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Mike Ross (Arkansas)

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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 is not seeking re-election in 2012.[1] There are four candidates seeking election to Ross' seat. Primary elections will be held on May 22, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ross is a "centrist Democrat".[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Ross's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 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

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.[4] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[5]

Rep. Ross also voted for the auto bailout.[6] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[7]

In addition, Rep. Ross voted for the stimulus bill.[8] 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. [9]

Finally, Rep. Ross supported the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[10] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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."[14]

Elections

2012

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.

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

Political positions

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.[19]

Personal

Ross and his wife, Holly, have two children.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Dickey
U.S. House - Arkansas District 4
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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