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Lloyd Doggett
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U.S. House, Texas, District 35
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1995-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$18.72 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,059,713
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, District 10
1995-2005
Texas Supreme Court Justice
1989-1994
Texas State Senate
1973-1985
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.University of Texas
Personal
BirthdayOctober 6, 1946
Place of birthAustin, Texas
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$15,533,044
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lloyd Alton Doggett II (b. October 6, 1946, in Austin, Texas) 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 in 1994 from Texas' 10th Congressional District. From 2004 to 2010, Doggett represented Texas' 25th congressional district, but was redistricted to the 35th in the 2012 election.

Doggett most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Susan Narvaiz (R), Ross Lynn Leone (L), Meghan Owen (G) and William Paul Frederick Wright (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Doggett began his political career in the Texas State Senate, where he served from 1973 to 1985. He then served as a member of the Texas Supreme Court from 1989 until 1994.

Doggett is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Doggett is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

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 entered politics three years after finishing his schooling.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Doggett serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Doggett was a member of the following committees:[4]

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 Doggett'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

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[7][8] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Doggett was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[7][8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Doggett voted for 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]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Doggett 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 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Doggett voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

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.[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] Doggett voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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 funds 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. Doggett voted for HR 2775.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Doggett voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Doggett 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Doggett 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Doggett voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[22]

Campaign themes

2012

Doggett's campaign website listed the following issues:[23]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 35th congressional district elections, 2014

Doggett is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 35th congressional district elections, 2012

Doggett won re-election in District 35 rather than his former 25th district due to State Representative Joaquin Castro's announcement 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."[24]. 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."[24]

Doggett defeated Maria Luisa Alvarado and Sylvia Romo in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Susan Narvaiz (R), Ross Lynn Leone (L), Meghan Owen (G) and William Paul Frederick Wright (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[25][26]

Politico listed the 35th district race as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.[27] Doggett was considered one the vulnerable incumbents.[28]

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"


U.S. House, Texas District 35 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLloyd Doggett Incumbent 73.2% 14,559
Sylvia Romo 21.2% 4,212
Maria Luisa Alvarado 5.6% 1,105
Total Votes 19,876

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Doggett is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Doggett raised a total of $8,059,713 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[38]

Lloyd Doggett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 35) Won $1,744,502
2010 US House (Texas, District 25) Won $1,200,342
2008 US House (Texas, District 25) Won $1,150,661
2006 US House (Texas, District 25) Won $1,089,095
2004 US House (Texas, District 25) Won $1,574,005
2002 US House (Texas, District 10) Won $635,112
2000 US House (Texas, District 10) Won $665,996
Grand Total Raised $8,059,713

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Doggett's reports.[39]

Lloyd Doggett (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$2,610,459.55$136,232.70$(24,592.75)$2,722,099.50
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$2,722,099.50$116,677.29$(13,711.77)$2,825,065.02
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$2,825,065$115,387$(49,548)$2,890,903
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$2,890,903$79,571$(126,060)$2,844,414
Pre-Primary[44]February 20, 2014$2,844,414$31,207$(7,352)$2,868,268
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$2,868,268$146,811$(22,054)$2,993,025
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2014$2,993,025$75,742$(140,195)$2,928,572
Running totals
$701,627.99$(383,513.52)

2012

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

Doggett won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Doggett's campaign committee raised a total of $1,744,503 and spent $1,977,380.[47] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Doggett spent $18.72 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[49]

U.S. House, Texas District 25, 2010 - Lloyd Doggett Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,200,342
Total Spent $1,122,084
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $765,773
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $731,275
Top contributors to Lloyd Doggett's campaign committee
National Community Pharmacists Assn$22,325
Nix, Patterson & Roach$19,200
Reaud, Morgan & Quinn$14,400
Baron & Budd$13,750
Graves, Dougherty et al$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$282,983
Health Professionals$98,625
Retired$49,800
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$32,275
Industrial Unions$29,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Doggett is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[50]

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.[51]

Doggett most often votes with:

Doggett least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Doggett missed 290 of 12,398 roll call votes from January 1995 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[54]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[55]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Doggett tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 76th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[56]

2011

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.[57]

Voting with party

2013

Doggett voted with the Democratic Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 91st among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[58]

Personal

Doggett and his wife, Libby, have two children and three grandchildren.[59]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Lloyd Alton Doggett II," Accessed November 1, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committees," Accessed November 1, 2011
  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 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 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. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. Campaign website, Issues
  24. 24.0 24.1 Times Union, "Texas state Rep. Castro to run for US Congress", June 24, 2011
  25. Democratic candidate list
  26. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  27. Politico "5 primaries to watch" Accessed April 18, 2012
  28. New York Times"House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
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  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
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  59. Official House website "Meet Lloyd Doggett," Accessed November 1, 2011
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