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|Predecessor = Barbara Kennelly (D)
 
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|Leadership = Vice Chair of the [[Democratic]] Caucus of the [[United States House of Representatives]]
 
|Leadership = Vice Chair of the [[Democratic]] Caucus of the [[United States House of Representatives]]
|Prior office years = 2006-2009
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|Last election = November 6, 2012
 
|Last election = November 6, 2012
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|Cost per vote 2012 = $10.79
 
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|First elected = November 3, 1998
 
|First elected = November 3, 1998
 
|Term limits = N/A
 
|Term limits = N/A
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|Next primary = August 12, 2014
 
|Next election =[[United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Next election =[[United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
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|Birthday = July 22, 1948
 
|Birthday = July 22, 1948
 
|Place of birth = Hartford, Connecticut
 
|Place of birth = Hartford, Connecticut
|Net worth = $180,503
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|Net worth = $181,521
 
|Profession = High School Teacher, Insurance Agent
 
|Profession = High School Teacher, Insurance Agent
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
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{{tnr}}'''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.  
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{{tnr}}'''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 [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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He was re-elected in [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
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Larson previously served as the Chair of the Democratic Caucus of the [[United States House of Representatives|House]].<ref>[http://www.dems.gov/members/john-larson ''House Democratic Caucus,'' "John Larson," accessed October 18, 2013]</ref>
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Larson is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==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.  
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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.
 
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.
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==Career==
 
==Career==
*1999-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Connecticut's 1st congressional district]]
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*1999-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Connecticut's 1st Congressional District]]
 
**2006-2009: Vice Chair of the [[Democratic]] Caucus
 
**2006-2009: Vice Chair of the [[Democratic]] Caucus
 
**2009-Present: Chair of the [[U.S. House]] [[Democratic]] Caucus
 
**2009-Present: Chair of the [[U.S. House]] [[Democratic]] Caucus
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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Larson serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Larson serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Committee on Ways and Means]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Committee on Ways and Means]]
 
**Subcommittee on Trade
 
**Subcommittee on Trade
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Larson served on the following committees:<ref>[http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1105&Itemid=92 ''Congressman John Larson, Representing Connecticut's 1st District'' "Congressman Larson's Committees "]</ref>
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Larson served on the following committees:<ref>[http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1105&Itemid=92 ''Congressman John Larson, Representing Connecticut's 1st District'', "Congressman Larson's Committees," accessed October 15, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means]]
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight
 
**Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
 
**Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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===National security===
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Oppose vote}} Larson voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/16812/44545/17188/john-larson-voted-nay-passage-hr-2217-department-of-homeland-security-appropriations-act-of-2014#44545 ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
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{{Support vote}} Larson 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/16681/44088/17188/john-larson-voted-yea-amendment-vote-h-amdt-69-requires-threat-assessment-of-pipeline-vulnerabilities-to-a-terrorist-attack#44088 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Oppose vote}} Larson voted in opposition to 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/16577/43791/17188/john-larson-voted-nay-passage-hr-624-cyber-intelligence-sharing-and-protection-act#43791 ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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====NDAA====
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{{Support vote}} Larson 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/17120/45512/17188/john-larson-voted-yea-passage-hr-1960-authorizes-military-sexual-assault-victims-to-decide-who-determines-their-case#45512 ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{House Farm Bill Dem No|Name=Larson}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{House Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Larson}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Larson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Larson voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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=====Speech on floor of Congress=====
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{{youtube|title=yvPSNvl9YAE|size=200|caption=Speech on House floor}}
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Larson gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the [[U.S. House]] urging [[Congress]] to prevent a shutdown in September 2013.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvPSNvl9YAE ''Youtube'', "Shutdown," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref>
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====Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination====
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{{Oppose vote}}
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Larson voted against 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/16167/42596/17188/john-larson-voted-nay-passage-hr-273-eliminates-the-2013-statutory-pay-adjustment-for-federal-employees#42596 ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Oppose vote}} Larson 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/16860/44693/17188/john-larson-voted-nay-amendment-vote-h-amdt-136-prohibits-the-enforcement-of-the-immigration-executive-order#44693 ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Oppose vote}} Larson 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/17295/45799/17188/john-larson-voted-nay-amendment-vote-h-amdt-450-requires-congressional-approval-for-any-rules-under-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#45799 ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act====
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{{Oppose vote}} Larson voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/17277/45771/17188/john-larson-voted-nay-passage-hr-2009-keep-the-irs-off-your-health-care-act-of-2013#45771 ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Amash amendment====
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{{Support vote}} Larson 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/17293/45795/17188/john-larson-voted-yea-amendment-vote-h-amdt-413-prohibits-the-national-security-agency-from-collecting-records-under-the-patriot-act#45795 ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}} 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 who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s070_000.gif|right|290px|thumb|John Larson's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Larson is a '''Populist-Leaning Liberal.''' Larson received a score of 66 percent on personal issues and 4 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Larson|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/House/John_Larson.htm ''On The Issues'', "John Larson Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Strongly Favors
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|Citizenship=Strongly Favors
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|Free Trade= Opposes
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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===American response in Syria===
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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Larson released a statement regarding the situation in Syria on August 28, 2013.<ref name="august">[http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php/news/press-releases/1776-larson-statement-on-syria ''Office of John Larson,'' "Larson Statement on Syria," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref> In the press release he said, "Before the United States commits troops on the ground or decides on the use of force in Syria the President needs to convene Congress and make the case to the American people...Assad's assault on humanity deserves a response from the world community not just the United States. The Administration who has been making the case to the world community must make that case to Congress."<ref name="august"/>
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Following President [[Barack Obama]]'s address on Syria on September 10, 2013 Larson released another statement.<ref name="september">[http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php/news/press-releases/1783-larson-statement-on-president-barack-obamas-address-on-syria ''Office of John Larson,'' "Larson Statement on President Barack Obama's Address on Syria," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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"I commend President Barack Obama for agreeing to an international discussion on the proposal to collect and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. These talks will strengthen the global response to Syria and advance the diplomatic approach that I and many others in Connecticut's first district are calling for...Many Americans agree that our best path forward begins with a diplomatic and international answer to the problems in Syria. After hearing from my constituents, I know this is the correct approach in response to the vile chemical attacks experienced by the Syrian people."<ref name="september"/>
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Larson's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://larsonforcongress.org/#on-the-issues Campaign website, Issues]</ref>
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Larson's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://larsonforcongress.org/#on-the-issues ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012]</ref>
  
 
*'''Education
 
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*'''Energy & Environment
 
*'''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."
 
: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====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Larson is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Connecticut's 1st congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
 
   
 
   
Larson won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2012|Connecticut's]] [[Connecticut's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Larson won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2012|Connecticut's]] [[Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2014 elections season. Below are Larson's reports.<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00330142 ''Federal Election Commission'', "John B. Larson Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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{{John Larson 2014 FEC}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:John Larson Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Larson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:John Larson Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000575&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "John Larson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000575&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "John Larson 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref> This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Larson spent $10.79 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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===2010===
 
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[[File:John Larson 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Larson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:John Larson 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|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 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00000575&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "John B. Larson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011]</ref>
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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 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00000575&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "John B. Larson 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 8, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Larson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-57,956 and $420,999. That averages to '''$181,521''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Larson ranked as the 353rd most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000575&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "John B. Larson (D-Conn), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Larson's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Larson is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]," as of June 4, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_larson/400233 ''Gov Track'' "Larson" Accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Larson is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]," as of June 4, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_larson/400233 ''Gov Track'', "Larson" accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400233_John_Larson ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. John Larson," accessed July 31, 2013]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
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====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
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Larson ranked 67th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Larson ranked 63rd in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_larson/400233 ''GovTrack,'' "John Larson," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Larson missed 517 of 9,871 roll call votes from January 1999 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_larson/400233 ''GovTrack'', "John Larson," accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
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::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/330/Rep_John_Larson.html LegiStorm "John B. Larson"]</ref>
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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 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/330/Rep_John_Larson.html ''LegiStorm'', "John B. Larson," accessed August 21, 2012]</ref>
 
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000575&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Larson, (D-Conn), 2011"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000575&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Larson, (D-Conn), 2010"]</ref>
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Larson and his wife Leslie have three children (Carolyn, Laura, and Raymond) and are life-long residents of East Hartford.<ref name="biography"> [http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=595&Itemid=50 ''Congressman John Larson'' "About John" Accessed October 15, 2011]</ref>
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Larson and his wife Leslie have three children (Carolyn, Laura, and Raymond) and are life-long residents of East Hartford.<ref name="biography"> [http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=595&Itemid=50 ''Congressman John Larson'', "About John," accessed October 15, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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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
2006-2009
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$10.79 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next primaryAugust 12, 2014
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$181,521
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]

Larson previously served as the Chair of the Democratic Caucus of the House.[2]

Larson 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.

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.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Larson serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Larson served on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

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

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Larson voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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 "Yes" Larson 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Larson voted in opposition to 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Larson 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.[12]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Larson voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Larson joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

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.[19] 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.[20] Larson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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 funded 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.[22] 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. Larson voted for HR 2775.[23]

Speech on floor of Congress

Speech on House floor

Larson gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the U.S. House urging Congress to prevent a shutdown in September 2013.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Larson voted against 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.[25]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Larson 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.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Larson 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.[27]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Larson voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[28]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Larson 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.[29]

Previous congressional sessions

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 who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

John Larson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Larson is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Larson received a score of 66 percent on personal issues and 4 percent on economic issues.[31]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[31]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Larson released a statement regarding the situation in Syria on August 28, 2013.[32] In the press release he said, "Before the United States commits troops on the ground or decides on the use of force in Syria the President needs to convene Congress and make the case to the American people...Assad's assault on humanity deserves a response from the world community not just the United States. The Administration who has been making the case to the world community must make that case to Congress."[32]

Following President Barack Obama's address on Syria on September 10, 2013 Larson released another statement.[33]

"I commend President Barack Obama for agreeing to an international discussion on the proposal to collect and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. These talks will strengthen the global response to Syria and advance the diplomatic approach that I and many others in Connecticut's first district are calling for...Many Americans agree that our best path forward begins with a diplomatic and international answer to the problems in Syria. After hearing from my constituents, I know this is the correct approach in response to the vile chemical attacks experienced by the Syrian people."[33]

Campaign themes

2012

Larson's campaign website listed the following issues:[34]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Larson 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: 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.[35]

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.[43]

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

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 Larson's reports.[44]

John B. Larson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 14, 2013$202,850.38$132,083.98$(169,931.76)$165,002.60
July Quarterly[46]July 14, 2013$165,002.60$259,542.90$(127,210.11)$297,335.39
October Quarterly[47]October 13, 2013$297,335.39$227,225.38$(163,913.34)$360,647.43
Year-End[48]January 30, 2014$360,647$170,261$(190,988)$339,920
April Quarterly[49]April 14, 2014$339,920$246,129$(137,787)$448,262
Running totals
$1,035,242.26$(789,830.21)

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.[50] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[51]

Cost per vote

Larson spent $10.79 per vote received in 2012.

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 .[52]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 1, 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

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Larson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-57,956 and $420,999. That averages to $181,521, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Larson ranked as the 353rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[53] Between 2004 and 2012, Larson's calculated net worth[54] decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[55]

John Larson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$270,437
2012$181,521
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-33%
Average annual growth:-4%[56]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[57]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[58]

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.[59]

Larson most often votes with:

Larson least often votes with:

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

Larson ranked 67th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[60]

2011

Larson ranked 63rd in the liberal rankings.[61]

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 January 1999 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[62]

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 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.[63]

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 B. Larson has voted with the Democrat Party 96% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 201 House Democrat members as of June 2013.[64]

Personal

Larson and his wife Leslie have three children (Carolyn, Laura, and Raymond) and are life-long residents of East Hartford.[3]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

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  2. House Democratic Caucus, "John Larson," accessed October 18, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Congressman John Larson, "About John," accessed October 15, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
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  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
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  27. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
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  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
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  44. Federal Election Commission, "John B. Larson Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "John B. Larson April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "John B. Larson July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission. "John Larson October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "John Larson Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "John Larson April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
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  51. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  52. Open Secrets, "John B. Larson 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 8, 2011
  53. OpenSecrets, "John B. Larson (D-Conn), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  55. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  57. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  58. Gov Track, "Larson" accessed June 4, 2013
  59. OpenCongress, "Rep. John Larson," accessed July 31, 2013
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  61. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  62. GovTrack, "John Larson," accessed March 29, 2013
  63. LegiStorm, "John B. Larson," accessed August 21, 2012
  64. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Kennelly
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 1
1999–Present
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Preceded by
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Connecticut State Senate
1983-1995
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