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Kurt Schrader

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Kurt Schrader
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U.S. House, Oregon, District 5
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2009
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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
ReligionEpiscopal
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Kurt Schrader (b. October 19, 1951) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oregon. Schrader was first elected by voters from Oregon's 5th congressional district in 2008. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schrader is a "centrist Democrat".[2]

Biography

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.[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Schrader serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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

Issues

2012

Campaign themes

On his official campaign website, Schrader highlights his fight to limit the influence of special interests in elections. He believes 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 provides 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.[5]

"The Woods"


Elections

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] He won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Schrader faced Fred Thompson (R), Raymond Baldwin (L), and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Schrader won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Scott Bruun (R) and Chris Lugo (Pacific Green) in the general election.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader Incumbent 51.3% 145,319
     Republican Scott Bruun 46% 130,313
     Pacific Green Chris Lugo 2.7% 7,557
Total Votes 283,189

Campaign donors

2012

In the 2012 election cycle, Schrader raised $1,597,342 and spent $579,104, leaving him with $1,026,454 cash on hand. Schrader's top three contributors are Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which gave $16,300, American Veterinary Medical Association, which donated $12,000, and AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America, which gave $11,500.[7]

Kurt Schrader[8] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly1/01-3/31/2012$657,296$189,686$(56,974)$790,008
Pre-Primary4/01-4/25/2012$790,008$14,796$(73,575)$731,229
July Quarterly[9]4/26-6/30/2012$731,229.49$239,903.46$(76,743.23)$894,389.72
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2012$894,389.72$315,695.00$(183,630.39)$1,026,454.33
Running totals
$760,080.46$(390,922.62)

2010

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.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon Congressional District Election, 2010 - Kurt Schrader Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,872,837
Total Spent $1,839,623
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,153,710
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,153,710
Top contributors to Kurt Schrader's campaign committee
American Crystal Sugar$15,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$12,750
American Veterinary Medical Assn$11,750
National Air Traffic Controllers Assn$11,000
National Assn of Realtors$11,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$146,750
Health Professionals$125,800
Lawyers/Law Firms$87,568
Candidate Committees$78,067
Agricultural Services/Products$75,650

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. Schrader paid his congressional staff a total of $987,567 in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranks 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.[12]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Schrader's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,922,063 to $8,881,000. That averages to $6,401,531.50 which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Democratic in 2010 of $4,465,875.[13]

Percentage voting with party

Kurt Schrader voted with the Democratic Party 77.7% of the time, which ranked 172 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[14]

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Personal

Schrader is married to Martha. They have 5 children.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Darlene Hooley
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon, District 5
2009–Present
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Oregon State Senate
2003-2008
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Oregon House of Representatives
1997-2002
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