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Nick Rahall
Nick Rahall.jpg
U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBob Wise (D)
Leadership
Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (WV)
1971-1974
Delegate to the Democratic National Convention
1972-1974
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$16.79 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 1976
Next primaryMay 13, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,766,952
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School, WV
Bachelor'sDuke University
Personal
BirthdayMay 20, 1949
Place of birthBeckley, WV
Net worth$2,776,087.50
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Nick Joe Rahall II (b. May 20, 1949, in Beckley, West Virignia) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia. Rahall represents the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia. He was first elected to the House in 1976 to represent West Virginia's 4th Congressional District; when that district was eliminated in 1992, Rahall ran for the 3rd District seat and won. Rahall won re-election in 2012. He is running for re-election in 2014.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Rahall worked as a staff member in the office of the majority whip in the U.S. Senate.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rahall is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Upon graduating from Duke University, Rahall joined Sen. Robert Byrd's staff. After that, he went into business and launched his own political career.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Rahall's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1977-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1993-Present: Representative of West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District
  • 1977-1993: Representative of West Virginia's 4th Congressional District

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rahall serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Rahall served on the following House committees[1]:

  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Rahall's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Rahall voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Rahall voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Rahall voted for House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Rahall voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Rahall voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Rahall voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Rahall voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

King Amendment

Yea3.png In June 2013, the House approved an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would end the department's discretion policies by cutting off funding for the proposed DREAM Act, which would have temporarily halted the deportations of young immigrants if they have served in the military or are attending college. This vote overturns an executive order signed by President Obama that formalized a process for the "Dreamers" to remain in the U.S.[17][18][19]

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, passed the House by a vote of 224-201 and was approved mostly along party lines. However, three Democrats supported the amendment and six Republicans opposed it, while nine members did not vote.[19]Rahall was one of the three Democratic members who voted in favor of the amendment.[18]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[19] It contrasts with comprehensive immigration reform efforts, including proposed DREAM Act style legislation, and would resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.[20] The amendment was the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress in 2013, and it blocks many of the provisions that are mirrored in the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.[21][19]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Rahall voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[22]

Social issues

House vote on abortion ban

Yea3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196 on HR1797, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy.[23][24][25] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic, as the Senate was not expected to take up the bill, and the White House threatened to veto the legislation.[26] Rahall was one of six Democratic members who voted in favor of the ban.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rahall 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. He 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.[27]

Power plant regulations

As the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) prepared to release new power plant CO2 regulations in September 2013, Rahall faced pressure from his 2014 opponent, Evan Jenkins. In July 2013, Rahall appeared at an EPA ceremony to rename the organization's headquarters. He insisted that his appearance was to afford him time to speak with Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, but Jenkins claimed it was a "public show of meeting with the EPA."[28]

War on umbrellas

During a transportation news conference in September 2013, Rahall mistook an umbrella for a lump of coal. The National Republican Congressional Committee released a press release that stated the following:

"The chief economic staple of West Virginia is coal. But Congressman Nick Rahall has been in Washington so long he seems to have forgotten what coal looks like."[28]

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.[29] According to the report, Rahall helped secure $20 million toward a parking garage with a bus and taxi facility in downtown Beckley. The project is about a half-mile from his son's home, less than one mile from a commercial property owned by the lawmaker, and a little more than a mile from his residence.[30]

Campaign themes

2012

According to his website, Rahall's campaign platform included the following issues:[31]

  • Jobs and technological development in West Virginia
  • Energy independence

Endorsements

2012

Heading into the primary, Rahall was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.[32]

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014
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Rahall is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent West Virginia's 3rd District. Rahall is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Rahall is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program.[33] The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[34]

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Rahall's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[35] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Rahall's district ranks as the 3rd most Republican (40% D).[36]

In December 2013, House Majority PAC spent $150,000 on an ad buy highlighting Rahall's support of the coal industry.[37] Not everyone is supporting Rahall however. The National Republican Congressional Committee targeted Rahall with a $15,000 radio ad attacking him over Obamacare. The race has thus far proved to be a moneymaker--the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent almost $200,000 in ads supporting Rahall's opponent, Evan Jenkins[37]

2012

See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Rahall won re-election in 2012.[38] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the November 6 general election, he defeated Republican Rick Snuffer.[39][40]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNick Rahall Incumbent 53.5% 102,519
     Republican Rick Snuffer 46.5% 88,999
Total Votes 191,518
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rahall is available dating back to 200. Based on available campaign finance records, Rahall raised a total of $5,766,952 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[59]

Nick Rahall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $1,359,430
2010 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $1,261,182
2008 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $794,933
2006 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $565,269
2004 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $539,122
2002 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $578,593
2000 US House (West Virginia, District 3) Won $668,423
Grand Total Raised $5,766,952

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rahall's reports.[60]

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rahall's reports.[61]

Nick Rahall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[62]April 15, 2013$109,681.30$142,748.79$(35,322.74)$217,107.35
July Quarterly[63]July 15, 2013$217,107.35$182,325.11$(45,026.77)$354,405.69
October Quarterly[64]October 15, 2013$354,405.69$158,529.65$(39,200.90)$473,734.44
Year-end[65]January 31, 2014$473,734$428,313$(62,168)$839,880
April Quarterly[66]April 15, 2014$839,880.26$324,255.05$(65,788.24)$1,098,347.07
Running totals
$1,236,171.6$(247,506.65)

2012

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

Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Rahall's campaign committee raised a total of $1,359,430 and spent $1,720,828.[67]

Cost per vote

Rahall spent $16.79 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Rahall's campaign committee raised a total of $1,261,182 and spent $2,149,018.[68]

Analysis

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.[69]

Rahall most often votes with:

Rahall least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rahall is a "centrist Democrat," as of June 26, 2013.[70]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Rahall missed 744 of 21,630 roll call votes from January 1977 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[71]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rahall paid his congressional staff a total of $1,134,011 in 2011. Overall, West Virginia ranks 33rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[72]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Rahall was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Rahall's staff was given an apparent $14,500.00 in bonus money.[73]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rahall's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,220,593 to $3,331,582. That averages to $2,776,087.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Rahall ranked as the 117th most wealthy representative in 2012.[74]

Nick Rahall Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$2,776,087.5018.48%
2011$2,343,006-4.19%
2010$2,445,377.50N/A

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. Rahall ranked 151st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[75]

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. Rahall was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 174th in the liberal rankings.[76]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Rahall voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 191st among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[77]

Personal

Rahall and his wife, Melinda, have three children and three grandchildren.[1]

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See also

External links


References

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  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Nick Joe Rahall II," Accessed November 18, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Wise
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 3rd District
1993-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Ken Hechler
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 4th District
1977-1993
Succeeded by
District 4 eliminated