Lloyd Doggett

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Lloyd Doggett
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U.S. House, Texas, District 35
In office
January 3, 1995-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 20
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, District 10
Texas Supreme Court Justice
Texas State Senate
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.University of Texas
Date of birthOctober 6, 1946
Place of birthAustin, Texas
Net worth$15,533,044
Office website
Campaign website
Lloyd Alton Doggett II (b. October 6, 1946) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Doggett represents Texas' 35th congressional district and was first elected to the House via Texas' 10th congressional district in 1994. He ran for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Doggett is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Doggett won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


Doggett was born in Austin, Texas. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas in 1967 and 1970, respectively. Doggett went into politics three years after finishing his schooling.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Doggett serves on the following committees:[4]


Doggett was a member of the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Doggett's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "Congress should live by the same rules the rest of us live by. I voted for a “pay as you go” rule that would enforce budget discipline on the government in Washington. We shouldn’t ask working families to pay a dime more to balance the budget when some corporations use tax tricks to avoid their taxes."
  • Keeping Higher Education Attainable
Excerpt: "Students should be able to receive all the education for which they are willing to work. I secured approval of the “more education” tax cut, also known as the American Opportunity Tax Credit, so families spending $2,500 for tuition, textbooks and course materials can have $2,500 taken off their federal tax bill."
  • Standing Up for Our Public Schools
Excerpt: "In 2009, Republican state leadership denied our vital Texas schools more than $3 billion in federal aid—in other words, federal dollars made not a dime of difference to our schoolchildren and our teachers. To prevent such budgeting games from reoccurring, I worked with the Democratic Texas Congressional Delegation to secure special protections to ensure federal aid to education actually helped Texas school children."
  • Tax Fairness
Excerpt: "I have been a vocal advocate for a tax code reform that works for working families and have fought tax loopholes that favor Wall Street and special interests at the expense of ordinary taxpayers."
  • Wall Street Reform
Excerpt: "I voted against the big bank bailouts and for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that helps end bailouts and puts a cop on the Wall Street beat to protect families from corporate greed."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Doggett voted for 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 one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]



State Representative Joaquin Castro announced on June 24, 2011 that he would run for US Congress in 2012, challenging incumbent Doggett "in a redrawn district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio."[8] Doggett's District 25 was redrawn in the 2011 redistricting cycle, opening up opportunities for political challengers. Commenting on his decision to run Castro said "The closer I look at this district, the more I began to realize the incredible potential that it has. This would be among the few congressional districts in the nation that connects two major American cities, within the top 15 of the nation."[8]

As a result, Doggett ran for re-election in District 35 rather than his current 25th district. He defeated Maria Luisa Alvarado and Sylvia Romo in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He ran against Susan Narvaiz (R), Ross Lynn Leone (L), Meghan Owen (G), and William Paul Frederick Wright (I) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

Politico has listed the 35th district race as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.[11] Doggett was considered one the vulnerable incumbents.[12]

U.S. House, Texas District 35 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLloyd Doggett Incumbent 63.9% 105,626
     Republican Susan Narvaiz 32% 52,894
     Libertarian Ross Lynn Leone 2.5% 4,082
     Green Meghan Owen 1.5% 2,540
     Write-in Simon Alvarado 0% 37
Total Votes 165,179
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Doggett won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Donna Campbell (R) and Jim Stutsman (Libertarian).[13]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 25, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLloyd Doggett Incumbent 52.8% 99,967
     Republican Donna Campbell 44.8% 84,849
     Libertarian Jim Stutsman 2.3% 4,431
Total Votes 189,247

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Doggett's reports.[14]

Lloyd Doggett (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2012$3,382,349.30$150,419$(349,848.07)$3,182,920.23
Pre-Primary[16]May 17, 2012$3,182,920.23$123,541.64$(412,156.72)$2,894,305.15
Running totals


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

Doggett won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Doggett's campaign committee raised a total of $1,200,342 and spent $1,122,084.[17]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Doggett paid his congressional staff a total of $968,342 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.[18]

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, Doggett's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $8,651,090 to $22,414,999. That averages to $15,533,044, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 3.49% from 2010.[19]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Doggett's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $8,276,090 to $21,740,999. That averages to $30,017,089 which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[20]

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. Doggett was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 82nd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[21]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Doggett votes with the Democratic Party 92.5% of the time. This ranked 96th among the 192 Senate Democrats in November 2011.[22]

Recent news

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Doggett and his wife, Libby, have two children and three grandchildren.[23]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Doggett" Accessed May 23, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Lloyd Alton Doggett II," Accessed November 1, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "Committees," Accessed November 1, 2011
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Times Union, "Texas state Rep. Castro to run for US Congress", June 24, 2011
  9. Democratic candidate list
  10. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  11. Politico "5 primaries to watch" Accessed April 18, 2012
  12. New York Times"House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. Federal Election Commission "Lloyd Doggett's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Lloyd Doggett April Quarterly," Accessed July 17, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Lloyd Doggett Pre-Primary," Accessed July 17, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Lloyd Doggett 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Lloyd Doggett," Accessed September 17, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  22. Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed November 1, 2011
  23. Official House website "Meet Lloyd Doggett," Accessed November 1, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Bell
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Texas Supreme Court Justice
Succeeded by
Preceded by
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 25
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