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Lowey voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26982/nita-lowey?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UlWjoxCmUrg ''Vote Smart'', "Lowey on agriculture", accessed October 9, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
 
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Lowey signed a letter sent to [[Collin Peterson]] in August 2013, asking him to keep [[Steve King]]'s amendment out of the final Farm Bill.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806604/letter-to-ranking-member-collin-peterson-house-committee-on-agriculture-reject-rep-kings-provision-on-farm-bill#.UkBtzIakrMk ''Vote Smart'', "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>  The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.<ref>[http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/17/king-farm-bill-amendment-angers-animal-advocates/ ''Time.com'', "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>.  King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for  egg-producing chickens.  King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.
 
Lowey signed a letter sent to [[Collin Peterson]] in August 2013, asking him to keep [[Steve King]]'s amendment out of the final Farm Bill.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806604/letter-to-ranking-member-collin-peterson-house-committee-on-agriculture-reject-rep-kings-provision-on-farm-bill#.UkBtzIakrMk ''Vote Smart'', "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>  The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.<ref>[http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/17/king-farm-bill-amendment-angers-animal-advocates/ ''Time.com'', "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>.  King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for  egg-producing chickens.  King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

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Nita Lowey
Nita Lowey.jpeg
U.S. House, New York, District 17
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorEliot Engel (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,589,735
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York Assistant Secretary of State
1985-1987
Education
Bachelor'sMount Holyoke College
Personal
BirthdayJuly 5, 1937
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionCivil Servant
Net worth$36,633,517
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Nita Melnikoff Lowey (b. February, 1947, in New York, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 17th congressional district. Lowey was first elected to the House in 1988 and is currently serving his thirteenth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. Before redistricting in 2012 Lowey had previously served the 18th district. Politico reports that redistricting has made Lowey's district less favorable for Democrats.[1]

Lowey is set to run for re-election in New York's 17th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to her congressional career Lowey served as New York Assistant Secretary of State from 1985-1987.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lowey is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Lowey was born in New York, New York. She earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1959.[2]

Career

After earning her degree, Lowey served as assistant to the New York Secretary of State for Economic Development and Neighborhood Preservation, as Deputy Director of the New York State Division of Economic Opportunity from 1975-1985, and as New York Assistant Secretary of State from 1985-1987.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lowey serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Appropriations Committee Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Ranking member)

2011-2012

Lowey served on the following committees:[5]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Lowey's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Lowey voted in support of 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Lowey voted in opposition of 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 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Lowey voted in favor of 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Lowey voted in opposition of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Lowey 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]

King Amendment

Lowey signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[12] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[13]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Lowey voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Lowey has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Lowey voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Lowey 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.[18]

Campaign themes

2012

Lowey listed her campaign themes on her website:[19]

  • Environmental Protection & Energy Independence
  • Security & Public Safety
  • Educational Opportunity
  • Defense & International Affairs
  • Economic Growth & Fiscal Responsibility
  • Quality, Affordable Health Care

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 17th congressional district elections, 2014

Lowey is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New York's 17th congressional district elections, 2012

Lowey won re-election in 2012. Because of New York's redistricting, Lowey ran in the newly drawn 17th district. Politico reports that the new district is less supportive of Lowey.[1]

Lowey ran on the Democratic and Working Families tickets.[20] She was unopposed in the primaries and defeated Joe Carvin (R) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[21][22]

U.S. House, New York District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNita Lowey Incumbent 57.6% 171,417
     Republican Joe Carvin 30.9% 91,899
     Independent Francis Morganthaler 0.9% 2,771
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 10.5% 31,292
Total Votes 297,379
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lowey is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Lowey raised a total of $11,589,735 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[35]

Nita Lowey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 17) Won $2,165,669
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18) Won $2,062,770
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18) Won $1,394,481
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18) Won $1,344,129
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18) Won $1,636,465
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18) Won $1,227,782
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 18) Won $1,758,439
Grand Total Raised $11,589,735

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 Lowey’s reports.[36]

Nita Lowey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$417,573.87$382,454.15$(474,142.01)$325,886.01
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$325,886.01$142,689.76$(103,382.88)$365,192.89
Running totals
$525,143.91$(577,524.89)

Individual breakdown

2012

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

Lowey won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lowey's campaign committee raised a total of $2,165,669 and spent $2,491,789.[39]

Cost per vote

Lowey spent $14.54 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Lowey's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Lowey was re-elected to the U.S. House for a twelfth term in 2010. Her campaign committee raised a total of $2,062,770 and spent $2,033,256.[40]
U.S. House, New York District 17, 2010 - Nita Lowey Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,062,770
Total Spent $2,033,256
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $29,048
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $32,016
Top contributors to Nita Lowey's campaign committee
JPMorgan Chase & Co$25,300
Weiler Arnow Management$18,800
Chartwell Hotels$14,000
Goldman Sachs$11,800
Monroe College$10,900
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$246,700
Lawyers/Law Firms$179,460
Real Estate$178,300
Retired$168,075
Pro-Israel$118,300

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lowey is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 20, 2013.[41]

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.[42]

Lowey most often votes with:

Lowey least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Lowey missed 465 of 15,369 roll call votes from Jan 1989 to Apr 2013, which is 3.0% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lowey paid his congressional staff a total of $870,292 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[44]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Lowey is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Lowey's staff was given an apparent $6,000.00 in bonus money.[45]

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, Lowey's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $14,337,034 to $58,930,000. That averages to $36,633,517, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 11.11% from 2010.[46]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lowey's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $15,395,036 to $67,025,000. Averaging to a net worth of $41,210,018 which was higher than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[47]

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. Lowey tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 115th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[48]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lowey tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 118th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[49]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Nita Lowey has voted with the Democratic Party 96.5% of the time, which ranked 9th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June, 2013.[50]

Recent news

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Personal

Nita and Stephen Lowey have been married for more than 45 years and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.[51]

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico "Incumbents at risk in final N.Y. map," March 19, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "LOWEY, Nita M., (1937 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "LOWEY, Nita M., (1937 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Serving New York's 18th District "About Nita"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Lowey's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 9, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Lowey on agriculture", accessed October 9, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  13. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Lowey's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 9, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Lowey's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 9, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Lowey," accessed October 9, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. Campaign Website "Issues"
  20. New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 17, 2012
  21. New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012
  22. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
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  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
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  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
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  36. Federal Election Commission "Nita Lowey Summary Report," Accessed July 31, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Nita Lowey April Quarterly," Accessed July 31, 2013
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  40. Open Secrets "Nita M. Lowey 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 21, 2011
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  44. LegiStorm, "Nita M. Lowey," Accessed October 1, 2012
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  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  48. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  49. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  51. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Serving New York's 18th District "About Nita"
Political offices
Preceded by
Eliot Engel
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 17
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
José Serrano
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 18
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Sean Maloney
Preceded by
Joseph J. DioGuardi
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
1989-1993
Succeeded by
Benjamin A. Gilman
Preceded by
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New York Assistant Secretary of State
1985-1987
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