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Ross 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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Mike Ross
Mike Ross.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Arkansas
Date of primaryJune 10, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
In office
2001-2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas State Senate
1991-2000
Nevada County Quorum Court
1983-1985
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas, Little Rock, 1987
Personal
BirthdayAugust 2, 1961
Place of birthTexarkana, AR
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Mike Ross campaign logo
Mike Ross (b. August 2, 1961, in Texarkana, Arkansas) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arkansas's 4th congressional district from 2001 to 2013. He is running for Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Ross did not seek re-election in 2012,[1] opting instead to take a job in the private sector as the senior vice president for government affairs and public relations for Southwest Power Pool. Ross was succeeded by Tom Cotton, a Republican, who won election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ross was a "centrist Democrat".[3]

Career

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

  • 1987: Graduated from University of Arkansas, Little Rock with B.A.
  • 1985-1989: Staff for office of the Lt. Governor of Arkansas
  • 1991-2000: Arkansas State Senate
  • 2001-2013: U.S Representative from Arkansas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Specific votes

Rep. Ross voted for TARP.[5] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[6]

Rep. Ross also voted for the auto bailout.[7] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[8]

In addition, Rep. Ross voted for the stimulus bill.[9] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [10]

Finally, Rep. Ross supported the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[11] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[12]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Ross 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.[13]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[14] According to the report, Ross helped secure about $2.6 million toward the construction of a railroad trestle in Prescott about one-third mile from a building he owns.[15]

Ross is co-sponsoring legislation which would require states to redraw boundaries by using an independent commission. Ross said that redistricting was responsible for making Congress become more partisan by creating fewer competitive districts. He says that the process has created more safe seats for both parties, resulting in fewer moderate lawmakers willing to work with the opposite party. He said, "It used to be that we only did politics on even years and we'd actually make policy on odd years. Now we never make policy. It's politics 24-7 the entire two year term."[16]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014

Ross is running for Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 election. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Democratic incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe is ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits, setting the stage for a highly competitive race. Over a year before the election, polling figures and ratings reports - from sources such as The Washington Post, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, Governing and Daily Kos - had already labeled Beebe's seat as a toss-up and cast Arkansas among the states most vulnerable to partisan switch in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[17][18][19][20]

In June 2012, term-limited Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) filed paperwork to start raising money for his 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[21] McDaniel had been considered the Democratic frontrunner, but revelations that he had engaged in extra-martial relations with a Hot Springs attorney, Andi Davis,[22] whom he met around his 2010 re-election, ultimately proved too significant a publicity threat to his campaign. He dropped out of the race on January 25, 2013, explaining in an e-mail to supporters, "I had hoped that I could shape the 2014 gubernatorial debate with my vision for the future. Unfortunately, I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future."[23]

Despite announcing in December 2012 that he would not run for governor in 2014, former Congressman Mike Ross re-emerged as a potential candidate in the wake of McDaniel's exit from the race.[2][24][25] "Dustin McDaniel getting out of the race has left a huge void which clearly none of the other candidates are filling or I wouldn't be getting all these calls from every corner of the state...I'm humbled by that and I feel a sense of duty and responsibility to the people of this state to at least reconsider my decision and I'm doing that," Ross said at U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election fundraiser in March 2013.[26] Ross officially launched his campaign on April 17, 2013. The only other declared Democratic candidate at the time of his announcement, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, left the race in July when he found himself trailing Ross in fundraising and immediately threw his support behind Ross.[27]threw his support behind Ross upon his withdrawal from the race on July 29, 2013.[28]

Ross overtook Lynette "Doc" Bryant for the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary election.[29] Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary, earning the chance to win back office for their party.[27]

The Libertarian Party and the Green Party selected their candidates for governor by convention. Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Josh Drake will appear on the November 4 general election ballot with Ross and Hutchinson.[30][31][32]

Money in the race

On May 13, 2014, candidates were required to file pre-primary campaign finance reports detailing their fundraising and expenditures since April 1. Before winning their respective parties' nominations on May 20, Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both reported spending more than they took in over the previous month. Ross outraised Hutchinson $491,000 to $240,375, and Hutchinson outspent Ross by about $80,000. A large portion of each candidates' campaign expenditures went toward television advertisements. This was especially true for Hutchinson, who went $439,000 airing his ads across Arkansas-more than triple what Ross spent.[33]

Heading into the May 20 primaries, Ross reported having $2 million leftover, compared to Hutchinson's remaining balance of $904,000. Also on the GOP primary ballot is Curtis Coleman, who, unlike Ross' Democratic primary opponent Lynette Bryant, filed his campaign finance report by the May 13 deadline. Coleman raised $62,060 and spent $72,622 in April 2014, leaving him with $5,883 cash in hand.[34][33]


2012

Ross did not seek re-election in 2012. Tom Cotton (R) defeated Gene Jeffress (D), Joshua Drake (G) and Bobby Tullis (L) in the general election.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ross won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Beth Anne Rankin and Josh Drake in the general election.[35]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ross Incumbent 57.5% 102,479
     Republican Beth Anne Rankin 40.2% 71,526
     Green Josh Drake 2.3% 4,129
Total Votes 178,134

Campaign donors

2010

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

Ross won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Ross's campaign committee raised a total of $2,426,280 and spent $3,012,727.[36]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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. Ross paid his congressional staff a total of $995,469 in 2011. He ranked 74th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 265th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranked 38th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[37]

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, Ross' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $128,010 and $479,999. That averages to $304,004.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[38]

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. Ross ranked 180th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[39]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Ross ranked 192nd in the liberal rankings.[40]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Mike Ross voted with the Democratic Party 56.6% of the time, which ranked 190 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[41]

Personal

Ross and his wife, Holly, have two children.

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References

  1. Arkansas Times "In Ross' wake," Accessed February 23, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arkansas Business, "Mike Ross not reconsidering 2014 run for Arkansas governor," December 26, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Ross" Accessed May 23, 2012
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Michael Avery Ross," Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  6. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  7. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  8. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  10. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  12. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  15. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  16. The Republic, "Ross: Redistricting making Congress more partisan by creating fewer swing districts," August 10, 2012
  17. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  19. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  20. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  21. Arkansas News Bureau, "McDaniel raises $1 million for governor’s race," October 15, 2012
  22. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel admits 'inappropriate interaction' with Hot Springs lawyer," December 18, 2013
  23. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel officially announces he's out of governor's race," January 25, 2013
  24. Talk Business.net, "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012
  25. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  26. The Associated Press - My San Antonio, "Analysis: Dem. race for Ark. gov. in '14 unsettled," March 24, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 Arkansas Business, "Bill Halter Quits Race for Governor to Avoid 'Divisive Primary'," July 29, 2013
  28. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  29. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  30. Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  31. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  32. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  33. 33.0 33.1 The Republic, "Democrat Mike Ross raises $491K in April for Arkansas governor bid, Hutchinson raises $240K," May 13, 2014
  34. Arkansas Online, "2014 Campaign Contributions, Governors Race," accessed May 15, 2014
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  36. Open Secrets "Mike Ross 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  37. LegiStorm "Mike Ross"
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Ross, (D-Arkansas), 2010"
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Dickey
U.S. House - Arkansas District 4
2001-2013
Succeeded by
Tom Cotton