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{{tnr}}'''Nick Joe Rahall II''' (b. May 20, 1949) 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.
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{{tnr}}'''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.
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Rahall is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/nick_rahall/400331 ''Gov Track'' "Rahall" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000011 ''Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress'' "Rahall," Accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000011 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Nick Joe Rahall II," Accessed November 18, 2011]</ref>
 
Upon graduating from Duke University, Rahall joined Sen. Robert Byrd's staff. After that, he went into business and launched his own political career.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000011 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Nick Joe Rahall II," Accessed November 18, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Rahall's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000011 ''Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress'' "Rahall," Accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
 
* 1977-present: U.S. House of Representatives
 
* 1977-present: U.S. House of Representatives
** 1993-present: Representative of West Virginia's 3rd congressional district
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* 1993-present: Representative of West Virginia's 3rd congressional district
** 1977-1993: Representative of West Virginia's 4th congressional district
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* 1977-1993: Representative of West Virginia's 4th congressional district
* 1971-1974: Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (WV)
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Power plant regulations===
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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."<ref name=epa>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/nick-rahall-power-plants-96819.html ''Politico'', "Nick Rahall under fire ahead of rules on power plants," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===War on umbrellas===
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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:
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::"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."<ref name=epa/>
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===Earmarks===
 
===Earmarks===
 
A ''Washington Post'' investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of [[U.S. Congress|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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2012/01/12/gIQA97HGvQ_story.html ''Washington Post'' "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/capitol-assets/mapping-the-earmarks/ ''Washington Post'' "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012]</ref>
 
A ''Washington Post'' investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of [[U.S. Congress|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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2012/01/12/gIQA97HGvQ_story.html ''Washington Post'' "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/capitol-assets/mapping-the-earmarks/ ''Washington Post'' "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012]</ref>
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====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
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{{Support vote}}
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 one 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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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.<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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====King Amendment====
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====House vote on abortion ban====
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==Endorsements==
 
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===2014===
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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.<ref>[http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#3 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Rahall 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
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|Report 1 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/175/13961614175/13961614175.pdf ''FEC'' "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
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|Expenditures 1=35322.74
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|Cash on Hand 1 =217107.35
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|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/000/13964068000/13964068000.pdf ''FEC'' "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
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|Beginning Balance 2 =217107.35
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|Total Contributions 2 =182325.11
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|Expenditures 2=45026.77
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|Cash on Hand 2 =354405.69
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Rahall 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Rahall's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Rahall 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00002198&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Rahall 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00002198&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Rahall 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Rahall spent $16.79 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400331_Nick_Rahall ''OpenCongress,'' "Nick Rahall," Accessed August 6, 2013]</ref>
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Rahall most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Derek Kilmer]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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Rahall least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Keith Ellison]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Justin Amash]]
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Rahall is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democrat]]," as of June 26, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/nick_rahall/400331 ''Gov Track'' "Nick Rahall," Accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Rahall's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,308,015 and $3,377,997. That averages to $2,343,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 4.19% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00002198&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rahall (R-WV), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Rahall's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,308,015 and $3,377,997. That averages to $2,343,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 4.19% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00002198&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rahall (R-WV), 2011"]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Rahall's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,923,383 to $2,967,372. That averages to $2,445,377.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00002198&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Nick Rahall (D-WVa), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Rahall's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,923,383 to $2,967,372. That averages to $2,445,377.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00002198&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Nick Rahall (D-WVa), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
 
:: ''See also: [[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.  Rahall was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 174th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Political positions===
 
===Political positions===
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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
First electedNovember 2, 1976
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$2,343,006
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.

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]

2011-12

Rahall was a member of 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

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."[4]

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."[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Campaign themes

2012

According to his website, Rahall's campaign platform included the following issues[7]:

  • Jobs and technological development in West Virginia
  • Energy independence

Specific votes

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.[8]

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.[9][10][11]

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.[11]Rahall was one of the three Democratic members who voted in favor of the amendment.[10]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][11]

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.[14][15][16] 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.[17] Rahall was one of six Democratic members who voted in favor of the ban.

Endorsements

2012

Heading into the primary, Rahall was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.[18]

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Rahall's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[19] 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).[20]

2012

See also: West Virginia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Rahall won re-election in 2012.[21] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the November 6 general election, he defeated Republican Rick Snuffer.[22][23]

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.[42]

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.[43]

Nick Rahall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]4/15/2013$109,681.30$142,748.79$(35,322.74)$217,107.35
July Quarterly[45]7/15/2013$217,107.35$182,325.11$(45,026.77)$354,405.69
Running totals
$325,073.9$(80,349.51)

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.[46]

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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]

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, Rahall's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,308,015 and $3,377,997. That averages to $2,343,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 4.19% from 2010.[53]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rahall's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,923,383 to $2,967,372. That averages to $2,445,377.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Rahall voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 191 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

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

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress "Rahall," Accessed June 26, 2013
  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. 4.0 4.1 Politico, "Nick Rahall under fire ahead of rules on power plants," accessed September 16, 2013
  5. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  6. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  7. Nick Rahall campaign website "On the Issues," Accessed May 2, 2012
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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