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Kenny Marchant

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Kenny Marchant
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U.S. House, Texas, District 24
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMartin Frost (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.00 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,494,438
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives
1987-2004
Mayor of Carrollton, Texas
1984-1987
Member of Carrollton, Texas' City Council
1980-1984
Education
Bachelor'sSouth Nazarene University
OtherNazarene Theological Seminary (did not earn degree)
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 23, 1951
Place of birthBonham, Texas
ProfessionReal Estate Developer
Net worth$18,945,325
ReligionChurch of the Nazarene
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kenny Marchant (b. February 23, 1951, in Bonham, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 24th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2004.

Marchant most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Tim Rusk (D) and John Stathas (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Marchant began his political career as a member of the Carrollton, Texas, city council. He served in that position from 1980 to 1984 and as Mayor from 1984 to 1987. Marchant then served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1987 to 2004.

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

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

Biography

Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas. He earned his B.A. from South Nazarene University in 1974 and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary from 1975 to 1976.[2]

Career

After earning his bachelor's degree, Marchant started a roofing and construction business.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Marchant serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Marchant was a member of the following House committees:[4]

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Marchant's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Marchant 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Marchant 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Marchant voted against 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Marchant voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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. Marchant joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[16] 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.[17] Marchant voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] 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. Marchant voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Marchant 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Marchant 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Marchant 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Marchant 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.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Marchant 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. He 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.[26]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Kenny Marchant endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [27]

Campaign themes

2012

Marchant's campaign website listed the following issues:[28]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "In February 2009, President Obama signed the stimulus bill into law. This $787 billion bill is the largest spending bill in American history. The stimulus bill contained such wasteful spending as $2.5 million for mozzarella cheese, $16.8 million for canned pork, $2.2 million to water a golf course in California, and $3.1 million to study seaweed in Corpus Christi, Texas."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Congressman Marchant is strongly opposed to government-controlled health care. Congressman Marchant believes that our current health care system is the envy of the world; and while there are some aspects of the system that need reform, a massive government overhaul of our health care system would result in the destruction of American medicine through individual and employer mandates, devastating cuts to Medicare, and increased taxes on individuals and small businesses."
  • Federal Government Spending
Excerpt: "Since Democrats took control of Congress in 2007, non-defense discretionary spending has increased by 85%. Some examples of spending by Democrats in 2009 include $350 billion for a second installation of TARP, $787 billion for a stimulus package, $409 billion for an omnibus spending bill, $33 billion for an expansion of the SCHIP program, and $17 billion for an auto bailout package."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "As a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and lifelong advocate of the Second Amendment, Congressman Marchant believes in an individual right to keep and bear arms. "
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Congressman Marchant believes that excessive government regulation and increased taxes have led to a distortion of the energy market, causing prices to exceed what they would be in a free market."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

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

2012

See also: Texas' 24th Congressional District elections, 2012

Marchant won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 24th District. He defeated Grant Stinchfield in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Tim Rusk (D) and John Stathas (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, Texas District 24 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenny Marchant Incumbent 61% 148,586
     Democratic Tim Rusk 36% 87,645
     Libertarian John Stathas 3% 7,258
Total Votes 243,489
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKenny Marchant Incumbent 67.9% 27,926
Grant Stinchfield 32.1% 13,184
Total Votes 41,110

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Marchant is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Marchant raised a total of $3,494,438 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[35]

Kenny Marchant's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 24) Won $829,632
2010 US House (Texas, District 24) Won $542,265
2008 US House (Texas, District 24) Won $651,065
2006 US House (Texas, District 24) Won $748,190
2004 US House (Texas, District 24) Won $723,286
Grand Total Raised $3,494,438

2014

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

Kenny Marchant (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$505,400.27$80,373.44$(37,583.74)$548,189.97
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$548,189.97$128,352.04$(22,497.63)$654,044.38
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$654,044.38$137,001.34$(42,908.38)$748,137.34
Year-End[40]January 31, 2014$748,137$36,759$(59,593)$721,992
Pre-Primary[41]February 12, 2014$721,992$19,350$(8,414)$732,928
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$732,928$82,615$(17,987)$797,555
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2014$797,555$85,253$(26,624)$856,184
Running totals
$569,703.82$(215,607.75)

2012

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

Marchant won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Marchant's campaign committee raised a total of $829,632 and spent $742,252.[44] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[45]

Cost per vote

Marchant spent $5.00 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Marchant won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Marchant's campaign committee raised a total of $542,265 and spent $438,728.[46]

U.S. House, Texas District 24, 2010 - Kenny Marchant Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $542,265
Total Spent $438,728
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Kenny Marchant's campaign committee
Credit Union National Assn$10,500
Energy Future Holdings Corp$10,500
American Bankers Assn$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
National Assn of Realtors$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Commercial Banks$45,150
Insurance$39,000
Securities & Investment$36,850
Air Transport$27,498
Oil & Gas$25,150

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Marchant is a "far-right Republican" as of June 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]

Marchant most often votes with:

Marchant least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Marchant missed 468 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 7.3%, 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. Marchant paid his congressional staff a total of $816,142 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.[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, Marchant's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $12,425,337 and $25,465,313. That averages to $18,945,325, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Marchant ranked as the 33rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[51]

Kenny Marchant Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$18,945,325
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. Marchant ranked 72nd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[52]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Marchant was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 183rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[53]

Voting with party

2013

Marchant voted with the Republican Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 178th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]

Personal

Marchant and his wife, Donna, have four children and two grandchildren.[2]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 [http://marchant.house.gov/Biography/ Official House website, "Biography,"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," accessed November 1, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 22, 2011
  28. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  29. Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
  30. Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Kenny Marchant," accessed March 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Kenny Marchant July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  44. Open Secrets, "Kenny Marchant 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Kenny Marchant 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  47. GovTrack, "Kenny Marchant," accessed June 7 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Kenny Marchant," accessed August 2, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Kenny Marchant," accessed April 2, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Kenny Marchant," accessed September 17, 2012
  51. OpenSecrets, "Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Frost
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 24
2005-Present
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Texas House of Representatives
1987-2004
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Mayor of Carrollton, Texas
1984-1987
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Member of Carrollton, Texas' City Council
1980-1984
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