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Pelosi sent a letter to fellow House Democrats appealing for their support for military action in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapons use on September 3, 2013.<ref name="syria">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/nancy-pelosi-syria-action-96211.html#ixzz2dxDBl1Sf ''Politico,'' "Nancy Pelosi sends Dear Colleague urging Syria action," accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
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Pelosi sent a letter to fellow [[U.S. House|House]] [[Democrats]] appealing for their support for military action in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapons use on September 3, 2013.<ref name="syria">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/nancy-pelosi-syria-action-96211.html#ixzz2dxDBl1Sf ''Politico,'' "Nancy Pelosi sends Dear Colleague urging Syria action," accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
“At this critical juncture, it is essential that we make all Americans — the men and women we represent — fully aware of what the intelligence clearly and unequivocally demonstrates: that the Assad regime was responsible for chemical weapons attacks against innocent Syrians, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.<ref name="syria"/> She continued, "It is in our national interest to respond to the Syrian government’s unspeakable use of chemical weapons. Indeed, it has been, and remains, a core pillar of our national security — under Democratic and Republican administrations — to prevent, limit, and halt the spread and use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. This is a matter of national, regional, and global security."<ref name="syria"/>
 
“At this critical juncture, it is essential that we make all Americans — the men and women we represent — fully aware of what the intelligence clearly and unequivocally demonstrates: that the Assad regime was responsible for chemical weapons attacks against innocent Syrians, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.<ref name="syria"/> She continued, "It is in our national interest to respond to the Syrian government’s unspeakable use of chemical weapons. Indeed, it has been, and remains, a core pillar of our national security — under Democratic and Republican administrations — to prevent, limit, and halt the spread and use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. This is a matter of national, regional, and global security."<ref name="syria"/>

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Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 12
Incumbent
In office
1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSala Burton (D)
Leadership
Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives
2003-2006, 2011-present
Speaker, United States House of Representatives
2006-2010
Minority Whip, United States House of Representatives
2001-2002
Compensation
Base salary$193,400/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 2, 1987
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,375,766
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTrinity College, 1962
Personal
BirthdayMarch 26, 1940
Place of birthBaltimore, MD
Net worth$94,162,532
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Nancy Pelosi (b. March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, MD) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 12th congressional district. Pelosi was first elected to the House in 1987. She is the current House Minority Leader.

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.[1]

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. [2] Pelosi was displaced from her former district by redistricting.[3]

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Pelosi's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2014

As minority leader, Pelosi doesn't serve on any committees.

Issues

Political positions

American response in Syria

Pelosi sent a letter to fellow House Democrats appealing for their support for military action in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapons use on September 3, 2013.[5]

“At this critical juncture, it is essential that we make all Americans — the men and women we represent — fully aware of what the intelligence clearly and unequivocally demonstrates: that the Assad regime was responsible for chemical weapons attacks against innocent Syrians, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.[5] She continued, "It is in our national interest to respond to the Syrian government’s unspeakable use of chemical weapons. Indeed, it has been, and remains, a core pillar of our national security — under Democratic and Republican administrations — to prevent, limit, and halt the spread and use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. This is a matter of national, regional, and global security."[5]

“We look forward to hearing any comments and questions you may have as we carefully discuss how to proceed and what steps to take. I appreciate those who have already offered their thoughts, comments, and opinions, and I look forward to working together on this challenge in the coming days,” Pelosi said. “For many, ignoring Bashar Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons is a luxury humanity simply cannot afford.”[5]

IRS targeting

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.[6]

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.[7][8]

On May 16, IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced his resignation. He still testified at the hearings the next day.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] Lerner retired on September 23, 2013.[14]

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.[15] 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.[15] "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"[15] awaiting Congress, "like everybody else, and we will have to accommodate that," he said.[15][16] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[20]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 12th congressional district elections, 2014

Pelosi is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Pelosi won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 12th District.[2] 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.[21][22]

U.S. House, California District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi Incumbent 85.1% 253,709
     Republican John Dennis 14.9% 44,478
Total Votes 298,187
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 12 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi (D) Incumbent 74.9% 89,446
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dennis (R) 13.6% 16,206
Barry Hermanson (G) 5.4% 6,398
David Peterson (D) 3.1% 3,756
Summer Justice Shields (D) 1.8% 2,146
Americo Arturo Diaz (D) 1.3% 1,499
Total Votes 119,451

Full history


Campaign donors

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.[35]

Nancy Pelosi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 12) Won $2,300,344
2010 US House (California, District 8) Won $2,597,319
2008 US House (California, District 8) Won $2,856,945
2006 US House (California, District 8) Won $1,679,511
2004 US House (California, District 8) Won $1,552,921
2002 US House (California, District 8) Won $978,261
2000 US House (California, District 8) Won $410,465
Grand Total Raised $12,375,766

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pelosi's reports.[36]

Nancy Pelosi (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$449,327.33$344,852.38$(422,180.00)$371,999.71
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$371,999.71$327,857.05$(277,797.51)$422,059.25
Running totals
$672,709.43$(699,977.51)

2012

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

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.[39] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Pelosi spent $7.89 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

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.[41]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pelosi is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[42]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[43]

Pelosi most often votes with:

Pelosi least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

2011

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.[44]

Voting with party

2013

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.[45]

Lifetime missed votes

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

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.[46]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[47]

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, 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.[48]

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.[49]

Personal

Pelosi and her husband, Paul, have five children.

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External links


References

  1. SFGate, "Nancy Pelosi to stay as minority leader," November 15, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  3. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed November 2, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Politico, "Nancy Pelosi sends Dear Colleague urging Syria action," accessed September 4, 2013
  6. USA Today, "IRS knew of Tea Party profiling in 2011, report shows," accessed May 16, 2013
  7. Politico, "The IRS wants YOU- to share everything," accessed May 16, 2013
  8. Washington Post, "IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups," accessed May 16, 2013
  9. CNN, "'Angry' Obama announces IRS leader's ouster after conservatives targeted," accessed May 16, 2013
  10. The New York Times, "Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says," accessed May 17, 2013
  11. Politico, "Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch expand IRS probe," May 20,2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Lois Lerner invokes Fifth Amendment in House hearing on IRS targeting," May 22, 2013
  13. CBS, "IRS official Lois Lerner placed on leave," May 23, 2013
  14. Wall Street Journal, "Lois Lerner, at Center of IRS Investigation, Retires," accessed December 16, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 The Hill, "Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job," February 14, 2013
  16. Politico, "President's sequestration order," March 2, 2013
  17. Politico, "White House stuck on sequester next step," March 2, 2013
  18. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  19. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  22. Unofficial election results
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Nancy Pelosi," Accessed March 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Nancy Pelosi Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  37. 'Federal Election Commission "Nancy Pelosi April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  38. 'Federal Election Commission "Nancy Pelosi July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Nancy Pelosi 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Nancy Pelosi 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  42. Gov Track "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed June 7 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed July 31, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  46. GovTrack, "Nancy Pelosi," Accessed April 2, 2013
  47. LegiStorm "Nancy Pelosi"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Pelosi, (D-Cali), 2011"
  49. OpenSecrets.org, "Pelosi, (D-Cali), 2010"
Political offices
Preceded by
Sala Burton
U.S. House - California
1987-Present
Succeeded by
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