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Kathy Castor
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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
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) 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]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Castor is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

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

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.[3][4]

Career

Prior to 2002, Castor worked as an attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Castor serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Castor served on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Castor's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • 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.[7]

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.[8]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Castor won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Mike Predergast (R) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 11th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Castor Incumbent 59.6% 91,328
     Republican Mike Predergast 40.4% 61,817
Total Votes 153,145

Campaign donors

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.[10]

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.[11]

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

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.[12]

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.[13]

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 .[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kathy Castor has voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 70 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[17]

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.[4]

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External links

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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