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Nita Lowey
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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. July 5, 1937) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Lowey was elected by voters from New York's 17th congressional district.

Lowey won re-election in 2012. Prior to New York's 2012 redistricing, Lowey was the incumbent for New York's 18th congressional district. Politico reports that redistricting has made Lowey's district less favorable for Democrats.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lowey is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

Biography

Lowey was born in New York, New York. She earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1959.[3]

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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lowey serves on the following committees:[5]

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

2011-2012

Lowey served on the following committees:[6]

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Lowey listed her campaign themes on her website:[7]

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

Specific votes

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 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.[8]

Elections

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.[9] She was unopposed in the primaries and defeated Joe Carvin (R) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[10][11]

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



2010

On November 2, 2010, Lowey was re-elected to the United States House for a twelfth term. She defeated Jim Russell (R whom also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[23]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 18 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNita M. Lowey Incumbent 61.7% 115,619
     Republican Jim Russell 33% 61,845
     Blank/Scattering 5.3% 9,900
Total Votes 187,364

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.[24]

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

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.[25]

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.[26]
U.S. House, New York, 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

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. [27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[30]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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 94.4% of the time, which ranked 41st among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[34]

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.[35]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico "Incumbents at risk in final N.Y. map," March 19, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Lowey" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "LOWEY, Nita M., (1937 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "LOWEY, Nita M., (1937 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Serving New York's 18th District "About Nita"
  7. Campaign Website "Issues"
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 17, 2012
  10. New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  24. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Nita Lowey" March 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Nita Lowey 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Nita M. Lowey 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 21, 2011
  27. GovTrack, "Nita Lowey" Accessed April 2013
  28. LegiStorm, "Nita M. Lowey," Accessed October 1, 2012
  29. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  30. OpenSecrets.org "Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  35. 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
'
New York Assistant Secretary of State
1985-1987
Succeeded by
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