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Kay Granger
Kay Granger.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPete Geren (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.80 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,014,963
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas
1991-1995
Member of Fort Worth City Council
1989-1991
Member of Zoning Commission, Fort Worth, Texas
1981-1989
Education
High schoolEastern Hills High School
Bachelor'sTexas Wesleyan University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 18, 1943
Place of birthGreenville, Texas
ProfessionHigh School Teacher, Insurance Executive
Net worth$958,005
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kay Granger (b. January 18, 1943, in Greenville, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Granger represents Texas' 12th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 1996.

Granger most recently won re-election in 2012. She defeated Dave Robinson (D) and Matthew Solodow (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Granger began her political career as a member of the Zoning Commission of Fort Worth, Texas, from 1981 to 1989. She then served on the Fort Worth City Council from 1989 to 1991 and as the Mayor of Fort Worth from 1991 to 1995.

Granger is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

After earning her bachelor's from Texas Wesleyan University, Granger went on to teach high school and operate an insurance agency before pursuing her political career.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Granger serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations Chair
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

2011-2012

Granger was a member of the following House committees:[2]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Chair
    • Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations
    • Subcommittee of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Granger's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Granger voted for 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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Granger voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Granger voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[9] 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Granger voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Granger voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

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.[15] 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.[16] Granger voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "No" 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.[18] 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. Granger voted against HR 2775.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Granger voted for 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.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Granger voted for 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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Granger voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Granger voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Granger voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[25]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Kay Granger endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [26]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[27] According to the report, Granger has helped obtain $51.9 million in earmarks toward a project to make over downtown Fort Worth and reroute the Trinity River. Until 2010, Granger co-owned a condominium building with her son about a half-mile south of the project. Her son is director of the group in charge of the project.[28]

Campaign themes

2014

Granger's campaign website lists the following issues:[29]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "We need to cut spending, especially during difficult economic times. Families across the 12th District make changes to their spending habits to make ends meet; I believe that Congress should do the same."
  • Border Security and Immigration
Excerpt: "I understand the importance of securing our border and believe it is our responsibility to ensure the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to protect our border. Border security is not only critical for homeland security, but it’s also necessary for continued economic growth."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I believe our local school boards, not the federal government, are better equipped to assess the needs and the future of our schools and students. Additionally, I am committed to having safe schools and ensuring teachers have the resources they need to make sure our children are prepared to be the leaders, innovators, and job creators of tomorrow."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Our nation currently depends on foreign countries to supply over half of the oil we consume, which allows our economic competitors to dictate the price of energy in our country and weakens our national and economic security. To achieve energy independence, we must work to develop viable forms of renewable energy while also expanding conventional energy sources here at home."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I was deeply disappointed that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act failed to do enough to address the rising cost of health care in America. The way to improve access and the affordability of health care is not through burdensome mandates on states, employers, and individuals."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Granger is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. She will face Mark Greene (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Granger won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 12th District. She defeated Bill Lawrence in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. She then defeated Dave Robinson (D) and Matthew Solodow (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

U.S. House, Texas District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Granger Incumbent 70.9% 175,649
     Democratic Dave Robinson 26.7% 66,080
     Libertarian Matthew Solodow 2.4% 5,983
Total Votes 247,712
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKay Granger Incumbent 80.2% 34,828
Bill Lawrence 19.8% 8,611
Total Votes 43,439

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Granger is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Granger raised a total of $8,014,963 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[40]

Kay Granger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 12) Won $1,375,456
2010 US House (Texas, District 12) Won $1,341,260
2008 US House (Texas, District 12) Won $1,380,779
2006 US House (Texas, District 12) Won $1,274,755
2004 US House (Texas, District 12) Won $1,040,904
2002 US House (Texas, District 12) Won $798,216
2000 US House (Texas, District 12) Won $803,593
Grand Total Raised $8,014,963

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Granger's reports.[41]

Kay Granger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2013$119,142.92$246,167.51$(104,943.21)$260,367.22
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$260,367.22$215,220.80$(127,467.76)$348,120.26
October Quarterly[44]October 15, 2013$348,120.26$99,674.59$(98,521.58)$349,273.27
Year-End[45]January 31, 2014$349,273$95,875$(93,046)$352,102
Pre-Primary[46]February 17, 2014$352,102$49,168$(54,091)$347,179
April Quarterly[47]April 14, 2014$347,179$206,300$(111,147)$442,333
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2014$442,333$180,825$(349,434)$273,724
Running totals
$1,093,230.9$(938,650.55)

2012

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

Granger won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Granger's campaign committee raised a total of $1,375,457 and spent $1,369,512.[49] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[50]

Cost per vote

Granger spent $7.80 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Granger won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Granger's campaign committee raised a total of $1,341,260 and spent $1,388,017.[51]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Granger is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Granger most often votes with:

Granger least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Granger missed 661 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 6.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Granger paid her congressional staff a total of $1,057,026 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[55]

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, Granger's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $316,014 and $1,599,997. That averages to $958,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Granger ranked as the 213th most wealthy representative in 2012.[56]

Kay Granger Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$958,005
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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. Granger tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 150th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[57]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Granger was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 117th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[58]

Voting with party

2013

Granger voted with the Republican Party 98.7% of the time, which ranked 29th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Granger has three children and five grandchildren.[2]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website, "Biography," accessed October 25, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Three Texas Members of Congress," January 20, 2012
  27. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  28. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  29. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 21, 2014
  30. Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
  31. Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012
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  50. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
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Pete Geren
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 12
1997-Present
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