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}}{{tnr}}'''Mike Ross''' (b. August 2, 1961) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Arkansas]]'s 4th congressional district.  Ross was first elected to the House in 2000.  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Mike Ross''' (b. August 2, 1961) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Arkansas]]'s 4th congressional district.  Ross was first elected to the House in 2000.  
  
Ross did not seek re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/in-rosss-wake/Content?oid=1874541 ''Arkansas Times'' "In Ross' wake," Accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Ross did not seek re-election in 2012,<ref>[http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/in-rosss-wake/Content?oid=1874541 ''Arkansas Times'' "In Ross' wake," Accessed February 23, 2012]</ref> 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 will be succeeded by [[Tom Cotton]], a [[Republican]], who won election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012.<ref name=arkbus>[http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/89833/mike-ross-not-reconsidering-2014-run-for-arkansas-governor ''Arkansas Business,'' "Mike Ross not reconsidering 2014 run for Arkansas governor," December 26, 2012]</ref>  
  
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Ross is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mike_ross/400345 ''Gov Track'' "Ross" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Ross is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mike_ross/400345 ''Gov Track'' "Ross" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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*1985-1989: Staff for office of the Lt. Governor of Arkansas
 
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*1991-2000: [[Arkansas State Senate]]
 
*1991-2000: [[Arkansas State Senate]]
*2001-Present: U.S Representative from Arkansas
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*2001-2013: U.S Representative from Arkansas
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
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===2014===
 
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Ross is considered a potential [[Democratic]] candidate for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in 2014.<ref>[http://talkbusiness.net/2012/12/stars-alligning-for-mike-ross-to-reconsider-running-for-governor/ ''Talk Business.net,'' "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012]</ref>
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Ross was considered a potential [[Democratic]] candidate for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in 2014. He announced in late December 2012 that he would not run for the governorship in the next election, but that he had not ruled out seeking the office in subsequent elections.<ref name=arkbus/><ref>[http://talkbusiness.net/2012/12/stars-alligning-for-mike-ross-to-reconsider-running-for-governor/ ''Talk Business.net,'' "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 09:55, 26 December 2012

Mike Ross
Mike Ross.jpg
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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
Office website
Mike Ross (b. August 2, 1961) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arkansas's 4th congressional district. Ross was first elected to the House in 2000.

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 will be 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 is a "centrist Democrat".[3]

Career

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]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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."[15]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014

Ross was considered a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Arkansas in 2014. He announced in late December 2012 that he would not run for the governorship in the next election, but that he had not ruled out seeking the office in subsequent elections.[2][16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Arkansas District 4, 2010 - Mike Ross (Arkansas) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,426,280
Total Spent $3,012,727
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $595,499
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $588,354
Top contributors to Mike Ross (Arkansas)'s campaign committee
Stephens Group$37,500
Murphy Oil$21,750
McKesson Corp$20,000
Tyson Foods$16,600
US Oncology$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$256,550
Oil & Gas$156,950
Lawyers/Law Firms$100,245
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$88,550
Insurance$83,350

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 ranks 74th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 265th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranks 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.[19]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[20]

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 Ross has voted with the Democratic Party 56.6% of the time, which ranked 190 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[21]

Personal

Ross and his wife, Holly, have two children.

External links


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. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  14. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  15. The Republic, "Ross: Redistricting making Congress more partisan by creating fewer swing districts," August 10, 2012
  16. Talk Business.net, "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  18. Open Secrets "Mike Ross 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  19. LegiStorm "Mike Ross"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Ross, (D-Arkansas), 2010"
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Dickey
U.S. House - Arkansas District 4
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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