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|Predecessor = Timothy Hutchinson (R)
 
|Predecessor = Timothy Hutchinson (R)
 
|Office website = http://Pryor.senate.gov/public/
 
|Office website = http://Pryor.senate.gov/public/
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|First elected = November 5, 2002
 
|First elected = November 5, 2002
 
|Term limits = N/A
 
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|Next primary =
 
|Next election =  [[United_States_Senate_elections_in_Arkansas,_2014| November 4, 2014]]
 
|Next election =  [[United_States_Senate_elections_in_Arkansas,_2014| November 4, 2014]]
 
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|Birthday = January 10, 1963
 
|Birthday = January 10, 1963
 
|Place of birth = Fayetteville, AR
 
|Place of birth = Fayetteville, AR
|Net worth = $40,501
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|Net worth = $8,500
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Religion = Christian
 
|Religion = Christian
 
|Personal website =  
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Mark Pryor''' (b. January 10, 1963 in Fayetteville, Arkansas) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Arkansas]].  Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Mark Pryor''' (b. January 10, 1963, in Fayetteville, [[Arkansas|AR]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Arkansas]].  Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002.  
  
Pryor began his political career in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]].  He won election in 1990 and served in that position until 1994.  He then served as [[Arkansas Attorney General]] from 1992 until his election to the Senate in 2002.
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Pryor won re-election in 2008, defeating Rebekah Kennedy (G) in the general election.
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Pryor began his political career in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]].  He won election in 1990 and served in that position until 1994.  He then served as [[Arkansas Attorney General]] from 1998 until his election to the Senate in 2002.
  
 
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Pryor is seeking re-election to the [[U.S. Senate]] in 2014. He will face Rep. [[Tom Cotton]] in the general election on November 4, 2014. Pryor's U.S. Senate seat is one of the most vulnerable in the country. Both ''Cook Political Report'' and ''Sabato's Crystal Ball'' ranked the race as a Toss Up.<ref name=cook>[http://cookpolitical.com/senate/charts/race-ratings ''Cook Political Report'', "2014 Senate Race Ratings for July 18, 2014," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref><ref name=sabato>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2014-senate/ ''Sabato's Crystal ball'', "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref> Additionally, ''FiscalTimes'' listed it as one of the seven most vulnerable seats in the country and ''The Washington Post'' included it on their list of the top 10 races to watch in 2014.<ref name="fiscal">[http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/02/15/7-Senate-Seats-at-Risk-Hint-Theyre-All-Blue.aspx#page1 ''Fiscal Times'', "7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" accessed February 15, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Pryor's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000590 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Mark Pryor," Accessed October 20, 2011]</ref>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Pryor's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000590 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress,'' "Mark Pryor," accessed October 20, 2011]</ref>
  
 
*1985: Graduated from University of Arkansas with B.A.
 
*1985: Graduated from University of Arkansas with B.A.
 
*1988: Graduated from University of Arkansas with J.D.
 
*1988: Graduated from University of Arkansas with J.D.
 
*1991-1994: [[Arkansas House of Representatives]]
 
*1991-1994: [[Arkansas House of Representatives]]
*1992-2002: [[Arkansas Attorney General]]
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*1998-2002: [[Arkansas Attorney General]]
 
*2003-Present: U.S. Senator from Arkansas
 
*2003-Present: U.S. Senator from Arkansas
  
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===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Pryor serves on the following committee<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013]</ref>:
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Pryor serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly,'' "Senate Committee List," accessed January 18, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Appropriations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Appropriations]]
 
**Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies  
 
**Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies  
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship|Small Business and Entrepreneurship]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship|Small Business and Entrepreneurship]]
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Political Positions===
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===113th Congress===
====Gay Marriage====
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[[File:CongressLogo.png|100px|left|link=Portal:Congress]]
Sen. Mark Pryor did not support gay marriage and has not changed his position on this issue. Pryor is one of only three remaining [[Democratic]] [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] who have not voiced support for same-sex marriage, as of April 2013. Pryor has most recently stated that he is in the "undecided category."<ref>[http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=14890&MediaType=1&Category=26 ''On Top,'' "Sen. Mark Pryor Says He's 'In The Undecided Category' On Gay Marriage," April 6, 2013]</ref>
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===National security===
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====John Brennan CIA nomination====
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{{Yea vote}} Pryor voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43133?s=party#.UkRU1D_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
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{{find the best|title=<htmlet>FindTheBest-MarkLPryor-SponsoredLegislationBySubject</htmlet>|right|width=10}}
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====Farm bill====
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{{Senate Farm Bill Dem Yes|Name=Pryor}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{Senate Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Pryor}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Pryor voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013====
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{{Yea vote}} Pryor voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42338?s=party ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
===Specific votes===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
Pryor 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.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
 
====2013 Senate Budget Proposal====
 
====2013 Senate Budget Proposal====
 
{{Senate budget 2013|Name=Pryor}}
 
{{Senate budget 2013|Name=Pryor}}
  
====Expanded background checks on gun sales====
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===Immigration===
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====Mexico-U.S. border====
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{{Yea vote}} Pryor voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45516#.UkRPsD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Violence Against Women (2013)====
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{{Yea vote}} Pryor voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42501#.UkRXCD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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====Background checks on gun sales====
 
{{youtube|title=m5JDuTkHt20|size=250|caption=Response to Mayors Against Illegal Guns ad}}
 
{{youtube|title=m5JDuTkHt20|size=250|caption=Response to Mayors Against Illegal Guns ad}}
 
{{Senate Dems gun vote|Name=Pryor}}
 
{{Senate Dems gun vote|Name=Pryor}}
As a result of the vote, Pryor was targeted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The group is running ads in Alaska, Arkansas, and North Dakota, three of the states with Democratic senators who voted against the bill on expanded background checks for gun sales.<ref>[http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=24858D63-EDF7-4177-83E4-CDCC0F6B69FC ''Politico,'' " Gun control ads have Democrats worrying," May 7, 2013]</ref>
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As a result of the vote, Pryor was targeted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The group is running ads in Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota, three of the states with Democratic senators who voted against the bill on expanded background checks for gun sales.<ref>[http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=24858D63-EDF7-4177-83E4-CDCC0F6B69FC ''Politico'', " Gun control ads have Democrats worrying," May 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
Pryor released the following video in response to the ads.
 
Pryor released the following video in response to the ads.
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Yea vote}}
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Pryor 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate,'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s040_040.gif|right|290px|thumb|Mark Pryor's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Pryor is a '''Centrist.''' Pryor received a score of 44 percent on social issues and 42 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Pryor|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Mark_Pryor.htm ''On The Issues'', "Mark Pryor Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Neutral
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|God= Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Neutral
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Opposes
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Opposes
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Military=Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Opposes
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|Iran=Strongly Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Favors
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|Stimulus=Strongly Opposes
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===National security===
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====ISIS insurgency in Iraq====
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:: ''See also: [[ISIS insurgency in Iraq]]''
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Pryor responded to U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq with the following statement, "I am concerned that this could escalate and lead to heavier military involvement for the U.S. I think that if it's going to go that direction the president should confer with congress. We need to have clearly defined goals." Pryor also said that he thought the humanitarian aid to the region made sense.<ref>[http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/d/story/boozman-pryor-react-to-iraq-bombing/29941/1UXSKKWlKU-i9T-4AenlZw ''Arkansas matters'', "Boozman, Pryor React to Iraq Bombing," August 8, 2014]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Religion====
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Pryor released an ad in December 2013 about his religious beliefs. He said, "I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His Word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers: only God does. And neither political party is always right." The ad came weeks after the tumultuous rollout of Obamacare, and according to ''Politico'', "Pryor has gone further than other vulnerable Democratic senators to try and distance himself from President Barack Obama."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/mark-pryor-religious-beliefs-100653.html ''Politico'', "Mark Pryor: ‘I believe in God’," December 4, 2013]</ref>
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====Gay marriage====
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Pryor does not support same-sex marriage. Pryor is one of four [[Democratic]] [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] who have not voiced support for same-sex marriage, as of April 2013. Pryor has most recently stated that he is in the "undecided category."<ref>[http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=14890&MediaType=1&Category=26 ''On Top,'' "Sen. Mark Pryor Says He's 'In The Undecided Category' On Gay Marriage," April 6, 2013]</ref>
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===Minimum wage===
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Pryor broke with [[Barack Obama|President Obama]] on the issue of a minimum wage increase to $10 an hour. He said in an interview, "I know $10.10 still isn’t a whole lot of money, but I think it’s too much, too fast. I’m not supportive of that." Arkansas is home to the headquarters of Wal-Mart, a corporation that Pryor risks alienating by agreeing with a minimum wage increase.<ref>[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-06/wal-mart-ally-pryor-breaks-with-obama-on-wage-increase.html ''Bloomberg,'' "Wal-Mart Ally Pryor Breaks With Obama on Wage Increase," February 6, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
The [http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/02/15/7-Senate-Seats-at-Risk-Hint-Theyre-All-Blue.aspx#page1 FiscalTimes] compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: [[United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014|Alaska]], [[Arkansas]], [[United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014|Iowa]], [[United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014|Louisiana]], [[United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014|North Carolina]], [[United States Senate elections in South Dakota, 2014|South Dakota]], and [[United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014|West Virginia]]. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by [[Democrats]].<ref name="fiscal">[http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/02/15/7-Senate-Seats-at-Risk-Hint-Theyre-All-Blue.aspx#page1 ''Fiscal Times'' " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Arkansas, 2014]]''
  
According to an April 2013 [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 Politico report], Pryor had already raised $1.9 million and had $3.4 million cash on hand.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 ''Politico'' "Red-state Democrats raise millions" Accessed April 18, 2013]</ref>
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Pryor is seeking re-election to the [[U.S. Senate]] in 2014.
  
Pryor likely faces some competition from [[Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas|Lt. Gov.]] [[Mark Darr]] ([[Republican|R]]) who appears likely to jump into the race after ruling out a [[Governor of Arkansas|gubernatorial bid]].<ref name="fiscal"/> However, some speculation still exists among [[Republicans]] that [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Tom Cotton]] will be the [[Republican]] challenger instead.<ref name="fiscal"/>
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The [http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/02/15/7-Senate-Seats-at-Risk-Hint-Theyre-All-Blue.aspx#page1 FiscalTimes] compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: [[United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014|Alaska]], [[Arkansas]], [[United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014|Iowa]], [[United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014|Louisiana]], [[United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014|North Carolina]], [[United States Senate elections in South Dakota, 2014|South Dakota]] and [[United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014|West Virginia]]. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by [[Democrats]].<ref name="fiscal">[http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/02/15/7-Senate-Seats-at-Risk-Hint-Theyre-All-Blue.aspx#page1 ''Fiscal Times'', "7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" accessed February 15, 2013]</ref>
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According to an April 2013 [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 Politico report], Pryor had already raised $1.9 million and had $3.4 million cash on hand.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/red-state-democrats-raise-millions-elections-90103.html?hp=r2 ''Politico'', "Red-state Democrats raise millions," accessed April 18, 2013]</ref>
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Pryor faces competition from [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Tom Cotton]], who officially announced his entrance to the race on August 6, 2013.<ref name="fiscal"/><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/07/cotton-grabs-club-for-growth-endorsement-scf-open-to-backing-him/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''Washington Post'', "Cotton grabs Club for Growth endorsement, SCF ‘open’ to backing him," August 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Full history===
 
===Full history===
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/322/Mark-L-Pryor Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Pryor attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|year=2002
 
|year=2002
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00013823&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Mark Pryor," Accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00013823&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Mark Pryor," accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
 
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|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
 
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|office2002=[[US Senate]] (Arkansas)
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Pryor's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+S0AR00028 ''Federal Election Commission,'' "Mark Pryor Summary Report," accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
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{{Mark Pryor 2014 FEC}}
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===2013===
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====Lobbyist contributions====
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On a list of [http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/07/top-recipients-of-lobbyists-cash-2013-an-opensecrets-analysis.html Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013] from ''OpenSecrets.org'', Pryor ranked 3rd on the list with $85,100 in lobbyist contributions.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/07/top-recipients-of-lobbyists-cash-2013-an-opensecrets-analysis.html ''Open Secrets'', "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013," accessed July 3, 2013]</ref>
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===2008===
 
===2008===
[[File:Mark Pryor 2008 Donors.JPG‎‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Pryor's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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Pryor won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Pryor's campaign committee raised a total of $5,943,688 and spent $3,799,989.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00013823&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Mark Pryor 2008 Election Cycle," accessed October 22, 2011]</ref>
Pryor won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Pryor's campaign committee raised a total of $5,943,688 and spent $3,799,989.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00013823&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Mark Pryor 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011]</ref>
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His top 5 contributors between 2003-2008 were:
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His top five contributors between 2003-2008 were:
 
{{congress donor box
 
{{congress donor box
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Mark Pryor 2008 Donors.JPG‎‎|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Pryor's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]}}
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==Personal Gain Index==
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Pryor's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,001 and $16,000. That averages to '''$8,500''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Pryor ranked as the 99th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00013823&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Mark Pryor (D-Ark), 2012," accessed March 4, 2013]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Pryor's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> decreased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Pryor is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mark_pryor/300080 ''Gov Track'' "Mark Pryor," Accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Pryor is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Pryor received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mark_pryor/300080 ''GovTrack'', "Mark Pryor," accessed July 17, 2014]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
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According to the website ''GovTrack'', Pryor missed 54 of 3,678 roll call votes from January 2003 to July 2014.  This amounts to 1.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2 percent among current senators as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mark_pryor/300080 ''GovTrack'', "Mark Pryor," accessed July 17, 2014]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pryor paid his congressional staff a total of $2,530,611 in 2011.  He ranked 15th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and  ranked 44th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Arkansas]] ranked 36th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/842/Sen_Dean_Heller.html ''LegiStorm'', "Dean Heller," accessed August 6, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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Pryor ranked 47th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2013. Despite being a Democrat, Pryor ranked higher in the conservative rankings than the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Senate Vote Ratings," accessed July 17, 2014]</ref>
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====2012====
 
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Pryor ranked 51st in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
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Pryor ranked 51st in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
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====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Pryor ranked 52nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Pryor ranked 52nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Pryor missed 18 of 3,251 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 2013.  This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mark_pryor/300080 ''GovTrack,'' "Mark Pryor," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
 
 
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pryor paid his congressional staff a total of $2,530,611 in 2011.  He ranked 15th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 44th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Arkansas]] ranked 36th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/842/Sen_Dean_Heller.html LegiStorm "Dean Heller"]</ref>
 
 
===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'', Pryor's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $16,002 and $65,000. That averages to $40,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 376.48% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00013823&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Pryor, (D-AK), 2011"]</ref>
 
====2010====
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Pryor's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,001 and $16,000. That averages to $8,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00013823&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Pryor, (D-AK), 2010"]</ref>
 
  
 
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Mark Pryor
Mark Pryor.jpg
U.S. Senate, Arkansas
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTimothy Hutchinson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,456,340
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Attorney General, State of Arkansas
1999-2003
Arkansas State House of Representatives
1990-1994
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas, 1985
J.D.University of Arkansas, 1988
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 10, 1963
Place of birthFayetteville, AR
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$8,500
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Pryor (b. January 10, 1963, in Fayetteville, AR) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Arkansas. Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002.

Pryor won re-election in 2008, defeating Rebekah Kennedy (G) in the general election.

Pryor began his political career in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He won election in 1990 and served in that position until 1994. He then served as Arkansas Attorney General from 1998 until his election to the Senate in 2002.

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

Pryor is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He will face Rep. Tom Cotton in the general election on November 4, 2014. Pryor's U.S. Senate seat is one of the most vulnerable in the country. Both Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball ranked the race as a Toss Up.[1][2] Additionally, FiscalTimes listed it as one of the seven most vulnerable seats in the country and The Washington Post included it on their list of the top 10 races to watch in 2014.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Pryor's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Pryor serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
  • 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
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Rules and Administration
  • Ethics (Select)
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

2011-2012

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Investigations
    • Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
  • Rules and Administration
  • Ethics (Select)
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Key votes

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.[6] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Pryor's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Pryor voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Economy


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Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[10] Pryor joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[11][12] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[12] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[13] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Pryor voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[11][12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded 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.[14] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Pryor voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[15]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Pryor voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[16]

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.[17] 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.[17] Pryor 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.[17]

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.[17]

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.[17]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Pryor voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[18]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Pryor voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Background checks on gun sales


Response to Mayors Against Illegal Guns ad

Nay3.png On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[20] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[21] Pryor was one of the 4 Democratic Senators who voted against the amendment.[22] As a result of the vote, Pryor was targeted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The group is running ads in Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota, three of the states with Democratic senators who voted against the bill on expanded background checks for gun sales.[23]

Pryor released the following video in response to the ads.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Pryor 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Mark Pryor's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Pryor is a Centrist. Pryor received a score of 44 percent on social issues and 42 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Neutral
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25]

National security

ISIS insurgency in Iraq

See also: ISIS insurgency in Iraq

Pryor responded to U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq with the following statement, "I am concerned that this could escalate and lead to heavier military involvement for the U.S. I think that if it's going to go that direction the president should confer with congress. We need to have clearly defined goals." Pryor also said that he thought the humanitarian aid to the region made sense.[27]

Social issues

Religion

Pryor released an ad in December 2013 about his religious beliefs. He said, "I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His Word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers: only God does. And neither political party is always right." The ad came weeks after the tumultuous rollout of Obamacare, and according to Politico, "Pryor has gone further than other vulnerable Democratic senators to try and distance himself from President Barack Obama."[28]

Gay marriage

Pryor does not support same-sex marriage. Pryor is one of four Democratic Senators who have not voiced support for same-sex marriage, as of April 2013. Pryor has most recently stated that he is in the "undecided category."[29]

Minimum wage

Pryor broke with President Obama on the issue of a minimum wage increase to $10 an hour. He said in an interview, "I know $10.10 still isn’t a whole lot of money, but I think it’s too much, too fast. I’m not supportive of that." Arkansas is home to the headquarters of Wal-Mart, a corporation that Pryor risks alienating by agreeing with a minimum wage increase.[30]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Arkansas, 2014

Pryor is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.

The FiscalTimes 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.[3]

According to an April 2013 Politico report, Pryor had already raised $1.9 million and had $3.4 million cash on hand.[31]

Pryor faces competition from Rep. Tom Cotton, who officially announced his entrance to the race on August 6, 2013.[3][32]

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Pryor attends.


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Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Pryor is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pryor raised a total of $10,400,028 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[35]

Mark Pryor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 US Senate (Arkansas) Won $5,943,688
2002 US Senate (Arkansas) Won $4,456,340
Grand Total Raised $10,400,028


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pryor's reports.[36]

Mark Pryor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 18, 2013$1,734,136.82$1,923,657.71$(239,097.21)$3,418,697.32
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$3,418,697.32$1,204,480.45$(701,907.90)$3,921,269.87
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$3,921,269.87$1,067,818.04$(570,319.18)$4,418,768.73
Year-End[40]January 31, 2014$4,418,768$1,115,829$(1,325,311)$4,209,286
April Quarterly[41]April 22, 2014$4,209,286$1,222,859$(1,006,397)$4,425,748
Pre-Primary[42]May 8, 2014$4,425,748$337,409$(615,550)$4,147,607
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2014$4,147,607$1,173,442$(1,236,348)$4,084,701
Running totals
$8,045,495.2$(5,694,930.29)

2013

Lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from OpenSecrets.org, Pryor ranked 3rd on the list with $85,100 in lobbyist contributions.[44]

2008

Pryor won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Pryor's campaign committee raised a total of $5,943,688 and spent $3,799,989.[45]

His top five contributors between 2003-2008 were:


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pryor's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,001 and $16,000. That averages to $8,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Pryor ranked as the 99th most wealthy senator in 2012.[46] Between 2004 and 2012, Pryor's calculated net worth[47] decreased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Mark Pryor Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$353,693
2012$8,500
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-98%
Average annual growth:-12%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pryor is a "centrist Democrat" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Pryor received in June 2013.[51]

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.[52]

Pryor most often votes with:

Pryor least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pryor missed 54 of 3,678 roll call votes from January 2003 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[53]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pryor paid his congressional staff a total of $2,530,611 in 2011. He ranked 15th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 44th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranked 36th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[54]

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.

2013

Pryor ranked 47th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2013. Despite being a Democrat, Pryor ranked higher in the conservative rankings than the liberal rankings in 2013.[55]

2012

Pryor ranked 51st in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[56]

2011

Pryor ranked 52nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2011.[57]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Pryor voted with the Democratic Party 78.3 percent of the time, which ranked 50th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[58]

2013

Pryor voted with the Democratic Party 75.4 percent of the time, which ranked 50th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Pryor has two children. He and is former wife divorced in 2012 after twenty years of marriage.[60]

Recent news

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See also

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References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 29, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fiscal Times, "7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" accessed February 15, 2013
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Mark Pryor," accessed October 20, 2011
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  26. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  27. Arkansas matters, "Boozman, Pryor React to Iraq Bombing," August 8, 2014
  28. Politico, "Mark Pryor: ‘I believe in God’," December 4, 2013
  29. On Top, "Sen. Mark Pryor Says He's 'In The Undecided Category' On Gay Marriage," April 6, 2013
  30. Bloomberg, "Wal-Mart Ally Pryor Breaks With Obama on Wage Increase," February 6, 2014
  31. Politico, "Red-state Democrats raise millions," accessed April 18, 2013
  32. Washington Post, "Cotton grabs Club for Growth endorsement, SCF ‘open’ to backing him," August 7, 2013
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  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  38. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Pryor July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Pryor October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Pryor Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Pryor April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Pryor Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Pryor July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  44. Open Secrets, "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013," accessed July 3, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Mark Pryor 2008 Election Cycle," accessed October 22, 2011
  46. OpenSecrets, "Mark Pryor (D-Ark), 2012," accessed March 4, 2013
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  51. GovTrack, "Mark Pryor," accessed July 17, 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Mark Pryor," accessed July 14, 2014
  53. GovTrack, "Mark Pryor," accessed July 17, 2014
  54. LegiStorm, "Dean Heller," accessed August 6, 2012
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  56. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  57. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  60. Arkansas Times, "Sen. Mark Pryor announces divorce plans," October 12, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Hutchinson
U.S. Senate - Arkansas
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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