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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$1,648,529
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 running 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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent 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

NDAA

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]

DHS 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]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Sessions 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.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[9] 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Sessions voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] 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. Sessions voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

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.[15] 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.[16] Sessions voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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 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.[18] 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. Sessions voted against HR 2775.[19]

Sessions was quoted with saying, "Look, we're not French. We don't surrender." when pressed by a man to support a clean CR.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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. [27]

Campaign themes

2014

Sessions' campaign website lists the following issues:[28]

  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "In 2010, Democrats defied the will of the American people and rammed a 2,700 page heath care bill through Congress that sought to take over our entire health care system. From day one, I have led the fight in the House to stop the ObamaCare train wreck, beginning when it came to the House Rules Committee in March of 2010. Let there be no doubt - I will continue to lead this fight until ObamaCare is fully repealed."
  • Tax Reform
Excerpt: "Our nation’s tax code is a complicated mess that is nearly impossible to navigate. That is why I believe that North Texans deserve a flatter, fairer tax code that jumpstarts our economy and leads to job growth. Our federal government should be dedicated to letting the American people keep their hard earned dollars instead of spending them in Washington."
  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "America’s economy continues to suffer from high unemployment and underemployment. Too many college graduates are finishing their educations without job prospects and the jobless rate among minorities and young people is unacceptable."
  • Energy Independence
Excerpt: "Energy plays a key role in the Texas economy and creates jobs in the 32nd Congressional District. I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that would allow the free market to unleash America’s vast natural resources, create new jobs at home, and lead the way to energy independence. "
  • Fiscal Sanity
Excerpt: "Washington has a spending problem that has placed our nation on an unsustainable path of trillion dollar deficits and a $17 trillion national debt. That is why I have consistently voted to limit federal spending, reform entitlement programs, and am a co-sponsor of a bill that calls for the passage of the balanced budget amendment. Thanks to the Republican majority in the House, we have been able to hold the line of federal spending, putting total expenditures on a slightly downward path."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 32nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Sessions is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Katrina Pierson to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014.[29] 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.[30]

"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."[30]

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.[31][32]

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.[38]

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' reports.[39]

Pete Sessions (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 10, 2013$1,118,702.67$175,689.54$(276,077.00)$1,018,315.21
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$1,018,315.21$334,195.86$(220,147.57)$1,132,363.50
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$1,132,363.50$370,092.71$(166,342.79)$1,336,113.42
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$1,336,113$417,993$(497,910)$1,256,195
Pre-Primary[44]February 20, 2014$1,256,195$192,446$(588,733)$859,908
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$859,908$271,979$(395,168)$736,719
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2014$736,719$261,873$(258,312)$740,280
Running totals
$2,024,269.11$(2,402,690.36)

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.[47] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Sessions spent $11.71 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Sessions won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Sessions' campaign committee raised a total of $2,153,120 and spent $1,932,339.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]

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.[53]

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, Sessions' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $735,060 and $2,561,999. That averages to $1,648,529, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Sessions ranked as the 167th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54]

Pete Sessions Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$1,648,52931.93%
2011$1,249,508-71.73%
2010$4,420,525N/A

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.[55]

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.[56]

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.[57]

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 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "GOP Rep.: ‘We’re not French. We don’t surrender.’," October 7, 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. Texas Tribune, “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012
  28. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 28, 2014
  29. The Texas Tribune, "Primary 2014 Election Results," March 4, 2014
  30. 30.0 30.1 The Hill, "FreedomWorks endorses Pete Sessions' primary opponent in Texas," accessed September 12, 2013
  31. Republican candidate list
  32. Unofficial Republican primary results
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  42. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Sessions October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Sessions Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
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  45. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Sessions April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Sessions July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
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  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  49. Open Secrets "Pete Sessions 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  50. Gov Track "Pete Sessions," Accessed June 7 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Pete Sessions," Accessed August 2, 2013
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  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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