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Paul Tonko
Paul Tonko.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 20
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorChris Gibson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.04 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,711,107
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
1983-2007
Education
Bachelor'sClarkson University
Personal
BirthdayJune 18, 1949
Place of birthAmsterdam, New York
ProfessionEngineer
Net worth$8,000
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Tonko (b. June 18, 1949, in Amsterdam, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 20th congressional district. Tonko was first elected to the House in 2008 and is currently serving his third consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. Before redistricting in 2012, Tonko had previously served New York's 21st congressional district.

Tonko is running for re-election in New York's 20th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Tonko served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007 and as president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Tonko is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Tonko was born in Amsterdam, New York. He earned a B.A. from Clarkson University in 1971.[1]

Career

After earning his degree, Tonko began to work as a public works engineer and state transportation agency employee. He was a member of Montgomery County's (New York) Board of Supervisors from 1976-1983, chairman of Montgomery County's (New York) Board of Supervisors in 1981, and a member of the New York State Assembly from 1983-2007. After finishing his last term, Tonko served as president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority from 2007-2008.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Tonko serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy - Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

2011-2012

Tonko served on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Tonko's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Tonko voted in opposition of 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Tonko voted in opposition of 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 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Tonko voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Tonko voted in opposition of 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Tonko voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

King Amendment

Tonko signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[12] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[13]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Tonko voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Tonko voted for HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Tonko voted against 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Tonko has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Tonko voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Tonko 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. He was 1 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.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2014

Tonko is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2012

Tonko won re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn 20th district.[24] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Robert Dieterich (R) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[25] He also ran as a Working Families and Independence candidate.[26] [27]

U.S. House, New York District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Tonko Incumbent 64% 203,400
     Republican Robert Dieterich 29.5% 93,778
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.5% 20,500
Total Votes 317,678
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tonko is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Tonko raised a total of $2,711,107 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[30]

Paul Tonko's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 20) Won $974,898
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 21) Won $987,959
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 21) Won $748,250
Grand Total Raised $2,711,107

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tonko’s reports.[31]

Paul Tonko (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$314,524.87$79,525.25$(61,183.87)$332,866.25
July Quarterly[33]July 14, 2013$332,866.25$192,694.62$(71,104.10)$454,456.77
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$454,456.77$104,856.44$(103,503.48)$455,809.73
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$455,809$82,443$(45,792)$441,889
Running totals
$459,519.31$(281,583.45)

2012

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

Tonko won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Tonko's campaign committee raised a total of $974,899 and spent $820,271.[36]

Cost per vote

Tonko spent $4.04 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Tonko's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Tonko won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $987,959 and spent $813,619.[37]
U.S. House, New York District 21, 2010 - Paul Tonko Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $987,959
Total Spent $813,619
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $43,939
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $41,622
Top contributors to Paul Tonko's campaign committee
Service Employees International Union$15,000
General Electric$11,500
Fiber Glass Industries$11,450
State of New York$10,660
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$61,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$56,543
Building Trade Unions$50,000
Health Professionals$41,800
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$37,450

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Tonko is a "far left Democrat," as of June 21, 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Tonko most often votes with:

Tonko least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Tonko missed 21 of 3,363 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 0.6% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [40]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Tonko paid his congressional staff a total of $961,575 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.[41]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Tonko is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Tonko's staff was given an apparent $15,934.00 in bonus money.[42]

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, Tonko's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,001 to $15,000. That averages to $8,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Tonko's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,001 to $15,000. Averaging to a net worth of $8,000 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[44]

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. Tonko tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 98th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[45]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Tonko tied with 19 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 1st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tonko has voted with the Democratic Party 93.8% of the time, which ranked 58th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June, 2013.

Personal

Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.[47]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "TONKO, Paul, (1949 - )"
  2. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
  5. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tonko's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 9, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Tonko on agriculture", accessed October 10, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  13. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Paul Tonko's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 10, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tonko's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 10, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Tonko on abortion," accessed October 10, 2013
  23. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  24. (Schenectady) Daily Gazette "Tonko campaign flush with funds," April 18, 2012
  25. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  26. New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012
  27. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Tonko" March 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Tonko Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Paul Tonko 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Paul Tonko 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 23, 2011
  38. Gov Track "Tonko" Accessed June 21, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Paul Tonko," Accessed August 6, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Paul Tonko" Accessed April 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Paul Tonko," Accessed October 1, 2012
  42. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets.org "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Gibson
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Michael R. McNulty
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 21
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Bill Owens
Preceded by
Gail Shaffer
New York State Assembly - New York District 105
1983-2007
Succeeded by
George Amedore