Michael McCaul

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Michael McCaul
Michael McCaul.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 10
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorLloyd Doggett (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,555,475
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas Deputy Attorney General
1998-2002
Education
Bachelor'sTrinity University
J.D.St. Mary’s University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 14, 1962
Place of birthDallas, TX
Net worth$500,624,461
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Michael McCaul (b. January 14, 1962) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. McCaul represents the 10th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 2004. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCaul is a "far-right Republican".[2]

Biography

After earning his J.D. from St. Mary's University, McCaul went into private practice as a lawyer.[3] He was also Chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security to the U.S. Attorney's office in Texas. From 1998-2002, McCaul was appointed Deputy Attorney General under then-Attorney General John Cornyn.[4]

Personal finances

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

According to research from Open Secrets, McCaul's average net worth as of 2010 is $380,411,527. His net increased by 1013.08% from 2004-2010.

According to an analysis by the Washington Post, McCaul's family purchased between $286,000 and $690,000 in a high-tech company that supported a bill which was in McCaul's committee at the time.[5]

Career

  • 2005-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1998-2002: Deputy Attorney General of Texas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McCaul serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

McCaul was a member of the following House committees[7]:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Michael McCaul endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" McCaul 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.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas' 10th congressional district elections, 2012

McCaul ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 10th District. He defeated Eddie Traylor in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Tawana Cadien (D) and Richard Priest (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[10][11]

U.S. House, Texas District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael McCaul Incumbent 60.5% 159,783
     Democratic Tawana W. Cadien 36.3% 95,710
     Libertarian Richard Priest 3.2% 8,526
Total Votes 264,019
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, McCaul won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Ted Ankrum (D) and Jeremiah "J.P" Perkins (L).[12]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 10, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael McCaul Incumbent 64.7% 144,980
     Democratic Ted Ankrum 33% 74,086
     Libertarian Jeremiah "J.P." Perkins 2.3% 5,105
Total Votes 224,171

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCaul is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, McCaul raised a total of $8,555,475 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[13]

Michael McCaul's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 10) Won $1,124,340
2010 US House (Texas, District 10) Won $1,624,577
2008 US House (Texas, District 10) Won $1,723,165
2006 US House (Texas, District 10) Won $1,155,543
2004 US House (Texas, District 10) Won $2,927,850
Grand Total Raised $8,555,475

2012

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

McCaul won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McCaul's campaign committee raised a total of $1,124,340 and spent $1,075,667.[14]

2010

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

McCaul won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, McCaul's campaign committee raised a total of $1,624,577 and spent $1,437,670.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 10th District, 2010 - Michael McCaul Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,624,577
Total Spent $1,437,670
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $23,314
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $20,141
Top contributors to Michael McCaul's campaign committee
CC Media Holdings$35,200
Zachry Construction$17,000
Dell Inc$16,000
BAE Systems$11,250
Atlantic Trust$10,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$92,550
Oil & Gas$82,300
Retired$79,200
Computers/Internet$76,600
Misc Finance$73,068

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, McCaul missed 150 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[16]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McCaul paid his congressional staff a total of $1,004,640 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.[17]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, McCaul is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. McCaul's staff was given an apparent $4,211.67 in bonus money.[18]

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, McCaul's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $306,437,919 to $694,811,003. That averages to $500,624,461, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 31.60% from 2010.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCaul's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $258,618,051 to $502,205,003. That averages to $380,411,527 which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

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. McCaul tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 68th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McCaul was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 68th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[22]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, McCaul has voted with the Republican Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 37 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[23]

Personal

McCaul and his wife, Linda, have five children.[4]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Gov Track "McCaul" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Michael McCaul," Accessed October 22, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 22, 2011
  5. Washington Post, "Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms," June 23, 2012
  6. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  7. Official House website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed October 22, 2011
  8. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Republican candidate list
  11. Unofficial Republican primary results
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Michael McCaul," Accessed March 25, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Michael McCaul 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Michael McCaul 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  16. GovTrack, "Michael McCaul," Accessed April 2, 2013
  17. LegiStorm, "Michael McCaul," Accessed September 17, 2012
  18. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Michael McCaul (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Michael McCaul (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Lloyd Doggett
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 10th District
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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