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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
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$40,501
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Mark Pryor (b. January 10, 1963) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Arkansas. Pryor was first elected to the Senate in 2002.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pryor is a "centrist Democrat".[1]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2015

Pryor serves on the following committee[3]:

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

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[4]

Elections

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.[5]

Pryor likely faces some competition from Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (R) who appears likely to jump into the race after ruling out a gubernatorial bid.[5] However, some speculation still exists among Republicans that Rep. Tom Cotton will be the Republican challenger instead.[5]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Pryor won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Rebekah Kennedy in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Arkansas General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Pryor Incumbent 79.5% 804,678
     Green Rebekah Kennedy 20.5% 207,076
Total Votes 1,011,754

Campaign donors

2008

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

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.[7]

His top 5 contributors between 2003-2008 were:


Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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 ranks 15th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 44th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranks 36th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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. Pryor ranked 51st in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.[11]

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.[12]

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, Pryor votes with the Democratic Party 87.6% of the time. This ranks 46th among the 51 Senate Democrats in 2011.[13]

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Personal

Pryor and his wife, Jill, have two children.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Hutchinson
U.S. Senate - Arkansas
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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