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|Project = Congress
 
|Name = Paul Tonko
 
|Name = Paul Tonko
 
|Profile picture = Paul_Tonko.jpg‎
 
|Profile picture = Paul_Tonko.jpg‎
|Position = U.S. House, New York, District 21
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|Position = U.S. House, New York, District 20
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2009-Present
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2009-Present
|Term ends = January 3, 2013
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|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Assumed office = 2009
 
|Assumed office = 2009
|Political party = Democratic |Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
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|Political party = Democratic
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|Predecessor = [[Chris Gibson]] (R)
 
|Leadership =  
 
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|Base salary = $174,000
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|Base salary = $174,000/year
 
|Per diem =
 
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|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = November 2, 2010
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|Last election = [[New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|First elected = November 4, 2008
 
|First elected = November 4, 2008
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = November 6, 2012
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|Next election = [[New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $ = 2,711,107
 
|Prior office = [[New York State Assembly]]
 
|Prior office = [[New York State Assembly]]
 
|Prior office years = 1983-2007
 
|Prior office years = 1983-2007
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|Place of birth = Amsterdam, New York
 
|Place of birth = Amsterdam, New York
 
|Profession = Engineer
 
|Profession = Engineer
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|Net worth = $8,000
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
|Office website = http://tonko.house.gov/
 
|Office website = http://tonko.house.gov/
 
|Campaign website = http://paultonko.com/
 
|Campaign website = http://paultonko.com/
 
|Personal website =  
 
|Personal website =  
}}{{tnr}}'''Paul David Tonko''' (b. June 18, 1949) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] from [[New York]]. Tonko was elected by voters from [[New York's 21st congressional district]]. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|New York's redistricting]], Tonko is running in the 20th district in 2012.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Paul Tonko ''' (b. June 18, 1949) 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 [[New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Before [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting in 2012]] Tonko had previously served the 21st district.
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Tonko is set to run for re-election in [[New York's 20th congressional district]] in the general election on [[New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]].
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Prior to his congressional career Gibson served in the [[New York State Assembly]] from 1983 to 2007 and as president of the president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Tonko is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/paul_tonko/412319 ''Gov Track'' "Tonko" Accessed May 24, 2012]</ref>
 
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Tonko was born in Amsterdam, [[New York]]. He earned a B.A. from Clarkson University in 1971.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000469 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "TONKO, Paul, (1949 - )"]</ref>
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Tonko was born in Amsterdam, [[New York]]. He earned a B.A. from Clarkson University in 1971.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000469 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "TONKO, Paul, (1949 - )"]</ref>
 
==Career==
 
==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.<ref>[http://tonko.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://tonko.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2013-2014====
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Tonko serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
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**Subcommittee on Energy and Power
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**Subcommittee on Environment and Economy - ''Ranking Member''
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**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Tonko serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://gibson.house.gov/Biography/Committees.htm ''U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
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Tonko served on the following committees:<ref>[http://gibson.house.gov/Biography/Committees.htm ''U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Budget Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Budget Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology|Science, Space and Technology Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology|Science, Space and Technology Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
 
**Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
 
**Subcommittee on Research and Science Education<ref>[http://tonko.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
 
**Subcommittee on Research and Science Education<ref>[http://tonko.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=2&sectiontree=2 ''Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York'' "Biography"]</ref>
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political positions===
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===Specific votes===
====Specific Votes====
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====Fiscal Cliff====
===Sponsored legislation===
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{{Support vote}}
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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 one 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[New York's 20th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
Tonko was running for re-election in 2012, but due to [[Redistricting in New York|New York's redistricting]], he is running in the newly redrawn 20th district.<ref>[http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/capital-region-scene/2012/apr/18/0418_tonkoblog/ ''(Schenectady) Daily Gazette'' "Tonko campaign flush with funds," April 18, 2012]</ref> He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced [[Robert Dieterich]] in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref name="apny">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP/CSPAN'' "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012]</ref>  He is also running as a Working Families and Independence candidate.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2012/General/Combined_2012_GEN_INT_NoPE.pdf New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012]</ref> Tonko was re-elected in November.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref>
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Tonko won re-election in 2012, but due to [[Redistricting in New York|New York's redistricting]], he ran in the newly redrawn 20th district.<ref>[http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/capital-region-scene/2012/apr/18/0418_tonkoblog/ ''(Schenectady) Daily Gazette'' "Tonko campaign flush with funds," April 18, 2012]</ref> He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated [[Robert Dieterich]] in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref name="apny">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP/CSPAN'' "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012]</ref>  He also ran as a Working Families and Independence candidate.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2012/General/Combined_2012_GEN_INT_NoPE.pdf New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012]</ref> <ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref>
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===2010===
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===Full history===
On November 2, 2010, Tonko was elected to the [[United States House]]. He defeated Theodore J. Danz, Jr. ([[Republican|R]] whom also ran on the [[Conservative Party]] ticket).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
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<big>'''2010'''</big>
  
{{Election box 2010
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|Chamber= U.S. House, New York Congressional District 21 General Election
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<big>'''2008'''</big>
|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|party3= Blank/Scattering
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|winner1 = Paul Tonko
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Theodore J. Danz, Jr.
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|candidate3 =
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|votes1 = 124889
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|votes2 = 85752
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|votes3 = 8784
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=Tonko
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|year=2008
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|Editdate= March 23, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00030196&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Paul Tonko" March 2013]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
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|totalraised2012=974898
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, [[New York's 20th congressional district|District 20]])
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|totalraised2010=987959
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, [[New York's 21st congressional district|District 21]])
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|totalraised2008=748250
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=U.S. House of Representatives (New York, [[New York's 21st congressional district|District 21]])
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===Individual breakdown===
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===2012===
 
===2012===
{{Campaign finance reports
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[[File:Paul Tonko 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Tonko's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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Tonko won 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00030196&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Paul Tonko 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013]</ref>
|Name = Paul Tonko
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|Political Party =Democratic
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{{Congress donor box 2012
|Report 1 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/619/12951417619/12951417619.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Paul Tonko's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012]</ref>
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|winner = Y
|Date 1 =April 14, 2012
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 20th Congressional District
|Beginning Balance 1 =374420.88
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|party = Democratic
|Total Contributions 1 =117742.93
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|total raised = $974,899
|Expenditures 1= 52117.70
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|total spent = $820,271
|Cash on Hand 1 =440046.11
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|opponent raised = $43,939
|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/101/12952459101/12952459101.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Paul Tonko's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012]</ref>
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|opponent spent = $41,622
|Date 2 =July 15, 2012
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|org1 = American Crystal Sugar
|Beginning Balance 2 =443592.36
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|org2 = Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
|Total Contributions 2 =92295.75
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|org3 = General Electric
|Expenditures 2=23922.74
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|org4 = American Federation of Teachers
|Cash on Hand 2 =511965.37
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|org5 = American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
|Report 3 =October Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/130/12972663130/12972663130.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Paul Tonko's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012]</ref>
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|orgdonor1 = $20,000
|Date 3 =October 15, 2012
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|orgdonor2 = $12,500
|Beginning Balance 3 =512465.37
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|orgdonor3 = $11,600
|Total Contributions 3 =164170.79
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|orgdonor4 = $10,000
|Expenditures 3=159346.77
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|orgdonor5 = $10,000
|Cash on Hand 3 =517289.39
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|ind1 = Public Sector Unions
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|ind2 = Building Trade Unions
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|ind3 = Health Professionals
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|ind4 = Industrial Unions
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|ind5 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|inddonor1 = $67,000
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|inddonor2 = $54,500
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|inddonor3 = $47,850
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|inddonor4 = $46,000
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|inddonor5 = $42,474
 
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{{Congress donor box 2010
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
|Chamber = U.S. House, New York
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 20th Congressional District
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = $987,959
 
|total raised = $987,959
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Tonko is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far left Democrat]]" as of June 21, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/paul_tonko/412319 ''Gov Track'' "Tonko" Accessed June 21, 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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. <ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/paul_tonko/412319 ''GovTrack,'' "Paul Tonko" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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]] ranks 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Paul_Tonko.html ''LegiStorm'', "Paul Tonko," Accessed October 1, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Paul_Tonko.html ''LegiStorm'', "Paul Tonko," Accessed October 1, 2012]</ref>
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====Staff bonuses====
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{{Congbonuses
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===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Tonko's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,001 to $15,000. Averaging to a net worth of $8,000.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00030196&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012]</ref>
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00030196&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00030196&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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====2012====
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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====2011====
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Percentage voting with party===
 
===Percentage voting with party===
====November 2011====
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====June 2013====
 
{{Congress vote percent
 
{{Congress vote percent
 
|name=Paul Tonko
 
|name=Paul Tonko
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
|percent=94.5%
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|percent=93.8%
|rank=39th
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|rank=58th
|total=192
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|total=201
 
|chamber=House
 
|chamber=House
|year=December 2011
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|year=June, 2013
|DHouse=Y
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|Dhouse=Y
 
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Paul + Tonko + New York + House'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
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*[http://tonko.house.gov/ Congressman Paul D. Tonko] ''official U.S. House site''
 
*[http://tonko.house.gov/ Congressman Paul D. Tonko] ''official U.S. House site''
 
*[http://paultonko.com/ Paul Tonko for Congress] ''official campaign site''
 
*[http://paultonko.com/ Paul Tonko for Congress] ''official campaign site''
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==References==
 
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Revision as of 14:00, 25 June 2013

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
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) 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 the 21st district.

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

Prior to his congressional career Gibson served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007 and as president of the 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

Specific votes

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 one 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.[6]

Elections

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.[7] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Robert Dieterich in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8] He also ran as a Working Families and Independence candidate.[9] [10]

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.[13]

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

2012

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

Tonko won 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.[14]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Tonko's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Tonko was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $987,959 and spent $813,619.[15]

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.[16]

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. [17]

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.[18]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Tonko was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Tonko's staff was given an apparent $15,934.00 in bonus money.[19]

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, 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.[20]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Paul Tonko voted with the Democratic Party 93.8% of the time, which ranked 58th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June, 2013.

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Personal

Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.[24]

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. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. (Schenectady) Daily Gazette "Tonko campaign flush with funds," April 18, 2012
  8. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  9. New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012
  10. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Tonko" March 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Paul Tonko 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Paul Tonko 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 23, 2011
  16. Gov Track "Tonko" Accessed June 21, 2013
  17. GovTrack, "Paul Tonko" Accessed April 2013
  18. LegiStorm, "Paul Tonko," Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Paul Tonko (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. 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
'
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