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Mo Brooks

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Mo Brooks
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U.S. House, Alabama, District 5
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorParker Griffith (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,765,964
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alabama State House of Representatives
1982-1992
Education
Bachelor'sDuke University, 1975
J.D.University of Alabama, 1978
Personal
BirthdayApril 29, 1954
Place of birthCharleston, SC
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$807,021
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mo Brooks (b. April 29, 1954) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Alabama's 5th congressional district. Brooks was first elected to the House in 2010.

Brooks most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Parker Griffith in the Republican primary on March 13, 2012.[1] He went on to win the general election on November 6, 2012, defeating Charlie L. Holley in the general election.[2]

Brooks began his political career by serving in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1982 to 1992.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Brooks is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Career

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

  • 1975: Graduated from Duke University with B.A.
  • 1978: Graduated from University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa with J.D.
  • 1978-1980: Practiced law in Tuscaloosa County
  • 1980-1982: Clerk, Circuit Court Judge John Snodgrass
  • 1982-1992: Alabama House of Representatives
  • 1991-1993: District attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Madison County
  • 1995-2002: Special assistant attorney general, state of Alabama
  • 1996-2010: Commissioner, Madison County
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Alabama

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Brooks serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Brooks voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Brooks is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012

Brooks won re-election to the 5th congressional district in 2012. He defeated Parker Griffith in the Republican primary on March 13, 2012. He then defeated Charlie L. Holley in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charlie L. Holley 34.9% 101,772
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 64.9% 189,185
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 336
Total Votes 291,293
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Alabama District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 70.9% 65,155
Parker Griffith 29.1% 26,693
Total Votes 91,848

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brooks is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Brooks raised a total of $1,765,964 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 21, 2013.[9]

Mo Brooks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Alabama, District 5) Won $904,753
2010 US House (Alabama, District 5) Won $861,211
Grand Total Raised $1,765,964

2012

Breakdown of the source of Brooks's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Brooks won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Brooks's campaign committee raised a total of $904,753 and spent $455,514.[10]

2010

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

Brooks won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Brooks's campaign committee raised a total of $861,211 and spent $810,790.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Alabama District 5, 2010 - Mo Brooks Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $861,211
Total Spent $810,790
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $929,084
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $777,837
Top contributors to Mo Brooks's campaign committee
McDaniel & Mcdaniel$14,000
Dynetics Inc$11,750
Leo & Brooks$9,900
ABC Supply$8,200
Phoenix Consulting Group$7,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$85,200
Leadership PACs$74,398
Health Professionals$70,200
Lawyers/Law Firms$46,450
Defense Aerospace$23,250

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brooks is a "moderate Republican follower" as of June 2013.[12]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Brooks missed 15 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[13]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Brooks paid his congressional staff a total of $1,020,319 in 2011. He ranked 46th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries, and he ranked 51st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Alabama ranked 22nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Brooks's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $343,043 and $1,271,000. That averages to $807,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 6.89% from 2010.[15]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Brooks' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $285,047 and $1,225,000. That averages to $755,023.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

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. Brooks ranked 74th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[17]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Brooks ranked 140th in the conservative rankings.[18]

Voting with party

2013

Mo Brooks voted with the Republican Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 187th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[19]

Personal

Brooks and his wife, Martha, have four children.

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External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Parker Griffith
U.S. House - Alabama District 5
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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