|U.S. House, Florida, District 22|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Allen B. West (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|West Palm Beach Mayor|
|Florida House of Representatives|
|Date of birth||May 16, 1948|
|Place of birth||New York City, NY|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Campaign themes
- 4.2 Legislative actions
- 4.2.1 113th Congress
- 4.2.2 National security
- 4.2.3 Economy
- 4.2.4 Immigration
- 4.2.5 Healthcare
- 4.2.6 Social issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Frankel is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
- Georgetown University, Master's degree
- Boston University, Bachelor's degree
- 2013-present: United States House of Representatives, District 22
- 2003-2011: Frankel served as the mayor of West Palm Beach.
Frankel serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- Jobs and the Economy: Excerpt: "Investing in infrastructure and technology to modernize the economy and create jobs. We should not accept a second rate infrastructure in the United States. Promoting green technologies to keep us on the cutting edge of new developments in one of the fastest growing fields."
- Women and Families: Excerpt: "Frankel will stand strong against anyone who attacks these basic rights and essencial programs. That’s why Lois is endorsed by Emily’s List, the National Organization for Women, the Women’s Campaign Fund, as well as other organizations dedicated to women’s rights."
- Social Security and Medicare: Excerpt: "Making these programs solvent for the long term is vital to their continued survival. We need to focus on combating waste, fraud and abuse from people trying to make money off these precious programs."
- Veterans: Except: "Frankel is committed to ensuring that the promises made to our nation’s veterans are kept. From job training and career development upon returning to the civilian work force, to VA funding and the recognition that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an issue that needs to be confronted, Frankel will be an advocate for veterans and their needs."
- Education: Except: "Frankel is committed to ensuring that college education remains within reach for middle class families. Those who cut college tuition aid, while defending tax loopholes for oil companies, have their priorities backward. We must also focus on vocational and job training programs. This is vital to retraining workers with skills that are required to meet the 21st century’s job market."
- Health Care: Except: "Frankel believes that access to good quality affordable health care is essential for all Americans. She will work to keep these important provisions in law and improve current reform."
- Israel: Except: "Frankel will work in a bi-partisan manner to fight any and all attempts to delegitimize Israel in the international arena and to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish state of Israel."
113th Congress113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Frankel's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Frankel released a statement on the situation in Syria on August 27, 2013:
“The situation in Syria is an unimaginable tragedy. The cruelty of chemical weapons attacks is one more extraordinary deplorable aspect in a conflict that has taken over 100,000 Syrian lives. For the United States, there are no good options. While I do not support troops on the ground in Syria, we must continue to support the most vulnerable victims of the conflict through sustained humanitarian assistance. As we determine the most strategic option moving forward we should work with our international allies to ensure that any direct engagement has a clearly defined purpose and be cognizant of potential negative consequences.”
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Frankel 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Frankel 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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Frankel voted in favor of 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.
National Defense Authorization Act
Frankel 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.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Frankel did not vote on 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.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Frankel 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.
Health Care Reform Rules
Frankel 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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Frankel voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.
Frankel voted against 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.
Frankel ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 22nd District. Frankel won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Frankel defeated Kristin Jacobs in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She was elected on November 6, 2012.
Politico listed the 22nd district race between Frankel and Patrick Murphy as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012. However, Patrick Murphy decided to run in the 18th district rather than the 22nd district.
|U.S. House, Florida District 22 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Florida District 22 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Frankel is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Frankel raised a total of $3,453,915 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2014.
|Lois Frankel's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Florida, District 22)||$3,453,915|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,453,915|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Frankel's reports.
|Lois Frankel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Frankel won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Frankel's campaign committee raised a total of $3,453,915 and spent $3,410,565. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Frankel spent $19.94per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 22nd Congressional District, 2012 - Lois Frankel Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$3,374,761|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$3,368,777|
|Top contributors to Lois Frankel's campaign committee|
|Steinger, Iscoe & Greene||$26,750|
|Searcy, Denney et al||$24,500|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$15,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Frankel most often votes with:
Frankel least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Frankel missed 3 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Frankel's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $888,023 and $2,348,000. That averages to $1,618,011, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
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. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.
Voting with party
Lois Frankel voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 49th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
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- Media coverage:
- AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
- Lois Frankel for Congress Facebook Page "Info" Accessed August 6, 2012
- Lois Frankel for Congress "Meet Lois Frankel" Accessed August 6, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Lois Frankel for Congress "Issues" Accessed January 2, 2012
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Lois Frankel, "Frankel Statement on Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Thomas Rooney Key Votes," accessed September 26, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Roll Call "Lois Frankel Launches Bid Against Allen West" Accessed December 3, 2011
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Politico "5 primaries to watch" Accessed April 18, 2012
- Open Secrets "Lois Frankel" Accessed April 4, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Lois Frankel 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Lois Frankel 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Gov Track "Lois Frankel," Accessed June 13, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Lois Frankel," Accessed August 1, 2013
- GovTrack, "Lois Frankel," Accessed March 29, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Frankel (D-Fla), 2011"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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