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Pete Sessions
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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
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 November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

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]

2011-12

Sessions was a member of the following House committees[2]:

Issues

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. [4]

Specific votes

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 one 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.[5]

Elections

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 May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Katherine Savers McGovern (D) and Seth Hollist (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[6][7]

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.[13]

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

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.[14]

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.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 32nd District, 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.[16]

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.[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. 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.[18]

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, 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.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Pete Sessions has voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[23]

Personal

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

Recent news

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External links


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. Texas Tribune, “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Republican candidate list
  7. Unofficial Republican primary results
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Pete Sessions," Accessed March 25, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Pete Sessions 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Pete Sessions 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  16. Gov Track "Pete Sessions," Accessed June 7 2013
  17. GovTrack, "Pete Sessions," Accessed April 2, 2013
  18. LegiStorm, "Pete Sessions," Accessed September 17, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Pete Sessions (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Pete Sessions (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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U.S. House of Representatives - Texas
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