John Larson

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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]

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

National security

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

Larson released a statement regarding the situation in Syria on August 28, 2013.[8] 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."[8]

Following President Barack Obama's address on Syria on September 10, 2013 Larson released another statement.[9]

"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."[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Larson voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

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.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[15] 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.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Larson voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] 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.[18][19]

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.[21] 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.[22] Larson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]

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 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[32]

Campaign themes

2012

Larson's campaign website listed the following issues:[33]

  • 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.[34]

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.[42]

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.[43]

John B. Larson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 14, 2013$202,850.38$132,083.98$(169,931.76)$165,002.60
July Quarterly[45]July 14, 2013$165,002.60$259,542.90$(127,210.11)$297,335.39
October Quarterly[46]October 13, 2013$297,335.39$227,225.38$(163,913.34)$360,647.43
Year-End[47]January 30, 2014$360,647$170,261$(190,988)$339,920
April Quarterly[48]April 14, 2014$339,920$246,129$(137,787)$448,262
Pre-Convention[49]May 1, 2014$448,262$38,132$(36,784)$449,610
July Quarterly[50]July 15, 2014$449,610$273,685$(149,412)$573,883
Running totals
$1,347,059.26$(976,026.21)

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.[51] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[52]

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 .[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

2011

Larson ranked 63rd in the liberal rankings.[57]

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.[58]

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.[59]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[60]

John Larson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$181,521
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.

Voting with party

2013

John B. Larson voted with the Democrat Party 96% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 201 House Democrat members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

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

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See also

External links

References

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Congressman John Larson "About John" accessed October 15, 2011
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  5. Congressman John Larson, Representing Connecticut's 1st District "Congressman Larson's Committees "
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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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