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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Blackburn's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $189,021 and $660,000. That averages to $424,510, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth increased by 21.63% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003105&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Blackburn (R-Tenn), 2011"]</ref>
 
  
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Blackburn's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $128,023 to $570,000. That averages to $349,011.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003105&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Blackburn's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $261,024 to $842,000. That averages to '''$551,512''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96.  Blackburn ranked as the 259th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003105&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Blackburn, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref>
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Marsha Blackburn
Marsha Blackburn.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 7
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorEd Bryant (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.71 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2003
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,257,405
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Senator, Tennessee State Senate, District 23
1998-2002
Education
Bachelor'sMississippi State University, 1973
Personal
BirthdayJune 6, 1952
Place of birthLaurel, MS
Net worth$424,510
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Marsha Blackburn (b. June 6, 1952, in Laurel, Mississippi) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, representing the 7th District. Blackburn was first elected in 2002. She won re-election in 2012. She is running for re-election in 2014.

Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Blackburns served in the Tennessee State Senate.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Blackburn is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Blackburn graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's in Home Economics. She owns Marketing Strategies, a promotion event management firm.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Blackburn's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1973: Graduated from Mississippi State University
  • 1998-2002: Served as a member of the Tennessee state senate
  • 2003-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Blackburn serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Energy and Commerce)

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Blackburn's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Blackburn voted in support of 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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Blackburn voted in support of 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 and was largely along party lines.[6]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Blackburn voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Neutral/Abstain Blackburn did not vote on 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.[7] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[6]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Blackburn supported the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[8] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[9]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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] Blackburn voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "No" 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. Blackburn voted against HR 2775.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Blackburn supported 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.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Blackburn supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[17]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Blackburn supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Blackburn voted against 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[19]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Blackburn's site, her campaign themes included:

  • Energy: "...strongly supports the underlying goals of our nation’s environmental laws like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and those that protect our National Parks and wildlife habitat."
  • Healthcare: "...recognizes that health care reform is needed, but she also believes that it must be consumer centered."
  • Budget: "...understands that the federal government must balance its budget and live within its means."[20]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Blackburn is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 8th District. Blackburn is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Tennessee's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Blackburn won the election.[21] Blackburn ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 7th District. Blackburn ran unopposed in the August 2 Republican primary. She faced Credo Amouzouvik (D), William Akin (I), Jack Arnold (I), and Lenny Ladner (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[22]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Credo Amouzouvik 24% 61,679
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha Blackburn Incumbent 71% 182,730
     Green Howard Switzer 1.8% 4,640
     Independent William Akin 1.1% 2,740
     Independent Jack Arnold 1.7% 4,256
     Independent Lenny Ladner 0.5% 1,261
Total Votes 257,306
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Blackburn is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Blackburn raised a total of $7,257,405 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[28]

Marsha Blackburn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 7) Won $1,779,731
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 7) Won $1,563,193
2008 US House (Tennessee, District 7) Won $1,246,326
2006 US House (Tennessee, District 7) Won $1,204,671
2004 US House (Tennessee, District 7) Won $833,160
2002 US House (Tennessee, District 7) Won $630,324
Grand Total Raised $7,257,405

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Blackburn's reports.[29]

Marsha Blackburn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$1,220,155.61$245,555$(103,093.14)$132,617.47
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$1,362,617.47$239,153.71$(142,632.56)$1,459,138.62
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2013$1,470,682.35$368,937.77$(169,173.98)$1,670,446.14
Year-End[33]January 31, 2014$1,670,446$147,049$(156,448)$1,661,047
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$1,661,047.53$264,911.08$(125,831.74)$1,800,126.87
Running totals
$1,265,606.56$(697,179.42)

2012

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

Blackburn won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Blackburn's campaign committee raised a total of $1,779,731 and spent $1,408,633.[35]

Cost per vote

Blackburn spent $7.71 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Blackburn won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Blackburn's campaign committee raised a total of $1,563,193 and spent $1,054,616.[36]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Tennessee District 7, 2010 - Marsha Blackburn Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,563,193
Total Spent $1,054,616
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $74,930
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $62,526
Top contributors to Marsha Blackburn's campaign committee
Pfizer Inc$13,667
Deloitte LLP$11,700
FedEx Corp$11,500
Verizon Communications$11,250
American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$163,900
TV/Movies/Music$85,750
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$83,217
Oil & Gas$65,000
Retired$61,714

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.[37]

Blackburn most often votes with:

Blackburn least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Blackburn is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 26, 2013.[38]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Blackburn missed 163 of 7,664 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[39]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Blackburn paid his congressional staff a total of $974,092 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Blackburn's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $261,024 to $842,000. That averages to $551,512, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Blackburn ranked as the 259th most wealthy representative in 2012.[41]

Marsha Blackburn Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$551,51229.92%
2011$424,51021.63%
2010$349,011.50N/A

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. Blackburn ranked 3rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[42]

2011

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. Blackburn was 1 of 5 members of congress who ranked 40th in the conservative rankings.[43]

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, Marsha Blackburn has voted with the Republican Party 95.3% of the time, which ranked 148th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[44]

Personal

Marsha Blackburn is married to Chuck. They have 2 children.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 House.gov, "Marsha Blackburn Biography", accessed May 2, 2013
  2. Mississippi State University, "Blackburn", accessed December 19, 2013
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Blackburn's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  7. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  8. Vote Smart, "Blackburn on agriculture", accessed October 16, 2013
  9. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 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. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Blackburn's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Blackburn's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Blackburn on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. Marsha Blackburn for Congress, "Issues," Accessed October 9, 2012
  21. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  22. Associated Press primary results
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Marsha Blackburn," Accessed April 2, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Blackburn 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Blackburn Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  35. Open Secrets "Blackburn Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Marsha Blackburn 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  37. OpenCongress, "Marsha Blackburn," Accessed August 6, 2013
  38. Gov Track "Marsha Blackburn," Accessed June 26, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Blackburn," Accessed April 10, 2013
  40. LegiStorm, "Marsha Blackburn," Accessed September 18, 2012
  41. OpenSecrets.org "Blackburn, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  42. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Bryant
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 7
2003–present
Succeeded by
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