Paul Tonko

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Paul Tonko
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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 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 20th congressional district. Prior to the 2012 general election, he was the incumbent for the 21st district. Due to redistricting, he ran in the 20th district.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Tonko is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Biography

Tonko was born in Amsterdam, New York. He earned a B.A. from Clarkson University in 1971.[2]

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.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Tonko serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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:[5]

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.[7]

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.[8] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Robert Dieterich in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9] He also ran as a Working Families and Independence candidate.[10] [11]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Analysis

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

November 2011

Paul Tonko voted with the Democratic Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 39th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[24]

Recent news

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Personal

Tonko is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.[25]

External links


References

  1. Gov Track "Tonko" Accessed May 24, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "TONKO, Paul, (1949 - )"
  3. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, 20th District of New York "Biography"
  6. Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Representing the 21st District of New York "Biography"
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. (Schenectady) Daily Gazette "Tonko campaign flush with funds," April 18, 2012
  9. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  10. New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Tonko" March 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Paul Tonko 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Paul Tonko 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 23, 2011
  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. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. 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