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 in Rock Springs, Wyoming) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 4th congressional district. Gosar was first elected to the House in 2010.

Gosar most recently won 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[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gosar is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Gosar's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 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:[3][4]

  • 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

Legislative actions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Collaboration with Ann Kirkpatrick

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]

Gosar's continued collaboration with Kirkpatrick frustrates some Republican strategists, who think that Gosar is giving Kirkpatrick an opportunity to campaign as a bipartisan figure in the 2014 congressional election. In response to Republican criticism, Gosar's senior adviser, Apryl Marie Fogel, said, "Paul is not interested in playing D.C. politics. Paul is interested in getting bills passed for Arizona. He is going to take the help that’s offered, regardless of the letter behind the name."[7]

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Gosar's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Gosar voted against 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.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Gosar voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Gosar voted against 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Gosar voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Gosar voted for 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

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Gosar voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Gosar voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[17]

Campaign themes

2012

Gosar's campaign website listed the following issues:[18]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Gosar is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Gosar won 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.[19][20][21]

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.[23]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gosar's reports.[24]

Paul Gosar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$24,791.40$58,288.50$(31,891.62)$51,188.28
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2013$51,188.28$78,699.30$(46,989.64)$82,897.94
Running totals
$136,987.8$(78,881.26)

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.[27] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[28]

Cost per vote

Gosar spent $6.92 per vote received in 2012.

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.[29]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gosar is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[30]

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.[31]

Gosar most often votes with:

Gosar least often votes with:

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.[32]

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 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.[33]

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, 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.[34]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37]

Voting with party

2013

Paul Gosar voted with the Republican Party 95.1% of the time, which ranked 173rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[38]

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. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Paul Gosar," Accessed October 30, 2011
  3. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, "Issa Announces 113th Congress Organizational Meeting, Majority Subcommittee Assignments," January 16, 2013
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Azcentral.com, "Job creation at copper plant credited for Gosar-Kirkpatrick alliance," February 17, 2013
  7. Politico, "Ann Kirkpatrick, Paul Gosar: Congress’s Arizona odd couple," August 19, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Campaign website, Issues
  19. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  20. Official primary candidate list
  21. Associated Press primary results
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Gosar," Accessed March 22, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Paul Gosar Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  25. 'Federal Election Commission "Paul Gosar April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  26. 'Federal Election Commission "Paul Gosar July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Paul Gosar 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Paul Gosar 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  30. Gov Track "Paul Gosar," Accessed June 7 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Paul Gosar," Accessed July 30, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Paul Gosar," Accessed April 2, 2013
  33. LegiStorm "Paul Gosar"
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Gosar, (R-Arizona), 2011"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Gosar, (R-Arizona), 2010"
  36. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Kirkpatrick
U.S. House - Arizona District 4
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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