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Conaway tied with four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 5th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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Conaway tied with four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 5th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Conaway was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 26th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Conaway was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 26th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Mike Conaway
Mike Conaway.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 11
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorChet Edwards (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.79 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,158,742
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Midland, TX, School Board
1985-1988
Education
High schoolOdessa Permian High School
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University-Commerce
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1970-1972
Personal
BirthdayJune 11, 1948
Place of birthBorger, TX
Net worth$5,455,557
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kenneth Michael "Mike" Conaway (b. June 11, 1948, in Borger, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Conaway represents Texas' 11th District and was first elected to the House in 2004.

Conaway most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Jim Riley (D) and Scott Ballard (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Conaway is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

After earning his bachelor's from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1970, Conaway served in the United States Army for two years. He went on to be a certified public accountant and bank executive. He also served on the school board of Midland, TX.[2]

Career

  • 2005-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Conaway serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Conaway was a member of the following House committees:[4]

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.[5] For more information pertaining to Conaway's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Conaway 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Conaway 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Conaway voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Conaway 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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. Conaway voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

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.[16] 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.[17] Conaway voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" 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 funds 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.[19] 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. Conaway voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Conaway 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Conaway 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Conaway 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Conaway 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.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Conaway 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.[26]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Mike Conaway endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [27] He previously endorsed Rick Perry.[28]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Conaway is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Wade Brown to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Texas District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Conaway Incumbent 73.7% 53,272
Wade Brown 26.3% 19,010
Total Votes 72,282
Source: Texas Secretary of State

2012

See also: Texas' 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

Conaway won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 11th District. He defeated Wade Brown and Chris Younts in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Jim Riley (D) and Scott Ballard (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, Texas District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Conaway Incumbent 78.6% 177,742
     Democratic Jim Riley 18.6% 41,970
     Libertarian Scott J. Ballard 2.8% 6,311
Total Votes 226,023
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 11 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Conaway Incumbent 70.4% 48,581
Chris Younts 18.7% 12,917
Wade Brown 10.9% 7,547
Total Votes 69,045

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Conaway is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Conaway raised a total of $6,158,742 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[35]

Mike Conaway's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 11) Won $1,350,629
2010 US House (Texas, District 11) Won $1,098,814
2008 US House (Texas, District 11) Won $1,137,066
2006 US House (Texas, District 11) Won $1,005,167
2004 US House (Texas, District 11) Won $1,567,066
Grand Total Raised $6,158,742

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Conaway's reports.[36]

Mike Conaway (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$606,060.98$362,426.39$(145,489.36)$822,998.01
July Quarterly[38]July 13, 2013$822,998.01$317,673.32$(125,624.08)$1,015,047.25
October Quarterly[39]October 14, 2013$1,015,047.25$203,663.24$(117,655.01)$1,101,055.48
Year-End[40]January 20, 2014$1,101,055$140,186$(128,641)$1,112,600
Pre-Primary[41]February 19, 2014$1,112,600$94,302$(274,803)$932,099
April Quarterly[42]April 11, 2014$932,099$168,416$(91,835)$1,008,679
July Quarterly[43]July 11, 2014$1,008,679$301,112$(167,403)$1,142,388
Running totals
$1,587,778.95$(1,051,450.45)

2012

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

Conaway won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Conaway's campaign committee raised a total of $1,350,630 and spent $1,206,228.[44] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[45]

Cost per vote

Conaway spent $6.79 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Conaway won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Conaway's campaign committee raised a total of $1,098,814 and spent $1,153,196.[46]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Conaway is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[47]

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.[48]

Conaway most often votes with:

Conaway least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Conaway missed 169 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.6%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Conaway paid his congressional staff a total of $995,150 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.[50]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Conaway's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,838,116 and $8,072,999. That averages to $5,455,557, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Conaway ranked as the 67th most wealthy representative in 2012.[51]

Mike Conaway Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$5,455,557-4.34%
2011$5,703,05712.25%
2010$5,080,558N/A

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

Conaway tied with four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 5th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2012.[52]

2011

Conaway was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 26th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2011.[53]

Voting with party

2013

Conaway voted with the Republican Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 157th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]

Personal

Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, have four children and seven grandchildren.[4]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "K. Michael Conaway," accessed October 22, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official House website "Biography," accessed October 22, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. 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
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Three Texas Members of Congress," January 20, 2012
  28. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  29. Republican candidate list
  30. Unofficial Republican primary results
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  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mike Conaway," accessed March 25, 2013
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  41. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Conaway Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
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  45. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Mike Conaway 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 29, 2011
  47. GovTrack, "Mike Conaway," accessed June 7 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Mike Conaway," accessed August 2, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Mike Conaway," accessed April 2, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Mike Conaway," accessed September 17, 2012
  51. OpenSecrets.org, "Mike Conaway (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Chet Edwards
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 11th District
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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