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John A. Yarmuth
John Yarmuth.jpg
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAnne Northup (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.51 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,925,308
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolJ. M. Atherton High School
Bachelor'sYale University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 4, 1947
Place of birthLouisville, Kentucky
ProfessionWriter, Television Journalist
Net worth$20,240,503
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John A. Yarmuth campaign logo
John A. Yarmuth (b. November 4, 1947, in Louisville, Kentucky) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 3rd congressional district. Yarmuth was first elected to the House in 2006.

He won re-election in 2012.[1] He defeated challenger Burrel Charles Farnsley in the Democratic primary[2] and defeated Robert DeVore Jr. (I) and Brooks Wicker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

He 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 took place November 4, 2014.

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

Biography

Yarmuth was born on November 4, 1947, in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also attended high school. He earned both his B.A. from Yale University in 1969 and went on to attend Georgetown University Law School from 1971-1972. Outside of politics, Yarmuth has worked as a writer, a publisher, a television journalist, the Associate Vice President of University Relations at the University of Louisville and a healthcare executive.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Yarmuth's political career[5]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Yarmuth serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Yarmuth served on the following House committees:[7]

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Yarmuth's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

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

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[10][11] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Yarmuth was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[10][11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Yarmuth 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.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Yarmuth 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.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Yarmuth 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Yarmuth 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

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.[14] 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.[15] Yarmuth voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

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.[17] 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. Yarmuth voted for HR 2775.[18]

Pay during government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Yarmuth has donated his entire annual salary to Louisville-area charities since he first entered Congress in 2007, and will continue to do so through the shutdown.[19]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Yarmuth 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.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Yarmuth 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.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Yarmuth voted against 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.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Yarmuth 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.[12]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Yarmuth 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.[20]

Political positions

Yarmuth voted for TARP.[21] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[22]

Yarmuth also supported the auto bailout.[23] As of September 13, 2010, 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[24]

In addition, Yarmuth voted for the stimulus bill.[25] Among voters, 57% believed that the stimulus either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%), while 38% believed the stimulus helped the economy.[26]

Yarmuth also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[27] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[28]

Yarmuth supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[29] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help and 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[30]

Finally, Yarmuth voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[31] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. Among likely voters, 35% oppose repeal and 51% believed the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[32]

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

Yarmuth 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 took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Kentucky's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Yarmuth won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 3rd District. Yarmuth ran for re-election on the Democratic ticket. He defeated challenger Burrel Charles Farnsley in the Democratic primary.[33] He defeated Robert DeVore Jr. (I) and Brooks Wicker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][34]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Yarmuth Incumbent 64% 206,385
     Republican Brooks Wicker 34.5% 111,452
     Independent Robert DeVore Jr. 1.5% 4,819
Total Votes 322,656
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Yarmuth Incumbent 86.7% 43,635
Burrel Charles Farnsley 13.3% 6,716
Total Votes 50,351

Campaign issues

The issues below were highlighted on Yarmuth's campaign website.

  • Economy/Jobs

Excerpt: "When Congressman Yarmuth came to Washington, one of the first votes he cast helped raise the minimum wage for the first time in over a decade. After raising the minimum wage, the Congressman helped craft an economic recovery package that put hundreds of dollars into the hands of more than 130 million American families-including seniors and disabled veterans."[35]

  • Education

Excerpt: "A vocal opponent of the current No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Congressman Yarmuth is working to improve our K-12 education system. He has called on leadership to replace the punitive structure of NCLB with positive goals that reward success and provide professional development and financial support to help turn around struggling schools."[36]

  • Health Care

Excerpt: "Congressman Yarmuth believes we have a moral obligation as a nation to ensure every citizen has access to quality, affordable health care. With 47 million Americans uninsured and millions more underinsured, the situation is in crisis by any standard."[37]

  • Immigration

Excerpt: "The Congressman is also committed to strictly enforcing our nation's employment laws. He advocates employer accountability with a strong verification system and a worker program that will protect American jobs and businesses."[38]

  • Iraq/National Security

Excerpt: "Congressman Yarmuth believes war is a last resort, and the best way to keep our troops out of harm's way is for the United States to immediately begin removing its military footprint in Iraq. This means restricting all military personnel to defensive and training roles, and ensuring that no American troops are in harm's way."[39]

  • Seniors

Excerpt: "America is built by the generations that came before us, and Congressman Yarmuth is fighting to ensure that all of our nation's seniors are able to enjoy a safe and secure retirement."[40]

Media

A complete compilation of John Yarmuth's election videos are listed at his campaign website.[41]


John Yarmuth, "Shining Exception"[42]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yarmuth is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Yarmuth raised a total of $6,925,308 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[46]

John Yarmuth's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 3) Won $1,000,849
2010 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 3) Won $1,537,401
2008 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 3) Won $2,136,760
2006 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 3) Won $2,250,298
Grand Total Raised $6,925,308

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 Yarmuth's reports.[47]

John Yarmuth (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2013$51,879.65$5,470.03$(53,163.97)$471,285.71
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2013$471,285.71$195,853.02$(59,067.59)$608,071.14
October Quarterly[50]October 13, 2013$608,071.14$57,478.82$(43,591.36)$621,958.60
Year-end[51]January 31, 2014$621,958$91,835$(57,041)$656,751
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2014$656,751$81,378$(53,230)$684,900
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$685,847$72,516$(41,672)$716,741
Running totals
$504,530.87$(307,765.92)

2012

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

Yarmuth won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Yarmuth's campaign committee raised a total of $1,000,849 and spent $725,040.[53] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[54]

Cost per vote

Yarmuth spent $3.51 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Yarmuth won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Yarmuth's campaign committee raised a total of $1,537,401 and spent $1,318,582.[55]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Yarmuth is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 18, 2013.[56]

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.[57]

Yarmuth most often votes with:

Yarmuth least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Yarmuth missed 163 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.1%, 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. Yarmuth paid his congressional staff a total of $1,013,712 in 2011. He ranked 79th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 148th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Kentucky ranked 10th 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

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Larson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $5,316,010 and $35,164,996. That averages to $20,240,503, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 110.66% from 2010.[60]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Yarmuth's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,851,010 and $16,364,999. That averages to $9,608,004.50, which was higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[61]

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

Yarmuth ranked 68th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[62]

2011

Yarmuth ranked 88th in the liberal rankings.[63]

Voting with party

2013

John Yarmuth voted with the Democratic Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 53rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[64]

Personal

Yarmuth has one son with his wife, Cathy.[65]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
  2. WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kentucky Secretary of State "Candidate Filings" Accessed January 10, 2012
  4. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Yarmuth" Accessed November 12, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 12, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Votesmart, "John Yarmuth Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  22. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  23. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  24. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  25. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  26. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  27. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  28. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  29. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  30. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  31. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  32. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  33. WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
  34. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  35. John Yarmuth "Economy," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  36. John Yarmuth "Education," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  37. John Yarmuth "Healthcare," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  38. John Yarmuth "Immigration," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  39. John Yarmuth "National Security," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  40. John Yarmuth "Seniors," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  41. http://www.yarmuthforcongress.com/videos John Yarmuth's Official Campaign Website]
  42. YouTube channel
  43. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  44. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  45. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  46. Open Secrets "John Yarmuth" Accessed April 7, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission "John Yarmuth 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  49. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  50. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  51. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  52. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  53. Open Secrets "John Yarmuth 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  54. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  55. Open Secrets "Ed Whitfield 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  56. Gov Track "Yarmuth" Accessed June 18, 2013
  57. OpenCongress, "Rep. John Yarmuth," Accessed August 2, 2013
  58. GovTrack, "John Yarmuth," Accessed April 1, 2013
  59. LegiStorm "John Yarmuth"
  60. OpenSecrets.org, "Yarmuth (D-KY), 2011"
  61. OpenSecrets.org, "Yarmuth, (D-Kentucky), 2010"
  62. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  63. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  64. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  65. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 12, 2011
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Anne Northup
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 3
2007–Present
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