Mike Quigley

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Mike Quigley
Mike Quigley.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 5
In office
April 7, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorRahm Emanuel (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.96 in 2012
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,029,964
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Cook County Board of Commissioners
High schoolGlenbard North High School (1971)
Bachelor'sRoosevelt University
Master'sUniversity of Chicago
J.D.Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Date of birthOctober 17, 1958
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
Net worth$-32,500.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Quigley campaign logo
Michael "Mike" Quigley (b. October 17, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Quigley was elected by voters from Illinois' 5th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2009.[1]

He won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Quigley is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Quigley did his undergraduate work at Roosevelt University, earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from the Loyola University School of Law, all in Chicago. He also served as an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University, lecturing on politics, the environment and local government. He was a practicing lawyer for almost twenty years.[1]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Quigley serves on the following committees:[4][5]


Key votes

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Quigley's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Quigley voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Quigley voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Quigley voted in favor of 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Voted "Yes" Quigley voted in support of 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.[8]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other 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] Quigley voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against 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 percent 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. Quigley joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

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.[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] Quigley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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 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.[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. Quigley voted for HR 2775.[20]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Quigley 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Quigley 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Quigley voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Quigley voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Quigley 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 who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]


On The Issues Vote Match

Mike Quigley's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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, Quigley is a Liberal Populist. Quigley received a score of 57 percent on personal issues and 24 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Neutral
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[22]

House Judiciary Committee

Quigley was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 2009. Quigley serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts and Competition Policy, and Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.[24]

Campaign themes


According to his website, Quigley's campaign themes included:

  • Environment: ."..to create cleaner air, jobs, improve health, protect the environment, and increase our energy independence."
  • Jobs: ."..meets regularly with small business owners in the Fifth District, working hard to eliminate red tape and financial barriers to increased hiring, and seeking new and creative ways to increase opportunity."
  • Healthcare: "been a vocal opponent of cuts in Medicaid funding which would have a devastating impact on the health care workforce and the health plans of public sector workers."[25]



See also: Illinois' 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Quigley ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014.[3]The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Illinois' 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Quigley ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinos' 5th District. Quigley sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Quigley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. He defeated Republican candidate Dan Schmitt in the general election on November 6, 2012.[26]

U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Quigley Incumbent 65.7% 177,729
     Republican Dan Schmitt 28.6% 77,289
     Green Nancy Wade 5.7% 15,359
Total Votes 270,377
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Quigley is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Quigley raised a total of $2,029,964 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[28]

Mike Quigley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 5) Won $728,590
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 5) Won $1,301,374
Grand Total Raised $2,029,964


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Quigley's reports.[29]

Mike Quigley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$0.00$0.00$(50,457.88)$355,785.80
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$355,785.80$165,800.00$(91,466.95)$430,118.85
October Quarterly[32]October 13, 2013$430,118.85$151,967.59$(71,461.75)$510,624.69
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$510,624$103,859$(86,897)$527,586
Pre-Primary[34]March 6, 2014$527,586$22,075$(39,799)$509,862
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$509,862$67,300$(78,172)$498,989
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2014$498,989.00$131,325.00$(134,614.00)$495,700.00
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2014$350,459$33,870$(10,484)$373,844
Running totals


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

Quigley won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Quigley's campaign committee raised a total of $728,590 and spent $703,729.[38] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Quigley spent $3.96 per vote received in 2012.


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

Quigley won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Quigley's campaign committee raised a total of $1,301,374 and spent $1,087,121 .[40]

Personal Gain Index

See also: Personal Gain Index
Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

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

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Quigley's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between -$99,999 and $34,998. That averages to -$32,500.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Quigley ranked as the 425th most wealthy representative in 2012.[41] Between 2008 and 2012, Quigley's net worth decreased by 128.4 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

Mike Quigley Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2008 to 2012:-128%
Average annual growth:-32%[42]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[43]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Quigley is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 16, 2013.[44]

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.[45]

Quigley most often votes with:

Quigley least often votes with:

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.


Quigley ranked 109th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[46]


Quigley ranked 109th in the liberal rankings.[47]

Voting with party


Mike Quigley voted with the Democratic Party 93.8% of the time, which ranked 127th among the 192 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Quigley missed 63 of 3,157 roll call votes from April 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.0%, which is better 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. Quigley paid his congressional staff a total of $1,111,255 in 2011. He ranks 147th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 55th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th 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]


Quigley lives with his wife Barbara, daughters Alyson and Meghan, and two dogs. They reside in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, where he has lived since 1982.[51]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Congressman Mike Quigley, "About Mike," accessed November 1, 2011
  2. ABC News 7, "Election Results Primary 2012," accessed March 20, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Vote Smart, "Mike Quigley Key Vote," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 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 14.2 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. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Mike Quigley Vote Match," accessed June 30, 2014
  23. 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.
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bio
  25. Quigley for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 27, 2012
  26. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois," 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Mike Quigley," accessed April 5, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Quigley 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 22, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 14, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Mike Quigley 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Mike Quigley 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  41. OpenSecrets, "Quigley (D-IL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  42. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  43. 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.
  44. GovTrack, "Quigley," accessed June 16, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mike Quigley," accessed August 1, 2013
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. GovTrack, "Mike Quigley," accessed April 1, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Mike Quigley," accessed 2012
  51. Mike Quigley-Democrat, Illinois 5th Congressional District, "About Mike," accessed November 1, 2011
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Rahm Emanuel
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois' District 5
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