Melvin Watt

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Melvin L. Watt
Melvin L. Watt.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,791,750
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senate
1985 - 1987
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
J.D.Yale University
Personal
BirthdayAugust 26, 1945
Place of birthSteele Creek, North Carolina
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,041,021
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Melvin Luther "Mel" Watt (b. August 26, 1945 in Steele Creek, North Carolina) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 12th congressional district. Watt was first elected to the House in 2012 for North Carolina's 12th congressional district on November 6, 2012. Watt is currently serving his first term. [1]On May 1, 2013 President Obama nominated Watt to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.[2]

Watt is set to run for re-election in North Carolina's 12th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career Watt was a member of the North Carolina State Senate from 1985 to 1987.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Watt is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Watt was born in Steele Creek, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1967, and his J.D. from Yale University in 1970.[4]

Career

After earning his degrees, Watt worked as an attorney in private practice. He was also a member of the North Carolina State Senate from 1985 to 1987.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Watt serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Watt served on the following committees:[7]

  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Watt was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was first sworn into Congress in 1993. Watt has served continuously on the committee up to this date.[8] Congressman Watt serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts and Competition Policy, the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Members, and on Commercial and Administrative Law.[9] [10] [11]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Watt 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 one 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.[12]

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Watt ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 12th District. On March 30, 2012 the 12th district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [13] Watt won the nomination on the Democratic ticket after defeating Matt Newton in the Democratic primary. The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[14][15] He faced Jack Brosch (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[16] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[16]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin L. Watt Incumbent 79.6% 247,591
     Republican Jack Brosch 20.4% 63,317
Total Votes 310,908
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, North Carolina District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMel Watt 80.9% 52,968
Matt Newton 19.1% 12,495
Total Votes 65,463

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Watt is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Watt raised a total of $3,791,750 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[27]

Melvin Watt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 12) Won $852,387
2010 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 12) Won $604,719
2008 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 12) Won $680,471
2006 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 12) Won $503,513
2004 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 12) Won $579,199
2002 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 12) Won $260,595
2000 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 12) Won $310,866
Grand Total Raised $3,791,750

2012

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

Watt won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Watt's campaign committee raised a total of $852,387 and spent $857,241.[28]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Watt's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Watt was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a tenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $604,719 and spent $591,204.[29]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Watt is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 26, 2013.[30]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Watt missed 253 of 13,539 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Apr 2013, which is 1.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[31]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Melvin paid his congressional staff a total of $1,027,436 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[32]

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, Watt's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $456,044 to $1,625,999. That averages to $1,041,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 15.03% from 2010.[33]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Watt's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $399,043 to $1,411,000. With an average net worth of $905,021.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[34]

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. Watt ranked 45th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[35]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Watt ranked 50th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[36]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Melvin L. Watt voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 81 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[37]

Personal

Watt is married to Eulada Paysour Watt, an educator. They have two sons, Brian and Jason, both of whom are graduates of Yale University and have earned graduate degrees.[38]

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. Washington Post "Obama taps telecom lobbyist for FCC, Rep. Watt to head housing finance agency" Accessed May 2, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "WATT, Melvin L., (1945 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "WATT, Melvin L., (1945 - )"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "WATT, Melvin L., (1945 - )"
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congressman Mel Watt, Serving North Carolina's 12th District "Committee Assignments"
  8. "Black Americans in Congress" Committee Assignments(See Judiciary)
  9. "House Judiciary Committee" 111th Congress Membership, Courts Subcommittee
  10. "House Judiciary Committee" 111th Congress Membership, Constitution Subcommittee
  11. "House Judiciary Committee" 111th Congress Membership, Commercial/Administrative Law Subcommittee
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  14. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
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  16. 16.0 16.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Melvin L. Watt" Accessed May 16, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Melvin Watt 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Melvin L. Watt 2010 Election Data," Accessed January 5, 2012
  30. Gov Track "Watt" Accessed June 26, 2013
  31. GovTrack, "Melvin Watt" Accessed April 2013
  32. LegiStorm, "Melvin L. Watt," Accessed October 1, 2012
  33. OpenSecrets.org "Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  35. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  36. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  37. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  38. Congressman Mel Watt, Serving North Carolina's 12th District "About Mel"
Political offices
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U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 12
1993–Present
Succeeded by
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North Carolina State Senate
1985-1987
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