Kay Granger

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Kay Granger
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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
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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$1,092,505
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kay Granger (b. January 18, 1943) 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. She won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

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.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Granger serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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:[3]

  • 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

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. [5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas' 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Granger ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 12th District. She defeated Bill Lawrence in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Dave Robinson (D) and Matthew Solodow (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Granger won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Tracey Smith (D) and Matthew Solodow (Libertarian).[11]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 12, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Granger Incumbent 71.9% 109,882
     Democratic Tracey Smith 25.1% 38,434
     Libertarian Matthew Solodow 3% 4,601
Total Votes 152,917

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.[12]

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

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.[13]

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.[14]

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. 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.[15]

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, Granger's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $400,013 to $1,784,997. That averages to $1,092,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth increased by 99.36% from 2010.[16]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Granger's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-228,982 to $1,324,996. That averages to $548,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Granger voted with the Republican Party 94.0% of the time, which ranked 73 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[20]

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Personal

Granger has three children and five grandchildren.[3]

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Pete Geren
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 12
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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