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Marsha Blackburn
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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
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
ReligionPesbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Marsha Blackburn (b. June 6, 1952) 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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Blackburn is a "far-right Republican leader".[1]

Career

  • 1973: Graduated from Mississippi State University
  • 1998-2002: Served as a member of the Tennessee state senate
  • 2003-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee[2]

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

Campaign themes

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."[4]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Blackburn won the election.[6] 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.[7]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Blackburn won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Greg Rabidoux and J. W. "Bill" Stone in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 7 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha Blackburn Incumbent 72.4% 158,916
     Democratic Greg Rabidoux 24.8% 54,347
     Independent J. W. "Bill" Stone 0% 0
Total Votes 219,583

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.[9]

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

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.[10]

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.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

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.[12]

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.[13]

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, 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.[14]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Percentage voting with party

Marsha Blackburn voted with the Republican Party 92.9% of the time, which ranked 126 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[18]

Personal

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

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Bryant
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 7
2003–present
Succeeded by
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