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Marc Veasey
Marc Veasey.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 33
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$14.08 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,219,902
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House
2005-2013
Education
Bachelor'sTexas Wesleyan University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 3, 1971
Place of birthTarrant County, TX
ProfessionReal-estate broker
Net worth$20,507
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Marc Veasey (b. January 3, 1971, in Tarrant County, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 33rd Congressional District of Texas. He was first elected in 2012. He defeated Chuck Bradley (R) and Ed Lindsay (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Veasey is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 95 from 2005 to 2013.

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

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

Biography

Veasey was born in Fort Worth. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 1995.[2] Veasey is a community activist and has worked as a health care consultant, Legislative Aide to Democratic Congressman Martin Frost, Realtor, sports writer for Source Media's IT Network and for the Star-Telegram. Veasey is a member of the Fort Worth Ambassadors, Tarrant County Black Genealogical Society Advisory Committee and Volunteer Center of Tarrant County.[3]

Career

  • 1998-2004: Staffer, Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas[2]
  • 2004-2013: Texas House of Representatives [2]
  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
  • Commercial real-estate broker[2]

U.S. House

2013-2014

Veasey serves on the following committees:[4]

Texas House

2011-2012

Marc Veasey served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Veasey's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Veasey 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Veasey 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Veasey voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] Veasey voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

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.[13] 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. Veasey voted for HR 2775.[14]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Veasey 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.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Veasey 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Veasey 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.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Veasey 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.[19]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Veasey, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[20] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[21]

Veasey sponsored the following legislation while a member of the Texas House of Representatives:

  • HB 616 - Relating to a study regarding the effectiveness of the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act.
  • HB 860 - Relating to sanctions available for certain academically unacceptable campuses.
  • HB 3089 - Relating to the disposition of vehicles by a local government participating in a program designed to encourage the use of low-emission vehicles.[22]

Campaign themes

2012

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

  • Education
Excerpt: "The reason North Texans are seeing news stories about school closures and teacher layoffs is because Republicans chose to cut $5.4 billion from our children’s public education system rather than close corporate tax loopholes or use a part of our state’s savings account known as the Rainy Day Fund."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I’m a strong proponent of affordable, quality health care for all and I believe we must be more proactive in addressing health issues. As State Representative, I personally helped secure the second federal medical clinic for residents in my district."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "As a staffer for Congressman Martin Frost, I played a key role in winning federal support needed to build the freeway exchange and road extensions at Cockrell Hill Road on I-30. Not only did that project create jobs, but the economic growth and development it produced served to create and retain even more jobs."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need a pathway to legalization for the hard-working men and women who have stayed out of trouble and are living in our communities in the shadows."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Veasey 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' 33rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Veasey won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 33rd District. He and Domingo Garcia defeated Chrysta Castaneda, David Alameel, Kathleen Hicks, J.R. Molina, Carlos Quintanilla, Jason Roberts, Steve Salazar, Kyev Tatum and Manuel Valdez in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. Veasey went on to defeat Garcia in the July 31 runoff. He defeated Chuck Bradley (R) and Ed Lindsay (G) in the general election on November 6.[24][25][26][27]

U.S. House, Texas District 33 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Veasey 72.5% 85,114
     Republican Chuck Bradley 25.8% 30,252
     Green Ed Lindsay 1.7% 2,009
Total Votes 117,375
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 33 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Veasey 52.7% 10,766
Domingo Garcia 47.3% 9,653
Total Votes 20,419
U.S. House, Texas District 33 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Veasey Incumbent 36.8% 6,938
Green check mark transparent.pngDomingo Garcia 25% 4,715
Kathleen Hicks 12.6% 2,372
David Alameel 10.9% 2,064
Manuel Valdez 4.7% 884
Steve Salazar 2.6% 482
Chrysta Castaneda 2.1% 395
Jason E. Roberts 1.8% 342
Carlos Quintanilla 1.5% 286
Kyev Tatum, Sr. 1.1% 201
J. R. Molina 1% 189
Total Votes 18,868

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Veasey won re-election in District 95. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated independent Nicholas Cordova in the November 2 general election.[28]

Texas House of Representatives, District 95
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Veasey (D) 19,835 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Veasey won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas' 95th District, defeating Hy Siegel (L). Veasey received 39,150 votes in the election while Siegel received 1,838 votes.[29] Veasey raised $263,431 for his campaign; Siegel raised $50.[30]

Texas House of Representatives, District 95
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marc Veasey (D) 39,150 95.51%
Hy Siegel (L) 1,838 4.48%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Veasey is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Veasey raised a total of $1,219,902 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[31]

Marc Veasey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 33) Won $1,219,902
Grand Total Raised $1,219,902

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Veasey's reports.[32]

Marc Veasey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$21,706.69$154,774.60$(32,613.89)$143,867.40
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$143,867.40$201,381.23$(57,413.54)$287,835.09
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$287,835.09$154,560.97$(58,819.49)$383,576.57
Year-End[36]January 31, 2014$383,576$213,185$(69,278)$527,483
Pre-Primary[37]February 20, 2014$527,483$87,935$(158,023)$457,395
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$457,395$183,818$(497,351)$143,861
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2014$143,861$136,520$(74,123)$206,258
October Quarterly[40]October 14, 2014$206,258$171,945$(136,084)$242,119
Running totals
$1,304,119.8$(1,083,705.92)

2012

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

Veasey won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Veasey's campaign committee raised a total of $1,219,902 and spent $1,198,195.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Veasey spent $14.08 per vote received in 2012.

2010

In 2010, Veasey received $201,344 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[43]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Marc Veasey's campaign in 2010
Bill White For Texas Governor$10,000
Texas Values In Action Coalition$8,000
Chickasaw Nation$7,500
Border Health$5,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$4,000
Total Raised in 2010 $201,344

2008

Below are Veasey's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[44]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Democratic Party $10,600
Amber Anderson $10,000
Joe Lamantia $10,000
Brian Pardo $5,000
Brian Pardo $5,000

Analysis

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.[45]

Veasey most often votes with:

Veasey least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Veasey missed 3 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Veasey's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $18,020 and $439,998. That averages to $229,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Veasey ranked as the 340th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47]

Marc Veasey Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$229,0091,016.74%
2011$20,507N/A

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, Veasey has voted with the Democratic Party 95.4% of the time. This ranked 104th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[48]

Legislative sessions

82nd (2011-2012)

Redistricting

Representative Veasey announced in July 2011 his intentions of filing a lawsuit to block the state's congressional redistricting plan. He claimed the plan disproportionately diluted minority voting power in the Lone Star State. Commenting on the redistricting plan Veasy stated "It is Republicans harming minority voters and breaking the law in order to hold and expand their power. It is shameful that Republican leaders in Texas would rather attack and destroy the voting rights of minority citizens than work hard to earn the respect of African-American and Hispanic voters."[49]

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[50] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

Marc Veasey received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Veasey and his wife, Tonya, have one child.[51]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 National Journal "Texas, 33rd House District: Marc Veasey (D)," November 10, 2012
  3. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Veasey
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  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. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. 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
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  21. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  22. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Veasey
  23. Campaign website, Issues
  24. Democratic candidate list
  25. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  26. Associated Press primary runoff results
  27. Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
  28. Official Texas Election Results
  29. Texas House official election results for 2008
  30. District 95 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  31. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Marc Veasey," Accessed March 25, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Marc Veasey Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Marc Veasey October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  41. Open Secrets "Marc Veasey 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  43. Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
  44. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  45. OpenCongress, "Marc Veasey," Accessed August 2, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Marc Veasey," Accessed April 2, 2013
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Marc Veasey (D-Texas), 2012"
  48. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
  49. Star-Telegram, "Fort Worth legislator plans legal challenge to Texas' congressional redistricting map", July 14, 2011
  50. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
  51. Project Vote Smart biography
Political offices
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U.S. House - Texas, District 33
2013-present
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Texas House District 95
2005–2013
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