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Joseph Crowley
Joseph Crowley.jpeg
U.S. House, New York, District 14
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCarolyn B. Maloney (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$22.55 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,318,884
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 7
January 3, 1999-January 3, 2013
New York State Assembly
1987-1999
Education
Bachelor'sQueens College, City University of New York
Personal
BirthdayMarch 16, 1962
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionPolitician
Net worth$292,513.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph Crowley (b. March 16, 1962, in New York, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 14th Congressional District. Crowley was first elected to the House in 1998 and is currently serving his 8th consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. Before redistricting in 2012, Crowley had previously served the 7th District.

Crowley was a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 14th Congressional District of New York.[1] He ran unopposed for both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2]

Prior to his congressional career, Crowley served as a member of the New York State Assembly.[3]

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

Biography

Crowley was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York in 1985.[3]

Career

Soon after earning his degree, Crowley was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1986, where he served until 1999.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Crowley serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Crowley served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

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 Crowley's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Crowley voted in opposition 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Crowley voted in opposition of 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Crowley 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

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

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Crowley voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

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] Crowley 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 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.[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. Crowley voted for HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Crowley 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Crowley has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

SNAP challenge

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Crowley, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[22] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[23]

Abortion

Voted "No" Crowley voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Fast food worker strikes

In December 2013, Crowley tweeted his support for raising minimum wage for fast food workers. He tweeted, "Proud to join my Dem colleagues in calling on fast-food CEOs to raise workers’ wages."[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Crowley 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.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Joseph Crowley'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, Crowley is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Crowley received a score of 70 percent on personal issues and 12 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right 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 Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors 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: 2014.[27]

Controversy

Arrest during immigration protest

See also: Gang of Eight

On October 8, 2013, eight Democratic members of Congress were arrested while attending a protest calling for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.[29]

The eight included Crowley, John Lewis, Luis Gutierrez, Charlie Rangel, Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, Jan Schakowsky and Al Green.[29] The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitol.[29] Authorities arrested the lawmakers for crowding and disrupting the streets around the Capitol. Almost 200 people were arrested by police during the protest.[29]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Crowley ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 14th District. Crowley ran unopposed for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New York's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

Crowley won re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn 14th District. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated William Gibbons Jr. (R) and Anthony Gronowicz (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

U.S. House, New York District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Crowley Incumbent 70.6% 120,761
     Republican William Gibbons Jr. 12.7% 21,755
     Green Anthony Gronowicz 1.5% 2,570
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 15.2% 25,909
Total Votes 170,995
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Crowley is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Crowley raised a total of $11,318,884 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[39]

Joseph Crowley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 14) Won $2,577,592
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7) Won $2,022,922
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7) Won $2,058,150
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7) Won $1,738,323
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7) Won $1,273,991
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7) Won $869,579
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7) Won $778,327
Grand Total Raised $11,318,884

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Crowley’s reports.[40]

Joseph Crowley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$788,652.14$416,190.51$(308,280.54)$896,562.01
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$896,562.01$338,951.31$(351,649.81)$883,863.51
October Quarterly[43]October 14, 2013$883,863.51$425,567.14$(298,997.94)$1,010,432.71
Year-End Quarterly[44]December 31, 2013$1,010,432$337,322$(327,222)$1,121,559
April Quarterly[45]April 14, 2014$1,121,559.78$439,521.25$(215,268.20)$1,345,812.83
Pre-Primary[46]July 24, 2014$1,345,812.83$264,762.04$(276,869.84)$1,333,705.03
July Quarterly[47]September 4, 2014$1,333,705.03$166,849.86$(136,363.71)$1,364,191.18
October Quarterly[48]October 14, 2014$1,364,191.18$308,857.23$(291,243.27)$1,381,805.14
Pre-General[49]October 23, 2014$1,381,805.14$48,653.67$(129,650.71)$1,300,808.10
Running totals
$2,746,675.01$(2,335,546.02)

2012

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

Crowley won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Crowley's campaign committee raised a total of $2,577,592 and spent $2,722,991.[50]

Cost per vote

Crowley spent $22.55 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Crowley's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Crowley was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a seventh term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,022,922 and spent $2,100,428.[51]

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:

  • The Net Worth Metric
  • The K-Street Metric (coming soon)
  • The Donation Concentration Metric (coming soon)
  • The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (coming soon)

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, Crowley's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $88,027 and $497,000. That averages to $292,513.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Crowley ranked as the 327th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52] Between 2004 and 2012, Crowley's net worth increased by 129.2 percent. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

Joseph Crowley Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$127,623
2012$292,513
Growth from 2004 to 2012:129%
Average annual growth:16%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
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, Crowley is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 20, 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]

Crowley most often votes with:

Crowley least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Crowley missed 315 of 9,884 roll call votes from Jan 1999 to Apr 2013, which is 3.2% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[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. Crowley paid his congressional staff a total of $1,046,764 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th 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]

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. Crowley tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 55th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[60]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Crowley tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 71st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[61]

Voting with party

June 2013

Joseph Crowley voted with the Democratic Party 93% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June, 2013.

Personal

Joe has been married to his wife, Kasey Crowley, for over a decade and they have three young children.[62]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  2. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CROWLEY, Joseph, (1962 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CROWLEY, Joseph, (1962 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Congressman Joseph Crowley, Proudly Serving the 7th District of New York, "Committees and Caucuses"
  7. Committee on Ways and Means, Chairman Dave Camp, "Committee Members"
  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 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Crowley's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 8, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Crowley on agriculture," accessed October 8, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 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. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Crowley's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 8, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Crowley's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 8, 2013
  22. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  23. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Crowley on abortion," accessed October 8, 2013
  25. Politico, "Pols back #FastFoodStrikes," accessed December 6, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 On The Issues, "Joseph Crowley Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 NBC News, "Democratic lawmakers arrested during immigration protest," accessed October 9, 2013
  30. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map, New York"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Joseph Crowley" March 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley Summary Report," accessed July 31, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley April Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley July Quarterly," accessed July 31, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley Pre-Primary," accessed October 27, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley July Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley October Quarterly," accessed October 27, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Crowley Pre-General," accessed October 27, 2014
  50. Open Secrets, "Joseph Crowley 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
  51. Open Secrets, "Joseph Crowley 2010 Election Data," accessed December 10, 2011
  52. OpenSecrets.org,"Joseph Crowley (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. 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.
  56. GovTrack, "Crowley" accessed June 20, 2013
  57. OpenCongress, "Joseph Crowley," accessed August 6, 2013
  58. GovTrack, "Joseph Crowley" accessed April 2013
  59. LegiStorm, "Joseph Crowley," accessed October 2, 2012
  60. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  61. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  62. Congressman Joseph Crowley, Proudly Serving the 7th District of New York, "Full Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Carolyn B. Maloney
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 14
2013-Present
Succeeded by
'
Preceded by
Thomas Manton
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 7
1999-2013
Succeeded by
Nydia Velazquez
Preceded by
Ralph Goldstein
New York State Assembly - District 30
1987-1999
Succeeded by
Margaret Markey