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John D. Dingell, Jr.
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U.S. House, Michigan, District 12
Incumbent
In office
December 13, 1955-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn D. Dingell, Sr. (D)
Leadership
Dean of the United States House of Representatives
January 1995-Present
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedDecember 13, 1955
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$13,421,056
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolGeorgetown Preparatory School, Garrett Park, Maryland
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.Georgetown University Law School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1944-1946
Personal
BirthdayJuly 8, 1926
Place of birthColorado Springs, Colorado
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$4,777,051
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John D. Dingell, Jr. (b. July 8, 1926 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 12th congressional district. Dingell, the longest serving representative in U.S. history, was first elected to the House in a 1955 special election following the death of his father, Rep. John D. Dingell, Sr.

Dingell won re-election in 2012 to the 12th congressional district seat. He defeated Cynthia Kallgren (R) and Richard Secula (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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

Biography

Dingell was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946, Dingell earned his B.S. and J.D. from Georgetown University in 1949 and 1952, respectively.[1]

Career

Prior to his political career, Dingell worked as an attorney.

  • 1944-1946: United States Army
  • 1952-1953: Research Assistant, United States Circuit Judge Theodore Levin
  • 1954-1955: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Wayne County, Michigan
  • 1955-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Dingell serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

2011-2012

Dingell served on the following committees:[3]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Ex-Officio
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy Ex-Officio
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Dingell 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.[4]

Campaign themes

2012

Below are several issues which were highlighted on Dingell's campaign website:[5]

  • Jobs & The Economy

Excerpt: "Close tax loopholes that allow outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas and use the savings to pay for Hometown Tax Credits for small businesses to expand American manufacturing jobs... Boost incentives to create American clean energy jobs...Strengthen requirements that U.S. government and contractors buy American."[6]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "The Congressman believes health insurance is a right for all Americans, and for this reason Congressman Dingell has introduced health care reform legislation in every Congress since he was elected in 1955."[7]

  • Food & Drug Protection

Excerpt: "The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a giant leap forward for our food safety system. It will give the Food and Drug Administration much needed tools to oversee our food system, track down dangerous illness-causing pathogens and respond quickly to food borne illness outbreaks through mandatory recall authority and authority to detain tainted products."[8]

  • National Security

Excerpt: "The Congressman is supportive of the Administration’s goal to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan. He supports the Obama Administration’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 30,000, bringing the total to near 100,000, and to begin a responsible drawdown in 2011."[9]

  • Education

Excerpt: "Congressman Dingell is a strong proponent of public education, and voted in August of this year to save the jobs of 242 teachers in Michigan’s 15th Congressional District and 4,700 teachers across the state of Michigan."[10]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 12th congressional district elections, 2014

Dingell 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: Michigan's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Dingell won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 12th District.[11] He defeated Daniel Marcin in the August 7 Democratic primary. He then defeated Cynthia Kallgren (R) and Richard Secula (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[12]


John D. Dingell, Jr. Campaign ad"[13]
U.S. House, Michigan District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn D. Dingell Incumbent 67.9% 216,884
     Republican Cynthia Kallgren 29% 92,472
     Libertarian Richard Secula 3.1% 9,867
Total Votes 319,223
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Michigan's 12th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dingell 78.6% 41,116
Daniel Marcin 21.4% 11,226
Total Votes 52,342

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dingell is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Dingell raised a total of $13,421,056 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[42]

John Dingell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $1,444,696
2010 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $1,960,195
2008 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $2,736,892
2006 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $1,557,064
2004 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $1,524,991
2002 US House (Michigan, District 15) Won $3,073,004
2000 US House (Michigan, District 16) Won $1,124,214
Grand Total Raised $13,421,056

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 Dingell’s reports.[43]

John Dingell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2013$387,065.14$39,370.07$(100,383.65)$326,051
July Quarterly[45]July 16, 2013$326,051.56$16,615.49$(90,851.58)$402,015.46
Running totals
$55,985.56$(191,235.23)

2012

Breakdown of funds according to source.

Dingell won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dingell's campaign committee raised a total of $1,444,696 and spent $1,090,721.[46]

Cost per vote

Dingell spent $2.35 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Dingell won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Dingell's campaign committee raised a total of $1,960,195 and spent $2,790,616.[47]

U.S. House, Michigan District 15, 2010 - John Dingell Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,960,195
Total Spent $2,790,616
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,059,929
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,059,929
Top contributors to John Dingell's campaign committee
Ford Motor Co$20,700
DTE Energy$17,400
Verizon Communications$16,000
Dow Lohnes PLLC$15,500
Patton Boggs LLP$14,750
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Electric Utilities$162,500
Health Professionals$149,000
Lobbyists$143,215
Lawyers/Law Firms$109,898
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$81,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Dingell is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress 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.[49]

Dingell most often votes with:

Dingell least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Dingell missed 2,017 of 26,784 roll call votes from Jan 1956 to Mar 2013, which is 7.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Dingell paid his congressional staff a total of $1,212,009 in 2011. He ranked 10th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 11th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

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, Dingell's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,636,103 and $6,918,000. This averages to $4,777,051, which is a 0.4696% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[52]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Dingell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,656,093 and $4,845,000. That averages to $3,250,546.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[53]

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, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Cedric Richmond was ranked the 104th most liberal representative during 2012.[54]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, John D. Dingell Jr. was ranked the 158th most liberal representative during 2011.[55]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, John D. Dingell, Jr. has voted with the Democratic Party 91.1% of the time, which ranked 168th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[56]

Personal

Dingell has been married to his wife, Debbie Insley Dingell, for thirty years. He has four grown children and several grandchildren.[57]

Recent news

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External links

References

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  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 23, 2011
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. John Dingell, Jr. "The Issues," Accessed October 9, 2012
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  12. Associated Press primary results
  13. YouTube channel
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Preceded by
John D. Dingell, Sr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan
1955-Present
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