Rick Crawford (Arkansas)

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Rick Crawford
Rick Crawford AR.jpg
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 1
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMarion Berry (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,591,083
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sArkansas State University, 1996
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1985-1989
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 22, 1966
Place of birthHomestead Air Force Base, FL
Net worth-$40,001
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Crawford (b. January 22, 1966 in Homestead Air Force Base, Florida) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arkansas's 1st congressional district. Crawford was first elected to the House in 2010.

Crawford most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas's 1st District. He ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary. He defeated Scott Ellington in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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

Career

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

  • 1985-1989: United States Army
  • 1996: Graduated from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro with B.S.
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Arkansas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Crawford serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development & Credit (Chair)
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

2011-2012

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Crawford's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Healthcare Reform – Repeal and Replace
Excerpt: "If I am elected, I will vote to repeal this law and replace it with reforms that will preserve the best parts of the American healthcare system while addressing the problems of access and affordability."
  • America’s Budget Crisis
Excerpt: "The single greatest threat facing the United States right now is our growing national debt and Washington’s insatiable desire to spend ever-increasing amounts of borrowed money. "
  • ENERGY – Affordable Fuel and Domestic Security
Excerpt: "Our nation and our economy rely on energy, and the United States needs to pursue a comprehensive energy policy that ensures affordable, available energy to all Americans."

Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Crawford was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 56%.[4][5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Crawford 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.[6]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Voted "No" In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[7] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[7] Crawford was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[7]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[8]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[7] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[7] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas' 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Crawford won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas' 1st District. He ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary. He defeated Scott Ellington in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Scott Ellington 39.1% 96,601
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Crawford Incumbent 56.2% 138,800
     Green Jacob Holloway 2% 5,015
     Libertarian Jessica Paxton 2.6% 6,427
Total Votes 246,843
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Crawford is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Crawford raised a total of $2,591,083 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[11]

Rick Crawford (Arkansas)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arkansas, District 1) Won $1,338,445
2010 US House (Arkansas, District 1) Won $1,252,638
Grand Total Raised $2,591,083

2012

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

Crawford won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Crawford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,338,445 and spent $1,211,036.[12]

2010

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

Crawford won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Crawford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,252,638 and spent $1,172,563.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1, 2010 - Rick Crawford (Arkansas) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,252,638
Total Spent $1,172,563
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,601,832
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,584,473
Top contributors to Rick Crawford (Arkansas)'s campaign committee
Moore Farms$10,100
National Restaurant Assn$10,000
AT&T Inc$9,250
Baughn Construction$9,200
Assoc Radiologists$9,100
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$104,203
Health Professionals$83,933
Crop Production & Basic Processing$76,332
Retired$75,916
Candidate Committees$35,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Crawford is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[14]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Crawford missed 20 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[15]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Crawford paid his congressional staff a total of $894,913 in 2011. He ranked 115th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 140th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranked 38th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

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, Crawford's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$349,999 and $269,996. That averages to -$40,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 125.32% from 2010.[17]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Crawford's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $101,003 and $215,000. That averages to $158,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[18]

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. Crawford ranked 103rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[19]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Crawford ranked 113th in the conservative rankings.[20]

Voting with party

2013

Rick Crawford voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 162nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[21]

Personal

Crawford and his wife, Stacy, have two children.

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External links

References

  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Rick Crawford," Accessed November 1, 2011
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. Campaign website, Issues
  4. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
  5. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  8. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Rick Crawford," Accessed March 22, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Rick Crawford 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Rick Crawford 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  14. Gov Track "Rick Crawford," Accessed June 7 2013
  15. GovTrack, "Rick Crawford," Accessed April 2, 2013
  16. LegiStorm "Rick Crawford"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Crawford, (R-Arkansas), 2011"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Crawford, (R-Arkansas), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Marion Berry
U.S. House - Arkansas District 1
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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