Paul Gosar

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Paul Gosar
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U.S. House, Arizona, District 4
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorAnn Kirkpatrick (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,319,727
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCreighton University, 1981
OtherDDS, Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry, 1985
Personal
BirthdayOctober 27, 1958
Place of birthRock Springs, WY
ProfessionOwner, Dentistry Practice
Net worth$982,501
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Gosar (b. October 27, 1958) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 4th congressional district. Gosar was first elected to the House in 2010.

Due to redistricting, Gosar ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 4th District. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Gosar's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1981: Graduated from Creighton University with B.S.
  • 1985: Graduated from Creighton University with D.D.S.
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Gosar serves on the following committees:[4][5]

  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Subcommittee National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs

2011-2012

  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management
    • Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations

Issues

Copper mine collaboration

Gosar teamed up with his former 2010 campaign rival, Ann Kirkpatrick, in order to pass legislation that would allow one of the world's largest undeveloped copper resources to be mined by Resolution Copper Mining Co. The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act would give 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest to the company in exchange for over 5,000 acres of land the company owns throughout the state for conservation.[6]

This is a rare bi-partisan partnership in which two former campaign opponents are both representing their state in the U.S. House, and even collaborating to pass a significant bill. Kirkpatrick said the following about the partnership, "We both immediately put aside partisan politics for the needs of the people in the district. We were able to find common ground on something that should never be a partisan issue — jobs." Gosar echoed similar sentiments with his statement, "We were elected to serve our districts, and that demands putting bygones aside. That’s what leadership’s all about. You develop a thick skin. And once all the chips have been played, you make sure you’re working on behalf of Arizona."[6]

Not everyone sees the collaboration as positive. Many environmental groups and American Indian tribes raised concerns about water contamination and the destruction of recreational and religious sites.[6]

Campaign themes

2012

Gosar's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "As a gun owner and member of the NRA, I have done and will do everything I can to ensure that the federal government does not infringe on the right to bear arms. The right to bear arms is not only enjoyed by millions of Americans for recreation, but our Founders recognized that it was critical to include this right as the Second Amendment to our Constitution in order to allow individuals to protect themselves, their families, and properties."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "As a health care provider for over twenty-five years and a member of the Doctors Caucus, Dr.Gosar has lead the charge in the House to reform the health care system and put forth free market solutions to increase access and decrease costs to the consumer."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "We must work together to restore common sense, no-nonsense values back to Washington before we loose this Republic all together."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "The Federal Government has completely failed its constitutional, legal and moral duty to secure our borders. As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, Dr. Gosar has held the Obama Administration’s feet to the fire over its failures to protect the citizens of Arizona and our country"
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy independence is a must. It is a matter of national security. Arizona is rich with natural resources and has diverse climates that make our state well-equipped for an energy driven economic recovery."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Gosar voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Arizona's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Gosar ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 4th District. He defeated Ron Gould and Rick Murphy in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Johnnie Robinson (D), Joe Pamelia (L), and Richard Grayson (Americans Elect) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

U.S. House, Arizona District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gosar Incumbent 66.8% 162,907
     Democratic Johnnie Robinson 28.4% 69,154
     Libertarian Joe Pamelia 3.8% 9,306
     Independent Richard Grayson 1% 2,393
Total Votes 243,760
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Arizona District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gosar Incumbent 51.3% 40,033
Ron Gould 31.6% 24,617
Rick Murphy 17.1% 13,315
Total Votes 77,965

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gosar is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gosar raised a total of $2,319,727 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[13]

Paul Gosar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 1) Won $1,150,701
2010 US House (Arizona, District 4) Won $1,169,026
Grand Total Raised $2,319,727

2012

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

Gosar won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gosar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,150,701 and spent $1,126,649.[14]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Gosar's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Gosar won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Gosar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,169,026 and spent $1,168,287.[15]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Gosar missed 77 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[16]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gosar paid his congressional staff a total of $829,222 in 2011. He ranked 67th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 75th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranked 47th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

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, Gosar's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $515,003 and $1,449,999. That averages to $982,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[18]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gosar's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $515,003 and $1,449,999. That averages to $982,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[19]

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. Gosar ranked 41st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[20]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Gosar ranked 76th in the conservative rankings.[21]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Gosar votes with the Republican Party 93.6% of the time. This ranks 84th among the 242 House Republicans in 2011.[22]

Personal

Gosar and his wife, Maude, have three children.

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External links


References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Gosar" Accessed May 24, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Paul Gosar," Accessed October 30, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, "Issa Announces 113th Congress Organizational Meeting, Majority Subcommittee Assignments," January 16, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Azcentral.com, "Job creation at copper plant credited for Gosar-Kirkpatrick alliance," February 17, 2013
  7. Campaign website, Issues
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  10. Official primary candidate list
  11. Associated Press primary results
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Gosar," Accessed March 22, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Paul Gosar 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Paul Gosar 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  16. GovTrack, "Paul Gosar," Accessed April 2, 2013
  17. LegiStorm "Paul Gosar"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Gosar, (R-Arizona), 2011"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Gosar, (R-Arizona), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  22. Open Congress "Voting With Party," October 30, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Kirkpatrick
U.S. House - Arizona District 4
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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