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John Yarmuth

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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
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]

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 in 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

Specific votes

Yarmuth voted for TARP.[8] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[9]

Yarmuth also supported the auto bailout.[10] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[11]

In addition, Yarmuth voted for the stimulus bill.[12] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [13]

Yarmuth also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[14] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[15]

Yarmuth supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[16] 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. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[17]

Finally, Yarmuth voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[18] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[19]

Specific votes

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 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.[20]

Elections

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.[21] He defeated Robert DeVore Jr. (I) and Brooks Wicker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][22]

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 are 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."[23]

  • 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."[24]

  • 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."[25]

  • 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."[26]

  • 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."[27]

  • 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."[28]

Media

A complete compilation of John Yarmuth's election videos are listed at his campaign website.[29]


John Yarmuth, "Shining Exception"[30]

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.[34]

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

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.[35]

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.[36]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District, 2010 - John Yarmuth Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,537,401
Total Spent $1,318,582
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $739,434
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $743,990
Top contributors to John Yarmuth's campaign committee
Brown-Forman Corp$31,250
Kindred Healthcare$30,400
General Electric$15,000
Lazard Ltd$14,400
Almost Family Inc$11,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$127,550
Health Professionals$113,900
Lawyers/Law Firms$79,200
Public Sector Unions$78,000
Beer, Wine & Liquor$57,796

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.[37]

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 Jan 2007 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[38]

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 he 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.[39]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[40]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[41]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Yarmuth ranked 68th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[42]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Yarmuth ranked 88th in the liberal rankings.[43]

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.[44]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term John + Yarmuth + Kentucky + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Personal

Yarmuth has one son with his wife, Cathy.[45]

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. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  9. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  10. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  11. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  12. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  13. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  14. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  15. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  16. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  17. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  19. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
  22. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  23. John Yarmuth "Economy," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  24. John Yarmuth "Education," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  25. John Yarmuth "Healthcare," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  26. John Yarmuth "Immigration," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  27. John Yarmuth "National Security," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  28. John Yarmuth "Seniors," Accessed: October 12, 2012
  29. http://www.yarmuthforcongress.com/videos John Yarmuth's Official Campaign Website]
  30. YouTube channel
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "John Yarmuth" Accessed April 7, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "John Yarmuth 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Ed Whitfield 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  37. Gov Track "Yarmuth" Accessed June 18, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "John Yarmuth," Accessed April 1, 2013
  39. LegiStorm "John Yarmuth"
  40. OpenSecrets.org, "Yarmuth (D-KY), 2011"
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Yarmuth, (D-Kentucky), 2010"
  42. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  45. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 12, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Anne Northup
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 3
2007–Present
Succeeded by
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