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Johanns 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by
Johanns 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
Revision as of 13:05, 1 July 2014
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska|
|January 3, 2009-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Predecessor||Chuck Hagel (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|United States Secretary of Agriculture|
|January 21, 2005 – September 20, 2007|
|Governor of Nebraska|
|January 7, 1999 – January 20, 2005|
|Mayor of Lincoln|
|Bachelor's||St. Mary's University|
|Birthday||June 18, 1950|
|Place of birth||Osage, Iowa|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Johanns served in President George W. Bush's cabinet from 2005-2009 as the Secretary of Agriculture.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Johanns is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Johanns was born in Osage, Iowa, and grew up living and working on his family's farm. After graduating from high school, Johanns went on to study at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona. He earned a law degree from Creighton University.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Johanns's academic, professional and political career:
- 1989-1991: Lincoln City Council
- 1991-1998: Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska
- 1999-2005: Governor of Nebraska
- 2005-2009: Secretary of Agriculture in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush
Johanns serves on the following Senate committees:
- Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
- Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
- Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
- Subcommittee on Economic Policy
- United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Members
Johanns served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support
- Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions
- Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
- Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
- Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
- Subcommittee on Science and Space
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Impeachment Trial Committee on the Articles against Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr.
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. The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Johanns's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
John Brennan CIA nomination
Johanns voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.
On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."
No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Johanns voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded 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. The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Johanns voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.
Johanns voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.
Violence Against Women (2013)
Johanns voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.
Previous congressional sessions
Johanns 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Johanns is a Moderate Conservative. Johanns received a score of 28 percent on personal issues and 63 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Opposes||Expand the military||Strongly Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Johanns is not running for re-election.
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2008|
|Nebraska||Kelly Renee Rosberg||1.4%||11,438|
|Green||Steven R. Larrick||1%||7,763|
Comprehensive donor information for Johanns is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Johanns raised a total of $3,907,749 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.
|Mike Johanns's Campaign Contribution History|
|2008||U.S. Senate (Nebraska)||$3,907,749|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,907,749|
|Mike Johanns (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 8, 2013||$258,400.33||$21,782.48||$(76,649.07)||$20,533.74|
|July Quarterly||July 12, 2013||$20,533.74||$58.64||$(14,509.05)||$189,083.33|
|October Quarterly||October 11, 2013||$189,083.33||$45.84||$(11,730.68)||$177,398.49|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index
The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:
- Net worth
- How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
- The K-Street metric (coming soon)
- What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
- Donation concentration (coming soon)
- What industries are contributing the most to each member?
- Stock trading (coming soon)
- What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?
PGI: Net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Johanns' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,186,034 and $6,043,001. That averages to $4,614,517.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Johanns ranked as the 31st most wealthy senator in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, Johanns' net worth increased by 47.3 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.
|Mike Johanns Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2008 to 2012:||47%|
|Average annual growth:||12%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
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.
Johanns most often votes with:
Johanns least often votes with:
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Johanns missed 33 of 1,278 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 2.6% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johanns paid his congressional staff a total of $2,287,429 in 2011. He ranked 18th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 24th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Nebraska ranked 38th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
According to the data released in 2013, Johanns was ranked the 39th most conservative senator during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Mike Johanns was ranked the 39th most conservative senator during 2011.
Voting with party
Mike Johanns voted with the Republican Party 86.6% of the time, which ranked 27th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
Johanns is married to Stephanie Johanns, a former Lancaster County Commissioner and Nebraska State Senator. They have two children and five grandchildren.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Mike + Johanns + Nebraska + Senate
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- List of U.S. Congress incumbents not running for re-election in 2014
- U.S. Senate delegation from Nebraska
- United States congressional delegations from Nebraska
- United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014
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- NY Times.com "Republican Senator From Nebraska Won’t Run in 2014" accessed February 18, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Johanns," accessed July 1, 2013
- Wikipedia, "Mike Johanns"
- Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List" accessed January 22, 2013
- Official Senate Page of Mike Johanns, "Committee Assignments for Senator Johanns"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013
- On The Issues, "Mike Johanns Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- CBS News, "Nebraska's Johanns to endorse Romney," December 21, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Donor history for Mike Johanns" April 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Johanns 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 30 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Johanns, (R-NE), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenCongress, "Mike Johanns," accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Mike Johanns," accessed July 1, 2013
- GovTrack, "Mike Johanns" accessed April 2013
- LegiStorm, "Mike Johanns"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Wikipedia, "Mike Johanns"
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