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, in Dallas, TX) 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.

McCaul most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Tawana Cadien (D) and Richard Priest (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

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

Biography

After earning his J.D. from St. Mary's University, McCaul went into private practice as a lawyer.[2] He was also Chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security to the U.S. Attorney's office in Texas. From 1998-2002, McCaul served as Deputy Attorney General under then-Attorney General John Cornyn.[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McCaul serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

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

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to McCaul's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" McCaul 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" McCaul 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" McCaul 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

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

As one of the wealthiest members of Congress, McCaul plans to donate his shutdown earnings to the March of Dimes.[11]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" McCaul 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.[12]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" McCaul 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.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" McCaul 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.[15]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" McCaul 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.[16]

Previous congressional sessions

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 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.[17]

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. [18]

Personal finances

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.[19]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 10th congressional district elections, 2014

McCaul 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' 10th congressional district elections, 2012

McCaul won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 10th District. He defeated Eddie Traylor in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Tawana Cadien (D) and Richard Priest (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[20][21]

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"


U.S. House, Texas District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael McCaul Incumbent 83.8% 39,543
Eddie Traylor 16.2% 7,664
Total Votes 47,207

Full history


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.[26]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McCaul's reports.[27]

Michael McCaul (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$28,425.10$175,011.89$(99,884.86)$103,552.13
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$103,552.13$303,439.10$(156,457.43)$250,533.80
Running totals
$478,450.99$(256,342.29)

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.[30] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

McCaul spent $6.73 per vote received in 2012.

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.[32]

U.S. House, Texas District 10, 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

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCaul 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]

McCaul most often votes with:

McCaul least often votes with:

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.[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. 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.[36]

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.[37]

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, 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.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[39]

Wealthiest members of Congress

According to a report by The Hill, McCaul is one of the three wealthiest members of Congress. His minimum net worth, earned through his wife's family connection to Clear Channel Communications, was estimated at $101 million by the report. He is joined by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on the list.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

Voting with party

2013

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 98.2% of the time, which ranked 57th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[43]

Personal

McCaul and his wife, Linda, have five children.[3]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Michael McCaul," Accessed October 22, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 22, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed October 22, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  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. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  19. Washington Post, "Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms," June 23, 2012
  20. Republican candidate list
  21. Unofficial Republican primary results
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Michael McCaul," Accessed March 25, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Michael McCaul Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. 'Federal Election Commission "Michael McCaul April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. 'Federal Election Commission "Michael McCaul July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Michael McCaul 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 McCaul 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Michael McCaul," Accessed June 7 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Michael McCaul," Accessed August 2, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Michael McCaul," Accessed April 2, 2013
  36. LegiStorm, "Michael McCaul," Accessed September 17, 2012
  37. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org "Michael McCaul (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Michael McCaul (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  40. The Washington Post, "Issa, McCaul, Warner are wealthiest members of Congress," August 20, 2013
  41. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  42. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  43. 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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