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}}{{tnr}}'''Mike Honda''' (b. June 27, 1941) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[California]]'s 17th congressional district.  Honda was first elected to the House in 2000.  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Mike Honda''' (b. June 27, 1941) 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 won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 17th congressional district elections, 2012|17th District]] as a [[Democrat]].<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> He was displaced from his current district by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/OFFICIAL-CALIFORNIA-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-Endorsement-Results1.pdf ''California Democratic Party'' "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref> The [[California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)| open primary]] election took place on June 5, 2012.
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Honda won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 17th congressional district elections, 2012|17th District]] as a [[Democrat]].<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> He was displaced from his former district by redistricting.<ref>[http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/OFFICIAL-CALIFORNIA-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-Endorsement-Results1.pdf ''California Democratic Party'' "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
  
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Honda is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/michael_honda/400185 ''Gov Track'' "Honda" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Honda is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/michael_honda/400185 ''Gov Track'' "Honda" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
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Honda's campaign website lists the following issues:<ref>[http://www.mikehonda.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172&Itemid=141 Campaign website, Issues]</ref>
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Honda's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.mikehonda.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172&Itemid=141 Campaign website, Issues]</ref>
  
 
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===Congressional Staff Salaries===
 
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 ranks 179th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 14th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[California]] ranks 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/284/Rep_Mike_Honda.html LegiStorm "Mike Honda"]</ref>
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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 he 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/284/Rep_Mike_Honda.html LegiStorm "Mike Honda"]</ref>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===

Revision as of 16:36, 13 March 2013

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
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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$939,505
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Honda (b. June 27, 1941) 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 won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from his former district by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Honda is a "far-left Democrat".[3]

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

Campaign themes

2012

Honda's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • 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."

Specific votes

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 one 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.[8]

Elections

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 as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from the 15th district by redistricting. He and Evelyn Li (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Charles Richardson (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Honda won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Scott Kirkland in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda Incumbent 67.6% 126,147
     Republican Scott Kirkland 32.4% 60,468
Total Votes 186,615

Campaign donors

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.[12]

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.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 15, 2010 - Mike Honda Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $773,921
Total Spent $850,364
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $66,867
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $66,867
Top contributors to Mike Honda's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
Service Employees International Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$62,912
Building Trade Unions$47,500
Computers/Internet$42,807
Public Sector Unions$30,500
Real Estate$29,400

Analysis

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 he 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.[14]

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, Honda's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $569,010 and $1,310,000. That averages to $939,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 46.91% from 2010.[15]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Honda's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $369,010 and $910,000. That averages to $639,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

Political positions

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, Mike Honda has voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 73 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[19]

Personal

Honda is widowed and has two children.

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Campbell
U.S. House - California District 17
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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