Lois Frankel

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Lois Frankel
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U.S. House, Florida, District 22
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAllen B. West (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,453,915
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Palm Beach Mayor
2003-2011
Florida House of Representatives
1994-2002, 1986-1992
Education
Bachelor'sBoston University
J.D.Georgetown University
Personal
BirthdayMay 16, 1948
Place of birthNew York City, NY
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$1,618,011
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lois Frankel (b. May 16, 1948, in New York City, NY) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 22nd Congressional District of Florida.[1] She was first elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Frankel one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[3]

Frankel is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.

Biography

Education:[4]

  • Georgetown University, Master's degree
  • Boston University, Bachelor's degree

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Frankel serves on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Frankel's major campaign themes included: [7]

  • 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."

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Frankel's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Frankel released a statement on the situation in Syria on August 27, 2013:[10]

“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

Voted "No" 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.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Frankel in favor of 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.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[11]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Neutral/Abstain 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.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[11]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" 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.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" 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.[11]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 22nd congressional district elections, 2014

Frankel is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 22nd congressional district elections, 2012

Frankel ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 22nd District. Frankel won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[13] 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.[1] She was elected on November 6, 2012.[14]

Politico listed the 22nd district race between Frankel and Patrick Murphy as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.[15] However, Patrick Murphy decided to run in the 18th district rather than the 22nd district.

U.S. House, Florida District 22 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Frankel 54.6% 171,021
     Republican Adam Hasner 45.4% 142,050
Total Votes 313,071
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida District 22 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLois Frankel 61.4% 18,431
Kristin Jacobs 38.6% 11,600
Total Votes 30,031

Campaign donors

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.[16]

Lois Frankel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 22) Won $3,453,915
Grand Total Raised $3,453,915

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 Frankel's reports.[17]

Lois Frankel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]4/15/2013$43,350.08$386,203.02$(97,433.15)$332,119.95
July Quarterly[19]7/15/2013$332,119.95$122,884.85$(173,409.53)$281,595.27
Running totals
$509,087.87$(270,842.68)

2012

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

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.[20] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[21]

Cost per vote

Frankel spent $19.94per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Frankel is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 13, 2013.[22]

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.[23]

Frankel most often votes with:

Frankel least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[24]

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, 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.[25]

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. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

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, Lois Frankel has voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 49th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[26]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
  4. Lois Frankel for Congress Facebook Page "Info" Accessed August 6, 2012
  5. Lois Frankel for Congress "Meet Lois Frankel" Accessed August 6, 2012
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Lois Frankel for Congress "Issues" Accessed January 2, 2012
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Office of Lois Frankel, "Frankel Statement on Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Project Votesmart, "Lois Frankel Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Roll Call "Lois Frankel Launches Bid Against Allen West" Accessed December 3, 2011
  14. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  15. Politico "5 primaries to watch" Accessed April 18, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "Lois Frankel" Accessed April 4, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Lois Frankel 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Lois Frankel 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  21. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  22. Gov Track "Lois Frankel," Accessed June 13, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Lois Frankel," Accessed August 1, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Lois Frankel," Accessed March 29, 2013
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Frankel (D-Fla), 2011"
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Allen B. West (R)
United States House of Representatives, Florida District 22
2013-present
Succeeded by
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