Peter Visclosky

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Peter J. Visclosky
Peter J. Visclosky.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 1
In office
January 3, 1985-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 30
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAndrean High School
Bachelor'sIndiana University Northwest
Master'sGeorgetown University
J.D.Notre Dame Law School
Date of birthAugust 13, 1949
Place of birthGary, Indiana
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Peter J. Visclosky campaign logo
Peter John "Pete" Visclosky (b. August 13, 1949) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Visclosky was elected by voters from Indiana's 1st congressional district.

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

He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


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. [3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Visclosky serves on the following committees:[4]


  • Committee on Appropriations[5]
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Visclosky voted against 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 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



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

Visclosky ran 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.[7]

U.S. House, Indiana District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter J. Visclosky Incumbent 67.3% 187,743
     Republican Joel Phelps 32.7% 91,291
Total Votes 279,034
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"


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.[8]

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


Peter J. Visclosky (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$566,855.19$83,986.42$(129,388.90)$521,452.71
Pre-Primary[11]April 27, 2012$521,452.71$9,250.00$(18,545.70)$512,157.01
July Quarterly[12]July 15$512,157.01$115,289.26$(153,284.91)$474,161.36
October Quarterly[13]October 15$474,161.36$91,314.05$(267,565.03)$297,910.38
Running totals


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 .[14]


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 ranked 14th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 95th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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 was lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with the party

Peter J. Visclosky voted with the Democratic Party 88 of the time, which ranked 162 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[17]


Visclosky is married to Joanne Royce, and has two sons, John and Tim.[3]

External links


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