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Mike Honda
Mike Honda.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 17
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTom Campbell (D)
Leadership
Regional Whip, United States House of Representatives
2001-2006
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.45 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,421,457
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1996-2000
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
1990-1996
Education
Bachelor'sSan Jose State University, 1968
Master'sSan Jose State University, 1974
Personal
BirthdayJune 27, 1941
Place of birthWalnut Creek, CA
Net worth$964,005
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Honda (b. June 27, 1941, in Walnut Creek, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 17th Congressional District. Honda was first elected to the House in 2000.

Honda most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District. On November 6, 2012, he defeated Evelyn Li (R) in the general election.[1] He was displaced from his former district by redistricting.[2]

Prior to his U.S. House career, Honda served in the California State Assembly from 1997 to 2000.

Honda sought re-election in 2014.[3]

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Honda's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1968: Graduated from San Jose State University with B.A.
  • 1974: Graduated from San Jose State University with M.A.
  • 1965-1967: United States Peace Corps
  • 1971-1981: San Jose Planning Commission
  • 1981-1990: San Jose Unified School Board
  • 1990-1996: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • 1997-2000: California State Assembly
  • 2001-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Honda serves on the following committees:[5][6]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

2011-2012

  • Appropriations Committee
  • Budget Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

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

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Honda was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

NDAA

Voted "No" Honda voted against 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.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Honda voted against 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.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Honda voted against 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.[13]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[14] 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.[15] Honda voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

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 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.[17] 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. Honda voted for HR 2775.[18]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Honda voted against 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.[19]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Honda voted against 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Honda voted against 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.[22]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Honda voted against 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.[23]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Honda 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 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Campaign themes

2012

Honda's campaign website listed the following issues:[25]

  • Environment
Excerpt: "Protecting our open spaces and California’s sacred wilderness is more than sound public policy- it's an obligation. I also believe that environmental protection is more than preserving the wilderness far away from communities. In Congress, I have fought to protect our daily environment - our tap water, the air that surrounds us, the parks and trails in populated areas, and most importantly, I will continue fighting to ensure that new schools are constructed in safe, non-polluted locations."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Healthcare is an inalienable human right that permeates every aspect of our lives, and affects our capacity to live, work and succeed. It is our responsibility to ensure that all Americans, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, and ability are given access to quality affordable care."
  • Education
Excerpt: "In the 21st Century, the competition for jobs and for a stake in the world marketplace will be won by the young people who are best educated. In Silicon Valley, perhaps more than in any other part of the country, we must commit ourselves to providing our students with the very best education we can give them."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Responsibilities come hand in hand with opportunity. High-tech, high-wage jobs mean nothing if our commutes are daily doses of gridlock. We must construct infrastructure that facilitates access to public transit, including better roads, intermodal transit stations, and expanded carpool rides."
  • High-Tech
Excerpt: "I've lived and worked in this district for nearly my entire life. I've watched its remarkable transformation from Blossom Valley to Silicon Valley. In that time, we have done nothing less than change the way the world does business. With this remarkable success comes great responsibility. We must continue to grow and expand our new economy, and we must continue to be leaders in the field of innovation."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

Honda ran for re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 17th District. He will face Democratic challenger Ro Khanna in the primary election. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[3]

Endorsements

Honda was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in his primary against Ro Khanna.[26] Honda also received an endorsement from the Sierra Club.[27]

Honda received the endorsement of the Democratic Party in a local vote on February 8, 2014.[28]

2012

See also: California's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

Honda won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District.[1] He was displaced from the 15th District by redistricting. He and Evelyn Li (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Charles Richardson (Ind). Honda went on to defeat Li in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, California District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda Incumbent 73.5% 159,392
     Republican Evelyn Li 26.5% 57,336
Total Votes 216,728
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 17 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda (D) Incumbent 66.7% 60,252
Green check mark transparent.pngEvelyn Li (R) 27.6% 24,916
Charles Richardson (NPP) 5.7% 5,163
Total Votes 90,331

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Honda is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Honda raised a total of $7,421,457 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[37]

Mike Honda's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 17) Won $900,844
2010 US House (California, District 15) Won $773,921
2008 US House (California, District 15) Won $983,449
2006 US House (California, District 15) Won $761,703
2004 US House (California, District 15) Won $524,602
2002 US House (California, District 15) Won $944,811
2000 US House (California, District 15) Won $2,532,127
Grand Total Raised $7,421,457

2014

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

Mike Honda (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$78,222.38$221,237.74$(95,714.78)$203,745.34
July Quarterly[40]July 13, 2013$203,745.34$345,894.86$(174,993.26)$374,646.94
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2013$374,646.94$392,505.31$(207,406.20)$559,746.05
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$559,746$250,567$(187,323)$622,989
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$622,989$690,387$(229,202)$1,084,174
Pre-Primary[44]May 22, 2014$1,084,174$185,978$(227,859)$1,042,293
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2014$1,042,293$341,002$(319,940)$1,063,355
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2014$1,063,355$506,646$(605,364)$964,638
Running totals
$2,934,217.91$(2,047,802.24)

2012

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

Honda won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Honda's campaign committee raised a total of $900,844 and spent $1,028,810.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Honda spent $6.45 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Honda won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Honda's campaign committee raised a total of $773,921 and spent $850,364.[49]

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, Honda is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 2013.[50]

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.[51]

Honda most often votes with:

Honda least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Honda missed 379 of 8,652 roll call votes from January 2001 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[52]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Honda paid his congressional staff a total of $1,198,912 in 2011. He ranked 179th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 14th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

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, Honda's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $583,010 and $1,345,000. That averages to $964,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Honda ranked as the 211th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54]

Mike Honda Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$964,0052.61%
2011$939,50546.91%
2010$639,505N/A

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. Honda is 1 of 14 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[55]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Honda is 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.[56]

Voting with party

2013

Honda voted with the Democratic Party 96.1% of the time, which ranked 68th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

Honda is widowed and has two children.

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ca17
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Mike Honda," Accessed November 3, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congressman Mike Honda, "Press release: Rep Honda Named to Key Appropriations Subcommittees," January 2013
  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. 9.0 9.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. 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
  23. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. Campaign website, Issues
  26. Campaign website, "Rep. Mike Honda Receives Endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund," September 23, 2013
  27. Campaign website, "Rep. Mike Honda Receives Sierra Club Endorsement," December 10, 2013
  28. Campaign website, "Rep. Mike Honda Receives 92% of Votes from CA-17 Democrats for State Party Endorsement of Re-Election Campaign," February 10, 2014
  29. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  30. 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. 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. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mike Honda," Accessed March 22, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission "Mike Honda Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  47. Open Secrets "Mike Honda 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  49. Open Secrets "Mike Honda 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
  50. Gov Track "Mike Honda," Accessed June 7 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Mike Honda," Accessed July 31, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Mike Honda," Accessed April 2, 2013
  53. LegiStorm "Mike Honda"
  54. OpenSecrets.org, "Mike Honda (D-Calif), 2012"
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Campbell
U.S. House - California
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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