|U.S. House, Ohio, District 9|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||31|
|Predecessor||Ed Weber (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 1982|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||History, University of Wisconsin, 1968|
|Master's||Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 1974|
|Birthday||June 17, 1946|
|Place of birth||Toledo, OH|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Campaign themes
- 3.2 Specific votes
- 3.3 Debates
- 3.4 Polls
- 3.5 Primary endorsements
- 3.6 Political positions
- 3.7 Campaign media
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 Additional reading
- 10 External links
- 11 References
- 1968: Graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
- 1974: Graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- 1981: Post-graduate studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
- 1969-1975: Worked as an urban planner, Toledo-Lucas County, Ohio, Plan Commissions
- 1975-1977: Director of planning, National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs
- 1977-1979: Served as assistant director for urban affairs, domestic policy staff, Executive Office of the President
- 1983-Present: U.S Representative from Ohio
Kaptur serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies (Ranking member)
- Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
On her campaign website, Kaptur outlined her policy platform and campaign themes. The following are selections from her platform:
- "We must support our troops by giving them the the finest training and equipment--and keep our promises of health care and education to America's veterans."
- "We must end our dependence on foreign oil--not just talk about it--and put Americans back to work making clean and renewable energy."
- "We must ensure all workers benefit from basic labor and environmental standards--I believe in fair trade, not unfair agreements like NAFTA."
- "We must protect our citizens by supporting local police, firefighters and first responders."
- "We must reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, working together with our friends in the international community."
- "Education is the cornerstone of America’s future. By investing in high quality teachers, smaller class sizes and modern school buildings, we can make America the world leader in education."
- "Families deserve a living wage. By raising the minimum wage and improving our competitiveness, no working family in America should have to live in poverty."
- "Health care should be a right. By reforming health care so that it serves people instead of special interests, every American can have access to affordable, high-quality health care."
Kaptur 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. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
February 4, 2012
On Saturday, February 4, candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, Veysey, and Kraus participated in a debate held at Sandusky's Ebenezer Baptist Church. The debate was hosted by the NAACP. Coverage of the debate can be found here.
February 13, 2012
On Monday, February 13, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate for Time Warner Cable's Northeast Ohio Network. Coverage of the debate can be found here.
February 20, 2012
On Monday, February 20, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate hosted by the City Club of Cleveland. Coverage of the debate can be found here. Full audio of the debate can be found here.
February 22, 2012
On Wednesday, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues & Progress (CHIP). Full video of the debate can be found here.
February 23, 2012
On Thursday, February 23, the Sandusky Register hosted a debate featuring the District 9 Democratic candidates. Full video of the debate can be found here.
|District 9 Democratic Primary|
|Poll||Marcy Kaptur||Dennis J. Kucinich||Graham Veysey||Undecided||Sample Size|
|American Public Polling|
February 20 – 27, 2012
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
- Mortgage relief/Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008. In 2008, Kaptur voted against $300 billion in mortgage relief. This was a vote against the Barney Frank motion to concur in the Senate amendment with the House amendment to HR 3221. The Senate amendment granted authority to the Treasury Department to extend new credit and buy stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It would also have created an independent regulator for FNMA and Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank System. It would have overhauled the Federal Housing Administration and allowed it to insure up to $300 billion worth of new, refinanced loans for struggling mortgage borrowers. It also included a $7,500 tax credit to some first-time homebuyers, higher loan limits for FHA-backed loans, a standard tax deduction for property taxes and revenue-raisers to offset part of the costs. It also authorized $3.92 billion in grants to states and localities to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, and increase the federal debt limit to $10.6 trillion. (Vote 519, HR 3221, 7/23/08, Passed 272-152 R 45-149 D 227-3).
- Lead paint and asbestos regulations. In 1995, Kaptur voted against exempting lead paint and asbestos regulations from an unfunded mandate ban. Kaptur voted against the Clay, D-MO, amendment to HR 5. The amendment exempted from the bill federal mandates that regulate lead paint and asbestos exposure in schools. (Vote 65, HR 5, 1/30/95, Rejected 127-297 R 0-225 D 126-72.)
Recent votes in Congress
The website Open Congress tracks each representative's Congressional votes. Marcy Kaptur's most recent votes can be found here.
Public statement fact checking
The website Politifact fact checks statements made by and about each representative. Marcy Kaptur's profile can be found here.
Kaptur won re-election. Kaptur was running in the 2012 election for Ohio's 9th Congressional District. On March 30, 2012 the National Journal released a list of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting.  The 9th district was on the list. Kaptur defeated Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Graham Veysey in the Democratic Party primary on March 6, 2012. The vote in this primary took place on March 6, 2012.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republican holds its majority in 2013. Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list. Kaptur was considered one the vulnerable incumbents.
Politico: Top 5 ugliest battles
Kaptur ad implies Kucinich cozy with Dimora
Kaptur released a radio ad citing Kucinich's praise for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Dimora is currently facing federal racketeering charges. Kucinich called the ad, "despicable in its dishonesty and innuendo." Further coverage of the ad can be found here.
Kucinich accuses Kaptur of sign theft
Kucinich accused the Kaptur campaign of an "aggressive, illegal sign removal operation" targeting his supporter's yard signs. Kaptur's campaign called the allegations, "silly." Further coverage of the sign allegations can be found here.
Comprehensive donor information for Kaptur is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Kaptur raised a total of $4,517,909 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
Breakdown by Year
Kaptur won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Kaptur's campaign committee raised a total of $652,273 and spent $1,041,035.
Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
Kaptur won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Kaptur's campaign committee raised a total of $640,879 and spent $501,404.
Her top 5 contributors between 2007-2008 were:
Kaptur won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Kaptur's campaign committee raised a total of $505,050 and spent $495,351.
Her top 5 contributors between 2005-2006 were:
Kaptur won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004. During that re-election cycle, Kaptur's campaign committee raised a total of $660,254 and spent $615,506.
Her top 5 contributors between 2003-2004 were:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Kaptur missed 1,003 of 18,089 roll call votes from Jan 1983 to Apr 2013, which is 5.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kaptur paid her congressional staff a total of $925,447 in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 30th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kaptur's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $290,017 to $750,000. That averages to $520,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 3.17% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kaptur's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $303,017 to $771,000. This averages out to $537,008.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.
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. Kaptur ranked 108th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Kaptur ranked 141st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.
Percentage voting with party
Marcy Kaptur voted with the Democratic Party 92.4% of the time, which ranked 106 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
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Kaptur was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 and attended St. Ursula Academy. She went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1968 with a BA in History. She also received an MA in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan in 1974. She did post-graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1969 until 1975, she worked as an urban planner. After this, she worked two years for the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs, before becoming assistant director for urban affairs in the Carter administration. In 1979, she left the administration and, in 1983, was elected to the US House.
Kaptur is not married.