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Pete Sessions
Pete Sessions.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 32
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$11.71 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$14,911,484
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 5th District
1997-2003
Education
Bachelor'sSouthwestern University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 22, 1955
Place of birthWaco, TX
Professionbusiness executive
Net worth$1,249,508
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Pete Sessions (b. March 22, 1955, in Waco, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He has represented Texas' 32nd congressional district since 2003 and was first elected to the House in 1996. Sessions previously represented Texas' 5th congressional district from 1997 to 2003.

Sessions most recently won re-election to the 32nd district on November 6, 2012. He defeated Katherine Savers McGovern (D) and Seth Hollist (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Sessions is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sessions 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, Sessions worked for Southern Bell Telephone Company, working his way up to district manager for marketing. He was also chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.[2]

Career

  • 1997-2003: U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 5th District
  • 2003-present: U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 32nd District

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sessions serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Sessions was a member of the following House committees:[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.[4] For more information pertaining to Sessions's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Sessions 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.[6]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Sessions 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.[7]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Sessions voted for 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.[8]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Sessions was quoted with saying, "Look, we're not French. We don't surrender." when pressed by a man to support a clean CR.[9]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Sessions 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.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Neutral/Abstain Sessions did not vote on 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.[11] The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Sessions 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.[13]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Sessions 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.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Sessions 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Pete Sessions endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [16]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 32nd congressional district elections, 2014

Sessions 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 March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Endorsement of primary challenger

See also: FreedomWorks for America

FreedomWorks endorsed its first candidates for 2014 on September 12, 2013, endorsing the primary opponent of Sessions, Tea Party candidate Katrina Pierson.[17]

"Katrina Pierson has led the fight to elect principled conservatives across the state of Texas for years. While incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions seems more concerned with keeping his seat at the leadership table, Katrina understands the importance of connecting to the grassroots at home and sticking to your guns in Washington," said FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe in a statement. "She is the clear choice for voters who want a strong leader who will fight both the Republicans and Democrats in Washington who continue to spend money we don't have."[17]

2012

See also: Texas' 32nd congressional district elections, 2012

Sessions won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 32nd District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Katherine Savers McGovern (D) and Seth Hollist (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18][19]

U.S. House, Texas District 32 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Sessions Incumbent 58.3% 146,653
     Democratic Katherine Savers McGovern 39.5% 99,288
     Libertarian Seth Hollist 2.3% 5,695
Total Votes 251,636
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sessions is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Sessions raised a total of $14,911,484 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[25]

Pete Sessions's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 32) Won $1,836,551
2010 US House (Texas, District 32) Won $2,153,120
2008 US House (Texas, District 32) Won $1,808,588
2006 US House (Texas, District 32) Won $1,891,843
2004 US House (Texas, District 32) Won $4,504,380
2002 US House (Texas, District 32) Won $730,537
2000 US House (Texas, District 5) Won $1,986,465
Grand Total Raised $14,911,484

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sessions's reports.[26]

Pete Sessions (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 10, 2013$1,118,702.67$175,689.54$(276,077.00)$1,018,315.21
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$1,018,315.21$334,195.86$(220,147.57)$1,132,363.50
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$1,132,363.50$370,092.71$(166,342.79)$1,336,113.42
Running totals
$879,978.11$(662,567.36)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Sessions' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Sessions won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sessions' campaign committee raised a total of $1,836,552 and spent $1,716,843.[30] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

Sessions spent $11.71 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Sessions won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Sessions's campaign committee raised a total of $2,153,120 and spent $1,932,339.[32]

U.S. House, Texas District 32, 2010 - Pete Sessions Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,153,120
Total Spent $1,932,339
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $669,552
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $657,354
Top contributors to Pete Sessions's campaign committee
Energy Future Holdings Corp$24,150
Cash America International$20,900
Bank of America$19,350
JPMorgan Chase & Co$14,950
Accenture$12,100
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$319,551
Misc Finance$113,900
Insurance$91,133
Oil & Gas$89,400
Securities & Investment$87,890

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sessions is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[33]

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.[34]

Sessions most often votes with:

Sessions least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Sessions missed 551 of 11,052 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[35]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sessions paid his congressional staff a total of $992,714 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.[36]

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, Sessions' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $706,017 to $1,793,000. That averages to $1,249,508, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 71.73% from 2010.[37]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sessions' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,657,050 to $6,184,000. That averages to $4,420,525 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[38]

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. Sessions ranked 30th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[39]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sessions was tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 11th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[40]

Voting with party

2013

Sessions voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

Personal

Sessions lives in Dallas, TX, and is active in the charities Adopt-A-Shoreline and Special Olympics.[2]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website "About Pete," Accessed November 2, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "GOP Rep.: ‘We’re not French. We don’t surrender.’," October 7, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. 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
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. Texas Tribune, “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Hill, "FreedomWorks endorses Pete Sessions's primary opponent in Texas," accessed September 12, 2013
  18. Republican candidate list
  19. Unofficial Republican primary results
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Pete Sessions," Accessed March 25, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Pete Sessions Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  27. 'Federal Election Commission "Pete Sessions April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  28. 'Federal Election Commission "Pete Sessions July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  29. 'Federal Election Commission "Pete Sessions October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Pete Sessions 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Pete Sessions 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Pete Sessions," Accessed June 7 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Pete Sessions," Accessed August 2, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Pete Sessions," Accessed April 2, 2013
  36. LegiStorm, "Pete Sessions," Accessed September 17, 2012
  37. OpenSecrets.org "Pete Sessions (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Pete Sessions (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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