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Rick Berg
Rick Berg.jpg
U.S. House, North Dakota
Retired Representative
In office
2011-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, North Dakota State House of Representatives
1984-2010
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University, 1981
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 16, 1959
Place of birthMaddock, ND
ProfessionOwner/Broker, Goldmark Commercial Corporation
Net worth$46,438,414
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Berg (b. September 16, 1959) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Berg represented the at-large congressional district of North Dakota. Berg was first elected in 2010. He unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Berg was a "centrist Republican follower".[1]

Berg lost to Heidi Heitkamp (D) on November 6, 2012.[2]

Career

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  • 1981: Graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N. Dak.
  • 1985-2011: Member of the North Dakota state house of representatives
  • 1993: Speaker, North Dakota state house of representatives
  • 2003-2009: Majority leader, North Dakota state house of representatives
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from North Dakota

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

  • Ways and Means
    • Subcommittee on Human Resources
    • Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
    • Subcommittee on Social Security

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Berg 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in North Dakota, 2012

Berg lost to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate election in 2012. He defeated Duane Sand in the Republican primary on June 12 but was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

U.S. Senate-North Dakota Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Berg 66.5% 67,860
Duane Sand 33.5% 34,213
Total Votes 102,073

Campaign funding

As of mid-April 2012, Berg had $1.6 million in his campaign coffers, while his primary opponent, Duane Sand, had just $81,000 and over $200,000 in campaign debt.[7]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Berg won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Earl Pomeroy in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, North Dakota Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Berg 54.9% 129,802
     Democratic Earl Pomeroy 45.1% 106,542
Total Votes 236,344

Polls

2012 Elections

A DFM Research poll, conducted July 24-26, 2012 for the state's Democratic Party, showed Berg trailing Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp by six points.[9]


A Rasmussen poll, conducted July 10-11, 2012, showed Berg leading Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp by nine points.[10]

North Dakota's Senate elections, 2012
Poll Rick Berg (R) Heidi Heitkamp (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
[1]
(July 10-11, 2012)
49%40%8%+/-5400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


US Senate in North Dakota, General election candidates
Poll Rick Berg Heidi HeitkampOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Valley News Live/ Mason-Dixon Poll (October 3-5, 2012)
47%47%0%6%+/-4625
Forum Communications (October 12-15, 2012)
50%40%5%5%+/-4.3500
Rassmussen Reports (October 23, 2012)
50%45%0%5%+/-4600
Pharos Research Group
(October 26-28, 2012)
47.7%49.9%0%2.4%+/-3.5752
NBC North Dakota News/ Mason-Dixon
(October 26-28,2012)
47%45%0%0%+/-4625
AVERAGES 48.34% 45.38% 1% 3.68% +/-3.96 620.4
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

2012

During the second quarter of 2012, Berg raised $1.24 million. He ended the quarter with $2.2 million cash on hand.[11]

Rick Berg Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$138,973.60$942,968.29$(747,592.77)$1,585,106.12
Pre-primary[13]May 28, 2012$1,585,106.12$443,304.57$(389,229.28)$1,639,181.41
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$1,639,181.41$799,380.31$(243,588.57)$2,194,973.15
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$2,194,973.15$1,576,410.75$(2,255,820.53)$1,515,563.37
Running totals
$3,762,063.92$(3,636,231.15)


2010

Berg won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Berg's campaign committee raised a total of $2,120,920 and spent $2,094,847.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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. Berg paid his congressional staff a total of $744,983 in 2011. Overall, North Dakota ranked 49th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Berg was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Berg's staff was given an apparent $14,575.92 in bonus money.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Berg's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $23,173,481 to $69,703,348. That averages to $46,438,414, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 38.36% from 2010.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Berg's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $12,146,147 to $54,979,033. This averages out to $33,562,590 which was higher than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Berg ranked 149th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Berg was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 150th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[22]

Percentage voting with party

Rick Berg voted with the Republican Party 93.4% of the time, which ranked 101st among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[23]

Personal

Berg and his wife, Tracy Martin, have one child.

External links

References

  1. Gov Track "Berg" Accessed May 24, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Dakota"
  3. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  4. North Dakota Secretary of State-2012 Primary Results
  5. North Dakota Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  6. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Dakota"
  7. The Republic "Disclosure reports show ND GOP Senate candidate Sand with $81K in campaign cash, $205K debt," April 16, 2012
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  9. The Hill "Dem poll: Heidi Heitkamp up by 6 in North Dakota" Accessed August 7, 2012
  10. Rasmussen Reports "Election 2012: North Dakota Senate" Accessed July 16, 2012
  11. Official campaign website "Press Release" Accessed July 17, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission "Rick Berg April Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "Rick Berg Pre-primary" Accessed October 11, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Rick Berg July Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Rick Berg October Quarterly" Accessed October 23, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "Rick Berg 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  17. LegiStorm, "Richard A. Berg," Accessed September 25, 2012
  18. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Rick Berg (R-ND), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Richard A. Berg (R-ND), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Earl Pomeroy
U.S. House of Representatives - North Dakota District at-large
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Kevin Cramer (R)