Mike Ross (Arkansas)
|U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||14|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Arkansas State Senate|
|Nevada County Quorum Court|
|Bachelor's||University of Arkansas, Little Rock, 1987|
|Date of birth||August 2, 1961|
|Place of birth||Texarkana, AR|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Below is an abbreviated outline of Ross's academic, professional and political career:
- 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-Present: U.S Representative from Arkansas
- Energy and Commerce Committee
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
In addition, Rep. Ross voted for the stimulus bill. 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. 
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. 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.
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."
Ross is not seeking re-election in 2012. State senator Gene Jeffress is seeking the Democratic nomination, while Tom Cotton, Beth Anne Rankin, and Marcus Richmond are seeking the Republican nomination. Primary elections will be held on May 22, 2012.
|U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Mike Ross Incumbent||57.5%||102,479|
|Republican||Beth Anne Rankin||40.2%||71,526|
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, Arkansas District 4, 2010 - Mike Ross (Arkansas) Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$156,950|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
Percentage voting with party
Mike Ross voted with the Democratic Party 56.6% of the time, which ranked 190 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.
Ross and his wife, Holly, have two children.
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- Media coverage:
- Arkansas Times "In Ross' wake," Accessed February 23, 2012
- Gov Track "Ross" Accessed May 23, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Michael Avery Ross," Accessed November 1, 2011
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- The Republic, "Ross: Redistricting making Congress more partisan by creating fewer swing districts," August 10, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets "Mike Ross 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
- LegiStorm "Mike Ross"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Ross, (D-Arkansas), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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