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Ken Calvert
Ken Calvert.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 42
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGary Miller (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.50 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,536,251
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sChaffey College
Bachelor'sSan Diego State University
Personal
BirthdayJune 8, 1953
Place of birthCorona, California
ProfessionRestaurant Manager, Business Owner
Net worth$3,900,002
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kenneth Stanton "Ken" Calvert (b. June 8, 1953, in Corona, California) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 42nd congressional district. Calvert was first elected to the House in 1992.

Calvert won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 42nd District. He defeated Michael Williamson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from the 44th district by redistricting.[2]

Calvert is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

Calvert was born in Corona, California. He earned an A.A. from Chaffey College in 1973 and a B.A. from San Diego State University in 1975.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Calvert's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Calvert also worked as a restaurant manager, business owner and as staff for United States Representative Victor Veysey of California.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Calvert serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Calvert served on the following committees:[6][7]

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Calvert's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Calvert 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.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Calvert 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.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Calvert voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[12]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Calvert 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.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Calvert 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.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Calvert 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.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Calvert 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.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Calvert 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. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]

Campaign themes

2012

Calvert's campaign website listed the following issues:[19]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "I began working in our family business in Corona at a young age. Before long, I started and ran my own business, learning valuable lessons about small business along the way. With an economics degree from San Diego State University and decades of community leadership and business experience, I understand what it means to sign the front of a payroll check, and what that paycheck means to families."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Communities across our country must constantly ask themselves if our children are getting the best possible education. It is not often that I agree with President Obama, but I do share his support for using meaningful performance pay systems to improve teacher quality and effectiveness. If we are going to give our students the best education, we must reward teachers who excel and give an extra effort."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "I believe the best way to confront our country’s energy challenges is by adopting an “all of the above” energy policy that takes aggressive steps towards reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy. Federal incentives and coordinated research in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are a critical component of solving our energy problems."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "I voted against ObamaCare and believe it should be repealed. The process Washington Democrats used to produce the health care law was fraught with sweetheart deals, special interest carve outs, and forced on America under undemocratic rules. I believe Congress should repeal and replace the health care law with a renewed focus on the health care reform elements most Americans agree on."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "As most Americans know, our immigration policies are broken. The worst step we can take is to grant amnesty to people who entered our country illegally. I oppose amnesty because it sends a horrible message to those who entered our country legally and to those thinking about immigrating to America in the future."

Presidential preference

2012

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

Ken Calvert endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [20]

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.[21] According to the report, Calvert helped secure $1.2 million for the Corona Transit Center. The project is near seven of Calvert's rental properties.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 42nd congressional district elections, 2014

Calvert is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 42nd congressional district elections, 2012

Calvert won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 42nd District as a Republican.[1] He was displaced from the 44th district by redistricting. He and Michael Williamson (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Cliff Smith (D), Eva Johnson (R), Clayton Thibodeau (R) and Curt Novak (Ind). Calvert went on to defeat Williamson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23][24]

U.S. House, California District 42 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Calvert Incumbent 60.6% 130,245
     Democratic Michael Williamson 39.4% 84,702
Total Votes 214,947
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 42 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Calvert (R) Incumbent 51.4% 35,392
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Williamson (D) 14.3% 9,860
Cliff Smith (D) 10.6% 7,337
Clayton Thibodeau (R) 9.3% 6,374
Eva Johnson (R) 8.2% 5,678
Curt Novak (NPP) 6.2% 4,254
Total Votes 68,895

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Calvert is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Calvert raised a total of $6,536,251 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[35]

Ken Calvert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 42) Won $1,091,572
2010 US House (California, District 44) Won $1,663,591
2008 US House (California, District 44) Won $1,048,730
2006 US House (California, District 44) Won $922,444
2004 US House (California, District 44) Won $704,410
2002 US House (California, District 44) Won $638,424
2000 US House (California, District 43) Won $467,080
Grand Total Raised $6,536,251

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Calvert's reports.[36]

Ken Calvert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$419,344.28$93,757.00$(61,117.78)$451,938.50
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$451,983.50$268,294.79$(145,456.04)$574,822.25
Running totals
$362,051.79$(206,573.82)

2012

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

Calvert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Calvert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,091,572 and spent $847,022.[39] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Calvert spent $6.50 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Calvert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Calvert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,663,591 and spent $1,540,253.[41]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Calvert is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[42]

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.[43]

Calvert most often votes with:

Calvert least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Calvert missed 416 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[44]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Calvert paid his congressional staff a total of $938,628 in 2011. He ranked 98th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 189th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[45]

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, Calvert's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$1,899,989 and $9,699,994. That averages to $3,900,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[46]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Calvert's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-1,899,989 and $9,699,994. That averages to $3,900,002.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[47]

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. Calvert ranked 136th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[48]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Calvert ranked 129th in the conservative rankings.[49]

Voting with party

2013

Calvert voted with the Republican Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 100th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[50]

Personal

Calvert is divorced.

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Calvert To Seek 42nd District Congressional Seat ", Murrieta.patch.com, August 15, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "CALVERT, Ken, (1953 - )
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "CALVERT, Ken, (1953 - )"
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Chairman Hal Rogers "Transportation Subcommittee Members"
  7. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Assignments"
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. 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
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. Campaign website, Issues
  20. Los Angeles Times, "Three area Republican congressmen endorse Mitt Romney," December 7, 2011
  21. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  22. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  23. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  24. Unofficial election results
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ken Calvert," Accessed March 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Ken Calvert Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  37. 'Federal Election Commission "Ken Calvert April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  38. 'Federal Election Commission "Ken Calvert July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Ken Calvert 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Ken Calvert 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 14, 2011
  42. Gov Track "Ken Calvert," Accessed June 7 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Ken Calvert," Accessed July 31, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Ken Calvert," Accessed April 2, 2013
  45. LegiStorm "Ken Calvert"
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Calvert, (R-Cali), 2011"
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Calvert, (R-Cali), 2010"
  48. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  49. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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