John Culberson

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John Culberson
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U.S. House, Texas, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorWilliam Reynolds Archer, Jr. (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,318,234
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives
1986-2001
Education
Bachelor'sSouthern Methodist University
J.D.South Texas College of Law
Personal
BirthdayAugust 24, 1956
Place of birthHouston, Texas
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$225,001
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Abney Culberson (b. August 24, 1956 in Houston, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Culberson represents Texas' 7th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2000.

Culberson most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. He defeated James Cargas (D), Drew Parks (L) and Lance Findley (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Culberson began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served from 1986 until his election to the U.S. House in 2000.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Culberson is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Culberson was born in Houston, Texas. He earned his B.A. from Southern Methodist University and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Culberson serves on the following committees:[3]

  • House Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Chair

2011-2012

Culberson was a member of the following House committees:[4]

  • House Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Chair
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science

Issues

Legislative actions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Culberson voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Culberson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Neutral/Abstain Culberson did not vote on 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.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for 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.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Culberson voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[15]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Culberson endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [16]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Culberson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Culberson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 7th District. He defeated Bill Tofte in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated James Cargas (D), Drew Parks (L) and Lance Findley (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[17][18]

U.S. House, Texas District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Culberson Incumbent 60.8% 142,793
     Democratic James Cargas 36.4% 85,553
     Libertarian Drew Parks 2% 4,669
     Green Lance Findley 0.8% 1,822
Total Votes 234,837
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Culberson Incumbent 86.3% 37,590
Bill Tofte 13.7% 5,971
Total Votes 43,561

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Culberson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Culberson raised a total of $6,318,234 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[25]

John Culberson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $842,045
2010 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $779,425
2008 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $1,747,989
2006 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $718,882
2004 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $628,783
2002 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $508,138
2000 US House (Texas, District 7) Won $1,092,972
Grand Total Raised $6,318,234

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Culberson's reports.[26]

John Culberson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 10, 2013$32,396.11$120,460.00$(76,457.55)$76,398.56
July Quarterly[28]July 9, 2013$76,398.56$93,006.00$(57,663.84)$111,740.72
Running totals
$213,466$(134,121.39)

2012

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

Culberson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Culberson's campaign committee raised a total of $842,045 and spent $846,831.[29] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[30]

Cost per vote

Culberson spent $5.93 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Culberson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Culberson's campaign committee raised a total of $779,425 and spent $771,544.[31]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Culberson is a "lonely far-right Republican follower" as of June 2013.[32]

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.[33]

Culberson most often votes with:

Culberson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Culberson missed 564 of 8,657 roll call votes from January 2001 to March 2013. This amounts to 6.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[34]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Culberson paid his congressional staff a total of $847,482 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[35]

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, Culberson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-529,996 to $979,998. That averages to $225,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 33.33% from 2010.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Culberson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $185,002 to $490,000. That averages to $337,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[37]

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. Culberson tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 43rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[38]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Culberson ranked 121st in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[39]

Voting with party

2013

Culberson voted with the Republican Party 95.0% of the time, which ranked 177th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Culberson and his wife, Melissa, have one daughter.[4]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "John Culberson," Accessed October 22, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 22, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  17. Republican candidate list
  18. Unofficial Republican primary results
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for John Culberson," Accessed March 25, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "John Culberson Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. 'Federal Election Commission "John Culberson April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. 'Federal Election Commission "John Culberson July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "John Culberson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "John Culberson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  32. Gov Track "John Culberson," Accessed June 7 2013
  33. OpenCongress, "John Culberson," Accessed August 2, 2013
  34. GovTrack, "John Culberson," Accessed April 2, 2013
  35. LegiStorm, "John Culberson," Accessed September 17, 2012
  36. OpenSecrets.org "John Culberson (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "John Culberson (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
William Reynolds Archer, Jr. (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 7
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Texas House of Representatives
1986-2001
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