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|Name = Kathy Castor
 
|Name = Kathy Castor
 
|Profile picture =Kathy Castor.jpg
 
|Profile picture =Kathy Castor.jpg
|Position = U.S. House, Florida, District 11
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|Position = U.S. House, Florida, District 14
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure =  January 3, 2007-Present
 
|Tenure =  January 3, 2007-Present
|Term ends = January 3, 2013
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|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Assumed office = 2007
 
|Assumed office = 2007
|Political party = Democratic | Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
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|Political party = Democratic
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|Predecessor = [[Connie Mack]] (R)
 
|Leadership =
 
|Leadership =
 
|Years leadership =
 
|Years leadership =
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|Per diem =
 
|Per diem =
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = November 2, 2010
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|Last election = November 6, 2012
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|First elected = November 7, 2006
 
|First elected = November 7, 2006
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = November 6, 2012
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|Next election = [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $=3911816
 
|Prior office = Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners  
 
|Prior office = Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners  
 
|Prior office years = 2002-2006
 
|Prior office years = 2002-2006
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|Birthday = August 20, 1966
 
|Birthday = August 20, 1966
 
|Place of birth = Miami, [[Florida]]
 
|Place of birth = Miami, [[Florida]]
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|Net worth = $1,545,529
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Religion = Presbyterian
 
|Religion = Presbyterian
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|Campaign logo = Kathy Castor logo.jpg
 
|Campaign logo = Kathy Castor logo.jpg
 
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{{tnr}}'''Kathy Castor''' (b. August 20, 1966) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Castor was elected by voters from [[Florida's 11th congressional district]]. Castor ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.<ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/FL_US_House_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results'' "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Castor is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400038 ''Gov Track'' "Jo Bonner," Accessed April 11, 2012]</ref>
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Due to redistricting, Castor, who previously represented the 11th congressional district, ran for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|re-election]] in [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012|14th District]] in [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|2012]].
  
Due to redistricting, Castor is running 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 Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012|14th District]]. Castor is seeking re-election on the [[Democratic]] ticket.<ref name= "ref">[http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/news/story/retired-colonel-to-run-for-castors-seat ''Tampa Bay Online'' "Retired Colonel to Run for Castor’s Seat" Accessed December 2, 2011] </ref> The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012.
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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==Career==
 
==Career==
 
Prior to 2002, Castor worked as an attorney.
 
Prior to 2002, Castor worked as an attorney.
*[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Florida's 11th congressional district]]
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*2013-present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Florida's 13th congressional district]]
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*2007-2013:[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Florida's 11th congressional district]]
 
*2002-2006: Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners
 
*2002-2006: Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners
 
*Assistant General Counsel, [[Florida]] Department of Community Affairs
 
*Assistant General Counsel, [[Florida]] Department of Community Affairs
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
===U.S. House of Representatives===
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===U.S. House===
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====2013-2014====
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Castor 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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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
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**Subcommittee on Energy and Power
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**Subcommittee on Health
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**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Castor serves on the following committees:<ref name="biography"/>
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Castor served on the following committees:<ref name="biography"/>
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
**Subcommittee on Energy and Power
 
**Subcommittee on Energy and Power
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political Positions===
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===Campaign themes===
====Percentage voting with party====
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====2012====
{{Congress vote percent
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Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.castorforcongress.com/issues Campaign website, Issues]</ref>
|name=Kathy Castor
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|party=Democratic
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*'''Education
|percent=93
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: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."
|rank=70
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|total=192
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*'''Environment
|chamber=House
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: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."
|year=November 2011
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|DHouse=Y
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*'''Jobs and the Economy
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: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."
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*'''Medicare
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: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."
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*'''Transportation
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: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."
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===Specific votes===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}}
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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 one 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
  
Due to redistricing, Castor is running 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 Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012|14th District]]. Castor is seeking re-election on the [[Democratic]] ticket. The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012.
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Due to redistricing, Castor was running 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 Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012|14th District]]. Castor was seeking re-election on the [[Democratic]] ticket. The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. She was re-elected on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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===2010===
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===Full history===
On November 2, 2010, Castor won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. She defeated Mike Predergast ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
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{{Collapsible history section
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<big>'''2010'''</big>
  
{{Election box 2010
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<big>'''2008'''</big>
|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|winner1 = Kathy Castor
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<big>'''2006'''</big>
|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Mike Predergast
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|votes1 = 91328
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|votes2 = 61817
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}}
 
}}
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=Castor
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|year=2006
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|Editdate=April 4, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00027514&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Kathy Castor" Accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
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|totalraised2012=1020415
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=[[U.S. House]] (Florida, [[Florida's 14th congressional district|District 14]])
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|totalraised2010=887033
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=[[U.S. House]] (Florida, [[Florida's 11th congressional district|District 11]])
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|totalraised2008=631095
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=[[U.S. House]] (Florida, [[Florida's 11th congressional district|District 11]])
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|totalraised2006=1373273
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=[[U.S. House]] (Florida, [[Florida's 11th congressional district|District 11]])
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}}
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===2012===
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[[File:Kathy Castor 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Castor's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00030736&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Kathy Castor 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013]</ref>
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{{Congress donor box 2012
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 14th Congressional District
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised =  $1,020,415
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|total spent = $801,764
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|opponent raised = $180,224
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|opponent spent = $179,061
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|org1 = American Hospital Assn
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|org2 = American Optometric Assn
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|org3 = Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Works
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|org4 = Ironworkers Union
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|org5 = National Cable and Telecommunications Assn
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|orgdonor1 = $11,000
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|orgdonor2 = $10,000
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|orgdonor3 = $10,000
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|orgdonor4 = $10,000
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|orgdonor5 = $10,000
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|ind1 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind2 = Health Professionals
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|ind3 = Public Sector Unions
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|ind4 = Building Trade Unions
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|ind5 = Hospitals/Nursing Homes
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|inddonor1 = $104,925
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|inddonor2 = $86,850
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|inddonor3 = $42,000
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|inddonor4 = $37,500
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|inddonor5 = $36,150
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|}}
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Kathy Castor 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Castor's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Kathy Castor 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Castor's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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==Recent news==
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==Analysis==
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Kathy + Castor + Florida + House'''
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
:''All stories may not be relevant to this official due to the nature of the search engine.''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Castor is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]," as of June 12, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/kathy_castor/412195 ''Gov Track'' "Kathy Castor," Accessed June 12, 2013]</ref>
  
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/kathy_castor/412195 ''GovTrack,'' "Kathy Castor," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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 she 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/829/Rep_Kathy_Castor.html LegiStorm "Kathy Castor"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027514&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Castor (D-Fla), 2011"]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027514&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Castor, (R-Florida), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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====2012====
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
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====2011====
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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.<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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===Voting with party===
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====2013====
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|percent=92.9%
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|rank=196th
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|year=June 2013
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|DHouse=Y
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==Personal==
 
==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.<ref name="about"> [http://www.castorforcongress.com/Meet ''Kathy Castor for Congress'' "Meet Kathy" Accessed October 18, 2011] </ref>
 
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.<ref name="about"> [http://www.castorforcongress.com/Meet ''Kathy Castor for Congress'' "Meet Kathy" Accessed October 18, 2011] </ref>
  
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Kathy + Castor + Florida + House'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://castor.house.gov/ Official House website]
 
*[http://castor.house.gov/ Official House website]
 
*[http://www.castorforcongress.com/ Official campaign website]
 
*[http://www.castorforcongress.com/ Official campaign website]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/user/RepKathyCastor?feature=sub_widget_1 Official Youtube channel]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/user/RepKathyCastor?feature=sub_widget_1 Official Youtube channel]
  
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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

Campaign themes

2012

Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • 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 one 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.[6]

Elections

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.[7]

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.[11]

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

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.[12]

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.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 11th Congressional District, 2010 - Kathy Castor Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $887,033
Total Spent $680,011
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $510,417
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $501,047
Top contributors to Kathy Castor's campaign committee
American Hospital Assn$11,680
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Florida Police Benevolent Assn$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$117,260
Health Professionals$80,800
Public Sector Unions$35,500
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$35,430
Building Trade Unions$34,000

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.[14]

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.[15]

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 she 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.[16]

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, 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.[17]


2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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 .[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

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]

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References

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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