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John Fleming
John Fleming.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim McCrery (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,855,040
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Coroner, Webster Parish, Louisiana
1996-2000
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mississippi
M.D.University of Mississippi
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1976-1982
Personal
BirthdayJuly 5, 1951
Place of birthMeridian, Mississippi
ProfessionPhysician
Net worth$7,768,570
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Calvin Fleming, Jr. (b. July 5, 1951, in Meridian, Mississippi) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 4th congressional district. Fleming was first elected to the House in 2008.

Fleming won in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 4th District. Fleming, the incumbent, defeated Randall Lord (L) in the November 6 blanket primary.[1][2]

He 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. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

Biography

Fleming was born in Meridian, Mississippi. He earned both his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1973 and 1976, respectively.[3]

Career

Prior to his political career, Fleming had served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a family physician.[3]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Fleming serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Fleming served on the following committees:[5]

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 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 Fleming's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Fleming voted in favor of 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Fleming voted against 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Fleming voted against 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Fleming voted in favor 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.[8]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Fleming voted in favor of 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.[8]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Fleming voted in favor of 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Fleming voted in favor of 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Fleming voted in favor of 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.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Fleming 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.[10]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Fleming is 1 of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[11]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Fleming 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. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Louisiana's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Fleming ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 4th District. Fleming, the incumbent, defeated Randall Lord (L) in the November 6 blanket primary.[12][13] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates do not receive a majority of the vote on that date, they go to a runoff, to be held on December 8.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fleming Incumbent 75.3% 187,894
     Libertarian Randall Lord 24.7% 61,637
Total Votes 249,531
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign themes

  • Fleming's campaign website: "John Fleming's primary goal is to uphold America's constitution and he is working in Washington with the central purpose of representing the people as a servant leader."[14]

Media

The following is a C-SPAN video of John Fleming on the issue of Oil Drilling on July 25, 2012. A full list of Fleming's videos can be found at his campaign website.[15]


John Fleming, "Rep. Fleming (R-LA) Calls for Common Sense Policy on Oil Drilling"[16]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fleming is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Fleming raised a total of $4,855,040 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[19]

John Fleming (Louisiana)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 4) Won $1,619,170
2010 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 4) Won $1,448,369
2008 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 4) Won $1,787,501
Grand Total Raised $4,855,040

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 Fleming's reports.[20]

John Fleming (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]4/11/2013$481,211.43$234,583.90$(83,313.46)$632,481.87
July Quarterly[22]July 18, 2013$632,481.87$201,496.11$(119,040.10)$714,937.88
October Quarterly[23]October 13, 2013$714,937.88$156,156.92$(155,365.20)$715,729.60
Running totals
$592,236.93$(357,718.76)

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Fleming won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fleming's campaign committee raised a total of $1,619,170 and spent $992,745.[24] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[25]

Cost per vote

Fleming spent $5.28 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Fleming won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Fleming's campaign committee raised a total of $1,448,369 and spent $1,271,950.[26]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fleming is a "far-right Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[27]

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.[28]

Fleming most often votes with:

Fleming least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Fleming missed 31 of 3,350 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[29]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Fleming paid his congressional staff a total of $814,780 in 2011. He ranks 59th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 66th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranks 37th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[30]

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, Fleming's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$1,447,900 and $16,985,040. This averages to $7,768,570, which is a 23.63% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[31]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Fleming's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,655,824 and $17,689,760. That averages to $10,172,792, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[32]

Political Positions

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, Fleming was ranked the 5th most conservative representative during 2012.[33]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, John Fleming was ranked the 84th most conservative representative during 2011.[34]

Voting with party

2013

John Fleming voted with the Republican Party 95.4 of the time, which ranked 152 among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[35]

Recent news

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Personal

Fleming has been married to his wife Cindy for 33 years. They have four children and two grandchildren and live in Minden, Louisiana.[36]

External links


References

  1. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Fleming" Accessed November 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 17, 2011
  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. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "John Fleming Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  12. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  13. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  14. Fleming's Official Campaign Website
  15. Campaign Website
  16. YouTube channel
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "John Fleming" Accessed April 7, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "John Fleming 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "John Fleming 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  27. Gov Track "Fleming" Accessed June 18, 2013
  28. http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412275_John_Fleming OpenCongress, "Rep. John Fleming," Accessed August 2, 2013]
  29. GovTrack, "John Fleming," Accessed April 1, 2013
  30. LegiStorm "John Fleming"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Fleming, (R-Louisiana), 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Fleming, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  33. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 17, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim McCrery
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 4
2009–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Coroner, Webster Parish, Louisiana
1996-2000
Succeeded by
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