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|Tenure = 2001-2013
 
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|Current candidacy = [[Governor of Arkansas]]
|Current candidacy primary date = [[Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014|June 10, 2014]]
 
 
|Current candidacy election date = [[State executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''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 {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in the [[Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014|2014 election]]. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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}}{{tnr}}'''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 {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in the [[Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014|2014 election]]. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
Ross did not seek re-election in 2012, 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'''.<ref>[http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/in-rosss-wake/Content?oid=1874541 ''Arkansas Times'' "In Ross' wake," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>  Ross was 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>  
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Ross did not seek re-election in 2012, 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'''.<ref>[http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/in-rosss-wake/Content?oid=1874541 ''Arkansas Times'', "In Ross' wake," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>  Ross was 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 was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]."<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mike_ross/400345 ''GovTrack'', "Ross" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Ross was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]."<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mike_ross/400345 ''GovTrack'', "Ross" accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Ross's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=r000573 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Michael Avery Ross," accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
Below is an abbreviated outline of Ross's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=r000573 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'', "Michael Avery Ross," Accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
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*1987: Graduated from University of Arkansas, Little Rock with B.A.
 
*1987: Graduated from University of Arkansas, Little Rock with B.A.
 
*1985-1989: Staff for office of the Lt. Governor of Arkansas
 
*1985-1989: Staff for office of the Lt. Governor of Arkansas
 
*1991-2000: [[Arkansas State Senate]]
 
*1991-2000: [[Arkansas State Senate]]
*2001-2013: U.S Representative from Arkansas
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*2001-2013: U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===Specific votes===
 
===Specific votes===
  
Rep. Ross voted for TARP.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml ''U.S. House Clerk'', "Roll Call 681," October 3, 2008]</ref> According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'', "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
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Rep. Ross voted for TARP.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml ''U.S. House Clerk'', "Roll Call 681," October 3, 2008]</ref> According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'', "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
  
Rep. Ross also voted for the auto bailout.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll690.xml ''US House Clerk'', "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008]</ref> As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'', "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
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Rep. Ross also voted for the auto bailout.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll690.xml ''US House Clerk'', "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008]</ref> As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'', "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
  
In addition, Rep. Ross voted for the stimulus bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll046.xml ''US House Clerk'', "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/august_2010/38_say_stimulus_plan_helped_economy_36_say_it_hurt ''Rasmussen'', "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010]</ref>
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In addition, Rep. Ross voted for the stimulus bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll046.xml ''US House Clerk'', "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009]</ref> Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/august_2010/38_say_stimulus_plan_helped_economy_36_say_it_hurt ''Rasmussen'', "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010]</ref>
  
Finally, Rep. Ross supported the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll314.xml ''US House Clerk'', "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009]</ref> According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/june_2009/54_oppose_cash_for_clunkers_plan_to_spur_purchase_of_greener_cars ''Rasmussen'', "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009]</ref>
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Finally, Rep. Ross supported the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll314.xml ''US House Clerk'', "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009]</ref> According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/june_2009/54_oppose_cash_for_clunkers_plan_to_spur_purchase_of_greener_cars ''Rasmussen'', "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009]</ref>
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Yea vote}}
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 who 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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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 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Earmarks===
 
===Earmarks===
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===Sponsored legislation===
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
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 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."<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/07452e214aa641d58d70215a555fa621/AR--Ross-Political-Animals ''The Republic,'' "Ross: Redistricting making Congress more partisan by creating fewer swing districts," August 10, 2012]</ref>
 
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 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."<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/07452e214aa641d58d70215a555fa621/AR--Ross-Political-Animals ''The Republic,'' "Ross: Redistricting making Congress more partisan by creating fewer swing districts," August 10, 2012]</ref>
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==On The Issues Vote Match==
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[[File:s040_020.gif|right|290px|thumb|Mike Ross' Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials 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, Ross is a '''Liberal Populist.''' Ross received a score of 43 percent on social issues and 20 percent on economic issues.<ref name=''ontheissues''/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Ross|Date=June 23, 2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Governor.OnTheIssues.org/Mike_Ross.htm ''On The Issues'', "Mike Ross Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion=Opposes
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|Hiring= Favors
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|Marriage= Opposes
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|God= Favors
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|ObamaCare= Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Favors
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|Crime= Unknown
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|Guns=Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Favors
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|Citizenship=Strongly Favors
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|Free Trade= Strongly Opposes
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|United Nations=Opposes
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|Military=Favors
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|Campaign Funds=Favors
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|Iran=Opposes
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|Energy=Favors
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|Marijuana=Opposes
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|Stimulus=Strongly Favors
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}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
::''See also: [[Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
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::''See also: [[Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
  
Ross {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in the 2014 election. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Ross {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in the 2014 election. He won the [[Democratic]] nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
{{Youtube|title=WFPXyDZs3uk|size=200|caption=In the first TV ad of Ross' campaign, term-limited Gov. Mike Beebe discusses why he believes Ross should succeed him as governor - Released January 5, 2014}}
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*'''Democratic primary'''
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{{Youtube|title=9K39Wplk-JA|size=200|caption=Ross talks about plans to cut taxes for middle class and prioritize education in '''Middle Class Families''' - Posted to YouTube May 21, 2014}}
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===2010===
 
===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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'', "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Mike Ross 2010 Donors.JPG‎‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Ross's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Mike Ross 2010 Donors.JPG‎‎|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00009571&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Mike Ross 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00009571&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Mike Ross 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
  
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
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His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:
 
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===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
:: ''See also: [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009571&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets'', "Ross, (D-Arkansas), 2010"]</ref>
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009571&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets'', "Ross, (D-Arkansas), 2010"]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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 in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
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==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Governor of Arkansas]]
 
*[[Governor of Arkansas]]
*[[Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014]]
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Latest revision as of 15:53, 28 August 2014

Mike Ross
Mike Ross.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Arkansas
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
In office
2001-2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
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, 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.[1] 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

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 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.[6]

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

In addition, Rep. Ross voted for the stimulus bill.[9] Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed 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 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[12]

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png 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 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.[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 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]

On The Issues Vote Match

Mike Ross' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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, Ross is a Liberal Populist. Ross received a score of 43 percent on social issues and 20 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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[17]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[18]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014

Ross is running for Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 election. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

  • Democratic primary
Governor of Arkansas, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Lynette Bryant 15.6% 23,906
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ross 84.4% 129,437
Total Votes 153,343
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State.



In the first TV ad of Ross' campaign, term-limited Gov. Mike Beebe discusses why he believes Ross should succeed him as governor - Posted to YouTube 1/5/14

Ross talks about plans to cut taxes for middle class and prioritize education in Middle Class Families - Posted to YouTube May 21, 2014

Race background

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.[19][20][21][22]

In June 2012, term-limited Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) filed paperwork to start raising money for his 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[23] McDaniel had been considered the Democratic frontrunner, but revelations that he had engaged in extra-martial relations with a Hot Springs attorney, Andi Davis,[24] 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."[25]

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][26][27] "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.[28] 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.[29]threw his support behind Ross upon his withdrawal from the race on July 29, 2013.[30]

Ross overtook Lynette "Doc" Bryant for the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary election.[31] Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary, earning the chance to win back office for their party.[29]

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.[32][33][34]

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.[35]

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.[36][35]


Polls

General election
All candidates

Governor of Arkansas: Four-way race
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Joshua Drake (G)Frank Gilbert (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Southern Progress Poll
September 7-9, 2014
44%44%2%2%8%+/-3.5600
Gravis Marketing
September 8-11, 2014
46%42%0%2%10%+/-4.0902
Public Policy Polling
September 18-21, 2014
44%38%2%3%13%+/-2.61,453
Suffolk/USA Today
September 20-23, 2014
43%41%2%3%11%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 44.25% 41.25% 1.5% 2.5% 10.5% +/-3.63 863.75
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round Hutchinson vs. Ross (April 2014 - present)

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
NBC/Marist
April 30-May 4, 2014
49%42%7%+/-2.9876
Rasmussen Reports
May 27-28, 2014
48%41%6%+/-4.0750
Public Policy Poll
August 1-3, 2014
43%38%12%+/-3.01,066
AVERAGES 46.67% 40.33% 8.33% +/-3.3 897.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hutchinson vs. Ross (February 2014 - April 2014)

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business/Hendrix College
February 20, 2013
43%38%19%+/-3.8675
Talk Business/Hendrix College Poll
October 8, 2013
41%37%22%+/-4.0603
Public Policy Polling/Americans United for Change
December 13-15, 2013
44%43%14%+/-3.11,004
Rasmussen Reports
February 4-5, 2014
41%44%12%+/-4.5500
Impact
February 10, 2014
42%42%17%+/-2.831,202
OnMessage
March 11-13, 2014
44%36%15%+/-4.0600
Hendrix College/Talk Business
April 3-4, 2014
43%44%8%+/-3.01,068
Opinion Research Associates
April 1-8, 2014
39%45%17%+/-5.0400
New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll
April 8-15, 2014
41%40%16%+/-4.0857
Public Policy Poll
April 25-27, 2014
46%38%16%+/-3.4840
AVERAGES 42.4% 40.7% 15.6% +/-3.76 774.9
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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.[37]

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.[38]

His top five 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.[39]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and 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.[40]

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.[41]

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 in 2011.[42]

Voting with party

November 2011

Mike Ross voted with the Democratic Party 56.6 percent of the time, which ranked 190 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[43]

Personal

Ross and his wife, Holly, have two children.

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Arkansas Business, "Mike Ross not reconsidering 2014 run for Arkansas governor," December 26, 2012
  3. GovTrack, "Ross" accessed May 23, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Michael Avery Ross," accessed November 1, 2011
  5. U.S. House Clerk, "Roll Call 681," October 3, 2008
  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. 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.
  18. On The Issues, "Mike Ross Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  19. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  21. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  22. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  23. Arkansas News Bureau, "McDaniel raises $1 million for governor’s race," October 15, 2012
  24. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel admits 'inappropriate interaction' with Hot Springs lawyer," December 18, 2013
  25. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel officially announces he's out of governor's race," January 25, 2013
  26. Talk Business.net, "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012
  27. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  28. The Associated Press - My San Antonio, "Analysis: Dem. race for Ark. gov. in '14 unsettled," March 24, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 Arkansas Business, "Bill Halter Quits Race for Governor to Avoid 'Divisive Primary'," July 29, 2013
  30. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  31. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  32. Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  33. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  34. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  35. 35.0 35.1 The Republic, "Democrat Mike Ross raises $491K in April for Arkansas governor bid, Hutchinson raises $240K," May 13, 2014
  36. Arkansas Online, "2014 Campaign Contributions, Governors Race," accessed May 15, 2014
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Mike Ross 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  39. LegiStorm, "Mike Ross"
  40. OpenSecrets, "Ross, (D-Arkansas), 2010"
  41. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  42. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  43. 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