|U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Arlen Specter (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Representative, United States House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Political Science, Harvard University, 1984|
|Date of birth||November 17, 1961|
|Place of birth||Zionsville, PA|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Below is an abbreviated outline of Toomey's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Toomey serves on the following Senate committees:
- 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
- The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- The Subcommittee on Healthcare
- Economic Committee
- Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Economic Committee
- Deficit Reduction
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.
Expanded background checks on gun sales
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. The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold. Toomey was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.
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. 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. The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,235 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.
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.
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."
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.
|U.S. Senate race 2016 - Hypothetical match-up poll|
|Poll||Joe Sestak||Pat Toomey||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Quinnipiac University Poll|
(May 30-June 4, 2013)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
|U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania General Election, 2010|
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.
|Pat Toomey's Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||US Senate (Pennsylvania)||$17,155,694|
|2002||US House (Pennsylvania, District 15)||$1,631,237|
|2000||US House (Pennsylvania, District 15)||$1,073,207|
|Grand Total Raised||$19,860,138|
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.
|U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania General Election, 2010 - Pat Toomey Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$8,590,124|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$7,524,257|
|Top contributors to Pat Toomey's campaign committee|
|Club for Growth||$837,641|
|Senate Conservatives Fund||$61,723|
|SAC Capital Advisors||$46,100|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$889,179|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Toomey and his wife, Kris, have three children.
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- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Pat Toomey," Accessed October 24, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Pat Toomey Vote Smart profile
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- NPR "Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales" accessed April 19, 2013
- Fox News "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents" accessed April 19, 2013
- NPR "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote" accessed April 19, 2013
- 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
- Politico, "Poll: Pat Toomey poll numbers rise," April 26, 2013
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- 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
- Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
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- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Pat Toomey," Accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Pat Toomey 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 24 2011
- Gov Track "Patrick Toomey," Accessed July 5, 2013
- GovTrack, "Pat Toomey," Accessed April 17, 2013
- LegiStorm "Pat Toomey"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Toomey, (R-Penn), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Toomey, (R-Penn), 2010"
- National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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