Martha Roby

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Martha Roby
Martha Roby.jpg
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 in Montgomery, Alabama) 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 won re-election to the 2nd congressional district in 2012. She faced competition in the March 13 primary and defeated Democrat Terese Ford in the November 6 general election.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Roby is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Career

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

  • 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:[3]

  • 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%.[4][5]

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.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Roby is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Roby won 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.[7]

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.[9]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Roby's reports.[10]

Martha Roby (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$186,496.35$168,078.25$(71,959.58)$282,615.02
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$282,615.02$125,077.02$(58,258.25)$349,433.79
Running totals
$293,155.27$(130,217.83)

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.[13] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[14]

Cost per vote

Roby spent $4.78 per vote received in 2012.

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.[15]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Alabama District 2, 2010 - Martha Roby Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,253,557
Total Spent $1,240,276
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,413,032
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,435,526
Top contributors to Martha Roby's campaign committee
Jim Wilson & Assoc$25,300
Southeast Wood Treating$19,450
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$15,000
Freedom Project$15,000
Value in Electing Women PAC$13,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$189,410
Retired$89,788
Real Estate$77,176
Candidate Committees$56,000
Health Professionals$48,725

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Roby is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[16]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress 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.[17]

Roby most often votes with:

Roby least often votes with:

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.[18]

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 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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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, Martha Roby has voted with the Republican Party 97.6% of the time, which ranked 72nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Personal

Roby and her husband, Riley, have two children.

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External links


References

  1. ABC News "General Election Results"
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Martha Roby," Accessed October 28, 2011
  3. U.S. Representative Martha Roby - Alabama's 2nd District, "Press release: Rep. Martha Roby sworn into office as 113th Congress begins," January 3, 2013
  4. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
  5. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. ABC News "General Election Results"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Martha Roby," Accessed March 21, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission "Martha Roby Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  11. 'Federal Election Commission "Martha Roby April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  12. 'Federal Election Commission "Martha Roby July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Martha Roby 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  14. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Martha Roby 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28 2011
  16. Gov Track "Martha Roby," Accessed June 7 2013
  17. OpenCongress, "Martha Roby," Accessed July 30, 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Martha Roby," Accessed April 2, 2013
  19. LegiStorm "Martha Roby"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Roby, (R-Alabama), 2011"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Roby, (R-Alabama), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Bright
U.S. House - Alabama District 2
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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