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Schrader was born in Bridgeport, [[Connecticut]]. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University in 1973, his B.S. and D.V.M. from the University of [[Illinois]] in 1975 and 1977, respectively.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S001180 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "SCHRADER, Kurt, (1951 - )"]</ref>
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Schrader was born in Bridgeport, [[Connecticut|CT]]. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University in 1973, his B.S. and D.V.M. from the University of [[Illinois]] in 1975 and 1977, respectively.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S001180 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "SCHRADER, Kurt, (1951 - )"]</ref>
  
 
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{{Yea vote}} Schrader voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Yea vote}} Schrader voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
 
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Revision as of 10:05, 5 August 2014

Kurt Schrader
Kurt Schrader.jpg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 5
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDarlene Hooley (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.57 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,061,581
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State Senate
2003-2008
Oregon House of Representatives
1997-2002
Education
Bachelor'sCornell University & University of Illinois
OtherUniversity of Illinois
Personal
BirthdayOctober 19, 1951
Place of birthBridgeport, Connecticut
ProfessionVeterinarian, Farmer
Net worth$4,500,558.50
ReligionEpiscopal
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Kurt Schrader (b. October 19, 1951, in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oregon. He was first elected by voters from Oregon's 5th Congressional District in 2008.

Schrader most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Fred Thompson (R), Raymond Baldwin (L) and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Schrader began his political career in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he served from 1997 to 2003. He then served in the Oregon State Senate from 2003 until his election to the U.S. House in 2008.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Schrader is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Schrader was born in Bridgeport, CT. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University in 1973, his B.S. and D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 1975 and 1977, respectively.[3]

Career

Outside of public life, Schrader worked as a veterinarian and farmer.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Schrader serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Schrader served on the following committees:[5]

  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Finance and Tax Chair
    • Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology
  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture
  • Budget Committee

Key votes

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Schrader's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[8]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[8][9]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the letter asked.[9]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict,” stated the letter.[9]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Schrader was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Schrader voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Schrader voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Schrader voted in favor of 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NDAA

Yea3.png Schrader voted in support of 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]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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.[12] 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.[13] Schrader voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Yea3.png 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.[15] 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. Schrader voted for HR 2775.[16]

Pay during government shutdown
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Schrader donated his salary to charity while the government was shutdown.[17]

"I firmly believe that if members of Congress fail to perform their most basic duty in passing a budget, then they do not deserve to be paid," Schrader said in a statement. "It is in that vein that I will be donating the congressional salary I collect during the shutdown to a local Oregon charity to be named later."[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Schrader voted against 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Schrader voted against 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Schrader voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Schrader voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Campaign themes

2012

On his official campaign website, Schrader highlighted his fight to limit the influence of special interests in elections. He said that "it’s a matter of fairness. They don’t want a level playing field and they will spend millions to keep it that way." He provided the full text of an amendment proposal that aims to give Congress and states the power to control the special interest money going to campaigns as a result of Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission and Buckley vs. Valeo.[19]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Schrader 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 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Schrader's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Schrader is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Schrader received a score of 54 percent on social issues and 27 percent on economic issues.[21]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[22]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[21]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Schrader is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Anita Brown in the Democratic primary election on May 20, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Oregon District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader Incumbent 83.8% 41,078
Anita Brown 16.2% 7,913
Total Votes 48,991
Source: Results via Associated Press

2012

See also: Oregon's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Schrader won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oregon's 5th District.[1] Schrader defeated Fred Thompson (R), Raymond Baldwin (L) and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.


"The Woods"
U.S. House, Oregon District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader Incumbent 54% 177,229
     Republican Fred Thompson 42.4% 139,223
     Green Christina Jean Lugo 2.3% 7,516
     Constitution Raymond Baldwin 1.1% 3,600
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 402
Total Votes 327,970
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schrader is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Schrader raised a total of $5,061,581 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[25]

Kurt Schrader's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Oregon, District 5) Won $1,750,144
2010 U.S. House (Oregon, District 5) Won $1,872,837
2008 U.S. House (Oregon, District 5) Won $1,438,600
Grand Total Raised $5,061,581

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schrader’s reports.[26]

Kurt Schrader (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$590,364.06$117,621.92$(89,530.04)$618,455.94
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$618,455.94$227,918.99$(96,468.43)$749,906.50
October Quarterly[29]October 13, 2013$749,906.50$220,313.75$(91,516.85)$878,703.40
Year-End Quarterly[30]December 31, 2013$880,693$187,456$(61,155)$1,001,828
April Quarterly[31]April 14, 2014$1,001,828.42$208,672.75$(56,560.44)$1,153,940.73
Running totals
$961,983.41$(395,230.76)

2012

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

Schrader won re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Schrader's campaign committee raised a total of $1,750,037 and spent $1,163,244.[32]

Cost per vote

Schrader spent $6.57 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Schrader won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Schrader's campaign committee raised a total of $1,872,837 and spent $1,839,623.[33]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schrader's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,470,117 to $6,531,000. That averages to $4,500,558.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Schrader ranked as the 78th most wealthy representative in 2012.[34] Between 2004 and 2012, Schrader's calculated net worth[35] decreased by an average of 8 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[36]


Kurt Schrader Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$7,598,911
2012$4,500,558
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-41%
Average annual growth:-8%[37]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[38]
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.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schrader is a "centrist Democrat" as of July 2014.[39] This was the same rating Schrader received in June 2013.[40]

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.[41]

Schrader most often votes with:

Schrader least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Schrader missed 178 of 4,333 roll call votes, from January 2009 to July 2014, which is 4.1% of votes during that time period. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schrader paid his congressional staff a total of $987,567 in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranked 8th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Schrader ranked 167th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[44]

2012

Schrader ranked 157th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[45]

2011

Schrader ranked 159th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[46]

Voting with party

2014

Kurt Schrader voted with the Democratic Party 85.6 percent of the time, which ranked 175th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[47]

2013

Kurt Schrader voted with the Democratic Party 87.9 percent of the time, which ranked 186th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]

Personal

Schrader and his ex-wife, former state Senator Martha Schrader, filed for divorce in 2011. They have four children.[49]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "Oregon districts race - 2012 election center"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SCHRADER, Kurt, (1951 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. House.gov, "Kurt's Committees"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Vote Smart, "Kurt Schrader Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. House.gov, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Oregon Live.com, "Kurt Schrader says he'll give up congressional pay during government shutdown," accessed October 2, 2013
  19. Kurt Schrader Official Campaign Website, "Join the fight to stop special-interest dominance of our elections," accessed October 24, 2012
  20. House.gov, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 On The Issues, "Schrader Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  22. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Kurt Schrader" accessed May 16, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Kurt Schrader 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  32. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Kurt Schrader 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  34. Open Secrets, "Schrader, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  35. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  36. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  37. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  38. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  39. GovTrack, "Kurt Schrader," accessed July 22, 2014
  40. GovTrack, "Kurt Schrader," accessed June 7, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Kurt Schrader," accessed July 22, 2014
  42. GovTrack, "Kurt Schrader," accessed July 2014
  43. LegiStorm, "Kurt Schrader," accessed September 24, 2012
  44. National Journal, "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," July 22, 2014
  45. National Journal, "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," February 26, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable vote ratings tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. KGW.com, "US Rep. Kurt Schrader, wife, file for divorce," May 20, 2011
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