Rick Larsen

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Rick Larsen
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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
First electedNovember 7, 2000
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$255,007
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Ray "Rick" Larsen (b. June 15, 1965) 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 in the House Larsen received his master's degree in public affairs Larsen worked as Director of Public Affairs for 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 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

  • 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:[3]

2011-12

Larsen was a member of the following House committees[4]

Issues

Specific votes

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 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.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Larsen won re-election in 2012.[6][7] Larsen and Dan Matthews advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8]

In the 2nd district, Republican Dan Matthews was seen by some as presenting a serious threat to Larsen.[9] An analyst, however, said, "There is no way a candidate like Larsen is going to lose in 2012."[10]

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.[10]

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 Open 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
[11]

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.[18]

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

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.[19]

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.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, 2nd District, 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

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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, Larsen's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $116,015 and $394,000. That averages to $255,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 34.70% from 2010.[24]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Larsen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $155,023 to $626,000. That averages to $390,511.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Larsen has voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 81 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[28]

Personal

Larsen and his wife, Tiia, have two sons.[29]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  2. [1]
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committees," Accessed November 11, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
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  7. Bellingham Herald "2012 election field takes shape," June 13, 2011
  8. AP Primary Results
  9. Seattle Times "Republican Matthews can give incumbent Democrat Larsen a challenge in 2nd Congressional District," July 17, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 MSNBC "Larsen faces 5 challengers in 2nd District race," July 20, 2012
  11. Our Campaigns, "WA District 2 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Rick Larsen," Accessed April 4, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Larsen 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Rick Larsen 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 11, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Larsen" Accessed July 3, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Rick Larsen," Accessed April 11, 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Rick Larsen," Accessed September 7, 2012
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Larsen (D-WA), 2011"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Rick Larsen (D-Wash), 2010"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  29. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 11, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Metcalf
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, 2nd District
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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