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Mike Coffman
Mike Coffman.jpg
U.S. House, Colorado, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Tancredo (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$23.41 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,813,461
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Treasurer, State of Colorado
1998-2006
Colorado State Senate
1994-1998
Colorado House of Representatives
1988-1994
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado, 1979
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1972-1974
Service branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1979-1983, 1990-1994, 2005-2006
Personal
BirthdayMarch 19, 1955
Place of birthFort Leonard Wood, MO
Net worth$750,003
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Coffman (b. March 19, 1955, in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 6th congressional district. Coffman was first elected to the House in 2008.

Coffman most recently was re-elected in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 6th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Joe Miklosi (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Coffman began his political career in the Colorado House of Representatives, where he served from 1989 to 1994. He went on to serve in the Colorado State Senate from 1994 to 1998. Following his service in the state legislature, Coffman became Colorado Treasurer in 1997. He remained in that position for 10 years, until he was elected Colorado Secretary of State in 2006. Coffman then served one term as Secretary of State.

Coffman is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Coffman is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Coffman's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 1979: Graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with B.A.
  • 1972-1974: United States Army
  • 1975-1978: United States Army Reserve
  • 1979-1982: United States Marine Corps
  • 1983-1994, 2005-2006: United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • 1989-1994: Colorado House of Representatives
  • 1994-1998: Colorado State Senate
  • 1997-2007: Colorado state treasurer
  • 2007-2008: Colorado Secretary of State
  • 2009-Present: U.S Representative from Colorado

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Coffman serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, Chair

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 Coffman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Coffman 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.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Coffman 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.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Coffman 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.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Coffman donated his salary to the American Red Cross for Colorado Flood Relief while the government was shutdown.[12]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Coffman 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.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Coffman 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.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House may have faced a tougher path to re-election in 2014 because immigration reform did not pass in the House in 2013, according to a Public Policy Poll released in July 2013.[16]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they were less likely to vote for their representative if he failed to support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they were less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members blocked immigration reform proposals.[16] Coffman is one of the seven representatives who served in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[16]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Coffman 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.[17]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Coffman 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.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Coffman 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.[19]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Mike Coffman endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [20]

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, Coffman's 6th District became much more competitive. Under the old map the district had a Republican edge, while the new map is nearly even in Republican and Democratic voter registration numbers.[21]

According to the Washington Post, redistricting transformed the 6th district from a safe seat into a swing district. While the 6th formerly went safely for Coffman, the newly drawn district is a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.[22]

Campaign themes

2012

Coffman's campaign website lists the following issues:[23]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "The last four years have taught us what Coloradoans have known for a long time—more taxes, more government spending, and more regulations do not create jobs. It’s time we move away from these failed economic policies, and instead, move forward on a responsible course to give American businesses the certainty they need to create jobs and help get our economy back on track."
  • Federal Debt and Spending
Excerpt: "The greatest threat to our national security is our growing debt brought about by decades of out-of-control spending by both parties in Washington, D.C. Congress needs to pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution and refer it to the states for ratification in order to strip the power away from Washington, D.C. politicians to continually spend money that we don’t have."
  • Reforming Congress
Excerpt: "The culture of Washington D.C. must change and to that Congress must repeal the system of automatic pay raises, abolish Congressional pensions, and pass a constitutional amendment, to be referred to the states, for mandatory term limits for every Member of Congress."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Health insurance is far too expensive but mandated health insurance is not the answer."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "A key responsibility of the federal government is to defend our nation. Keeping the peace by maintaining a strong military is essential to deterring those who would wish to attack the United States. While funding for our military is always essential, we must work harder to cut wasteful defense spending."

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

Coffman is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[24]

Coffman is one of three vulnerable Republican members of the House, who represent substantially Hispanic districts, to be targeted by TV ads from Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC. The ads provide a preview to Democratic plans to turn immigration into a key issue and brand Republicans as unwilling to embrace immigration reform.[25][26][27][28]

2012

See also: Colorado's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Coffman won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 6th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Joe Miklosi (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, Colorado District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joe Miklosi 45.8% 156,930
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Coffman Incumbent 47.8% 163,922
     Libertarian Patrick Provost 2.5% 8,597
     Independent Kathy Polhemus 3.9% 13,442
Total Votes 342,891
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coffman is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Coffman raised a total of $5,813,461 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[33]

Mike Coffman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 6) Won $3,441,282
2010 US House (Colorado, District 6) Won $904,466
2008 US House (Colorado, District 6) Won $1,467,713
Grand Total Raised $5,813,461

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Coffman's reports.[34]

Mike Coffman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$7,832.78$519,033.99$(135,175.75)$391,691.02
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$391,691.02$566,203.80$(103,040.91)$854,853.91
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2013$854,853.91$524,441.70$(151,637.33)$1,227,658.28
Running totals
$1,609,679.49$(389,853.99)

2012

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

Coffman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Coffman's campaign committee raised a total of $3,441,282 and spent $3,838,136.[38] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Coffman spent $23.41 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Coffman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Coffman's campaign committee raised a total of $904,466 and spent $576,556.[40]

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, Coffman is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[41]

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.[42]

Coffman most often votes with:

Coffman least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Coffman paid his congressional staff a total of $967,311 in 2011. He ranked 22nd on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 226th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

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, Coffman's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $450,006 and $1,050,000. That averages to $750,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 30.23% from 2010.[44]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Coffman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $400,007 and $1,749,998. That averages to $1,075,002.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[45]

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. Coffman ranked 82nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[46]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Coffman ranked 53rd in the conservative rankings.[47]

Voting with party

2013

Coffman voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 40th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]

Personal

Coffman has a wife, Cynthia.

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External links

References

  1. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  2. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  3. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  4. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  5. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Michael Coffman," Accessed November 1, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  17. 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
  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  21. Denver Post, "Dems' victory in redistricting battle means more competitive congressional races in Colorado," December 6, 2011
  22. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  23. Campaign website, Issues
  24. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  25. Politico, "Ads target 3 House Republicans on immigration," July 18, 2013
  26. Roll Call "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" Accessed July 16, 2013
  27. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  28. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  29. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  30. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mike Coffman," Accessed March 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Mike Coffman Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission "Mike Coffman April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Mike Coffman July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Mike Coffman October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Mike Coffman 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  40. Open Secrets "Mike Coffman 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  41. Gov Track "Mike Coffman," Accessed June 7 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Mike Coffman," Accessed July 30, 2013
  43. LegiStorm "Mike Coffman"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Coffman, (R-Colorado), 2011"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Coffman, (R-Colorado), 2010"
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House - Colorado District 6
2009-Present
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Treasurer of Colorado
1998-2006
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Colorado State Senate
1994-1998
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