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Max Baucus
Max Baucus.jpg
U.S. Senate, Montana
Incumbent
In office
1978-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 36
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPaul Hatfield (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Next general November 4,2014
Campaign $$6,719,728
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1975-1978
Montana House of Representatives
1973-1974
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University
J.D.Stanford University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 11, 1941
Place of birthHelena, Montana
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$182,001
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Websites
Office website
Max Sieben Baucus (b. December 11, 1941, in Helena, Montana) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Montana. Baucus was first elected to the Senate in 1978.

On April 23, 2013, Baucus announced that he would not be seeking reelection in 2014.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Baucus is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Baucus was born in Helena, Montana. He attended Carleton College in Minnesota for a year before transferring to Stanford University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1964. After earning his undergraduate degree, he attended Stanford Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1967.[2]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Baucus serves on the following committees[4]:

2011-2012

Baucus currently serves on the following committees:

  • United States Senate Committee on Finance (Chairman)
    • As Chairman of the full committee, Sen. Baucus may serve as an ex-officio member of all subcommittees of which he is not already a full member.
    • Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-term Growth

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.[6] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Baucus's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Baucus voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Economy

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years.[9] No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014.[9] Baucus was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.[9]

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan brings the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.[9]

The Senate plan differs greatly, and includes $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.[9]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Baucus voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[10]

Immigration

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" Baucus voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[11]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Baucus voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[12]

Expanded background checks on gun sales

Voted "No" On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[13] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[14] Baucus was one of the 4 Democratic Senators who voted against the amendment.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Baucus 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

IRS targeting

On May 10, 2013, news broke that various branches of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had specifically targeted conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status. This began during the tea party surge in 2010. The agency was separating tax-exempt applications by searching for political terms such as "tea party" and "patriot." In June 2011, an IRS official was briefed on these transgressions and asked that this practice end. The flagging continued, however, when the criteria was changed in January 2012 to look out for groups educating on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.[17]

The targeting included allegations that tea party groups were forced to provide information not asked of other tax exempt groups. Examples of this included requests for donor information, Facebook posts, resumes and political intentions of group officials and connections to other groups.[18][19]

On May 16, IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced his resignation. He still testified at the hearings the next day.[20]

As a result of this scandal, Republicans and many Democratic members of Congress, including Baucus, publicly called for a deeper investigation into these matters. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on May 17 during which it was disclosed that the Obama administration was made aware of the targeting on June 4, 2012.[21]

On May 20, Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch sent a written inquiry regarding the process for how the agency reviewed applications for tax exempt status. The letter also requested any correspondence between White House officials and the IRS mentioning 501(c) organizations.[22]

During the May 22 House committee hearing on the issue, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations office, declined to answer questions citing her Fifth Amendment right.[23] The next day, May 23, Lerner was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after Senators John McCain and Carl Levin called on IRS officials to place her on suspension.[24] Lerner retired on September 23, 2013.[25]

Elections

2014

Baucus announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2014.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Baucus won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Bob Kelleher (R).[26]

U.S. Senate, Montana General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMax Baucus Incumbent 72.9% 348,289
     Republican Bob Kelleher 27.1% 129,369
Total Votes 477,658

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baucus is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Baucus raised a total of $6,719,728 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[32]

Max Baucus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2002 U.S. Senate (Montana) Won $6,719,728
Grand Total Raised $6,719,728

2013

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2013 elections season. Below are Baucus' reports.[33]

Max Baucus Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]6/26/2013$3,594,923.91$1,572,599.80$(300,872.93)$4,866,650.78
July Quarterly[35]7/15/2013$4,866,650.78$174,305.74$(1,617,560.80)$3,423,395.72
Running totals
$1,746,905.54$(1,918,433.73)

Top recipients of lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from Open Secrets, Baucus ranked 2nd on the list with $125,094 in lobbyist contributions.[36]

2010

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

Baucus won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Baucus's campaign committee raised a total of $11,602,479 and spent $9,305,359.[37]


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.[38]

Baucus most often votes with:

Baucus least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

2013

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Baucus is a "centrist Democrat".[39]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Baucus was ranked the 45th most liberal senator during 2012.[40]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Max Baucus was ranked the 45th most liberal senator during 2011.[41]

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, Max Baucus has voted with the Democratic Party 77.8% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[42]

Lifetime missed votes

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

According to the website GovTrack, Baucus missed 276 of 12,209 roll call votes from Feb 1979 to Apr 2013, which is 2.3% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Baucus paid his congressional staff a total of $2,616,259 in 2011. He ranked 19th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 54th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Montana ranked 28th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[44]

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, Baucus's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$82,996 and $446,998. That averages to $182,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 114% from 2010.[45]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Baucus' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $10,010 and $160,000. That averages to $85,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[46]

Recent news

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Personal

Baucus has one son, Zeno, by his first wife, Ann Geracimos. Baucus and Geracimos divorced in 1982.[47] He was married to Wanda Minge from 1984-2009, and married Melodee Hanes in 2011.

External links


References

  1. The Washington Post, "Baucus to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014, strategists say", April 23, 2013
  2. Great Falls Tribune "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Max Baucus," Accessed October 21, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Baucus," Accessed June 28, 2013
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Montana: Max Baucus, United States Senator "Max's Committee Assignments" Accessed October 21, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 New York Times "Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Setting Up Contentious Negotiations" accessed March 25, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. NPR, "Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales," accessed April 19, 2013
  14. Fox News, "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents," accessed April 19, 2013
  15. NPR, "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote," accessed April 19, 2013
  16. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. USA Today, "IRS knew of Tea Party profiling in 2011, report shows," accessed May 16, 2013
  18. Politico, "The IRS wants YOU- to share everything," accessed May 16, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups," accessed May 16, 2013
  20. CNN, "'Angry' Obama announces IRS leader's ouster after conservatives targeted," accessed May 16, 2013
  21. The New York Times, "Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says," accessed May 17, 2013
  22. Politico, "Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch expand IRS probe," May 20,2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Lois Lerner invokes Fifth Amendment in House hearing on IRS targeting," May 22, 2013
  24. CBS, "IRS official Lois Lerner placed on leave," May 23, 2013
  25. Wall Street Journal, "Lois Lerner, at Center of IRS Investigation, Retires," accessed December 16, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Donor history for Max Baucus" April 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Baucus 2013 Summary reports," Accessed July 30, 2013
  34. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  35. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Max Baucus 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 25, 2011
  38. OpenCongress, "Max Baucus," Accessed August 8, 2013
  39. Gov Track "Max Baucus," Accessed May 8, 2013
  40. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Max Baucus" Accessed April 2013
  44. LegiStorm "Max Baucus"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Max Baucus (D-Mont), 2011"
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Baucus, (D-Montana), 2010"
  47. [http://www.billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_797c1df4-5414-59db-9bfd-d27f2ebd7f3b.html Billings Gazette "New Baucus divorce report emerges," Accessed October 21, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul G. Hatfield
United States Senate - Montana
1978–Present
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Preceded by
Richard Shoup
United States House of Representatives - District 1
1975-1978
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John Patrick Williams
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Montana House of Representatives
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