and American, while finding ways to keep energy prices down as we transition."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Larson 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.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: Connecticut's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Larson won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 1st District. Larson ran unopposed in the August 14, 2012, Democratic primary. He defeated Mike McDonald (R) and S. Michael DeRosa (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn B. Larson Incumbent 69.7% 206,973
     Republican John Henry Decker 27.7% 82,321
     Green S. Michael DeRosa 1.8% 5,477
     Independent Matthew Corey 0.8% 2,290
Total Votes 297,061
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Larson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Larson raised a total of $9,095,438 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[15]

John Larson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Connecticut, District 1) Won $2,018,561
2010 US House (Connecticut, District 1) Won $2,401,252
2008 US House (Connecticut, District 1) Won $1,606,567
2006 US House (Connecticut, District 1) Won $983,926
2004 US House (Connecticut, District 1) Won $643,746
2002 US House (Connecticut, District 1) Won $672,774
2000 US House (Connecticut, District 1) Won $768,612
Grand Total Raised $9,095,438

2012

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

Larson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Larson's campaign committee raised a total of $2,018,561 and spent $2,232,557.[16]

2010

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

Larson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 20101. During that re-election cycle, Larson's campaign committee raised a total of $2,401,252 and spent .[17]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - John Larson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,401,252
Total Spent $2,445,770
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $312,097
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $311,855
Top contributors to John Larson's campaign committee
United Technologies$87,150
Hartford Financial Services$30,800
General Electric$27,000
Guardian Life Insurance$22,550
Northeast Utilities$20,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$209,850
Lawyers/Law Firms$176,734
Health Professionals$144,476
Defense Aerospace$98,150
Securities & Investment$86,185

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Larson is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of June 4, 2013.[18]

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. Larson ranked 67th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[19]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Larson ranked 63rd in the liberal rankings.[20]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Larson missed 517 of 9,871 roll call votes from Jan 1999 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 5.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[21]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Larson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,098,804 in 2011. He ranked 53rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 68th 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.[22]

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, Larson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $21,008 and $339,999. That averages to $180,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 35.54% from 2010.[23]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Larson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $135,008 and $425,000. That averages to $280,004, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[24]

Voting with party

2013

John B. Larson voted with the Democrat Party 96% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 201 House Democrat members as of June 2013.[25]

Personal

Larson and his wife Leslie have three children (Carolyn, Laura, and Raymond) and are life-long residents of East Hartford.[2]

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Congressman John Larson "About John" Accessed October 15, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressman John Larson, Representing Connecticut's 1st District "Congressman Larson's Committees "
  5. Campaign website, Issues
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for John Larson," Accessed March 22, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "John Larson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "John B. Larson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Larson" Accessed June 4, 2013
  19. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  21. GovTrack, "John Larson," Accessed March 29, 2013
  22. LegiStorm "John B. Larson"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Larson, (D-Conn), 2011"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Larson, (D-Conn), 2010"
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Kennelly
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 1
1999–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Connecticut State Senate
1983-1995
Succeeded by
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