Lou Barletta

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Lou Barletta
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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, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Barletta was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district in 2010 and recently won re-election in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the April 24, 2012 Republican Primary and faced Gene Stilp (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Barletta is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Prior to becoming a congressman, Barletta served as mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

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

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

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

After receiving a classified briefing on September 9, 2013, on a possible U.S. military strike against Syria for its purported chemical weapons attack, Barletta said he could not "in good conscience" vote in favor of such a strike.[4]

“I have too many concerns that have not been addressed," said Barletta. "I do not believe the necessity of American involvement has been demonstrated, nor do I believe that an adequate plan has been offered."[4]

Barletta said he did not think the Obama Administration had provided a compelling argument that U.S. national security interests were immediately at stake, nor that a failure to attack would cause the country harm in the near future.

"I find neither to be the case," Barletta said in a written statement. "Further, my many questions about the other aspects of a strike have yet to be answered. Al Qaeda appears to be intertwined with the rebel forces, which begs questions about what would happen after a military action."[4]

Barletta said he was concerned that traditional U.S. allies were not firmly behind the idea of military action, and that such strikes could leave Israel vulnerable to threats of retaliation. He also said it was also not clear what Russia and Iran would do in reaction to a strike.[4]

"All of this means that it is unclear what actions against our own country or our allies might be taken in response to any American military strikes," he said "It could result in our being drawn into a regional war."[4]

Barletta said Russian proposals to have Syria turn its chemical weapons stockpile over to international monitors warranted attention but still left questions about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad unanswered.[4] “Over the past weeks, I have heard from thousands of my constituents and they have been very adamant about their views on this question," Barletta said. "With very, very few exceptions, they are against military involvement in Syria. I take their views seriously into account."[4]

“In the end, I do not believe that President Obama has adequately made the case for me to vote to send our men and women into harm’s way. When given the chance, I will vote ‘no’ on striking against Syria.”[4]

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. [5]

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 1 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.[6]

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. He is seeking 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[9] Barletta was considered one the vulnerable incumbents.[10]

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.[14]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lou Barletta's reports.[15]

Lou Barletta (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$7,897$116,984$(67,731)$57,149
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$57,149$228,167$(123,782)$161,535
Running totals
$345,151$(191,513)

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.[18] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[19]

Cost per vote

Barletta spent $7.99 per vote received in 2012.

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 $.[20]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Barletta is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[21]

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.[22]

Barletta most often votes with:

Barletta least often votes with:

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. [23]

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.[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, 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.[25]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[26]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Barletta ranked 191st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[27]

2011

Barletta ranked 168th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[28]

Voting with party

2013

Lou Barletta voted with the Republican Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 205th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[29]

2011

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.[30]

Personal

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

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Pennlive.com, "Congressman Lou Barletta opposes any U.S. military strike in Syria," accessed September 10, 2013
  5. The Hill, "Pennsylvania Rep. Barletta is second lawmaker to endorse Santorum," January 12, 2012
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. PoliticsPA, "Carney Vs. Barletta?," February 26, 2013
  8. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  10. New York Times"House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Lou Barletta," Accessed April 18, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Lou Barletta's Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Lou Barletta's April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Lou Barletta's July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Lou Barletta's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  19. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Lou Barletta 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Barletta" Accessed June 19, 2013
  22. OpenCongress, "Rep. Lou Barletta ," accessed August 22, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Lou Barletta," Accessed April 17, 2013
  24. LegiStorm, "Louis J. Barletta," Accessed September 24, 2012
  25. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00025495&year=2011 OpenSecrets.org, "Louis J. Barletta (R-Pa), 2011"]
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Louis J. Barletta (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. 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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