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|Cost per vote 2012 = $7.74
 
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|First elected = November 5, 1996
 
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|Next election = [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
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|Prior office = [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives]]
 
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|Place of birth = Lexington, Kentucky
 
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|Net worth = $863,503
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'''Joseph R. Pitts''' (b. October 10, 1939) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Pennsylvania]]. Pitts was first elected by voters from [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district]] in 1996.  He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
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'''Joseph R. Pitts''' (b. October 10, 1939, in Lexington, [[Kentucky]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Pennsylvania]]. Pitts was first elected by voters from [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District]] in 1996.   
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Pitts {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the [[Republican]] primary on May 20, 2014.<ref name=primary>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/PA_US_House_0520.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Pitts was born in Lexington, [[Kentucky]]. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1961 from Asbury College, and a master's degree in 1972 from West Chester University.
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Pitts was born in Lexington, [[Kentucky]]. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1961 from Asbury College and a master's degree in 1972 from West Chester University. Before becoming a congressman, Pitts was a member of the [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives]]. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1969.
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
*1997-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district]]
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Pitts' professional and political career:
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*1997-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District]]
 
*1973-1997: [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives]]
 
*1973-1997: [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives]]
 
*1963-1969: Served in the United States Air Force
 
*1963-1969: Served in the United States Air Force
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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Pitts 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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Pitts 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 Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
**Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
 
**Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Pitts served on the following committees:<ref>[http://pitts.house.gov/about-me/committees-and-caucuses ''Congressman Joe Pitts, 16th Congressional District'' "Committees and Caucuses"]</ref>
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Pitts served on the following committees:<ref>[http://pitts.house.gov/about-me/committees-and-caucuses ''Congressman Joe Pitts, 16th Congressional District'', "Committees and Caucuses"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Energy and Commerce Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Energy and Commerce Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
 
**Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
 
**Subcommittee on Health ''Chair''
 
**Subcommittee on Health ''Chair''
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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{{113thVotes
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|Total=4315
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|Ref=<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/Resumes/current.pdf ''Congressional Record'', "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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====National security====
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Yea vote}} Pitts voted in favor 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/265/joe-pitts#.Ul6nKFN0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Joseph Pitts Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pitts voted against 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 name="votes"/>
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
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{{Yea vote}} Pitts voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted 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 name="votes"/>
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=====NDAA=====
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{{Yea vote}} Pitts voted in favor 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 name="votes"/>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{House Farm Bill GOP No|Name=Pitts}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Pitts}}
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea 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> Pitss voted to approve 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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{{Nay vote}} The shutdown 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. Pitts voted against 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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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Yea vote}} Pitts voted in favor of 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 name="votes"/>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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{{Yea vote}} Pitts voted in favor of 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 name="votes"/>
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=====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act=====
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{{Yea vote}} Pitts voted in favor of 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 name="votes"/>
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====Social issues====
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=====Amash amendment=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pitts voted against 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 name="votes"/>
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====Government affairs====
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=====HR 676=====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Pitts}}
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal cliff====
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{{Yea vote}} Pitts 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 85 Republicans 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>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Specific votes===
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
====Fiscal Cliff====
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[[File:s010_090.gif|right|290px|thumb|Pitts' Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
{{Support vote}}
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
Pitts 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 85 Republicans 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>
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials 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, Pitts is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Pitts received a score of 14 percent on social issues and 94 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
  
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Pitts|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/PA/Joseph_Pitts.htm ''On The Issues'', "Pitts Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Favors
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Animals=Favors
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|Crime= Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Military=Strongly Favors
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|Campaign Funds=  Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Favors
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|Stimulus=Opposes
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}}
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
:: ''See also: [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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Pitts {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the [[Republican]] primary on May 20, 2014.<ref name=primary/> {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
Pitts 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 Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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====Election results====
===2012===
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:: ''See also: [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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Pitts ran in 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 Pennsylvania, 2012|Pennsylvania's]] [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district elections, 2012|16th District]]. He was uncontested in the [[Republican]] Primary on April 24, 2012. Pitts faced [[Aryanna Strader]] (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.<ref>[http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=13&ElectionID=45&OfficeID=11 ''Pennsylvania Department of State'' "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012]</ref>
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===2012===
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:: ''See also: [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
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Pitts ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2012|Pennsylvania's]] [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2012|16th District]]. He was uncontested in the [[Republican]] primary on April 24, 2012. Pitts defeated [[Aryanna Strader]] (D), John Murphy (I) and James Bednarski (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=13&ElectionID=45&OfficeID=11 ''Pennsylvania Department of State'', "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012]</ref>
  
The [http://www.Washingtonpost.com Washington Post] listed the [[United States House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] elections in [[Pennsylvania]] in 2012 as one of the [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House] or [[Republican]]s would hold their majority in 2013.<ref name="WP">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html ''Washington Post'' "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> [[United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2012|Ohio]] tied with [[United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2012|Pennsylvania]] for 9th on the list.<ref name="WP"/>
 
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/266/Joseph-R-Pitts Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Pitts attends.
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===2014===
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{{Joseph Pitts 2014 FEC}}
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{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Pitts
 
|Name=Pitts
 
|year=2000
 
|year=2000
 
|Editdate=April 18, 2013
 
|Editdate=April 18, 2013
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00001633&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Joe Pitts," Accessed April 18, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00001633&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Joe Pitts," accessed April 18, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
 
|totalraised2012=1312423
 
|totalraised2012=1312423
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
|office2012=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district{{!}}District 16]])
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|office2012=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District{{!}}District 16]])
 
|totalraised2010=759218
 
|totalraised2010=759218
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district{{!}}District 16]])
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|office2010=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District{{!}}District 16]])
 
|totalraised2008=625290
 
|totalraised2008=625290
 
|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
|office2008=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district{{!}}District 16]])
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|office2008=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District{{!}}District 16]])
 
|totalraised2006=506238
 
|totalraised2006=506238
 
|result2006=Won
 
|result2006=Won
|office2006=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district{{!}}District 16]])
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|office2006=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District{{!}}District 16]])
 
|totalraised2004=542444
 
|totalraised2004=542444
 
|result2004=Won
 
|result2004=Won
|office2004=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district{{!}}District 16]])
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|office2004=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District{{!}}District 16]])
 
|totalraised2002=402588
 
|totalraised2002=402588
 
|result2002=Won
 
|result2002=Won
|office2002=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district{{!}}District 16]])
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|office2002=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District{{!}}District 16]])
 
|totalraised2000=619929
 
|totalraised2000=619929
 
|result2000=Won
 
|result2000=Won
|office2000=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district{{!}}District 16]])
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|office2000=US House (Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District{{!}}District 16]])
 
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Joe Pitts' 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Pitts' campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Joe Pitts' 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Pitts' campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]}}
Pitts won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,312,423 and spent $1,208,910.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00001633&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Joe Pitts' 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013]</ref>
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Pitts won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,312,423 and spent $1,208,910.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00001633&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Joe Pitts' 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013]</ref> This is less 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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====Cost per vote====
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Pitts spent $7.74 per vote received in 2012.
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{{Congress donor box 2012
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
|winner = Y
 
|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised =$1,312,423
 
|total raised =$1,312,423
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|inddonor5 = $44,035
 
|inddonor5 = $44,035
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
Pitts won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Pitts's campaign committee raised a total of $759,218 and spent $828,984.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00001633&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Joseph R. Pitts 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011]</ref>
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Pitts won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Pitts' campaign committee raised a total of $759,218 and spent $828,984.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00001633&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Joseph R. Pitts 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011]</ref>
  
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
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His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District Election
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised = $759,218
 
|total raised = $759,218
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|inddonor4 = $28,000
 
|inddonor4 = $28,000
 
|inddonor5 = $26,300
 
|inddonor5 = $26,300
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|}}
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Pitts' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $562,008 to $1,230,000. That averages to '''$896,004''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Pitts ranked as the 219th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001633&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Pitts, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Pitts' 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> increased by an average of 6 percent per year.
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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: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the [[113th Congress]], Pitts is the chair of the Subcommittee on Health. Pitts received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Health Professionals'' industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in [[Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District]] was ''Educational services, and health care and social assistance,'' according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/mycd/ ''Census.gov'', "My Congressional District," accessed October 1, 2014]</ref>
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From 1995-2014, '''32.77 percent of Pitts' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00001633&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Joseph Pitts," accessed October 1, 2014]</ref>
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|inddonor2 = 605502
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|inddonor3 = 228789
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|inddonor4 = 201910
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Pitts is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_pitts/400320 ''Gov Track'' "Pitts" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Pitts is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican leader]]" as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_pitts/400320 ''GovTrack'', "Pitts," accessed July 23, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Pitts received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_pitts/400320 ''GovTrack'', "Pitts," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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===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,'' Pitts missed 289 of 11,077 roll call votes from January 1997 to April 2013. This amountgs to 2.6%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. <ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_pitts/400320 ''GovTrack,'' "Joseph Pitts," Accessed April 17, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Pitts missed 305 of 12,045 roll call votes from January 1997 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.5 percent, which is the same as the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_pitts/400320 ''GovTrack'', "Joseph Pitts," accessed July 23, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pitts paid his congressional staff a total of $1,002,095 in 2011. Overall, [[Pennsylvania]] ranked 34th 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/2801/Rep_Joe Pitts.html ''LegiStorm'', "Joseph R Pitts," Accessed September 18, 2012]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pitts paid his congressional staff a total of $1,002,095 in 2011. Overall, [[Pennsylvania]] ranked 34th 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/2801/Rep_Joe Pitts.html ''LegiStorm'', "Joseph R Pitts," accessed September 18, 2012]</ref>
  
===Net worth===
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Pitts' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $512,008 and $1,214,999. That averages to $863,503.00, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.  His average net worth increased 62.62% from 2010.<ref>http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001633&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Joe Pitts (R-Pa), 2011"]</ref>
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Pitts ranked 11th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," July 23, 2014]</ref>
  
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====2012====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Pitts' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $332,006 to $730,000. That averages to $531,003 which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001633&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Joe Pitts (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012]</ref>
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Pitts ranked 126th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal'', "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013]</ref>
  
===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. In 2012, Pitts ranked 126th among Republican Representatives in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-conservative-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013]</ref>
 
 
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Pitts ranked 34th in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Pitts was ranked 34th among Republican members of the U.S. House in the conservative 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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Joseph R. Pitts
Joe Pitts PA.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 16
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRobert Smith Walker (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.74 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,768,130
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1973-1997
Education
Bachelor'sAsbury College
Master'sWest Chester University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1963-1969
Personal
BirthdayOctober 10, 1939
Place of birthLexington, Kentucky
Net worth$896,004
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website

Joseph R. Pitts (b. October 10, 1939, in Lexington, Kentucky) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Pitts was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District in 1996.

Pitts is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pitts is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Pitts was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1961 from Asbury College and a master's degree in 1972 from West Chester University. Before becoming a congressman, Pitts was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1969.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Pitts' professional and political career:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pitts serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Pitts served on the following committees:[3]

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.[4] For more information pertaining to Pitts's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Pitts voted in favor 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.[6]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Pitts voted against 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.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Pitts voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[7] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[6]

NDAA

Yea3.png Pitts voted in favor 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.[6]

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, also known as the Farm Bill.[8] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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.[9][10] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[10] Pitts voted with 62 other Republican 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.[11][12] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[12] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[13] 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. Pitts voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[11]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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] Pitss voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Nay3.png The shutdown 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. Pitts voted against HR 2775.[18]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Pitts voted in favor of 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.[6]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Pitts voted in favor of 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.[6]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Pitts voted in favor of 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.[6]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png Pitts voted against 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.[6]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[19] Pitts joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[20][21]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png Pitts 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Pitts' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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, Pitts is a Hard-Core Conservative. Pitts received a score of 14 percent on social issues and 94 percent on economic issues.[23]

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[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Pitts is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Joseph R. Pitts Incumbent 0% 0
     Democratic Tom Houghton 0% 0
Total Votes 0

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pitts ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 16th District. He was uncontested in the Republican primary on April 24, 2012. Pitts defeated Aryanna Strader (D), John Murphy (I) and James Bednarski (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[25]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Aryanna Strader 39% 111,185
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph R. Pitts Incumbent 54.8% 156,192
     Independent John Murphy 4.3% 12,250
     Independent James Bednarski 1.8% 5,154
Total Votes 284,781
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Pitts attends.


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2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Joseph R. Pitts' reports.[34]

Joseph R. Pitts (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$183,946.14$164,029.00$(54,533.88)$293,441.26
Mid-Year Report[36]July 15, 2013$293,441.26$223,403.31$(188,135.57)$328,709.00
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$328,709.00$88,135.00$(114,395.27)$302,448.73
Year-End[38]January 29, 2014$302,448$96,793$(71,969)$327,272
April Quarterly[39]April 14, 2014$327,272.34$174,807.77$(81,873.81)$420,206.30
Running totals
$747,168.08$(510,907.53)

Comprehensive donor information for Pitts is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Pitts raised a total of $4,768,130 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[40]

Joseph Pitts (Pennsylvania)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 16) Won $1,312,423
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 16) Won $759,218
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 16) Won $625,290
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 16) Won $506,238
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 16) Won $542,444
2002 US House (Pennsylvania, District 16) Won $402,588
2000 US House (Pennsylvania, District 16) Won $619,929
Grand Total Raised $4,768,130

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2012


Pitts won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,312,423 and spent $1,208,910.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Pitts spent $7.74 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Pitts won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Pitts' campaign committee raised a total of $759,218 and spent $828,984.[43]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Personal Gain Index

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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 prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in 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, Pitts' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $562,008 to $1,230,000. That averages to $896,004, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Pitts ranked as the 219th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2004 and 2012, Pitts' calculated net worth[45] increased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Joesph Pitts Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$596,169
2012$896,004
Growth from 2004 to 2012:50%
Average annual growth:6%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Pitts is the chair of the Subcommittee on Health. Pitts received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[49]

From 1995-2014, 32.77 percent of Pitts' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[50]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Joseph Pitts (Pennsylvania) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,594,609
Total Spent $6,074,269
Chair of the the Subcommittee on Health
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$926,812
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$605,502
Lawyers/Law Firms$228,789
Electric Utilities$201,910
Crop Production & Basic Processing$197,950
% total in top industry14.05%
% total in top two industries23.24%
% total in top five industries32.77%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pitts is a "far-right Republican leader" as of July 2014.[51] This was the same rating Pitts received in June 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Pitts most often votes with:

Pitts least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pitts missed 305 of 12,045 roll call votes from January 1997 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.5 percent, which is the same as the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pitts paid his congressional staff a total of $1,002,095 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[55]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Pitts ranked 11th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[56]

2012

Pitts ranked 126th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[57]

2011

Pitts ranked 34th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[58]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Joseph R. Pitts voted with the Republican Party 95.7 percent of the time, which ranked 47th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[59]

2013

Joseph R. Pitts voted with the Republican Party 98.7 percent of the time, which ranked 7th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[60]

2011

Joseph R. Pitts voted with the Republican Party 93.9 percent of the time, which ranked 79th among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[61]

Personal

Pitts is married to his wife, Virginia. They have three children.

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. Congressman Joe Pitts, 16th Congressional District, "Committees and Caucuses"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Project Vote Smart, "Joseph Pitts Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  7. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  8. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  9. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  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
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  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 On The Issues, "Pitts Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  24. 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.
  25. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Pitts 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Mid-Year Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Pitts Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Joe Pitts," accessed April 18, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Joe Pitts' 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Joseph R. Pitts 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  44. OpenSecrets, "Pitts, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. 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).
  46. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  48. 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.
  49. Census.gov, "My Congressional District," accessed October 1, 2014
  50. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Joseph Pitts," accessed October 1, 2014
  51. GovTrack, "Pitts," accessed July 23, 2014
  52. GovTrack, "Pitts," accessed June 19, 2013
  53. OpenCongress, "Rep. Joseph R. Pitts," accessed July 23, 2014
  54. GovTrack, "Joseph Pitts," accessed July 23, 2014
  55. Pitts.html LegiStorm, "Joseph R Pitts," accessed September 18, 2012
  56. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," July 23, 2014
  57. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  58. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Robert Walker
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 16
1997–Present
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1973-1997
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