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Michael C. Burgess
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U.S. House, Texas, District 26
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDick Armey (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.61 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,338,883
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Texas State University
Master'sNorth Texas State University; University of Texas, Dallas
M.D.University of Texas Medical School, Houston
Personal
BirthdayDecember 23, 1950
Place of birthRochester, MN
ProfessionPhysician
Net worth$1,634,539
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Michael C. Burgess (b. December 23, 1950, in Rochester, Minnesota) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 26th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2002.

Burgess most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated David Sanchez (D) and Mark Boler (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Burgess is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

After earning his bachelor's degree and M.D., Burgess practiced medicine for over 20 years before pursuing his political career.[2]

Career

  • 2003-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Burgess serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Burgess was a member of the following House committees:[4]

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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Burgess's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Burgess said on September 2, 2013 that he is leaning against voting to authorize military intervention in Syria, calling the administration’s case “thin” after receiving a classified briefing.[7]

“Yes, I saw the classified documents yesterday. They were pretty thin. The case that can be made that actually Assad was the one who pulled the trigger is suspect,” Burgess said on MSNBC. “I felt obligated to go back to Washington yesterday and see the information that was made available to the average member of Congress. … I will tell you it doesn’t make — it’s not a clear case that they’re making.”[7]

Burgess said it is up to President Barack Obama to make his case to the American people and to make up his mind on the extent of the intervention. “It’s been called a pinprick or a shot across the bow. And then you look at the language on the authorization, and it’s pretty broad, like it’s almost unending. So which is it, Mr. President? And I don’t think the president has made the case to the American people,” Burgess said.[7]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[10]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Burgess voted for 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.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Burgess 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. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Michael Burgess endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 26th congressional district elections, 2014

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

2012

See also: Texas' 26th congressional district elections, 2012

Burgess won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 26th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated David Sanchez (D) and Mark Boler (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18][19]

U.S. House, Texas District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Burgess Incumbent 68.3% 176,642
     Democratic David Sanchez 28.7% 74,237
     Libertarian Mark Boler 3% 7,844
Total Votes 258,723
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burgess is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Burgess raised a total of $5,338,883 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[25]

Michael Burgess's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $1,054,607
2010 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $1,019,693
2008 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $1,049,108
2006 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $839,913
2004 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $918,153
2002 US House (Texas, District 26) Won $457,409
Grand Total Raised $5,338,883

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Burgess' reports.[26]

Michael Burgess (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$95,434.86$118,833.47$(75,061.52)$139,206.81
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$139,206.81$181,181.26$(207,517.03)$112,871.04
October Quarterly[29]October 14, 2013$112,871.04$117,401.27$(81,665.02)$148,607.29
Running totals
$417,416$(364,243.57)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Burgess' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Burgess won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Burgess' campaign committee raised a total of $1,054,607 and spent $990,101.[30] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

Burgess spent $5.61 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Burgess' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Burgess won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Burgess' campaign committee raised a total of $1,019,693 and spent $1,031,170.[32]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Burgess is a "moderate Republican leader" as of June 2013.[33]

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.[34]

Burgess most often votes with:

Burgess least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Burgess missed 211 of 7,661 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.8%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[35]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Burgess paid his congressional staff a total of $1,036,485 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[36]

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, Burgess' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $763,079 to $2,505,999. That averages to $1,634,539, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 14.13% from 2010.[37]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Burgess' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $926,085 to $2,880,999. That averages to $1,903,542 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[38]

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. Burgess ranked 114th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[39]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Burgess ranked 49th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[40]

Voting with party

2013

Burgess voted with the Republican Party 99.4% of the time, which ranked 11th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

Personal

Burgess and his wife, Laura, have three children and one grandchild.[2]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official House website "About," Accessed November 1, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Politico, "Rep. Michael Burgess: Case on Syria is ‘thin’," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. 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
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  18. Republican candidate list
  19. Unofficial Republican primary results
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Michael C. ," Accessed March 25, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Michael Burgess Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Michael Burgess April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Michael Burgess July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Michael Burgess October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Michael Burgess 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Michael Burgess 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Michael Burgess," Accessed June 7 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Michael Burgess," Accessed August 2, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Michael Burgess," Accessed April 2, 2013
  36. LegiStorm, "Michael Burgess," Accessed September 17, 2012
  37. OpenSecrets.org "Michael Burgess (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Michael Burgess (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Armey
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 26th District
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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