Judy Biggert

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Judy Biggert
Judy Biggert.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 11th Congressional District
Date of primaryMarch 20, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives, 81st District
1993-1999
Education
High schoolNew Trier High School (1955)
Bachelor'sStanford University (1959)
J.D.Northwestern University School of Law (1963)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 15, 1937
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Judy Biggert campaign logo
Judy Biggert is a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. Biggert (born August 15, 1937) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Biggert serves the 13th Congressional district of Illinois. She was first elected in 2010.

Biggert is running for re-election in 2012. She is currently unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20.[1] Biggert ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Biggert is a "rank-and-file Republican".[3]

Biography

Biggert was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 15, 1937 and attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.[4] Biggert began her legal career as clerk to the Honorable Luther M. Swygert, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. [4]

  • Education[4]
    • New Trier High School (1955)
    • B.A. Stanford University (1959)
    • J.D. Northwestern University School of Law (1963)

Career

  • 1978-1985: Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education[4]
    • 1983-1985: President, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education
  • 1989-1993: Chairman, Hinsdale Plan Commission[4]
  • 1993-1999: Illinois House of Representatives, 81st District[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Judy Biggert endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Campaign themes

2012

Biggerts' main campaign themes include: [6]

  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "With millions unemployed and small businesses struggling, I strongly believe we must enact common-sense policies that encourage job creation and retention. I’ve also always believed that Americans are taxed too much, not too little. That’s why we must lower taxes and implement a fiscally-responsible budget to get our economy back on track."
  • Government Reform
Excerpt: "Americans have lost faith in their government, and I don’t blame them. Numerous elected officials, especially here in Illinois, have been indicted for corruption. And special federal appropriations, or earmarks, are being requested for the Alaskan ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ a Woodstock Hippie Museum, and many other irresponsible government spending projects."
  • Health Care Reform
Excerpt: "The job-killing taxes, cuts to Medicare for our seniors, and government intrusion into doctor-patient decisions will hurt all Americans. We need a targeted approach to address the problems of cost, quality, and access."

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois' 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Biggert is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 11th District. John Cunningham was removed from the ballot after a long court battle. Diane Harris was also removed from the ballot but is running as a write-in. [7] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Biggert ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Bill Foster defeated candidates James Hickey and Juan Thomas in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2] Biggert will face Foster in the general election on November 6, 2012. Biggert is considered one of this year's vulnerable incumbents.[8]


Removal of challengers

On February 2, 2012, the State Board of Elections disqualified challengers John Cunningham and Diane Harris, removing them from the ballot. In order to qualify, candidates need to submit 600 valid signatures. Harris, a notary public, was unanimously removed for not having enough signatures, while Cunningham, was removed by a vote of 6-2.[9] Cunningham, who serves as Kane County clerk, submitted 1,265 signatures, but only 526 were ruled to be valid. A state hearing officer threw out hundreds of signatures from Cunningham because they were collected by a paid petitioner who listed a non-existent address as his home.[10] Cunningham previously attempted to remove Biggert from the ballot, but saw the challenge rejected 8-0.

Following the rulings, Harris is continuing to run, but as a write-in candidate.[11] Although Cunningham initially said, "I’m an elected official and if we did it wrong, we don’t belong on the ballot,”[12] it now looks like he is appealing. According to Ken Menzel, Deputy General Counsel for the Board of Elections, Cunningham filed for judicial review of the decision on February 7.[13] In his dissent, Board member Jesse Smart said the arguments in the case were confusing and should have seen a different outcome, stating, “If I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of the candidate."[9]On February 21, 2012, a hearing was held regarding Cunningham's appeal of his removal. Judge Susan Fox Gillis reversed the Illinois Board of Elections decision, placing Cunningham back on the ballot. "To me it was the kind of error that did not merit disenfranchising voters," Cunningham said.[14] Within days an appeal was filed with the Illinois First Appellate District in Cook County asking them to review the decision of the lower court. It was brought by two Aurora men who objected to Cunningham's candidacy. Their lawyer, John Fogarty, asked for an expedited decision.[15]

On March 7, the appellate court removed Cunningham from the ballot, sending the matter back to the State Board of Elections for reconsideration. While the earlier rulings had to do with a petition circulator who wrote his home address incorrectly on petitions, the court order this time said two of Cunningham's petition circulators may not have personally appeared before a notary when certifying some of their petitions. The BOE had until March 13 to decide which petitions are valid and if enough signatures remained.[16]

Cunningham's name has been listed on ballots used since early voting began February 27 and it was included on the second round of absentee and military ballots that were mailed out. However, election officials said it's too late to change the ballot again and are trying to determine if they need to hand out notices indicating that Cunningham is not currently a candidate.[17]

Biggert had remained relatively quiet regarding Cunningham's case, noting only that he had previously challenged her signatures and that, as Kane County's top election official, he should be well aware of the rules. “He’s responsible for the elections, and so he should know how to fill out the petitions and who he hires to do that and whether they sign the petitions in front of a notary and collect petitions that are correct,” she said.[18]

On March 12, the Illinois State Board of Elections decided again that Cunningham's nominating petitions contained too many suspect or invalid signatures. As a result, Cunningham's name was once again ordered of the ballot. Specifically, the ISBE said two people who had circulated petitions for Cunningham failed to have them properly notarized. After the offending petitions were disqualified, Cunningham did not meet the filing requirements.[19] "This sets the standard that in the future, you can file an objection and then go on a witch hunt at the hearings. My goal has been and remains to give voters in this district a real choice," said Cunningham

On March 14 the court upheld the BOE's recommendation.[20]

Endorsements

  • National Education Association[21]
  • Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI)[22]
  • Chicago Tribune[23]
  • Daily Herald[24]

Targeted by super PAC

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a Houston-based super PAC, has their sights set on defeating three Illinois incumbent members of Congress in 2012 - Biggert, Donald Manzullo (R) and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D).[25]

The CPA, which is going after incumbents of both parties, states on their website "Our goal is to bring true competition to our electoral process, to give voters real information about their choices, and to restore fair, not fixed, elections."[26]

As of February 16, 2012, Biggert has been in office longer than 281 members of congress. Eighteen have been in office the same number of years as Biggert, while 136 have been in office longer than her. In the Illinois delegation, she has been in office longer than 10 of the 17 other members. One has the same number of years as Biggert, while six have served for a longer period of time.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Scott Harper (R) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois Congressional District 13 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Biggert 63.8% 152,132
     Democratic Scott Harper 36.2% 86,281
Total Votes 238,413

2008

On November 4, 2008, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Scott Harper (D) and Steve Alesch (G) in the general election.[28]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Joseph Shannon (D) in the general election.[29]

2004

On November 2, 2004, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Gloria Schor Andersen (R) in the general election.[30]

2002

On November 5, 2002, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Tom Mason (R) in the general election.[31]

2000

On November 7, 2000, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Thomas Mason (R) in the general election.[32]

1998

On November 3, 1998, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Susan W. Hynes (D) in the general election.[33]

Campaign donors

PACs

The website Open Secrets tracks campaign contributions for congressional members. As of December 31, 2010, Biggert has raised $7,993,248 in her career in Congress. Of those funds, 48 percent ($3,816,709) have come from individuals and 47 percent ($3,747,571) from PACs.[34]

Judy Biggert's campaign contributions - PACs vs. Individuals
Year Amount from PACs Amount from Individuals
2009-2010 $788,427 (50%) $784,707 (50%)
2007-2008 $715,491 (50%) $703,991 (49%)
2005-2006 $455,081 (49%) $462,768 (50%)
2003-2004 $343,738 (54%) $282,301 (45%)
2001-2002 $256,736 (49%) $260,667 (50%)
1999-2000 $259,974 (48%) $281,865 (52%)
Career $3,747,571 (47%) $3,816,709 (48%)

2012

Judy Biggert (2012)[35] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[36]March 8, 2012$1,058,123.00$115,190.94$(66,294.36)$1,107,019.58
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2012$1,107,019.58$201,385.42$(87,122.10)$1,221,282.90
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2012$1,221,282.90$462,060.65$(144,294.94)$1,539,048.61
Running totals
$778,637.01$(297,711.4)

2010

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

Biggert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Biggert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,584,517 and spent $1,236,454 .[39]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 13th Congressional District, 2010 - Judy Biggert Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,584,517
Total Spent $1,236,454
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $648,365
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $616,389
Top contributors to Judy Biggert's campaign committee
Northern Trust$16,300
Molex Inc$15,600
Exelon Corp$14,800
CME Group$13,000
JPMorgan Chase & Co$12,050
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$123,026
Insurance$120,250
Securities & Investment$98,850
Retired$94,850
Commercial Banks$61,750

2008

Biggert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Biggert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,424,178 and spent $1,585,536.[40]


2006

Biggert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Biggert's campaign committee raised a total of $920,056 and spent $979,319.[41]


2004

Biggert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004. During that re-election cycle, Biggert's campaign committee raised a total of $632,733 and spent $542,733.[42]


2002

Biggert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. During that re-election cycle, Biggert's campaign committee raised a total of $523,807 and spent $444,054.[43]


2000

Biggert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000. During that re-election cycle, Biggert's campaign committee raised a total of $543,632 and spent $381,623.[44]


Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Biggert paid her congressional staff a total of $942,579 in 2011. She ranks 150th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 195th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[45]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Biggert's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,147,063 and $9,129,999. That averages to $5,638,531, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[46]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Judy Biggert has voted with the Republican Party 88 of the time, which ranked 211 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[47]

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Personal

Biggert and her husband Rody are the parents of four children and the grandparents of nine grandchildren. [48]

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References

  1. ABC 7 Chicago, "http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=8530129," February 3, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Biggert" Accessed May 22, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Congresswoman Judy Biggert "About Judy" Accessed November 3, 2011
  5. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  6. Biggert for Congress "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  8. New York Times"House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  9. 9.0 9.1 Daily Herald, "Biggert to be unopposed in primary," February 2, 2012
  10. Chicago Tribune, "Biggert now unopposed in GOP race," February 2, 2012
  11. Diane M. Harris campaign website, "Statement," accessed February 8, 2012
  12. Herald-News, "Biggert’s GOP challengers removed from primary race," February 2, 2012
  13. Phone communication with Ken Menzel on February 2012
  14. Daily Herald "Cunningham to face Biggert in 11th District," February 21, 2012
  15. Kane County Chronicle, "Cunningham foes appeal to keep him off ballot in 11th Congressional District," February 24, 2012
  16. Beacon-News, "Cunningham’s ballot status back ‘in limbo’," March 7, 2012
  17. Chicago Tribune, "Cunningham again off 11th Congressional District ballot — for now," March 8, 2012
  18. Chicago Tribune, "Republican again tossed from suburban congressional contest," March 7, 2012
  19. Kane County Chronicle "State Elections Board: Cunningham can't run for Congress" Accessed March 13, 2012
  20. Chicago Sun-Times, "Biggert challenger Cunningham’s congressional bid voided by court," March 15, 2012
  21. Beacon News, "Durbin, NEA endorsements highlight 11th District’s national importance," February 21, 2012
  22. Judy Biggert, "Fire Fighters of Illinois Endorse Biggert for Congress," February 9, 2012
  23. Judy Biggert, "Chicago Tribune Endorses Judy Biggert in 2012 Primary," February 24, 2012
  24. Judy Biggert, "Daily Herald Endorses Biggert," March 5, 2012
  25. Chicago Business, "Ricketts-backed super PAC targets three Illinois incumbents in Congress," February 13, 2012
  26. Campaign for Primary Accountability "About," Accessed February 2, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2002"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  34. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert Career Cycle," Accessed March 10, 2012
  35. FEC Reports "Judy Biggert Summary Reports" Accessed July 12, 2012
  36. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 12, 2012
  37. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 12, 2012
  38. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed October 3, 2012
  39. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
  40. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed February 24, 2012
  41. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed February 24, 2012
  42. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert 2004 Election Cycle," Accessed February 24, 2012
  43. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert 2000 Election Cycle," Accessed February 24, 2012
  44. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert 2000 Election Cycle," Accessed February 24, 2012
  45. LegiStorm "Judy Biggert"
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Biggert, (R-Illinois), 2010"
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  48. Judy Biggert: Fighting for Us "About Judy" Accessed November 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Harris W. Fawell
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, 13th district
1999-Present
Succeeded by
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