Pat Toomey

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Pat Toomey
Pat Toomey.jpg
U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorArlen Specter (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$19,860,138
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, United States House of Representatives
Bachelor'sPolitical Science, Harvard University, 1984
Date of birthNovember 17, 1961
Place of birthZionsville, PA
Net worth$3,168,034
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Pat Toomey (b. November 17, 1961) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Pennsylvania. Toomey was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and took office in January of 2011.


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

  • 1984: Graduated from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1999-2005: Served as a Republican to the U.S. Congress
  • 2011-Present: U.S Senator from Pennsylvania

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Toomey serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Budget
  • Finance
    • The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
    • The Subcommittee on Healthcare
  • Economic Committee




Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Toomey 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

Expanded background checks on gun sales

Yea3.png On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[5] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[6] Toomey was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.[7]

Co-sponsorship of expanded background checks amendment

Following Toomey's April 2013 co-sponsorship of a Senate Bill aimed at strengthening the federal background check policy for prospective gun owners, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute surveyed registered Pennsylvania voters on Toomey's Senate performance. Although the firearm control legislation was ultimately unsuccessful, the poll showed Toomey's job approval rating soaring to a record high level of 48 percent, with 30 percent of voters expressing disapproval. This is compared to Toomey's 11 point approval to disapproval differential (43-32) rating from the prior month.[8] Furthermore, voters from both major parties said they thought more favorably of him as a result of his bipartisan efforts on the issue of gun control by a margin of 54-12 percent.[9] The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,235 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.[8]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[10][11][12]

Toomey was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[13][14]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[15][16]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[17]



Toomey will next come up for re-election in 2016. The race drew an early challenger in May 2013 when former Rep. Joe Sestak (D), whom Toomey defeated in the 2010 U.S. Senate general election, announced he would pursue a re-match in 2016.[18]

U.S. Senate race 2016 - Hypothetical match-up poll
Poll Joe Sestak Pat ToomeyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(May 30-June 4, 2013)
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On November 2, 2010, Pat Toomey won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Joe Sestak in the general election.[19]

U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Toomey 51% 2,028,945
     Democratic Joe Sestak 49% 1,948,716
Total Votes 3,977,661

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Toomey is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Toomey raised a total of $19,860,138 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[23]

Pat Toomey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 US Senate (Pennsylvania) Won $17,155,694
2002 US House (Pennsylvania, District 15) Won $1,631,237
2000 US House (Pennsylvania, District 15) Won $1,073,207
Grand Total Raised $19,860,138
Breakdown of the source of Toomey's campaign funds before the 2010 election.


Toomey won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Toomey's campaign committee raised a total of $17,155,694 and spent $16,958,449.[24]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Toomey is a "rank-and-file Republican".[25]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Toomey missed 11 of 582 roll call votes between January 2011 and April 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of March 2013.[26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Toomey paid his congressional staff a total of $1,927,174 in 2011. He ranks 12th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 14th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranks 5th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Toomey's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,763,068 and $4,573,000. That averages to $3,168,034, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased 2.54% from 2010.[28]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Toomey's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,750,070 and $4,750,999. That averages to $3,250,534.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[29]

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. In 2012, Toomey ranked 4th out of 48 Republican members of the Senate in the conservative rankings.[30][31]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. In 2011, Toomey was ranked 18th among Republican members of the Senate in the conservative rankings.[32]

Voting with party


Pat Toomey voted with the Republican Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 10th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[33]

Recent news

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Toomey and his wife, Kris, have three children.

External links


  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Pat Toomey," Accessed October 24, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. Pat Toomey Vote Smart profile
  4. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. NPR "Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales" accessed April 19, 2013
  6. Fox News "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents" accessed April 19, 2013
  7. NPR "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote" accessed April 19, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Quinnipiac University, "April 26, 2013 - Pennsylvania Voters Say Run Pittsburgh Marathon, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Many Voters Angry At U.S. Senate Gun-Control Vote," April 26, 2013
  9. Politico, "Poll: Pat Toomey poll numbers rise," April 26, 2013
  10. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  11. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  12. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  13. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  14. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  15. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  16. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named rematch16
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Pat Toomey," Accessed April 22, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Pat Toomey 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 24 2011
  25. Gov Track "Patrick Toomey," Accessed July 5, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Pat Toomey," Accessed April 17, 2013
  27. LegiStorm "Pat Toomey"
  28., "Toomey, (R-Penn), 2011"
  29., "Toomey, (R-Penn), 2010"
  30. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  31. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Arlen Specter
U.S. Senate - Pennsylvania
Succeeded by