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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Larsen missed 164 of 8,664 roll call votes from January 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rick_larsen/400232 ''GovTrack'', "Rick Larsen," accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJack Metcalf (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.63 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,068,043
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
County council member, Snohomish, WA
1998-2000
Education
Bachelor'sPacific Lutheran University
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayJune 15, 1965
Place of birthArlington, WA
Net worth$319,008.50
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Ray "Rick" Larsen (b. June 15, 1965, in Arlington, Virginia) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 2nd Congressional District. Larsen was first elected in 2000 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Larsen is currently serving his third consecutive term.[1].

Larsen is running for re-election in Washington's 2nd Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election to the House, Larsen worked as director of public affairs for the Washington State Dental Association.[2]

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

Biography

After earning his master's degree in public affairs, Larsen worked as the director of public affairs for the Washington State Dental Association and then as an economic development official with the Port of Everett. He went on to serve on the Snohomish County Council before seeking election to the U.S. House.

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of Larsen's professional and political career:[3]

  • 2001-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1998-2000: County council, Snohomish, WA
  • 1990-1991: Economic development official, Port of Everett
  • 1991-1998: Washington State Dental Association

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Larsen serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Larsen served on the following House committees[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Larsen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Larsen voted in support 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Larsen voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Larsen 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Larsen voted in support of 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Larsen voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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. Larsen joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

King Amendment

Larsen signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[16] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[17]. 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

Voted "No" 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.[18] 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.[19] Larsen voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" 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.[21] 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. Larsen voted for HR 2775.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Larsen 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Larsen has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Neutral/Abstain Larsen did not vote on 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Larsen 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 1 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.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: Washington's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Larsen is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 2nd District. Larsen is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Washington's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Larsen won re-election in 2012.[28][29] Larsen and Dan Matthews advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30]

In the 2nd District, Republican Dan Matthews was seen by some as presenting a serious threat to Larsen.[31] An analyst, however, said, "There is no way a candidate like Larsen is going to lose in 2012."[32]

Larsen led Matthews in fundraising by a fair margin, with Larsen having over $1 million and Matthews with $220,000. No other candidate raised a significant amount.[32]

U.S. House, Washington District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Larsen Incumbent 61.1% 184,826
     Republican Dan Matthews 38.9% 117,465
Total Votes 302,291
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 2 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Larsen (D) Incumbent 57.2% 79,632
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Matthews (R) 28.7% 39,956
John C.W. Shoop (R) 5.8% 8,130
Mike Lapointe (I) 4.2% 5,806
Eli Olson (R) 2.4% 3,373
Glen S. Johnson (Unaffiliated) 1.6% 2,289
Total Votes 139,186
[33]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Larsen is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Larsen raised a total of $11,068,043 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[40]

Rick Larsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 2) Won $1,356,320
2010 US House (Washington, District 2) Won $2,028,596
2008 US House (Washington, District 2) Won $1,336,438
2006 US House (Washington, District 2) Won $1,456,945
2004 US House (Washington, District 2) Won $1,567,289
2002 US House (Washington, District 2) Won $1,788,063
2000 US House (Washington, District 2) Won $1,534,392
Grand Total Raised $11,068,043

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Larsen's reports.[41]

Rick Larsen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 12, 2013$344,022.13$56,230.02$(52,789.40)$347,462.75
July Quarterly[43]July 12, 2013$347,462.75$111,010.03$(102,678.50)$355,794.28
October Quarterly[44]October 15, 2013$355,794.28$133,973.18$(54,670.98)$435,096.48
Year-end[45]January 31, 2014$435,096$152,381$(200,636)$386,841
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$386,841.70$86,554.83$(76,973.48)$396,423.05
Running totals
$540,149.06$(487,748.36)

2012

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

Larsen won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Larsen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,356,321 and spent $1,225,993.[47]

Cost per vote

Larsen spent $6.63 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Larsen won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Larsen's campaign committee raised a total of $2,028,596 and spent $2,080,326.[48]

U.S. House, Washington District 2, 2010 - Rick Larsen Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,028,596
Total Spent $2,080,326
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,100,868
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,096,191
Top contributors to Rick Larsen's campaign committee
Microsoft Corp$33,050
Boeing Co$16,500
Puget Holding Co$14,798
Denny Miller Assoc$12,500
Berkshire Hathaway$12,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$131,800
Leadership PACs$104,900
Transportation Unions$94,500
Health Professionals$92,250
Lawyers/Law Firms$85,570

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Larsen is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 3, 2013.[49]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Larsen missed 164 of 8,664 roll call votes from January 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[50]

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.[51]

Larsen most often votes with:

Larsen least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Larsen paid his congressional staff a total of $886,472 in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 18th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Larsen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $143,017 to $495,000. That averages to $319,008.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Larsen ranked as the 312th most wealthy representative in 2012.[53]

Rick Larsen Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$319,008.50
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.

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. Larsen was 1 of 3 members who ranked 143rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[54]

2011

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. Larsen ranked 154th in the liberal rankings.[55]

Voting with party

July 2013

Larsen voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 81st among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[56]

Personal

Larsen and his wife, Tiia, have two sons.[57]

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References

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  2. '['The National Journal " Rick Larsen Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Larsen," accessed January 2, 2014
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  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
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  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
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  17. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Larsen's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 16, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Metcalf
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, 2nd District
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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