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Pelosi 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. She was
Pelosi 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. She was of 172 Democrats that 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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|U.S. House, California, District 12|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||27|
|Predecessor||Sala Burton (D)|
|Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives|
|Speaker, United States House of Representatives|
|Minority Whip, United States House of Representatives|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||June 2, 1987|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Trinity College, 1962|
|Birthday||March 26, 1940|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, MD|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Pelosi has served as House Minority Leader since 2010 and chose to continue to serve in that position following the 2012 election. She stated, “After our victory at the polls, I wouldn’t think of walking away.” She formerly served as Speaker of the House for four years, but became Minority Leader when Republicans took control of the House following the 2010 election.
Pelosi most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 12th District. She defeated John Dennis (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.  Pelosi was displaced from her former district by redistricting.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pelosi is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Pelosi's academic, professional and political career:
- 1962: Graduated from Trinity College with B.A.
- 1981-1983: Chair, California State Democratic Party
- 1985-1986: Finance chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
- 1987-Present: U.S Representative from California
As minority leader, Pelosi doesn't serve on any committees.
On May 10, 2013, news broke that various branches of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had specifically targeted conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status. This began during the tea party surge in 2010. The agency was separating tax-exempt applications by searching for political terms such as "tea party" and "patriot." In June 2011, an IRS official was briefed on these transgressions and asked that this practice end. The flagging continued, however, when the criteria was changed in January 2012 to look out for groups educating on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The targeting included allegations that tea party groups were forced to provide information not asked of other tax exempt groups. Examples of this included requests for donor information, Facebook posts, resumes and political intentions of group officials and connections to other groups.
On May 16, IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced his resignation. He still testified at the hearings the next day.
As a result of this scandal, Republicans and many Democratic members of Congress, including Pelosi, publicly called for a deeper investigation into these matters. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on May 17 during which it was disclosed that the Obama administration was made aware of the targeting on June 4, 2012.
On May 20, Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch sent a written inquiry regarding the process for how the agency reviewed applications for tax exempt status. The letter also requested any correspondence between White House officials and the IRS mentioning 501(c) organizations.
During the May 22 House committee hearing on the issue, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations office, declined to answer questions citing her Fifth Amendment right. The next day, May 23, Lerner was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after Senators John McCain and Carl Levin called on IRS officials to place her on suspension. Lerner retired on September 23, 2013.
Federal pay cuts
In Feb. 2013, as federal agencies braced themselves for the imminent arrival of steep sequester spending cuts, Pelosi spoke out in opposition to cutting congressional salaries as a way to offset cuts to federal programming and personnel. "I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do...I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded," she said to reporters in Washington, D.C. Pelosi conceded that her household income could easily withstand a pay cut, but pointed out that such financial security does not necessarily apply to all Congress members and staffers, especially those relied upon as their families' sole income providers. "A sequester should be out of the question," stated Pelosi, in dissonance with the outlook expressed by fellow Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer two weeks before President Obama issued the sequestration order. Hoyer correctly predicted that yielding to a sequester and letting its accompanying pay cuts take effect, were "obviously" awaiting Congress, "like everybody else, and we will have to accommodate that," he said. Congress was unable to agree on a planned recourse to the sequester by March 1, 2013, therefore setting off across-the-board federal budget cuts amounting to approximately $85 billion.
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, Pelosi helped secure $50 million in earmarks toward a light-rail project that provides direct access to San Francisco's Union Square and Chinatown for neighborhoods south of Market Street. Pelosi's husband owns a four-story commercial building blocks from Union Square.
Pelosi 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. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Pelosi won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 12th District. She was displaced from her former district, the 8th, by redistricting. She and John Dennis (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Americo Artura Diaz (D), David Peterson (D), Summer Justice Shields (D), and Barry Hermanson (G). Pelosi then defeated Dennis in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, California District 12 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Nancy Pelosi Incumbent||85.1%||253,709|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
To view the full congressional electoral history for Nancy Pelosi, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Pelosi is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Pelosi raised a total of $12,375,766 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Nancy Pelosi's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 12)||$2,300,344|
|2010||US House (California, District 8)||$2,597,319|
|2008||US House (California, District 8)||$2,856,945|
|2006||US House (California, District 8)||$1,679,511|
|2004||US House (California, District 8)||$1,552,921|
|2002||US House (California, District 8)||$978,261|
|2000||US House (California, District 8)||$410,465|
|Grand Total Raised||$12,375,766|
|Nancy Pelosi (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$449,327.33||$344,852.38||$(422,180.00)||$371,999.71|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$371,999.71||$327,857.05||$(277,797.51)||$422,059.25|
Pelosi won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pelosi's campaign committee raised a total of $2,300,344 and spent $2,001,647. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Pelosi spent $7.89 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 12, 2012 - Nancy Pelosi Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$531,338|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$480,225|
|Top contributors to Nancy Pelosi's campaign committee|
|Mackenzie Patterson Fuller||$14,800|
|Susman Godfrey Llp||$10,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$147,350|
Pelosi won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Pelosi's campaign committee raised a total of $2,597,319 and spent $2,762,400.
Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, California District 8, 2010 - Nancy Pelosi Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,369,385|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$2,195,424|
|Top contributors to Nancy Pelosi's campaign committee|
|Law Offices of Peter G Angelos||$43,200|
|Akin, Gump et al||$34,950|
|Bryan Cave LLP||$22,200|
|Johnson & Johnson||$17,100|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$123,700|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Pelosi most often votes with:
Pelosi least often votes with:
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Pelosi ranked 79th in the liberal rankings.
Voting with party
Nancy Pelosi voted with the Democratic Party 97.4% of the time, which ranked 17th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Lifetime missed votes
According to the website GovTrack, Pelosi missed 674 of 12,885 roll call votes from June 1987 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pelosi paid her congressional staff a total of $1,098,446 in 2011. She ranked 138th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 69th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th 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, Pelosi's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $7,776,073 and $180,548,992. That averages to $94,162,532, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 6.88% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pelosi's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $5,946,075 and $196,299,990. That averages to $101,123,032.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
Pelosi and her husband, Paul, have five children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Nancy + Pelosi + California + House
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- Media coverage:
- SFGate, "Nancy Pelosi to stay as minority leader," November 15, 2012
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed November 2, 2011
- USA Today, "IRS knew of Tea Party profiling in 2011, report shows," accessed May 16, 2013
- Politico, "The IRS wants YOU- to share everything," accessed May 16, 2013
- Washington Post, "IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups," accessed May 16, 2013
- CNN, "'Angry' Obama announces IRS leader's ouster after conservatives targeted," accessed May 16, 2013
- The New York Times, "Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says," accessed May 17, 2013
- Politico, "Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch expand IRS probe," May 20,2013
- The Washington Post, "Lois Lerner invokes Fifth Amendment in House hearing on IRS targeting," May 22, 2013
- CBS, "IRS official Lois Lerner placed on leave," May 23, 2013
- Wall Street Journal, "Lois Lerner, at Center of IRS Investigation, Retires," accessed December 16, 2013
- The Hill, "Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job," February 14, 2013
- Politico, "President's sequestration order," March 2, 2013
- Politico, "White House stuck on sequester next step," March 2, 2013
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Nancy Pelosi," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Nancy Pelosi Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Nancy Pelosi April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Nancy Pelosi July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Nancy Pelosi 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Open Secrets "Nancy Pelosi 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
- Gov Track "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed June 7 2013
- OpenCongress, "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed July 31, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm "Nancy Pelosi"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Pelosi, (D-Cali), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Pelosi, (D-Cali), 2010"
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