Michael Capuano

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Michael Capuano
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U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorEd Markey (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,774,088
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Somerville, MA
1990-1999
Somerville Board of Aldermen
1976-1979
Education
High schoolSomerville High School (1969)
Bachelor'sDartmouth College (1973)
J.D.Boston College (1977)
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 9, 1952
Place of birthSomerville, MA
ProfessionAttorney, union leader
Net worth$1,414,512
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Capuano campaign logo
Michael Capuano (b. January 9, 1952) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Capuano serves the 7th congressional district of Massachusetts. He represents the voters of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea, who first elected him to the U.S. House in 1998. He ran for re-election in the 7th congressional district seat in 2012 due to redistricting, having previously represented the 8th district.[1]

Biography

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, Capuano attended Somerville High School and graduated in 1969. He then earned an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1973 and in 1977 received a law degree from Boston College.

Career

Just before finishing law school, Capuano was elected in 1976 to serve on the Somerville Board of Aldermen -- to the same seat once held by his father.[2]

  • In 1979, Capuano ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Somerville. He was once again defeated in a bid for the same position in 1981.[3]
  • From 1978 to 1984, Capuano was the chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts General Court Joint Committee on Taxation.[3]
  • Capuano was once again elected as an alderman in 1985, a position he held until 1989.[3]
  • In 1990 he was elected mayor of Somerville, serving until 1998[3]
  • Capuano was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998, a position he still holds today.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Capuano serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Capuano served on the following committees and subcommittees:[5]

Issues

Specific votes

Iraq

According to his campaign website, Capuano is an "outspoken opponent" of the Iraq war. He voted against the Congressional Resolution to authorize the use of force and works to bring the troops home.[6]

PATRIOT Act

Capuano voted against the PATRIOT Act as well as against the extension of the law.[6]

Some of the bills Capuano introduced in the 112th Congress include:

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Capuano 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.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Capuano listed twelve issues. They are:[8]

  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Excerpt: "He believes we must remain a government of laws. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has honored him with their Champion of the Constitution award."

  • Economy

Excerpt: "Mike has been deeply involved in efforts to stabilize our nation's economy as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Mike believes that the federal government should adequately fund education in our cities and towns, and that it honors its legislative mandates by providing requisite resources to meet them — including proper funding for students with disabilities."

  • Energy and the Environment

Excerpt:"Mike Capuano strongly believes that we must address climate change before it is too late."

  • Ethics

Excerpt: "Mike has worked to increase the transparency of government and accountability of elected officials, both as a Mayor and as a Member of Congress."

  • Health Care

Excerpt: "Mike has worked tirelessly to help Massachusetts retain its preeminence in health care education and innovation during his six terms in Congress."

  • Iraq and Afghanistan

Excerpt: "Mike voted against the Congressional Resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq in October 2002; and has been an outspoken critic of that war. Mike remains gravely concerned about the conduct and the prospects of our operations in Afghanistan, and about the future of neighboring Pakistan."

  • Middle East

Excerpt: "Mike Capuano is deeply committed to the state of Israel, a staunch ally of the United States and a country that shares our democratic values."

  • Rights of Women

Excerpt: "Congressman Mike Capuano has always been an effective advocate for advancing women's rights, and sensitive to issues of concern to women."

  • Sudan

Excerpt: "In 2002 the Boston Anti-Slavery Group brought a victim of slavery from Sudan into Mike’s office. Upon hearing his story, Mike was compelled to act and brought a resolution condemning slavery in Sudan to the floor, where it passed unanimously on July 16, 2003."

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "As the only member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from Massachusetts, Mike was instrumental in securing $3.658 billion in funding over 6 years during the last reauthorization for Massachusetts’s highways and bridges, and $1.576 billion over the same time period for transit projects. This investment in our critical infrastructure needs totaled $5.23 billion, and was a 25 percent increase over the previous multi-year transportation bill."

  • Veterans' Affairs

Excerpt: "Mike Capuano is an outspoken and passionate supporter of our country’s veterans and their families." [8]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Capuano has been named as a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election.[9][10]

2012

See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts and United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Capuano ran for re-election in 2012. He has been redistricted and sought re-election in the 7th congressional district of Massachusetts.He faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. [11]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Capuano Incumbent 73.9% 210,794
     Independent Karla Romero 14.4% 41,199
     N/A All Others 0.3% 843
     N/A Blank Votes 11.3% 32,298
Total Votes 285,134
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Endorsements

Capuano was endorsed by the organizations below for the 2012 election.[12]

  • Boston Carmen's Union Local 589 of the Amalgamated Transit Union
  • American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
  • Boston Teachers Union
  • Boston Metro Area Local 100 of American Postal Workers Union
  • Sierra Club of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Capuano is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Capuano raised a total of $8,774,088 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[20]

Michael Capuano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7) Won $909,487
2010 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8) Won $3,699,635
2008 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8) Won $1,087,336
2006 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8) Won $836,728
2004 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8) Won $839,302
2002 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8) Won $753,404
2000 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 8) Won $648,196
Grand Total Raised $8,774,088

2012

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

Capuano won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Capuano's campaign committee raised a total of $909,487 and spent $595,432.[21]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

2012

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Capuano is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[22]

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, Capuano was ranked the 22nd most liberal representative during 2012.[23]

2011

Capuano was 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2011.[24]

Voting with party

2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Capuano has voted with the Democratic Party 92.9% of the time, which ranked 83rd among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[25]

Lifetime missed votes

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

According to the website GovTrack, Capuano missed 431 of 9,871 roll call votes from Jan 1999 to Mar 2013, which is 4.4% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[26]

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. Capuano paid his congressional staff a total of $1,182,086 in 2011. He ranked 14th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 17th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranked 2nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Capuano is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Capuano's staff was given an apparent $69,100.00 in bonus money.[28]

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, Capuano's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $396,028 and $2,432,997. This averages to $1,414,512, which is a 12.08% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[29]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Capuano's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $261,028 and $2,262,995. That averages to $1,262,011.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[30]

Personal

Capuano and his wife Barbara have two children.

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  2. Joan Puglia for Ward 7 "PDS Questionnaire," August 8, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Michael Everett Capuano," Accessed September 1, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Official House Website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed on August 31, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mike Capuano Campaign site "Bio," Accessed September 1, 2011
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mike Capuano for Congress "Issues" August 14, 2012
  9. Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012
  10. The Phoenix, "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012
  11. Boston Herald "Redistricting throws U.S. Reps. Keating, Lynch into likely faceoff" Accessed January 22, 2012
  12. Mike Capuano's Campaign Website, Endorsements (Accessed: October 4, 2012)
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Michael Capuano" Accessed May 16, 2013
  21. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  22. Gov Track "Capuano" Accessed May 23, 2012
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Michael Capuano Accessed April 2013
  27. "Mike Capuano"
  28. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Capuano, (D-Mass), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Capuano, (D-Mass), 2010"
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Markey
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 7
2013-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Joseph Kennedy II
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts District 8
1999-2013
Succeeded by
Stephen Lynch