Lou Barletta

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Lou Barletta
Lou Barletta.jpeg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 11
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPaul Kanjorski (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,506,696
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Member, Hazleton City Council
1998-2000
Mayor, City of Hazleton
Education
High schoolHazleton High School, 1974
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 1, 1956
Place of birthHazleton, PA
Net worth$1,582,049
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Lou Barletta (b. January 1, 1956) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Barletta was first elected in 2010. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Barletta is a "moderate Republican follower".[2]

Career

  • 1974: Graduated from Hazleton High School, Hazleton, Pa.
  • 1998-2000: Served as a member of the Hazleton (Pa.) city council
  • 2000-2010: Served as mayor of Hazleton (Pa.)
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Pennsylvania

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Barletta serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

  • Education and the Workforce
    • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lou Barletta endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Barletta 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district elections, 2014

Barletta is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

In early 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three Pennsylvania races which showed promise for a competitive primary or potential partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

In the 11th District race, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was looking at Chris Carney as a potential challenger to incumbent Lou Barletta; however, Carney declined to enter the race. Barletta will instead face Democrat Andy Ostrowski in the general election.[6]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Barletta ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 11th District. He was unopposed in the April 24, 2012 Republican Primary and faced Gene Stilp (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[7]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[8] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[8] Barletta was considered one the vulnerable incumbents.[9]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Gene Stilp 41.5% 118,231
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLou Barletta Incumbent 58.5% 166,967
Total Votes 285,198
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barletta is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Barletta raised a total of $4,506,696 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[13]

Lou Barletta's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 11) Won $1,334,027
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 11) Won $1,253,913
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 11) Won $1,324,951
2002 US House (Pennsylvania, District 11) Won $593,805
Grand Total Raised $4,506,696


2012

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

Barletta won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,334,027 and spent $1,335,284.[14]

2010

Barletta won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Barletta's campaign committee raised a total of $1,253,913 and spent $.[15]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 11 Election, 2010 - Lou Barletta Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,253,913
Total Spent $1,254,165
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,877,477
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,083,660
Top contributors to Lou Barletta's campaign committee
Diamond Manufacturing$17,575
Associated Builders & Contractors$10,000
Citizens United$10,000
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$10,000
Freedom Project$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$117,900
Retired$52,983
Republican/Conservative$43,017
Candidate Committees$38,550
Oil & Gas$31,725

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Barletta missed 24 of 1,714 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. [16]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Barletta paid his congressional staff a total of $788,475 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barletta's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$3,898 and $3,167,996. That averages to $1,582,049.00, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 13.69% from 2010.[18]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barletta's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $169,105 to $2,613,998. That averages to $1,391,551.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[19]

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. In 2012, Barletta ranked 191st among Republican Representatives in the conservative rankings.[20][21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Barletta was ranked 168th among Republican members of the U.S. House in the conservative rankings.[22]

Percentage voting with party

Lou Barletta voted with the Republican Party 91.2% of the time, which ranked 168 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

Barletta is married to Mary Grace. They have 4 children.

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Gov Track "Barletta" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. The Hill, "Pennsylvania Rep. Barletta is second lawmaker to endorse Santorum," January 12, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. PoliticsPA, "Carney Vs. Barletta?," February 26, 2013
  7. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  9. New York Times"House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Lou Barletta," Accessed April 18, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Lou Barletta's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Lou Barletta 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  16. GovTrack, "Lou Barletta," Accessed April 17, 2013
  17. LegiStorm, "Louis J. Barletta," Accessed September 24, 2012
  18. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00025495&year=2011 OpenSecrets.org, "Louis J. Barletta (R-Pa), 2011"]
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Louis J. Barletta (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  20. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  21. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Kanjorski
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 11
2011–present
Succeeded by
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