Pete Stark

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Pete Stark
Pete Stark.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 13
Former member
In office
1973-2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 1972
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMassachusetts Institute of Technology, 1953
Master'sUniversity of California, Berkeley, 1960
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1955-1957
Personal
BirthdayNovember 11, 1931
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
ReligionUnitarian
Websites
Campaign website
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Pete Stark (b. November 11, 1931) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 13th congressional district from 1973 to 2013.

Stark ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 15th District as a Democrat, but was defeated by fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell in the November election.[1] He was displaced from his current district by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Stark was a "far-left Democrat".[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Stark's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1953: Graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with B.S.
  • 1960: Graduated from University of California, Berkeley with M.B.A.
  • 1955-1957: United States Air Force
  • 1973-2013: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Stark's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Fighting for Health Care for All
Excerpt: "As Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, Pete was a key architect of the Affordable Care Act that was signed into law in 2010 — legislation that will finally guarantee affordable, quality health care to all Americans. It will extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, create a fair marketplace where consumers can shop for affordable coverage based on their ability to pay, and enforce rules on insurance company behavior so that people can get the benefits they need at a price they can afford."
  • Standing Up for Seniors
Excerpt: "Pete has consistently voted to protect and improve Social Security and Medicare. He has been a leading opponent of Republican efforts to privatize these vital programs. In recognition of his commitment to protecting seniors, he receives top ratings from senior advocacy organizations like the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the Alliance for Retired Americans."
  • Growing our Economy and Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "To help pull our economy out of the Bush recession, Pete voted in favor of the 2009 stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). This bill brought over $2.7 Billion to Alameda County. Pete helped author a provision in that bill that created a temporary subsidy program to make COBRA health insurance continuation coverage more affordable for people trying to maintain their families’ health insurance while between jobs."
  • Ensuring Quality Public Education
Excerpt: "From childcare for our youngest children, to public education, after school programs and college, Pete believes every child in America deserves a high quality education that promotes their cognitive, social and emotional development."
  • Advancing Civil Rights
Excerpt: "Pete authored the first piece of federal legislation in history to end discrimination against LGBT individuals and couples seeking to adopt children. The bipartisan Every Child Deserves a Family Act has garnered nearly 100 co-sponsors."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Stark did not cast a vote 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. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 15th congressional district elections, 2012

Stark lost his re-election bid[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 15th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from the 13th district by redistricting. He and Eric Swalwell (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Christopher Pareja (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[7][8]

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell 52.1% 120,388
     Democratic Pete Stark Incumbent 47.9% 110,646
Total Votes 231,034
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 15 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Stark (D) Incumbent 42.1% 39,943
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell (D) 36.2% 34,347
Christopher Pareja (NPP) 21.7% 20,618
Total Votes 94,908

2010

On November 2, 2010, Stark won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Forest Baker in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, California District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Stark Incumbent 72.2% 118,278
     Republican Forest Baker 27.8% 45,575
Total Votes 163,853

Campaign donors

2012

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

Stark did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Stark's campaign committee raised a total of $939,654 and spent $1,397,139.[10]

2010

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

Stark won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Stark's campaign committee raised a total of $487,385 and spent $371,119.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 13, 2010 - Pete Stark Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $487,385
Total Spent $371,119
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Pete Stark's campaign committee
Invacare Corp$11,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American College of Cardiology$10,000
American College of Radiology$10,000
American College of Surgeons$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$233,501
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$25,400
Lawyers/Law Firms$25,250
Health Services/HMOs$23,800
Insurance$22,000

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Stark paid his congressional staff a total of $1,061,470 in 2011. He ranked 109th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 104th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[12]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Stark's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-19,177,982 and $27,104,997. That averages to $3,963,507.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[13]

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. Stark is 1 of 14 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[14]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Stark is 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.[15]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Pete Stark voted with the Democratic Party 92.4% of the time, which ranked 105 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[16]

Personal

Stark and his wife, Deborah, have seven children.

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Norman Yoshio Mineta
U.S. House - California District 13
1973-2013
Succeeded by
Barbara Lee