Richard Nugent

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Richard B. Nugent
Richard Nugent 113th Congress.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 11
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorKathy Castor (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.52 in 2012
First elected2010
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,119,159
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Sheriff, Hernando County, Florida
Bachelor'sSt. Leo College[1]
Master'sTroy State University[2]
Military service
Service/branchIllinois Air National Guard
Years of service1969-1975
Date of birthMay 26, 1951
Place of birthEvergreen Park, Illinois[3]
Net worth$1,154,505.50
Office website
Campaign website
Richard B. Nugent campaign logo
Richard B. Nugent (b. May 26, 1951, in Evergreen Park, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Nugent was elected by voters from Florida's 11th Congressional District.

Due to redistricting, Nugent ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 11th District, rather than the 5th District he previously represented.[4][5] Nugent was first elected to the 5th District in 2010.[6]

Nugent is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[7]

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He sought the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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


Nugent is a native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His father was a steel worker and his mother was a homemaker.

Nugent graduated from St. Leo College, located in St. Leo, Pasco County, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree from Troy State University. In 1991 Congressman Nugent graduated from the FBI National Academy.[6]

Right out of high school Nugent joined the Illinois Air National Guard. Nugent was honorably discharged after six years. Afterward, he decided to continue serving as a police officer in the city of Romeoville, Illinois[6]. After serving as a police officer in Romeoville for 12 years and achieving the rank of Sergeant, Nugent and his family moved to Hernando County, Florida in 1984, where he joined the Hernando County Sheriff's office as a deputy.[6]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Nugent serves on the following committees:[8][9]


Nugent served on the following committees:


Legislative actions

113th Congress

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.[12] For more information pertaining to Nugent's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[13]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Nugent voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Nugent voted against 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.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Neutral/Abstain Nugent did not cast a vote on HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]


Voted "Yes" Nugent voted in favor 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.[14]


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.[16] 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.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Nugent voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.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.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1% 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Nugent joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[22] 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.[23] Nugent voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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.[25] 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. Nugent voted against HR 2775.[26]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Nugent voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Nugent voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Nugent voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Nugent voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Nugent 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Campaign themes


Nugent's campaign website listed the following issues:[28]

  • Stop Reckless Government Spending and Control Our National Debt
Excerpt: " I am committed to fighting against the out of control spending in Washington. Since President Obama has taken over, the national debt has skyrocketed and now each taxpayer owes more than $136,000. I brought the Balanced Budget Amendment to the House floor to stop that and led the debate on behalf of Republicans. "
  • Give Our Families & Small Businesses Tax Relief
Excerpt: " I will not support any legislation that would raise taxes on hardworking Americans. Our tax code has become complicated, outdated, and riddled with loopholes. I will work to simplify the tax code so that all Americans can easily prepare their taxes, including small businesses. Small businesses are the job creators and I will do everything in my power to encourage entrepreneurship and bring jobs to the Fifth Congressional District. "
  • Oppose the Government Takeover of Healthcare
Excerpt: " I oppose President Obama and Speaker Pelosi’s takeover of healthcare and have voted to repeal it. Obamacare will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit and will do nothing to reduce costs. I oppose the President’s cuts to Medicare and will fight to ensure you can keep the coverage you already have. We need common sense solutions that actually reduce the cost of healthcare for everyone. "
  • Secure Our Borders
Excerpt: " I received an “A” grade from Numbers USA for my legislative record on fighting illegal immigration. Washington has failed to secure our borders for years now. I will continue to use my law enforcement experience to push my colleagues toward practical solutions that will ensure that our borders are sealed and our immigration laws are strengthened and enforced. I will never support amnesty for those who enter our country illegally. "
  • Protect Our Rights
Excerpt: " I also received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition. I support pro-life and pro-family legislation. I will work in defense of parental rights, religious liberty, and the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I have and will continue to support the rights of Americans to own firearms. "



See also: Florida's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Nugent ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He sought the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redisctricting, Nugent was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 11th District. Nugent won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[29] The signature filing deadline was May 7, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Nugent ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[4] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[30]

U.S. House, Florida District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard B. Nugent Incumbent 64.5% 218,360
     Democratic David Werder 35.5% 120,303
Total Votes 338,663
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nugent is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Nugent raised a total of $1,119,159 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[32]

Richard Nugent's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House, (Florida, District 11) Won $600,550
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $518,609
Grand Total Raised $1,119,159


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nugent's reports.[33]

Richard Nugent (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 12, 2013$51,312.17$29,620$(37,172.64)$43,759.53
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$43,759.53$79,002.11$(33,186.98)$89,574.66
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$89,574.66$31,651$(12,100.05)$109,125.61
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$109,125$21,820$(20,647)$110,298
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$110,298$70,848$(39,560)$141,586
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2014$141,586$29,317$(32,633)$138,269
Pre-Primary[40]August 14, 2014$138,269$21,904$(16,724)$143,450
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2014$143,450$21,650$(7,255)$157,844
Running totals


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

Nugent won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Nugent's campaign committee raised a total of $600,551 and spent $549,894.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Nugent spent $2.52 per vote received in 2012.


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

Nugent won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Nugent's campaign committee raised a total of $518,609 and spent $506,954.[44]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Nugent is a "rank and file Republican," as of June 11, 2013.[45]

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.[46]

Nugent most often votes with:

Nugent least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Nugent missed 11 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Nugent paid his congressional staff a total of $735,945 in 2011. He ranks 18th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 20th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Nugent's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $563,012 and $1,745,999. That averages to $1,154,505.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Nugent ranked as the 191st most wealthy representative in 2012.[49]

Richard Nugent Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:93%
Average annual growth:31%[50]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[51]
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.

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.


Nugent ranked 108th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[52]


Nugent ranked 107th in the conservative rankings.[53]

Voting with party


Richard Nugent voted with the Republican Party 98.7% of the time, which ranked 48th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]


Nugent married his wife, Wendy, in 1975.[55] Together they have three boys: Ryan, Kyle, and Casey.[55]

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See also

External links


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  2. Richard Nugent (R-FL), "Congressman Richard Nugent, Richard Nugent of Florida," accessed 2011
  3. 2010 Florida House Candidate Richard Nugent, "Richard Nugent," accessed October 17, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 AP Results, "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
  5. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Richard Nugent, Representing the 5th District of Florida, "Biography," accessed October 17, 2011
  7. Americans for Tax Reform, "113th Congress," accessed June 11, 2013
  8., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  9. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  10. House Committee on Rules, "Members of the Committee on Rules," accessed October 17, 2011
  11. Committee on House Administration, "Members," accessed October 17, 2011
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Project Vote Smart, "Richard Nugent's Voting Record," accessed September 20, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  16. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  24. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  29. The Gainsville Sun, "Stearns says he will run in new 3rd Congressional District" accessed February 14, 2012
  30. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Richard B. Nugent" accessed April 4, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Nugent 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Nugent July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Nugent Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Richard Nugent October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Richard Nugent 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Richard B. Nugent 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011
  45. GovTrack, "Nugent" accessed June 11, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. Richard Nugent," accessed July 31, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Richard Nugent," accessed March 29, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Richard Nugent"
  49. OpenSecrets, "Nugent, (R-Fl), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  51. 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.
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. 55.0 55.1 Richard Nugent for Congress, "Meet Rich" accessed February 14, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Kathy Castor (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ginny Brown-Waite
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 5
Succeeded by
Corrine Brown (D)