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John C. Carney Jr.
John C. Carney Jr.jpg
U.S. House, Delaware
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMichael N. Castle (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.27 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,665,457
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
2001-2009
Education
High schoolSt. Mark's High School
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
Master'sUniversity of Delaware
Personal
BirthdayMay 20, 1956
Place of birthWilmington, Delaware
ProfessionGreen Executive
Net worth$485,015
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Charles Carney, Jr. (b. May 20, 1956, in Wilmington, Delaware) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Carney was elected by voters from Delaware's At-Large Congressional District.

He was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Tom Kovach (R), Scott Gesty (L) and Bernard August (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Carney 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.

He served as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware from 2001 to 2009.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Carney is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

The second of nine children, Carney was born in Wilmington and raised in Claymont by his parents Jack and Ann, who were both educators.[3] He was quarterback of the 1973 state championship St. Mark's High School football team and earned All-Ivy League and Most Valuable Player honors in football at Dartmouth College. Carney earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1978 and his M.P.A. from the University of Delaware in 1987.[4] He coached freshman football at the University of Delaware, while earning his master's degree in public administration.[5]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Carney serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Carney served on the following committees:[7]

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Carney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response to Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Carney said in a statement on September 1, 2013, that he supports Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval and will review what Obama’s plan will mean for U.S. interests. He said he is “extremely wary” of committing the military to another overseas conflict.[10][11]

“My ultimate decision will reflect a desire to balance America’s role as a global leader while protecting our national interests and the security of the American people,” Carney said.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Carney 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.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Carney 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.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Carney voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[15]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Carney 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.[16]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Carney voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Carney voted for HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Carney voted in favor of 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.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Carney 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.[23]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Carney 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.[24]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Carney 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.[25]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Larson voted against 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.[26]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Carney, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[27]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[28]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Carney 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.[29]

Campaign themes

2012

Carney's campaign website listed the following issues:[30]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Creating jobs and growing the economy is John’s number one priority. John knows that the future of the middle class depends on building a 21st century economy that provides good-paying jobs to families in Delaware and across the nation."
  • Reducing the Deficit
Excerpt: "Since arriving in Congress, John has advocated for a comprehensive deficit reduction plan that makes real progress on cutting spending while protecting the middle class."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "As former chair of Delaware’s Healthcare Commission and a member of Delaware’s Cancer Consortium, John knows well the challenges facing our healthcare system."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As the son of two teachers, John firmly believes that the key to long-term success as a nation is a world-class public education system."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "John recognizes that in order to keep our homeland safe, we need a military that’s both strong—and smart."

Elections

2014

See also: Delaware's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2014

Carney 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: Delaware's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Carney won re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Tom Kovach (R), Scott Gesty (L) and Bernard August (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

U.S. House, Delaware At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Carney, Jr. Incumbent 64.7% 238,081
     Republican Thomas Kovach 33.2% 122,062
     Green Bernard August 1.1% 4,085
     Libertarian Scott Gesty 1.1% 3,926
Total Votes 368,154
Source: Delaware Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Carney won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Glen Urquhard (R), Earl R. Lofland (Independent Party of Delaware), Brent A. Wangen (Libertarian) and Jeffrey Brown (Blue Enigma) in the general election.[31]

U.S. House, Delaware At-Large District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Carney, Jr 56.8% 173,543
     Republican Glen Urquhart 41% 125,442
     Independent Party of Delaware Earl R. Lofland 1.2% 3,704
     Libertarian Brent A. Wangen 0.6% 1,986
     Blue Enigma Jeffrey Brown 0.3% 961
Total Votes 305,636

2004

Carney won election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Delaware on November 2, 2004. He defeated James Ursomarso (R), Michael Dore (Independent Party of Delaware) and John Reda (Libertarian).[32]

Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Carney, Jr 62.1% 218,272
     Republican James Ursomarso 36.3% 127,425
     Independent Party of Delaware Michael Dore 1.2% 4,130
     Libertarian John Reda 0.5% 1,646
Total Votes 351,473

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carney is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Carney raised a total of $3,665,457 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[33]

John C. Carney Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Delaware) Won $1,526,892
2010 U.S. House (Delaware) Won $2,138,565
Grand Total Raised $3,665,457

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 Carney's reports.[34]


John C. Carney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$521,357.12$47,443.50$(34,929.28)$533,871.34
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$533,871.34$161,201.32$(148,878.05)$546,194.61
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$546,194.61$174,966.00$(41,730.95)$679,429.66
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$679,429$143,903$(98,310)$725,023
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$725,023$121,946$(75,436)$771,533
Running totals
$649,459.82$(399,284.28)

2012

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

Carney won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Carney's campaign committee raised a total of $1,526,893 and spent $1,016,702.[40] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Carney spent $4.27 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Carney won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Carney's campaign committee raised a total of $2,138,565 and spent $2,113,640.[42]

U.S. House, Delaware, 2010 - John C. Carney Jr. Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,138,565
Total Spent $2,113,640
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,369,932
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,364,257
Top contributors to John C. Carney Jr.'s campaign committee
Young, Conaway et al$56,800
Morris, Nichols et al$38,300
AstraZeneca PLC$25,900
Skadden, Arps et al$20,400
Richards, Layton & Finger$19,850
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$383,452
Leadership PACs$86,500
Health Professionals$86,239
Retired$77,921
Real Estate$77,600

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Carney is a "centrist Democratic follower," as of June 7, 2013.[43]

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.[44]

Carney most often votes with:

Carney least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Carney missed 17 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[45]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Carney paid his congressional staff a total of $849,981 in 2011. He ranks 15th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 97th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Delaware ranks 43rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[46]

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, Carney's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $170,030 and $800,000. That averages to $485,015, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 6.28% from 2010.[47]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Carney's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $185,031 and $850,000. That averages to $517,515.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[48]

National Journal vote ratings

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.

2012

Carney ranked 152nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[49]

2011

Carney ranked 156th in the liberal rankings.[50]

Voting with party

2013

John C. Carney Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 163th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

Carney lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Tracey, and their sons, Sam and Jimmy.[3]

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Delaware Division of Elections "Election Results" Accessed June 7, 2013
  2. Project Vote Smart "Biography: John Carney Jr" Accessed June 7, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 United States Congressman John Carney, Representing Delaware, the First State "Full Biography" Accessed October 15, 2011
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CARNEY, John C., Jr., (1956 - )"
  5. University of Delaware:SPAA "MPA alumnus John Carney, is Delaware’s Congressman-elect to U.S. House of Representatives" Accessed October 15, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. United States Congressman John Carney, Representing Delaware, the First State "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 15, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Delaware online, "Delaware's Coons, Carper and Carney respond to Obama's plan on Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Delaware’s congressional delegation responds to Obama’s plan on military response in Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  12. Project Votesmart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  13. Project Votesmart, "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 18, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  15. Project Votesmart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  16. [hhttp://votesmart.org/bill/17120/45512/53658/authorizes-military-sexual-assault-victims-to-decide-who-determines-their-case#.Ujn_BH_B_A4 Project Votesmart, "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013]
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Project Votesmart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  23. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  24. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  25. Project Votesmart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  26. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  27. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  28. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  29. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  30. Campaign website, Issues
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  32. Delaware Commissioner of Elections "2004 Election Results," Accessed February 12, 2012
  33. Open Secrets "John Carney" Accessed April 3, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "John C. Carney Jr. Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "John Carney Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "John Carney April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  40. Open Secrets "John Carney 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "John C. Carney Jr. 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
  43. Gov Track "Carney" Accessed June 7, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Rep. John Carney," Accessed July 31, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "John Carney," Accessed March 29, 2013
  46. LegiStorm "John Carney"
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Carney (D-Del), 2011"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Carney, (D-Delaware), 2010"
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Michael Castle
U.S. House of Representatives - Delaware
2011–Present
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Preceded by
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Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
2001-2009
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