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Pete Olson
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U.S. House, Texas, District 22
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorNick Lampson (D)
Leadership
Aide to United States Senator Phil Gramm
1998-2002
Aide to United States Senator John Cornyn
2002-2007
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.75 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,114,089
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolClear Lake High School, TX
Bachelor'sRice University
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1988-1997
CitationsNaval Aviator Wings of Gold
Service branchUnited States Naval Reserve
Years of service1998-present
Personal
BirthdayDecember 9, 1962
Place of birthFort Lewis, WA
Net worth$1,821,517
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Pete Olson (b. December 9, 1962, in Fort Lewis, Washington) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Olson represents Texas' 22nd Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2008.

Olson most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Kesha Rogers (D), Steve Susman (L) and Don Cook (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Olson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Biography

After earning his bachelor's degree from Rice University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, Olson joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy from 1988-1997, when he went into the Naval Reserves. Olson was deployed on missions in Iraq, Japan and elsewhere. He then served on the Naval Joint Chiefs of Staff and was a Senate liaison for the Navy.[2] He switched to the Naval Reserves and served as aide to two U.S. senators over the next decade before launching his own campaign for office.[3]

Career

  • 1998-2002: Aide to U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm
  • 2002-2007: Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
  • 2009-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Olson serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

2011-2012

Olson was a member of the following House committee:[2]

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.[5] For more information pertaining to Olson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Olson voted for 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Olson 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Olson voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Olson voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Olson voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[16] 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.[17] Olson voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" 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 funded 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.[19] 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. Olson voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Olson 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Olson 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Olson 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Olson 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.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Olson 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.[26]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Pete Olson endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [27]

Campaign themes

2014

Olson's campaign website lists the following issues:[28]

  • Limited Government Conservative
Excerpt: "My fundamental belief is that we can create the most freedom, most prosperity, and most opportunity for our nation by limiting the power and scope of the federal government. As your Representative, I work every day to ensure I am living up to that standard."
  • Passing a Balanced Budget Amendment
Excerpt: "Only in Washington is having a balanced budget a novel concept. Our families do it. Small businesses do it. And the State of Texas does it."
  • Job Growth for America
Excerpt: "With millions of Americans either underemployed or out of work, a principal focus of our government needs to be helping to get the economy moving again."
  • Leading an American Energy Revolution
Excerpt: "If we don’t control the vast majority of our own energy supply, we don’t control our own future. Whether it is economic security or national security, creating reliable and dedicated sources of AMERICAN energy is truly a critical national priority."
  • Staying on Offense Against Terrorism
Excerpt: "Preserving America’s freedom and way of life is not just a campaign talking point. I took the Oath of Office to “Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution” and those words instilled a deep sense of responsibility in me."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 22nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Olson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face Frank Briscoe (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 22nd District. He defeated Barbara Carlson in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Kesha Rogers (D), Steve Susman (L) and Don Cook (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, Texas District 22 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Olson Incumbent 64% 160,668
     Democratic Kesha Rogers 32% 80,203
     Libertarian Steven Susman 2.4% 5,986
     Green Don Cook 1.6% 4,054
Total Votes 250,911
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 22 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Olson Incumbent 76.5% 35,838
Barbara Carlson 23.5% 11,019
Total Votes 46,857

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $5,114,089 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[33]

Pete Olson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 22) Won $1,439,596
2010 US House (Texas, District 22) Won $1,268,559
2008 US House (Texas, District 22) Won $2,405,934
Grand Total Raised $5,114,089

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Olson's reports.[34]

Pete Olson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 9, 2013$147,061.73$103,388.61$(151,485.63)$98,964.71
July Quarterly[36]July 10, 2013$98,964.71$335,695.82$(88,038.55)$346,621.98
October Quarterly[37]October 14, 2013$346,621.98$184,411.24$(120,358.06)$410,675.16
Year-End[38]January 27, 2014$410,675$167,683$(185,172)$393,185
Pre-Primary[39]February 19, 2014$393,185$51,023$(91,422)$352,786
April Quarterly[40]April 14, 2014$352,786$96,037$(40,050)$408,773
July Quarterly[41]July 12, 2014$408,773$186,284$(150,059)$444,998
Running totals
$1,124,522.67$(826,585.24)

2012

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

Olson won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,439,597 and spent $1,244,947.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Olson spent $7.75 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Olson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Olson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,268,559 and spent $1,251,977.[44]

U.S. House, Texas District 22, 2010 - Pete Olson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,268,559
Total Spent $1,251,977
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $61,896
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $61,681
Top contributors to Pete Olson's campaign committee
Silver Eagle Distributors$14,400
AT&T Inc$14,000
Lockheed Martin$11,000
Union Pacific Corp$10,500
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$106,900
Air Transport$75,400
Health Professionals$62,085
General Contractors$50,650
Retired$45,800

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Olson is a "far-right Republican leader" as of June 2013.[45]

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.[46]

Olson most often votes with:

Olson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Olson missed 84 of 3,350 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Olson paid his congressional staff a total of $909,878 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Olson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,023,034 and $2,620,000. That averages to $1,821,517, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Olson ranked as the 155th most wealthy representative in 2012.[49]

Pete Olson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$1,821,517
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Olson ranked 17th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2012.[50]

2011

Olson was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 36th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2011.[51]

Voting with party

2013

Olson voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 51st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[52]

Personal

Olson lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with his wife, Nancy, and their two children.[2]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website, "Biography," accessed October 31, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Pete Olson," accessed October 31, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. 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
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Three Texas Members of Congress," January 20, 2012
  28. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 24, 2014
  29. Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
  30. Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Pete Olson," accessed March 25, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Olson July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Pete Olson 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Pete Olson 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011
  45. GovTrack, "Pete Olson," accessed June 7 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Pete Olson," accessed August 2, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Pete Olson," accessed April 2, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Pete Olson," accessed September 17, 2012
  49. OpenSecrets, "Pete Olson (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Nick Lampson
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 22nd District
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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