Martha Roby

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Martha Roby
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U.S. House, Alabama, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBobby Bright (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,289,274
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNew York University, 1998
J.D.Samford University, 2001
Personal
BirthdayJuly 26, 1976
Place of birthMontgomery, AL
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$649,513
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Martha Roby (b. July 26, 1976) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Alabama's 2nd congressional district. Roby was first elected to the House in 2010.

Roby ran for re-election to the 2nd congressional district in 2012. She had no competition in the March 13 primary. She defeated Democrat Terese Ford in the November 6 general election.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Roby is a "centrist Republican follower".[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Roby's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1998: Graduated from New York University
  • 2001: Graduated from Samford University with a JD
  • 2003-2010: Practiced law in Montgomery
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Alabama

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Roby serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
  • Education and the Workforce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education

2011-2012

Roby served on the following committees:

Issues

Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Roby was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave her a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 69%.[5][6]

Specific Votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Roby 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.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012

Roby ran for re-election to the 2nd congressional district in 2012. She was unopposed in the March 13 primary. She defeated Democrat Terese Ford in the November 6 general election.[8]

U.S. House, Alabama District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Therese Ford 36.3% 103,092
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Roby Incumbent 63.6% 180,591
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 270
Total Votes 283,953
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roby is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Roby raised a total of $2,289,274 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 21, 2013.[10]

Martha Roby's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Alabama, District 2) Won $1,035,717
2010 US House (Alabama, District 2) Won $1,253,557
Grand Total Raised $2,289,274

2012

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

Roby won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Roby's campaign committee raised a total of $1,035,717 and spent $862,502.[11]

2010

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

Roby won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Roby's campaign committee raised a total of $1,253,557 and spent $1,240,276.[12]

Her 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, Roby missed 12 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[13]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Roby paid her congressional staff a total of $917,114 in 2011. She ranked 129th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and she ranked 159th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Alabama ranked 22nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

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, Roby's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $277,027 and $1,022,000. That averages to $649,513, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth increased by 34.61% from 2010.[15]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bonner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $169,023 and $795,999. That averages to $482,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

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. Roby ranked 123rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[17]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Roby ranked 68th in the conservative rankings.[18]

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, Roby votes with the Republican Party 93.4% of the time. This ranks 95th among the 242 Senate Republicans in 2011.[19]

Personal

Roby and her husband, Riley, have two children.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Bright
U.S. House - Alabama District 2
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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