Michael Burgess

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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
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Burgess represents the 26th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 2002. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Burgess is a "moderate Republican leader".[2]

Biography

After earning his bachelor's degree and M.D., Burgess practiced medicine for over 20 years before pursuing his political career.[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Burgess serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Burgess was a member of the following House committees[5]:

Issues

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. [6]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

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

Burgess ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 26th District. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated David Sanchez (D) and Mark Boler (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Burgess won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Neil L. Durrance (D) and Mark Boler (L).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 26, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael C. Burgess Incumbent 67.1% 120,984
     Democratic Neil L. Durrance 30.7% 55,385
     Libertarian Mark Boler 2.3% 4,062
Total Votes 180,431

Campaign donors

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.[11]

2010

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

Burgess won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Burgess's campaign committee raised a total of $1,019,693 and spent $1,031,170.[12]

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. 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.[13]

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, 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.[14]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Burgess voted with the Republican Party 90.0% of the time, which ranked 190 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[18]

Personal

Burgess and his wife, Laura, have three children and one grandchild.[3]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Armey
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 26th District
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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