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|Place of birth = Miami, [[Florida]]
 
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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 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>
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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," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
  
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]].
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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]].
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Castor 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 she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref name="biography"> [http://castor.house.gov/Biography/ ''Representative Kathy Castor'' "Biography" Accessed October 18, 2011] </ref><ref name="about"/>
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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.<ref name="biography">[http://castor.house.gov/Biography/ ''Representative Kathy Castor'', "Biography," accessed October 18, 2011]</ref><ref name="about"/>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
 
Prior to 2002, Castor worked as an attorney.
 
Prior to 2002, Castor worked as an attorney.
  
*2013-present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Florida's 13th congressional district]]
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*2013-present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Florida's 13th Congressional District]]
*2007-2013:[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Florida's 11th 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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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
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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Castor 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><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[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]]
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Endorsements===
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====Florida's 13th District special election====
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:: ''See also: [[Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014]]''
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Castor will host a fundraiser for [[Alex Sink]] (D) in [[Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014|Florida's 13th District special election]].<ref name="tbosink">[http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/news/story/castor-to-raise-for-sink/#sthash.K8nJYhV4.dpuf ''Tampa Bay Tribune'', "Castor to raise $$ for Sink," accessed November 27, 2013]</ref>
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The event took place on December 17, 2013. Contributions ranged from $5,000 to be a chair, $1,000 to be a host or $250 for admission.<ref name="tbosink"/>
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===Legislative actions===
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====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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=====American response in Syria=====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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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>
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=====Amendment to defund NSA=====
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In July 2013, Castor surprised some observers by voting against [[Justin_Amash#Amendment_to_defund_NSA_surveillance_programs|a measure in the House]] that would have defunded the National Security Agency's (NSA) blanket collection of telephone records.<ref name="nsa">[http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2013/08/06/kathy-castor-defends-her-vote-against-defunding-the-nsa-and-slams-edward-snowden#.UiDA4H-d2I1 ''CL Tampa'', " Kathy Castor defends her vote against defunding the NSA, and slams Edward Snowden," accessed August 30, 2013]</ref> The measure barely lost, with a vote of 217-205.<ref name="nsa"/>
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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.<ref name="nsa"/>
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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.<ref name="nsa"/>
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Castor defended her vote against [[Justin_Amash#Amendment_to_defund_NSA_surveillance_programs|the Amash amendment]], however, saying "it was not appropriate to just say 'defund' and end it all."<ref name="nsa"/> "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.<ref name="nsa"/>
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Castor voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 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/53825/kathy-castor#.UkBef3_B_A5 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Kathy Castor's Voting Record," accessed September 20, 2013]</ref>
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Support vote}} Castor voted in favor of 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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{{Support vote}} Castor 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 would allow 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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{{Support vote}} Castor 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 Dem Yes|Name=Castor}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{House Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Castor}}
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=====Energy efficiency and solar power=====
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Castor pledged on November 19, 2013, "to raise the profile" of [[Florida]]'s need to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.<ref name="solar">[http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/castor-vows-to-push-for-more-energy-efficiency-and-solar-power/2153037 ''Tampa Bay Times'', "Castor vows to push for more energy efficiency and solar power," accessed November 19, 2013]</ref>
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She also said there needs to be "greater pressure on our utilities … greater pressure on our Public Service Commission" to deploy more solar power and implement more energy efficiency strategies.<ref name="solar"/>
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"When I look at what is happening in other states across the country, Florida is way back," said Castor, a member of the [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|House Energy and Commerce Committee]]. "I think (consumers) are mad, but they're feeling helpless."<ref name="solar"/>
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=====Government shutdown=====
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{{Oppose 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> Castor voted against 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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{{Support vote}} The shutdown finally 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. Castor voted for 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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=====Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Castor voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bill/16167/42596/17188/john-larson-voted-nay-passage-hr-273-eliminates-the-2013-statutory-pay-adjustment-for-federal-employees#42596 ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Immigration reform bill=====
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On August 21, 2013, Castor called for business people in [[Florida]] to support [[Gang of Eight|an immigration reform bill]] the [[United States Senate|Senate]] passed that contains provisions to expedite visa programs for international visitors.<ref name="jolt">[http://tbo.com/news/business/rep-castor-wants-support-on-immigration-reform-to-boost-tourism-20130821/ ''TBO.com'', "Rep. Castor wants support on immigration reform to boost tourism," accessed August 21, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref name="jolt"/>
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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.
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“The JOLT Act would create jobs and boost the tourism economy,” Castor said in a news conference.<ref name="jolt"/>
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Castor voted against 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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=====Breast Cancer resolution=====
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Castor introduced H.R. 3295: Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2013, on October 16, 2013. The resolution seeks amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate contributing factors to disparities in breast cancer treatment through the development of a uniform set of consensus-based breast cancer treatment performance measures for a 6-year quality reporting system and value-based purchasing system under the Medicare program.<ref>[https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3295 ''GovTrack'', "HR 3295," accessed October 21, 2013]</ref>
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=====Affordable Care Act=====
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Castor has spoke highly of the benefits of new health care law.<ref name="care"/> 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.<ref name="care">[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]</ref>
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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.<ref name="care"/>
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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."<ref name="care"/>
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Castor also called the rejection of expanded care a shortsighted decision.<ref name="care"/> "The [[John Boehner|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."<ref name="care"/>
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=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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{{Neutral vote}} Castor did not vote on 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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{{Neutral vote}} Castor did not vote on 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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=====Voting rights for felons=====
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In February 2014, joined by officials from the ACLU and the Hillsborough County chapter of the NAACP, Castor called on [[Governor of Florida|the governor]] to change the law in [[Florida]] to allow a felon convicted of a non-violent crime to get voting rights back once the sentence is finished.<ref name="felons">[www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/357161/250/Castor-calls-for-felons-to-get-voting-rights-back- ''WTSP'', "U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor calls for some felons to get voting rights back," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2014/02/17/kathy-castor-aclu-and-naacp-call-for-gov-scott-and-cabinet-to-automatically-grant-ex-felons-right-to-vote#.UwPKs85nhQg ''CL Tampa'', "Kathy Castor, ACLU & NAACP call for Gov. Scott & Cabinet to automatically grant ex-felons right to vote," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref>
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"What is happening in Florida is unjust. It's unfair and it's not a productive policy. It is simply harkening back to past civil war era of racial discrimination, and we're better than that in the state of Florida."  Castor said on February 17, 2014.<ref name="felons"/>
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=====Head Start programs=====
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Castor railed against cuts to Head Start programs in June 2013.<ref name="fact">[http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/politifact-kathy-castor-says-70000-children-lose-head-start-access/2125739 ''Tampa Bay.com'', "PolitiFact: Kathy Castor says 70,000 children lose Head Start access, including 2,000 in Florida," accessed August 30, 2013]</ref> 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."
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=====Amash amendment=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Castor 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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====Previous congressional sessions====
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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 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.<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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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.castorforcongress.com/issues Campaign website, Issues]</ref>
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Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.castorforcongress.com/issues ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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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."
 
: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====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
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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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Florida's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Castor 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 she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Florida's 14th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Florida's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
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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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," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
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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.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00410761 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Kathy Castor 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Kathy Castor 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Castor's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Kathy Castor 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<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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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> 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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Castor spent $4.07 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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===2010===
 
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[[File:Kathy Castor 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00027514&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Kathy Castor 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00027514&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Kathy Castor 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
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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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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 ''GovTrack'', "Kathy Castor," accessed June 12, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412195_Kathy_Castor ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. Kathy Castor," accessed July 31, 2013]</ref>
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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,'' 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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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Castor missed 212 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 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>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
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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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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/829/Rep_Kathy_Castor.html ''LegiStorm'', "Kathy Castor" accessed 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Kirkpatrick's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,369,046 and $3,438,000. That averages to '''$2,403,523,''' which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Kirkpatrick ranked as the 132nd most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029260&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Kathy Castor (D-FL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref>
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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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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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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Castor ranked 90th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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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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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," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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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>
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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
Cost per vote$4.07 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
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$2,403,523
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.

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.

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][5]

2011-2012

Castor served on the following committees:[2]

Issues

Endorsements

Florida's 13th District special election

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Castor will host a fundraiser for Alex Sink (D) in Florida's 13th District special election.[6]

The event took place on December 17, 2013. Contributions ranged from $5,000 to be a chair, $1,000 to be a host or $250 for admission.[6]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Castor's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

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.[9] "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.[9]

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.[10] The measure barely lost, with a vote of 217-205.[10]

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.[10]

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.[10]

Castor defended her vote against the Amash amendment, however, saying "it was not appropriate to just say 'defund' and end it all."[10] "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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Castor voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Castor voted in favor of 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Castor 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Castor 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.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Castor voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Castor joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Energy efficiency and solar power

Castor pledged on November 19, 2013, "to raise the profile" of Florida's need to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.[19]

She also said there needs to be "greater pressure on our utilities … greater pressure on our Public Service Commission" to deploy more solar power and implement more energy efficiency strategies.[19]

"When I look at what is happening in other states across the country, Florida is way back," said Castor, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "I think (consumers) are mad, but they're feeling helpless."[19]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[20] 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.[21] Castor voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[23] 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. Castor voted for HR 2775.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Castor voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[25]

Immigration

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.[26]

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.[26]

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.[26]

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Castor voted against 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.[11]

Healthcare

Breast Cancer resolution

Castor introduced H.R. 3295: Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment Act of 2013, on October 16, 2013. The resolution seeks amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate contributing factors to disparities in breast cancer treatment through the development of a uniform set of consensus-based breast cancer treatment performance measures for a 6-year quality reporting system and value-based purchasing system under the Medicare program.[27]

Affordable Care Act

Castor has spoke highly of the benefits of new health care law.[28] 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.[28]

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.[28]

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."[28]

Castor also called the rejection of expanded care a shortsighted decision.[28] "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."[28]

Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Castor did not vote on 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.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Neutral/Abstain Castor did not vote on 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.[11]

Social issues

Voting rights for felons

In February 2014, joined by officials from the ACLU and the Hillsborough County chapter of the NAACP, Castor called on the governor to change the law in Florida to allow a felon convicted of a non-violent crime to get voting rights back once the sentence is finished.[29][30]

"What is happening in Florida is unjust. It's unfair and it's not a productive policy. It is simply harkening back to past civil war era of racial discrimination, and we're better than that in the state of Florida." Castor said on February 17, 2014.[29]

Head Start programs

Castor railed against cuts to Head Start programs in June 2013.[31] 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."

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Castor 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.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[32]

Campaign themes

2012

Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:[33]

  • 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."

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.[34]

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.[38]

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.[39]

Kathy Castor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$545,848.19$31,863.90$(49,518.32)$528,193.77
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$528,193.77$84,009.08$(37,698.17)$574,504.68
October Quarterly[42]October 13, 2013$574,504.68$75,807.19$(46,796.55)$603,515.32
Year-end[43]January 31, 2014$603,515$155,101$(34,276)$724,340
Running totals
$346,781.17$(168,289.04)

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.[44] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[45]

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.[46]

U.S. House, Florida District 11, 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.[47]

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.[48]

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 January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[49]

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.[50]

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, Kirkpatrick's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,369,046 and $3,438,000. That averages to $2,403,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Kirkpatrick ranked as the 132nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[51]

Kathy Castor Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$2,403,523$71,000

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.

2012

Castor ranked 90th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[52]

2011

Castor ranked 115th in the liberal rankings.[53]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kathy Castor has voted with the Democratic Party 92.9% of the time, which ranked 196th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[54]

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," accessed November 6, 2012
  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," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tampa Bay Tribune, "Castor to raise $$ for Sink," accessed November 27, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 First Coast News, "Florida Senators react to Syria debate," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 CL Tampa, " Kathy Castor defends her vote against defunding the NSA, and slams Edward Snowden," accessed August 30, 2013
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  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
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  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Tampa Bay Times, "Castor vows to push for more energy efficiency and solar power," accessed November 19, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 TBO.com, "Rep. Castor wants support on immigration reform to boost tourism," accessed August 21, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "HR 3295," accessed October 21, 2013
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  29. 29.0 29.1 [www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/357161/250/Castor-calls-for-felons-to-get-voting-rights-back- WTSP, "U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor calls for some felons to get voting rights back," accessed February 18, 2014]
  30. CL Tampa, "Kathy Castor, ACLU & NAACP call for Gov. Scott & Cabinet to automatically grant ex-felons right to vote," accessed February 18, 2014
  31. Tampa Bay.com, "PolitiFact: Kathy Castor says 70,000 children lose Head Start access, including 2,000 in Florida," accessed August 30, 2013
  32. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  33. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  34. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
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  39. Federal Election Commission, "Kathy Castor 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
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  45. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Kathy Castor 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011
  47. GovTrack, "Kathy Castor," accessed June 12, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rep. Kathy Castor," accessed July 31, 2013
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  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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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