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}}{{tnr}}'''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]].  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''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 [[North Carolina's 12th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Watt is currently serving his first term.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"]</ref> On May 1, 2013, President [[Barack Obama|Obama]] nominated Watt to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-to-nominate-rep-watt-to-head-housing-finance-agency/2013/05/01/32a1f42e-b263-11e2-9a98-4be1688d7d84_print.html ''Washington Post'' "Obama taps telecom lobbyist for FCC, Rep. Watt to head housing finance agency" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref>
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Watt was first elected to the House in 2012 for [[North Carolina's 12th congressional district]] on [[North Carolina's 12th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Watt is currently serving his first term.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"]</ref>
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On May 1, 2013, President [[Barack Obama|Obama]] nominated Watt to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-to-nominate-rep-watt-to-head-housing-finance-agency/2013/05/01/32a1f42e-b263-11e2-9a98-4be1688d7d84_print.html ''Washington Post'' "Obama taps telecom lobbyist for FCC, Rep. Watt to head housing finance agency" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref> The nomination was successfully blocked by Senate Republicans. This is the first time a sitting member of Congress has had a nomination filibustered since 1843.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/senate-blocks-nomination-of-sitting-member-of-congress-for-f ''BuzzFeed,'' "Senate Blocks Nomination Of Sitting Member Of Congress For First Time Since Reconstruction," October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
 
Watt is set to run for re-election to [[North Carolina's 12th congressional district]] in the general election on [[North Carolina's 12th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]].
 
Watt is set to run for re-election to [[North Carolina's 12th congressional district]] in the general election on [[North Carolina's 12th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]].

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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
Cost per vote$3.47 in 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] The nomination was successfully blocked by Senate Republicans. This is the first time a sitting member of Congress has had a nomination filibustered since 1843.[3]

Watt is set to run for re-election to 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.[4]

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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Watt serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Watt served on the following committees:[6]

  • 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

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Watt's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Watt voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Watt voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Watt voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Watt voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[12]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Watt voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Watt voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[15]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Watt voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[16]

Previous congressional sessions

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 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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19] [20] [21]

Campaign themes

2012

Watt's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • The Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "Corporate irresponsibility and the loss of our manufacturing base have resulted in an economic meltdown and loss of jobs like we have not seen since the Great Depression. My votes for the stimulus bill and for financial services reform were tough votes that required political courage. But they were necessary votes to get us headed in the right direction again."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "The new health care reform law represents a giant step toward providing basic health care to all our citizens, changing the focus from reacting to diseases to preventing them and getting our arms around the rising cost of health care. While the health care reform law is not perfect and must be carefully implemented, I am proud that I supported this historic legislation."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I believe that every citizen has a right to a quality education and I am a strong proponent of funding public education at the highest levels possible. I have consistently supported maximum funding for Head Start, programs authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and federal student aid programs."
  • Homeland Security
Excerpt: "I certainly favor protecting our country against attacks from people or groups plotting to do our citizens harm. But we must not require the American people to sacrifice their right of privacy and trample the principles underlying the individual rights of each citizen in the name of fighting terrorism."
  • Voting Rights
Excerpt: "We should want and encourage more, not fewer, Americans to vote and participate in our democracy. The Voting Rights Act facilitates that goal. By breaking down entrenched barriers to voter access and equity, the Voting Rights Act invites and protects the full and equal participation of all citizens. We must not fear that participation, we must embrace and celebrate it."

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 12th congressional district elections, 2014

Watt is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Watt won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 12th District. Watt won the nomination on the Democratic ticket after defeating Matt Newton in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[23][24] He then defeated Jack Brosch (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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. [25]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[26] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[26]

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.[37]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Watt’s reports.[38]

Melvin L. Watt (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$102,690.75$1,000.00$(11,865.91)$91,824.84
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$91,824.84$2,344.55$(14,774.24)$79,395.15
October Quarterly[41]October 12, 2013$79,395.15$10.00$(11,223.08)$68,182.07
Running totals
$3,354.55$(37,863.23)

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.[42]

Cost per vote

Watt spent $3.47 per vote received in 2012.

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.[43]
U.S. House, North Carolina District 12, 2010 - Melvin Watt Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $604,719
Total Spent $591,204
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Melvin Watt's campaign committee
Promontory Financial Group$20,300
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority$10,000
CSX Corp$10,000
Goldman Sachs$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$45,646
Securities & Investment$42,400
Commercial Banks$40,000
Insurance$34,750
Misc Finance$31,600

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.[44]

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.[45]

Watt most often votes with:

Watt least often votes with:

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.[46]

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.[47]

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, 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.[48]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

Voting with party

June 2013

Watt voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 81st among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Recent news

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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. BuzzFeed, "Senate Blocks Nomination Of Sitting Member Of Congress For First Time Since Reconstruction," October 31, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "WATT, Melvin L., (1945 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Mel Watt, Serving North Carolina's 12th District "Committee Assignments"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. "Black Americans in Congress" Committee Assignments(See Judiciary)
  19. "House Judiciary Committee" 111th Congress Membership, Courts Subcommittee
  20. "House Judiciary Committee" 111th Congress Membership, Constitution Subcommittee
  21. "House Judiciary Committee" 111th Congress Membership, Commercial/Administrative Law Subcommittee
  22. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  23. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nc
  25. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  26. 26.0 26.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Melvin L. Watt" Accessed May 16, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission "Melvin L. Watt Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission "Melvin L. Watt April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission "Melvin L. Watt July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission "Melvin Watt October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "Melvin Watt 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Melvin L. Watt 2010 Election Data," Accessed January 5, 2012
  44. Gov Track "Watt" Accessed June 26, 2013
  45. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400424_Melvin_Watt OpenCongress, "Melvin L. Watt," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  46. GovTrack, "Melvin Watt" Accessed April 2013
  47. LegiStorm, "Melvin L. Watt," Accessed October 1, 2012
  48. OpenSecrets.org "Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  49. OpenSecrets.org, "Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  53. 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
Succeeded by
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