Mark Begich

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Mark Begich
Mark Begich.jpg
U.S. Senate, Alaska
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTed Stevens (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,576,337
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Anchorage
2003-2008
Personal
BirthdayMarch 30, 1962
Place of birthAnchorage, AK
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$1,376,522
Websites
Office website
Mark Begich (b. March 30, 1962) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Alaska. Begich was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Begich is a "moderate Democratic follower".[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Begich's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1988-1998: Anchorage Assembly
  • 1995-2002: Alaska Student Loan Corporation
  • 1995-2002: Alaska Commission of Post-secondary Education
  • 2001-2002: University of Alaska Board of Regents
  • 2003-2009: mayor of Anchorage
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Senator from Alaska

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Begich serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
    • Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
  • Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
  • Budget
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
    • Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
  • Veterans' Affairs

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Begich 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Nay3.png On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years.[5] No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014.[5] Begich was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.[5]

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs, and it ordered up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.[5]

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would have left the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.[5]

Elections

2014

The Fiscal Times compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[6]

Begich defeated Ted Stevens in 2008 to win the seat. However, the potential loss of jobs at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks could cause Begich to take a hit in his bid for re-election.[6]

Polling indicates that Gov. Sean Parnell (R) could be Begich’s strongest opponent, but Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) is the likeliest opponent. The seat is considered a toss-up.[6]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Begich won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ted Stevens in the general election.[7]

U.S. Senate, Alaska General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Begich Incumbent 50.7% 151,767
     Republican Ted Stevens 49.3% 147,814
Total Votes 299,581

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Begich is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Begich raised a total of $4,576,337 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[8]

Mark Begich's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 US Senate (Alaska) Won $4,576,337
Grand Total Raised $4,576,337

2008

Breakdown of the source of Begich's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Begich won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Begich's campaign committee raised a total of $5,161,874 and spent $4,911,772.[9]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:


Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Begich missed 35 of 1,274 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[10]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Begich paid his congressional staff a total of $2,802,849 in 2011. He ranks 33rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 78th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Alaska ranks 47th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[11]

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, Begich's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$409,951 and $3,162,995. That averages to $1,376,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 39.41% from 2010.[12]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Begich's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $96,052 and $4,447,995. That averages to $2,272,023, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524 .[13]

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. Begich ranked 41st in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.[14]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Begich ranked 42nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[15]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Begich votes with the Democratic Party 86.0% of the time. This ranks 47th among the 51 Senate Democrats in 2011.[16]

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Personal

Begich and his wife, Deborah Bonito, have one child.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Stevens
U.S. Senate - Alaska
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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