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|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2007-present
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2007-present
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Last election = [[Vermont's at-large congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election = [[United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Cost per vote 2012 =$3.21
 
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|First elected = November 7, 2006
 
|First elected = November 7, 2006
 
|Term limits =
 
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|Next election = [[Vermont's at-large congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
 
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|Prior office = Vermont State Senate
 
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|Place of birth =Springfield, MA
 
|Place of birth =Springfield, MA
 
|Profession = Lawyer
 
|Profession = Lawyer
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{{tnr}}'''Peter Welch''' (b. May 2, 1947) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Vermont]]. Welch is the only representative from Vermont and was first elected to the House in 2006. He won re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''Peter Welch''' (b. May 2, 1947, in Springfield, [[Massachusetts|MA]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Vermont]]. He was first elected to the House in 2006 and most recently won re-election in 2014.  
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Welch is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/peter_welch/412239 ''Gov Track'' "Welch" Accessed May 24, 2012]</ref>
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Welch serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the [[Democratic]] caucus for the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-announces-whip-team-113th-congress ''Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer'' "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
After earning his bachelor's degree from College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from the University of California, Welch worked as a lawyer and eventually started his own firm.<ref name="bio"/>
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Welch graduated from Cathedral High School and then earned his bachelor's degree from College of the Holy Cross. He earned a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Welch worked as a lawyer and eventually started his own law firm.<ref name=bio/>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
* 2007-present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Stewart's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000800 ''Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress'', "Welch," accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
* 1981-1989: [[Vermont Senate]]
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* 2007-Present: U.S. Representative from [[Vermont's At-Large Congressional District]]
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* 1981-1989: Member of the [[Vermont Senate]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2015-2016====
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Welch serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Energy and Commerce Committee]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Oversight and Government Reform Committee]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Welch serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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Welch served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
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*[[United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
 
*[[United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
  
====2011-12====
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====2011-2012====
Welch was a member of the following House committees<ref>[http://welch.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=105&Itemid=56 ''Official House website'' "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>:
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Welch served on the following House committees:<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://welch.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=105&Itemid=56 ''Official House website'', "Committee Assignments," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture|Committee on Agriculture]]
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture|Committee on Agriculture]]
 
** Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
 
** Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
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** Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
 
** Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
 
** Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs
 
** Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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====National security====
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=====NDAA=====
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{{Nay vote}} Welch voted in opposition of 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/51272/peter-welch?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.Ulw42BCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Welch's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Nay vote}} Welch voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Yea vote}} Welch voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
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{{Nay vote}} Welch voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.624: ''The Library of Congress'', "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{House Farm Bill Dem Yes|Name=Welch}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{House Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Welch}}
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=====King Amendment=====
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Welch signed a letter sent to [[Collin Peterson]] in August 2013, asking him to keep [[Steve King (Iowa)|Steve King]]'s amendment out of the final Farm Bill.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806604/letter-to-ranking-member-collin-peterson-house-committee-on-agriculture-reject-rep-kings-provision-on-farm-bill#.UkBtzIakrMk ''Vote Smart'', "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013]</ref> The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevented states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.<ref>[http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/17/king-farm-bill-amendment-angers-animal-advocates/ ''Time.com'', "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013]</ref> King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{nay vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Welch voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Welch voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Nay vote}} Welch voted against 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/51272/peter-welch?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.Ulw7bhCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Welch's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Repealing Obamacare=====
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{{Nay vote}} Welch has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/51272/peter-welch?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.Ulw8DRCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Welch's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>
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====Social issues====
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=====Abortion=====
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{{Nay vote}} Welch voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/51272/peter-welch?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.Ulw89hCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Welch on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Yea vote}} Welch 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 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s080_010.gif|right|290px|thumb|Welch's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Welch is a '''Hard-Core Liberal.''' Welch received a score of 78 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Welch|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/House/Peter_Welch.htm ''On The Issues'', "Welch Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals= Opposes
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|Crime= Strongly Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Favors
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|Citizenship=Strongly Favors
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|Free Trade= Opposes
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|United Nations=Opposes
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|Military=Strongly Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Favors
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|Energy=Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana=Strongly Opposes
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===American response in Syria===
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Syria letter|Name=Welch}}
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{{Dem letter on Syria|Name=Welch}}
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
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====2012====
 
According to Welch's website, his campaign themes included:
 
According to Welch's website, his campaign themes included:
 
* Energy: "America needs a 21st century energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil, creates good jobs, and improves our environment."
 
* Energy: "America needs a 21st century energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil, creates good jobs, and improves our environment."
 
* Healthcare: "Access to quality, affordable health care for every American is long overdue."
 
* Healthcare: "Access to quality, affordable health care for every American is long overdue."
* Debt: "The rising level of federal debt is a threat to America’s long term economic vitality."<ref>[http://www.welchforcongress.com/issues ''Welch for Congress'', "Issues," Accessed October 10, 2012]</ref>
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* Debt: "The rising level of federal debt is a threat to America’s long term economic vitality."<ref>[http://www.welchforcongress.com/issues ''Welch for Congress'', "Issues," accessed October 10, 2012]</ref>
 
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===Specific votes===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}}
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Welch 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 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2014]]''
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Welch won re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2014|Vermont's]] [[United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2014|At-Large District]] on November 4, 2014. Welch ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
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===2012===
 
===2012===
::''See also: [[Vermont's at-large congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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::''See also: [[Vermont's At-large Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Welch won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2012|Vermont's]] [[Vermont's at-large congressional district elections, 2012|at-large district]].  He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012 and defeated [[Mark Donka]] (R), [[James Desrochers]] (I), and [[Andre LaFramboise]] (VoteKISS) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://vermont-elections.org/PrimaryCandidateListing6.18.2012.3pm.pdf Official primary candidate list]</ref>
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Welch won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2012|Vermont's]] [[Vermont's At-large Congressional District elections, 2012|At-Large district]].  He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012, and defeated [[Mark Donka]] (R), [[James Desrochers]] (I) and [[Andre LaFramboise]] (VoteKISS) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://vermont-elections.org/PrimaryCandidateListing6.18.2012.3pm.pdf ''Vermont Elections'', "Official primary candidate list"]</ref>
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/396/Peter-Welch Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Welch attends.
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===2014===
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{{Peter Welch 2014 FEC}}
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{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Welch
 
|Name=Welch
 
|Editdate=April 2, 2013
 
|Editdate=April 2, 2013
 
|year=2006
 
|year=2006
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00000515&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Peter Welch," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00000515&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Peter Welch," accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
 
|totalraised2012=950025
 
|totalraised2012=950025
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
|office2012=US House (Vermont, [[Vermont's at-large congressional district{{!}}At-Large District]])
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|office2012=US House (Vermont, [[Vermont's At-large Congressional District{{!}}At-Large District]])
 
|totalraised2010=1027181
 
|totalraised2010=1027181
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=(Vermont, [[Vermont's at-large congressional district{{!}}At-Large District]])
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|office2010=(Vermont, [[Vermont's At-large Congressional District{{!}}At-Large District]])
 
|totalraised2008=954510
 
|totalraised2008=954510
 
|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
|office2008=(Vermont, [[Vermont's at-large congressional district{{!}}At-Large District]])
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|office2008=(Vermont, [[Vermont's At-large Congressional District{{!}}At-Large District]])
 
|totalraised2006=2066308
 
|totalraised2006=2066308
 
|result2006=Won
 
|result2006=Won
|office2006=(Vermont, [[Vermont's at-large congressional district{{!}}At-Large District]])
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|office2006=(Vermont, [[Vermont's At-large Congressional District{{!}}At-Large District]])
 
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Welch 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Welch's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Welch 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Welch's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]}}
Welch won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Welch's campaign committee raised a total of $950,026 and spent $669,593.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000515&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Welch Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013]</ref>
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Welch won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Welch's campaign committee raised a total of $950,026 and spent $669,593.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000515&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Welch Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Welch spent $3.21 per vote received in 2012.
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{{Congress donor box 2012
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
|winner = Y
 
|winner = Y
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Vermont
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Vermont At-Large District
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised =  $950,026  
 
|total raised =  $950,026  
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Peter Welch 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Welch's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Peter Welch 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Welch's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
Welch won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Welch's campaign committee raised a total of $1,027,181 and spent $698,547.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000515&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'' "Peter Welch 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
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Welch won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Welch's campaign committee raised a total of $1,027,181 and spent $698,547.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000515&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'', "Peter Welch 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Vermont, At-Large
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Vermont At-Large District
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = $1,027,181
 
|total raised = $1,027,181
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|inddonor4 = $45,500
 
|inddonor4 = $45,500
 
|inddonor5 = $37,400
 
|inddonor5 = $37,400
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Welch's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,897,097 to $7,331,000. That averages to '''$5,114,048.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Welch ranked as the 74th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000515&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Welch, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2006 and 2012, Welch‘s calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> increased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Welch received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Lawyers/Law Firms'' industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in [[Vermont's At-Large Congressional District]] was ''Educational services, and health care and social assistance,'' according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/mycd/ ''Census.gov'', "My Congressional District," accessed September 25, 2014]</ref>
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From 1989-2014, '''23.35 percent of Welch's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00000515&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Peter Welch," accessed September 25, 2014]</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412239_Peter_Welch ''OpenCongress'', "Peter Welch," accessed August 20, 2014]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Welch was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]," as of August 20, 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/peter_welch/412239 ''GovTrack'', "Peter Welch," accessed August 20, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Welch received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/peter_welch/412239 ''GovTrack'', "Peter Welch," accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Welch missed 121 of 5,233 roll call votes from January 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/peter_welch/412239 ''GovTrack,'' "Welch," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Welch missed 133 of 6,257 roll call votes from January 2007 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/peter_welch/412239 ''GovTrack'', "Welch," accessed August 20, 2014]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Welch paid his congressional staff a total of $989,570 in 2011. Overall, [[Vermont]] ranks 12th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/870/Rep_Peter_Welch.html ''LegiStorm'', "Peter Welch," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Welch paid his congressional staff a total of $989,570 in 2011. Overall, [[Vermont]] ranked 12th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/870/Rep_Peter_Welch.html ''LegiStorm'', "Peter Welch," accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
  
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Welch's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,459,097 and $6,745,999. That averages to $4,602,548, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 4.69% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000515&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Welch (D-Vermont), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Welch's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,287,107 to $6,506,000. That averages to $4,396,553.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000515&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Peter Welch (D-Vt), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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Welch was one of six member of Congress who ranked 8th in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "Congressional Vote Ratings," August 20, 2014]</ref>
  
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
 
====2012====
 
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Welch ranked 81st in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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Welch ranked 81st in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Welch ranked 111th in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Welch ranked 111th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Welch is married to Margaret Cheney.<ref name="bio">[http://welch.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=2 ''Official House website'' "About Peter," Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
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Welch is married to Margaret Cheney.<ref name="bio">[http://welch.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=2 ''Official House website'', "About Peter," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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Peter Welch
Peter Welch.jpg
U.S. House, Vermont
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBernard Sanders (I)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$3.21 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$4,998,024
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont State Senate
1981-1989
Education
High schoolCathedral High School, MA
Bachelor'sCollege of the Holy Cross
J.D.University of California, Berkeley
Personal
Date of birthMay 2, 1947
Place of birthSpringfield, MA
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$5,114,048.50
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Peter Welch (b. May 2, 1947, in Springfield, MA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Vermont. He was first elected to the House in 2006 and most recently won re-election in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Welch is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Welch graduated from Cathedral High School and then earned his bachelor's degree from College of the Holy Cross. He earned a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Welch worked as a lawyer and eventually started his own law firm.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Stewart's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Welch serves on the following committees:[2]

2013-2014

Welch served on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Welch served on the following House committees:[4]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    • Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
    • Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Welch's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Welch voted in opposition of 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Welch voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Welch voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Welch voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

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] Welch voted with 88 other Democratic 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 percent 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 the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Welch joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

King Amendment

Welch signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[15] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevented states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[16] King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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.[17] 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.[18] Welch voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[20] 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. Welch voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Welch voted against 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

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Welch has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Welch voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Welch 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 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Welch's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Welch is a Hard-Core Liberal. Welch received a score of 78 percent on social issues and 14 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[29]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[29][30]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?”[30]

The letter stated, “If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict."[30]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Welch was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[30]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[30][31] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Welch was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[30][31]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Welch's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Energy: "America needs a 21st century energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil, creates good jobs, and improves our environment."
  • Healthcare: "Access to quality, affordable health care for every American is long overdue."
  • Debt: "The rising level of federal debt is a threat to America’s long term economic vitality."[32]

Elections

2014

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2014

Welch won re-election to the U.S. House to represent Vermont's At-Large District on November 4, 2014. Welch ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

U.S. House, Vermont's At-Large District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Welch Incumbent 64.4% 123,349
     Republican Mark Donka 31% 59,432
     Independent Cris Ericson 1.4% 2,750
     Liberty Union Party Matthew Andrews 1.1% 2,071
     Independent Randall Meyer 0.9% 1,685
     Energy Independence Party Jerry Trudell 1.1% 2,024
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 193
Total Votes 191,504
Source: Vermont Secretary of State

2012

See also: Vermont's At-large Congressional District elections, 2012

Welch won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Vermont's At-Large district. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012, and defeated Mark Donka (R), James Desrochers (I) and Andre LaFramboise (VoteKISS) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]

U.S. House, Vermont At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Welch Incumbent 72% 208,600
     Republican Mark Donka 23.3% 67,543
     Independent James Desrochers 2.9% 8,302
     Third Andre LaFramboise 0.4% 1,153
     Third Jane Newton 1.4% 4,065
Total Votes 289,663
Source: Vermont Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Welch attends.


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2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Welch's reports.[37]

Comprehensive donor information for Welch is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Welch raised a total of $4,998,024 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[43]

Peter Welch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Vermont, At-Large District) Won $950,025
2010 (Vermont, At-Large District) Won $1,027,181
2008 (Vermont, At-Large District) Won $954,510
2006 (Vermont, At-Large District) Won $2,066,308
Grand Total Raised $4,998,024

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012


Welch won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Welch's campaign committee raised a total of $950,026 and spent $669,593.[44]

Cost per vote

Welch spent $3.21 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Welch won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Welch's campaign committee raised a total of $1,027,181 and spent $698,547.[45]

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Welch's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,897,097 to $7,331,000. That averages to $5,114,048.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Welch ranked as the 74th most wealthy representative in 2012.[46] Between 2006 and 2012, Welch‘s calculated net worth[47] increased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Peter Welch Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2006$4,131,805
2012$5,114,048
Growth from 2006 to 2012:24%
Average annual growth:4%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Welch received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Vermont's At-Large Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[51]

From 1989-2014, 23.35 percent of Welch's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[52]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Peter Welch Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,928,100
Total Spent $4,319,582
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$349,400
Retired$343,557
Health Professionals$246,230
Public Sector Unions$245,000
Real Estate$200,213
% total in top industry5.89%
% total in top two industries11.69%
% total in top five industries23.35%

Analysis

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.[53]

Welch most often votes with:

Welch least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Welch was a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of August 20, 2014.[54] This was the same rating Welch received in June 2013.[55]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Welch missed 133 of 6,257 roll call votes from January 2007 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[56]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Welch paid his congressional staff a total of $989,570 in 2011. Overall, Vermont ranked 12th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[57]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Welch was one of six member of Congress who ranked 8th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[58]

2012

Welch ranked 81st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[59]

2011

Welch ranked 111th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[60]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Welch voted with the Democratic Party 93.5 percent of the time, which ranked 90th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[61]

2013

Welch voted with the Democratic Party 93.2 percent of the time, which ranked 144th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[62]

Personal

Welch is married to Margaret Cheney.[1]

Recent news

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References

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  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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