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Hinchey did not seek re-election in 2012.<ref name="cap">[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/01/5070783/hinchey-leaves-legislature-seeking-two-districts-chop-and-cuomo-sta ''Capital New York'' "Hinchey leaves with the legislature seeking two districts to chop (and Cuomo standing by to veto)," January 18, 2012]</ref>
 
Hinchey did not seek re-election in 2012.<ref name="cap">[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/01/5070783/hinchey-leaves-legislature-seeking-two-districts-chop-and-cuomo-sta ''Capital New York'' "Hinchey leaves with the legislature seeking two districts to chop (and Cuomo standing by to veto)," January 18, 2012]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Hinchey was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]."<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/maurice_hinchey/400178 ''Gov Track'' "Hinchey" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Hinchey was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]."<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/maurice_hinchey/400178 ''GovTrack'', "Hinchey" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==

Revision as of 12:33, 25 March 2014

Maurice Hinchey
Maurice Hinchey.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 22
Retired Representative
In office
January 3, 1993-January 3, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
1975-1992
Education
Bachelor'sState University of New York at New Paltz
Master'sState University of New York at New Paltz
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1956-1959
Personal
BirthdayOctober 27, 1938
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionFactory Foreman
Net worth$248,002
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Maurice Dunlea Hinchey (b. October 27, 1938) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Hinchey was elected by voters from New York's 22nd Congressional District.

Hinchey did not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hinchey was a "far-left Democrat."[2]

Biography

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Hinchey was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1968 and 1970 respectively.[3]

Career

Upon graduating from high school, Hinchey enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific on the destroyer U.S.S. Marshall. After receiving an honorable discharge, he worked for two years as a laborer in a Hudson Valley cement plant. He then enrolled in the State University of New York at New Paltz and put himself through college working as a night-shift toll collector on the New York State Thruway.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Hinchey served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Specific votes

Hinchey supported the auto bailout.[6] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[7]

In addition, Hinchey voted for the stimulus bill.[8] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy.[9]

Hinchey also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[10] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[11]

Hinchey supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[12] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[13]

Finally, Hinchey voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[14] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[15]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hinchey 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. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[17] According to the report, in Saugerties, a village in upstate New York, Hinchey earmarked $960,000 to upgrade downtown streets. In 2009, he secured $800,000 to overhaul sewer lines. Hinchey is a partner in a hotel development in the heart of the village and values his interest at $250,000 to $500,000. .[18]

Elections

2012

See also: New York's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Hinchey did not seek re-election in 2012.[1] Richard Hanna (R) defeated Dan Lamb (D) in the general election.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Hinchey was elected to the United States House. He defeated George K. Phillips (R whom also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[19]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 22 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaurice Hinchey Incumbent 51% 98,661
     Republican George K. Phillips 45.9% 88,687
     Blank/Scattering 3.1% 6,010
Total Votes 193,358

Campaign donors

2010

Breakdown of the source of Hinchey's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Hinchey was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a tenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,161,667 and spent $1,151,834.[20]

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. Hinchey paid his congressional staff a total of $1,141,997 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

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, Hinchey's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $131,004 to $365,000. That averages to $248,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 69.02% from 2010.[22]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hinchey's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $436,018 to $1,165,000. Averaging to a net worth of $800,509 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[23]

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. Hinchey tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 38th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hinchey tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 65th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[25]

Voting with party

November 2011

Maurice Hinchey voted with the Democratic Party 92.6% of the time, which ranked 112th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[26]

Personal

Maurice has three children. He and his wife, Allison, live in Hurley, New York.[27]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Capital New York "Hinchey leaves with the legislature seeking two districts to chop (and Cuomo standing by to veto)," January 18, 2012
  2. GovTrack, "Hinchey" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HINCHEY, Maurice Dunlea, (1938 - )"
  4. Maurice Hinchey, Proudly Serving New York's 22nd District "About Maurice Hinchey"
  5. Maurice Hinchey, Proudly Serving New York's 22nd District "About Maurice Hinchey"
  6. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  7. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  8. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  9. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  10. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  11. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  12. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  13. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  14. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  15. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
  16. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  18. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  20. Open Secrets, "Maurice Hinchey 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 23, 2011
  21. LegiStorm, "Maurice Hinchey," Accessed October 1, 2012
  22. OpenSecrets.org "Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), 2011, 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  27. Maurice Hinchey, Proudly Serving New York's 22nd District "About Maurice Hinchey"
Political offices
Preceded by
David O'Brien Martin
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 22
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Richard L. Hanna
Preceded by
H. Clark Bell
New York State Assembly - New York District 101
1975-1992
Succeeded by
Kevin Cahill