Joseph Pitts (Pennsylvania)

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Joseph R. Pitts
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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
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
Personal
BirthdayOctober 10, 1939
Place of birthLexington, Kentucky
Net worth$863,503
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website

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.[1]

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.

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pitts serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Pitts served on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district elections, 2014

Pitts is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Pitts ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 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.[5]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[6] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[6]

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

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.[15]

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

2012

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.[16]


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.[17]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District Election, 2010 - Joseph Pitts (Pennsylvania) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $759,218
Total Spent $828,984
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $409,696
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $373,301
Top contributors to Joseph Pitts (Pennsylvania)'s campaign committee
American College of Cardiology$10,000
American College of Radiology$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
Comcast Corp$10,000
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$101,400
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$41,300
Electric Utilities$29,999
Oil & Gas$28,000
TV/Movies/Music$26,300

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".[18]

Lifetime voting record

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. [19]

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.[20]

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, 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.[21]

2010

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.[22]

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.[23][24]

2011

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.[25]

Percentage voting with party

Joseph R. Pitts voted with the Republican Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 79 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[26]

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Personal

Pitts is married to his wife, Virginia. They have 3 children.

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Congressman Joe Pitts, 16th Congressional District "Committees and Caucuses"
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joe Pitts," Accessed April 18, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Joe Pitts' 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Joseph R. Pitts 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Pitts" Accessed June 19, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Joseph Pitts," Accessed April 17, 2013
  20. Pitts.html LegiStorm, "Joseph R Pitts," Accessed September 18, 2012
  21. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001633&year=2011 OpenSecrets.org, "Joe Pitts (R-Pa), 2011"]
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Joe Pitts (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  24. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Walker
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 16
1997–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1973-1997
Succeeded by
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