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Castor sent a letter to President Obama on August 30, 2013, opposing any overt military action.<ref name="syria"/> "As I have visited with my neighbors across my district this month I have heard from many of them who are extremely wary of military action that could lead to greater entanglement in a region where fighting factions are not aligned with the United States and our allies or our national interests. I urge you to be cautious and conservative and fully analyze the strategic aftermath," she wrote.<ref name="syria">[http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/326295/483/Florida-Senators-react-to-Syria-debate ''First Coast News,'' "Florida Senators react to Syria debate," accessed September 2, 2013]</ref>
 
Castor sent a letter to President Obama on August 30, 2013, opposing any overt military action.<ref name="syria"/> "As I have visited with my neighbors across my district this month I have heard from many of them who are extremely wary of military action that could lead to greater entanglement in a region where fighting factions are not aligned with the United States and our allies or our national interests. I urge you to be cautious and conservative and fully analyze the strategic aftermath," she wrote.<ref name="syria">[http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/326295/483/Florida-Senators-react-to-Syria-debate ''First Coast News,'' "Florida Senators react to Syria debate," accessed September 2, 2013]</ref>
  

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Kathy Castor
Kathy Castor.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 14
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorConnie Mack (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,911,816
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners
2002-2006
Education
High schoolTampa’s Chamberlain High School
Bachelor'sEmory University
J.D.Florida State University College of Law
Personal
BirthdayAugust 20, 1966
Place of birthMiami, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,545,529
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kathy Castor campaign logo
Kathy Castor (b. August 20, 1966, in Miami, Florida) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Castor was elected by voters from Florida's 14th congressional district. Castor was first elected in 2006 and most recently re-elected in 2012.[1]

Due to redistricting, Castor, who previously represented the 11th congressional district, ran for re-election in Florida's 14th District in 2012.

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

Biography

Castor was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in Tampa. She holds a bachelors degree in political science from Emory University, which she earned in 1988, and proceeded to earn a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law in 1991.[2][3]

Career

Prior to 2002, Castor worked as an attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Castor serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Castor served on the following committees:[2]

Issues

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Castor sent a letter to President Obama on August 30, 2013, opposing any overt military action.[5] "As I have visited with my neighbors across my district this month I have heard from many of them who are extremely wary of military action that could lead to greater entanglement in a region where fighting factions are not aligned with the United States and our allies or our national interests. I urge you to be cautious and conservative and fully analyze the strategic aftermath," she wrote.[5]

Head Start programs

Castor railed against cuts to Head Start programs in June 2013.[6] In an interview with MSNBC she said, "Seventy thousand 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start classroom ... 70,000 students across America and 2,000 in the state of Florida alone because the Republicans refuse to replace the sequester or sit down with us to negotiate a balanced plan."

Affordable Care Act

Castor has spoke highly of the benefits of new health care law.[7] She said among Affordable Care Act benefits is the requirement that co-pays and premiums go to health care services. Then, people get rebate checks.[7]

In the Tampa Bay area, the act has generated $47 million in rebates for almost 1 million individuals, according to Castor. "When you receive that rebate check later this summer, you can thank Obamacare," she said.[7]

The challenge is addressing the 20 to 25 percent of Floridians who don't have access to affordable health insurance, Castor said. "Let's face it. This is going to be labor intensive," Castor said. "That's why the grant money came to Community Health Centers of Pinellas, to hire those folks who will be on the ground."[7]

Castor also called the rejection of expanded care a shortsighted decision.[7] "The speaker of the House, and the people that support it, in essence said, 'If you are a hardworking person but you make less than $20,000 a year, we're going to bar you from the doctor's office. Go to the emergency room,'" Castor said. "Hopefully, they will change their minds."[7]

Amendment to defund NSA

In July 2013 Castor surprised some observers by voting against a measure in the House that would have defunded the National Security Agency's (NSA) blanket collection of telephone records.[8] The measure barely lost, with a vote of 217-205.[8]

Castor said in an interview in August 2013 that she "strongly" supports reforming the NSA, beginning with the collection of so-called metadata, where phone companies send lists to the government of who called whom and when.[8]

She also has said she wants to see reform within the FISA court — the secret court that rules whether the government can pursue certain surveillance activities. "It's not appropriate that it's just the chief justice of the Supreme Court that makes the appointments to the FISA court," said Castor, adding that she also supports requiring an advocate for civil liberties to be part of any FISA court discussion.[8]

Castor defended her vote against the Amash amendment, however, saying "it was not appropriate to just say 'defund' and end it all."[8] "That would have been a good symbolic vote and I could have done that, but the tougher assignment is going to be really getting into how it works, making sure we protect American civil liberties without damaging the necessary national security mission that is very important," she said.[8]

Immigration reform bill

On August 21, 2013, Castor called for business people in Florida to support an immigration reform bill the Senate passed that contains provisions to expedite visa programs for international visitors.[9]

The Jobs Originating through Launching Travel Act (JOLT) provision would reform visa laws to enable international visitors in countries including Israel, Chile and Brazil that are not members of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to gain quicker access to visas through expedited processing.[9]

In addition, the JOLT provision proposes using technology such as video conferencing to minimize lack of access residents of foreign countries have to a U.S. consulate for an in-person interview, a major hurdle for potential visitors.

“The JOLT Act would create jobs and boost the tourism economy,” Castor said in a news conference.[9]

Campaign themes

2012

Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:[10]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Kathy believes that every child deserves a good education and she has worked hard to ensure that each student has the chance to succeed through her work with Pell Grants, student loans, Upward Bound and Head Start. She has also worked diligently to fend off Republican cuts to students, schools, colleges and universities."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Kathy is a proven leader when it comes to environmental protection, clean energy, smart growth management policies and maintaining a flourishing natural environment. She is concerned about the quality of the environment and is dedicated to protecting Florida’s beaches, unique ecosystems, and the economies that rely on them."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Kathy spearheaded new jobs and investments in the Tampa Bay area, including the Port of Tampa, Port Manatee, University of South Florida, the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa International Airport, MacDill Airforce Base, and new and expanded community health centers."
  • Medicare
Excerpt: "Kathy is an outspoken champion for Medicare and our older neighbors. She is fighting back against the recent Republican efforts to end Medicare as we know it, which would increase costs for beneficiaries and prorate senior healthcare through vouchers."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Kathy knows the importance of investing in Tampa Bay’s transportation and infrastructure. Infrastructure investments create jobs, grow the economy, and improve the quality of life for residents."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Castor 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. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

Castor is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricing, Castor was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 14th District. Castor was seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[12]

U.S. House, Florida District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Castor Incumbent 70.2% 197,121
     Republican Evelio Otero Jr. 29.8% 83,480
Total Votes 280,601
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Castor is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Castor raised a total of $3,911,816 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[16]

Kathy Castor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 14) Won $1,020,415
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 11) Won $887,033
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 11) Won $631,095
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 11) Won $1,373,273
Grand Total Raised $3,911,816

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Castor's reports.[17]

Kathy Castor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]4/15/2013$545,848.19$31,863.90$(49,518.32)$528,193.77
July Quarterly[19]7/15/2013$528,193.77$84,009.08$(37,698.17)$574,504.68
Running totals
$115,872.98$(87,216.49)

2012

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

Castor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Castor's campaign committee raised a total of $1,020,415 and spent $801,764.[20] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[21]

Cost per vote

Castor spent $4.07 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Castor won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Castor's campaign committee raised a total of $887,033 and spent $680,011.[22]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Castor is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 12, 2013.[23]

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.[24]

Castor most often votes with:

Castor least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Castor missed 212 of 5,226 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[25]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Castor paid her congressional staff a total of $914,951 in 2011. She ranks 30th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 158th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[26]

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, Castor's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $707,058 and $2,384,000. That averages to $1,545,529, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 32.78% from 2010.[27]


2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Castor's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $575,035 and $1,753,000. That averages to $1,164,017.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875 .[28]

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. Castor ranked 90th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[29]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Castor ranked 115th in the liberal rankings.[30]

Voting with party

2013

Kathy Castor voted with the Democratic Party 92.9% of the time, which ranked 196th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[31]

Personal

Kathy and her husband, Bill Lewis, have two daughters, Julia and Chrissy. She is the daughter of former USF President and Florida Education Commissioner, Betty Castor, and retired Hillsborough County Judge, Don Castor.[3]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Representative Kathy Castor "Biography" Accessed October 18, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kathy Castor for Congress "Meet Kathy" Accessed October 18, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. 5.0 5.1 First Coast News, "Florida Senators react to Syria debate," accessed September 2, 2013
  6. Tampa Bay.com, "PolitiFact: Kathy Castor says 70,000 children lose Head Start access, including 2,000 in Florida," accessed August 30, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 [www.tampabay.com/news/health/us-rep-kathy-castor-preaches-benefits-of-new-health-care-law/2135510 Tampa Bay.com, "U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor preaches benefits of new health care law ," accessed August 30, 2013]
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 CL Tampa, " Kathy Castor defends her vote against defunding the NSA, and slams Edward Snowden ," accessed August 30, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 TBO.com, "Rep. Castor wants support on immigration reform to boost tourism," accessed August 21, 2013
  10. Campaign website, Issues
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Kathy Castor" Accessed April 4, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Kathy Castor 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Kathy Castor 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
  21. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Kathy Castor 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  23. Gov Track "Kathy Castor," Accessed June 12, 2013
  24. OpenCongress, "Rep. Kathy Castor," Accessed July 31, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Kathy Castor," Accessed March 29, 2013
  26. LegiStorm "Kathy Castor"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Castor (D-Fla), 2011"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Castor, (R-Florida), 2010"
  29. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Mack (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 14
2013 - present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Jim Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 11
2007-2013
Succeeded by
Richard B. Nugent (R)
Preceded by
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Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners
2002-2006
Succeeded by
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