Peter Visclosky

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Peter J. Visclosky
Peter J. Visclosky.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1985-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 29
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1984
Next general2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolAndrean High School
Bachelor'sIndiana University Northwest
Master'sGeorgetown University
J.D.Notre Dame Law School
Personal
BirthdayAugust 13, 1949
Place of birthGary, Indiana
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Peter J. Visclosky campaign logo
Peter John "Pete" Visclosky (b. August 13, 1949) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Visclosky was elected by voters from Indiana's 1st congressional district. He won re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Visclosky is a "centrist Democrat".[1]

Biography

Visclosky was born in Gary, Indiana and graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University Northwest, a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University. [2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

2011-2012

Elections

2012

See also: Indiana's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Visclosky is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 1st District. Visclosky was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Republican Joel Phelps in the November 6 general election.[4]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Visclosky won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark Leyva (R) and Jon Morris (L) in the general election.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter J. Visclosky Incumbent 58.6% 99,387
     Republican Mark Leyva 38.6% 65,558
     Libertarian Jon Morris 2.8% 4,762
Total Votes 169,707

Campaign donors

2012

Peter J. Visclosky (2012)[6] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2012$566,855.19$83,986.42$(129,388.90)$521,452.71
Pre-Primary[8]April 27, 2012$521,452.71$9,250.00$(18,545.70)$512,157.01
July Quarterly[9]July 15$512,157.01$115,289.26$(153,284.91)$474,161.36
October Quarterly[10]October 15$474,161.36$91,314.05$(267,565.03)$297,910.38
Running totals
$299,839.73$(568,784.54)

2010

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

Visclosky won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Visclosky's campaign committee raised a total of $891,338 and spent $1,387,951 .[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Peter Visclosky Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $891,338
Total Spent $1,387,951
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $17,848
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $17,266
Top contributors to Peter Visclosky's campaign committee
General Dynamics$13,800
Nuclear Energy Institute$10,250
Bechtel Group$10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$10,000
Dominion Resources$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Electric Utilities$73,750
Building Trade Unions$73,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$49,500
Lobbyists$48,694
Health Professionals$41,350

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. Visclosky paid his congressional staff a total of $849,449 in 2011. He ranks 14th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 95th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranks 35th 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, Visclosky's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $664,024 and $1,786,000. That averages to $1,225,012, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[13]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with the party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Peter J. Visclosky has voted with the Democratic Party 88 of the time, which ranked 162 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[14]

Personal

Visclosky is married to Joanne Royce, and has two sons, John and Tim.[2]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Katie Hall
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana District 1
1985–present
Succeeded by
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