Michael G. Fitzpatrick

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Michael G. Fitzpatrick
Mike Fitzpatrick.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 8
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPatrick Murphy (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$12.97 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,042,120
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
2005-2007
Commissioner, Bucks County Board of Commissioners
1995-2004
Chair, Bucks County Board of Commissioners
1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003
Education
Bachelor'sSaint Thomas University, 1985
J.D.Pennsylvania State University, 1988
Personal
BirthdayJune 28, 1963
Place of birthBucks County, PA
Net worth$436,518.50
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Michael G. Fitzpatrick (b. June 28, 1963, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Fitzpatrick was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004 and served for a single term, from 2005-2007. He returned in 2010, elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.

Fitzpatrick most recently won re-election in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Democrat Kathryn Boockvar in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Prior to becoming a congressman, Fitzpatrick served as a commissioner of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from 1995-2004.

Fitzpatrick ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. Fitzpatrick has been flagged as vulnerable heading into his 2014 re-election campaign by the National Republican Congressional Committee, who named him as part of their fundraising program designed to help at-risk GOP members maintain their seats.[3] Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC also listed Fitzpatrick among their top 10 targets in 2014.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Fitzpatrick is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Fitzpatrick was the commissioner of Bucks County, Pennsylvania from 1995-1004. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, graduating in 1985. Three years later, Fitzpatrick received his law degree from Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.

During law school, Fitzpatrick was the Business Manager of the Dickinson Journal of International Law. He is certified to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.[5]

Career

  • 1985: Graduated from St. Thomas University, Florida
  • 1988: Graduated from Dickinson School of Law, Pa.
  • 1995-2004: Served as commissioner, Bucks County, Pa.
  • 2005-2007, 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Pennsylvania

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Fitzpatrick serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

  • Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick voted in favor of 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 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Fitzpatrick voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick voted in favor of 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]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Fitzpatrick voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Fitzpatrick voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Fitzpatrick voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Fitzpatrick voted for HR 2775.[21]

Pay during government shutdown
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Fitzpatrick declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Fitzpatrick 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Elections

2014

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See also: Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Fitzpatrick ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

He has been listed by the House Majority PAC as a target in 2014.[24][25][26]

Race background

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick as one of 10 vulnerable, Republican incumbents in 2014.[4] In May 2013, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched Jumpstart, a program that “provides early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races,” according to the DCCC memo. Kevin Strouse was one of the eight Democratic candidates on the list. He was chosen based on polling figures, which indicated Fitzpatrick's vulnerability to losing re-election in 2014.[27] Due to this vulnerability, Fitzpatrick, along with 11 other House Republicans, qualified for financial assistance under the Patriot Program.[28] The program was run by the National Republican Congressional Committee and helped raise money to protect GOP incumbents who were deemed in danger of being unseated.[29]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Fitzpatrick ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 8th District. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Democrat Kathryn Boockvar in the November 6 general election.[30]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[31] Pennsylvania tied with Ohio for 9th on the list.[31]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kathryn Boockvar 43.4% 152,859
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael G. Fitzpatrick Incumbent 56.6% 199,379
Total Votes 352,238
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Targeted

The liberal CREDO SuperPAC dubbed Fitzpatrick part of the "Tea Party Ten," and targeted him for defeat in 2012.[32]

Planned Parenthood's political action committee, Women Are Watching, placed Fitzpatrick on their "Toxic Ten" list. The PAC targeted Fitzpatrick because of his support in 2011 for the Pence Amendment to slash funding to Planned Parenthood by $363 million.[33]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fitzpatrick is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Fitzpatrick raised a total of $9,042,120 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[37]

Michael G. Fitzpatrick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 8) Won $2,672,026
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 8) Won $2,090,793
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 8) Won $3,009,937
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 8) Won $1,269,364
Grand Total Raised $9,042,120

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Michael G. Fitzpatrick's reports.[38]

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Michael G. Fitzpatrick's reports.[39]

Michael G. Fitzpatrick (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$114,083.20$302,152.18$(140,756.93)$275,478.45
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$275,478.45$501,894.94$(96,707.67)$680,665.72
October Quarterly[42]October 13, 2013$680,665.72$462,175.10$(96,145.02)$1,046,695.80
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$1,046,695$348,853$(119,087)$1,276,462
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$1,276,462.30$337,339.60$(140,168)$1,473,633.90
Running totals
$1,952,414.82$(592,864.62)

2012

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

Fitzpatrick won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $2,672,027 and spent $2,586,004.[45] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

Cost per vote

Fitzpatrick spent $12.97 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Fitzpatrick won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Fitzpatrick's campaign committee raised a total of $2,090,793 and spent $2,062,733.[47]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fitzpatrick is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[48]

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.[49]

Fitzpatrick most often votes with:

Fitzpatrick least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Fitzpatrick missed 32 of 2,922 roll call votes from January 2005 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Fitzpatrick paid his congressional staff a total of $668,157 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Fitzpatrick's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $128,037 to $745,000. That averages to $436,518.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Fitzpatrick ranked as the 285th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Michael Fitzpatrick Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$436,518.50
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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 in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Fitzpatrick ranked 230th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[53][54]

2011

Fitzpatrick ranked 230th in the conservative rankings, making him the 10th most liberal Republican member of the U.S. House in 2011.[55]

Voting with party

2013

Michael G. Fitzpatrick voted with the Republican Party 88.4% of the time, which ranked 226th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]

2011

Michael G. Fitzpatrick voted with the Republican Party 81.0% of the time, which ranked 236 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[57]

Personal

Michael G. Fitzpatrick is married to Kathleen. They have six children.

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See also

External links


References

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  2. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sunshine State News "Democratic Super-PAC Targets Steve Southerland" accessed March 8, 2013
  5. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, "Full Biography," accessed August 6, 2013
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  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Michael Fitzpatrick Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
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  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
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  33. PoliticsPA "Fitzpatrick member of Planned Parenthood 'Toxic Ten'" accessed April 18, 2012
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  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 8
2011–present
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U.S. House of Representatives- Pennsylvania District 8
2005–2007
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Commissioner, Bucks County Board of Commissioners
1995–2004
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