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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, 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]

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, 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]

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:[3]

2011-2012

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

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 Schrader's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

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 plans to use military force in Syria.[7]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “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.”[7][8]

The letter notes that the lawmakers believe Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers ask.[8]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter reads. “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.”[8]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Schrader was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Schrader voted against 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 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[11] 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.[12] Schrader voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" 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.[14] 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.[15]

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

Schrader donated his salary to charity while the government was shutdown.[16]

"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."[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" 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.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[18]

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.[19]

Elections

2014

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

Schrader is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014, should he choose to run. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[22]

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.[23]

Kurt Schrader (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$590,364.06$117,621.92$(89,530.04)$618,455.94
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$618,455.94$227,918.99$(96,468.43)$749,906.50
October Quarterly[26]October 13, 2013$749,906.50$220,313.75$(91,516.85)$878,703.40
Year-End Quarterly[27]December 31, 2013$880,693$187,456$(61,155)$1,001,828
Running totals
$753,310.66$(338,670.32)

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.[28]

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.[29]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Oregon District 5, 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

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.[30]

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.[31]

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 January 2009 to March 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.[32]

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.[33]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

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]

Kurt Schrader Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$4,500,558.50$71,000

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.

2012

Schrader ranked 157th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[35]

2011

Schrader ranked 159th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[36]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kurt Schrader has voted with the Democratic Party 87.9% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[37]

Personal

Schrader and his ex-wife, former state Senator Martha Schrader, filed for divorce in 2011. They have four children.[38]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  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," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. House.gov, "Kurt's Committees"
  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. 7.0 7.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Vote Smart, "Kurt Schrader Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. House.gov, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Oregon Live.com, "Kurt Schrader says he'll give up congressional pay during government shutdown," accessed October 2, 2013
  18. Kurt Schrader Official Campaign Website, "Join the fight to stop special-interest dominance of our elections," accessed October 24, 2012
  19. House.gov, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Kurt Schrader" accessed May 16, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Kurt Schrader 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Kurt Schrader April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Kurt Schrader July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  28. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Kurt Schrader 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  30. GovTrack, "Kurt Schrader," accessed June 7 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Kurt Schrader," accessed August 8, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Kurt Schrader," accessed April 2013
  33. LegiStorm, "Kurt Schrader," accessed September 24, 2012
  34. Open Secrets, "Schrader, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  35. National Journal, "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," February 26, 2013
  36. National Journal, "Searchable vote ratings tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  37. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  38. KGW.com, "US Rep. Kurt Schrader, wife, file for divorce," May 20, 2011
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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