Kurt Schrader

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Kurt Schrader
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U.S. House, Oregon, District 5
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorDarlene Hooley (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,061,581
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State Senate
Oregon House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCornell University & University of Illinois
OtherUniversity of Illinois
Date of birthOctober 19, 1951
Place of birthBridgeport, Connecticut
ProfessionVeterinarian, Farmer
Net worth$8,963,560
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Kurt Schrader (b. October 19, 1951 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a 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]

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.


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.[2]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Schrader serves on the following committees:[3]


Schrader served 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


American response in Syria

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[5]

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.”[5][6]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “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?”[6]

The letter stated, “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."[6]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Schrader was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[6]

Campaign themes


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.[7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[8]



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.[11]

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


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.[12]

Kurt Schrader (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$590,364.06$117,621.92$(89,530.04)$618,455.94
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$618,455.94$227,918.99$(96,468.43)$749,906.50
Running totals


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.[15]

Cost per vote

Schrader spent $6.57 per vote received in 2012.


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.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


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 June 2013.[17]

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.[18]

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 168 of 3,350 roll call votes, from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013, which is 5.0% of votes during that time period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[19]

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.[20]

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, Schrader's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $4,401,122 and $13,525,999. This averages to $8,963,560, which is a 40.02% increase since 2010. This is higher than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[22]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Schrader was ranked the 157th most liberal representative during 2012.[23]


According to the data released in 2012, Kurt Schrader was ranked the 159th most liberal representative during 2011.[24]

Voting with party


Kurt Schrader voted with the Democratic Party 87.9% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[25]


Schrader is married to Martha. They have 5 children.

Recent news

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SCHRADER, Kurt, (1951 - )"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressman Kurt Schrader, Representing the 5th District of Oregon "Kurt's Committees"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  7. Kurt Schrader Official Campaign Website, "Join the fight to stop special-interest dominance of our elections," accessed October 24, 2012
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Kurt Schrader" Accessed May 16, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "Kurt Schrader Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Kurt Schrader April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Kurt Schrader July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  15. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Kurt Schrader 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  17. Gov Track "Kurt Schrader," Accessed June 7 2013
  18. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412315_Kurt_Schrader OpenCongress, "Kurt Schrader," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  19. GovTrack, "Kurt Schrader," Accessed April 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Kurt Schrader," Accessed September 24, 2012
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Kurt Schrader (D-Ore), 2011," Accessed February 16, 2013
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Kurt Schrader (D-Ore), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Darlene Hooley
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon, District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oregon State Senate
Succeeded by
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Oregon House of Representatives
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