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Rob Portman
Rob Portman.jpg
U.S. Senate, Ohio
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGeorge Voinovich (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$24,349,171
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, United States House of Representatives
1993-2005
Director, White House Legislative Affairs
1989-1991
Associate Counsel to the President
1989
Education
Bachelor'sDartmouth College, 1979
J.D.University of Michigan Law School, 1984
Personal
BirthdayDecember 12, 1955
Place of birthCincinnati, OH
Net worth$14,311,046
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Rob Portman (b. December 12, 1955) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Ohio. Portman was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and is currently serving his first term. Portman was considered to be a possible candidate for Mitt Romney's choice of a vice-presidential candidate in 2012, but ultimately was not selected.[1][2]

Portman is scheduled to run for re-election in Ohio on November 8, 2016.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Portman served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for former President George W. Bush.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Portman 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 Portman's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1979: Graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover
  • 1984: Graduated from University of Michigan School of Law, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 1989: Served as associate counsel to President George H. W. Bush
  • 1989-1991: Served as deputy assistant and director, Office of Legislative Affairs, White House Office
  • 1993-2005: Served as Republican to U.S. Congress from Ohio
  • 2005-2006: Served as U.S. Trade Representative, in the cabinet of President of George W. Bush
  • 2006-2007: Served as Director, Office of Management and Budget, in the cabinet of President George W. Bush
  • 2011-Present: U.S Senator from Ohio

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Portman serves on the following Senate committees[4]:

  • Budget
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
    • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Finance
    • The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

2011-2012

[5]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Rob Portman endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Portman 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[8][9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, Portman was 1 of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[13]

Gay marriage

Portman reversed his long-held opposition to same-sex marriage in March 2013, saying it was spurred by his son’s disclosure that he is gay.[14] Though his shift has been welcomed by gay rights advocates as an example of how a family’s love can change minds, social conservatives have denounced Portman and vowed to block his re-election.[14]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Portman won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Lee Fisher, Michael L. Pryce, Eric W. Deaton, Daniel H. LaBotz, and Arthur T. Sullivan in the general election.[15]

U.S. Senate, Ohio General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Portman 56.8% 2,168,742
     Democrat Lee Fisher 39.4% 1,503,297
     Independent Michael L. Pryce 1.3% 50,101
     Constitution Eric W. Deaton 1.7% 65,856
     Socialist Daniel H. LaBotz 0.7% 26,454
     Write-in Arthur T. Sullivan 0% 648
Total Votes 3,815,098

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Portman is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Portman raised a total of $24,349,171 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[16]

Rob Portman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (North Carolina) Won $10,868,382
2004 U.S. Senate (North Carolina) Won $11,302,395
2002 U.S House of Representatives (North Carolina District 5) Won $1,210,424
2000 U.S House of Representatives (North Carolina District 5) Won $967,970
Grand Total Raised $24,349,171

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 Portman’s reports.[17]

Rob Portman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$2,101,854.61$145,306.62$(67,994.42)$2,179,166.81
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$2,179,166.81$467,527.76$(92,258.51)$2,654,436.06
Running totals
$612,834.38$(160,252.93)


2010

Portman won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Portman's campaign committee raised a total of $16,540,629 and spent $15,054,910.[20]

His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:

U.S. Senate, Ohio General Election, 2010 - Rob Portman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $16540629
Total Spent $15054910
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $6391470
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $6356737
Top contributors to Rob Portman's campaign committee
American Financial Group$126652
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey$104100
Elliott Management$90368
General Electric$66610
JPMorgan Chase & Co$65899
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$1100705
Securities & Investment$918761
Lawyers/Law Firms$778060
Insurance$723247
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$571321

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Portman is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 27, 2013.[21]

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.[22]

Portman most often votes with:

Portman least often votes with:

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. Portman tied with one other U.S. Senator, ranking 33rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[23]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Portman ranked 35th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.[24]

Voting with party

June 2013

Rob Portman voted with the Republican Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 1 among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[25]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Portman missed 5 of 582 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Apr 2013, which is 0.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. [26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Portman paid his congressional staff a total of $1,903,924 in 2011. He ranked 11th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 13th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 8th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

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, Portman's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $6,465,093 to $22,156,999. That averages to $14,311,046, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 62.54% from 2010.[28]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Portman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,325,069 and $16,283,999. That averages to $8,804,534, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[29]

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Personal

Portman and his wife, Jane Dudley, have three children.

See also

External links

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References

  1. Boston.com, "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
  2. New York Times "A Senator Who Knows Washington’s Ways" Accessed July 3, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Rob Portman," Accessed October 24, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Rob Portman Vote Smart profile
  6. Cincinnati.com, "VP rumors start as Terrace Park's Portman endorses Romney," January 19, 2012
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times "Doubts and Downloads in Ohio After Portman’s Shift on Gay Marriage" Accessed April 5, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Richard Burr" April 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Rob Portman Summary Report," Accessed August 5, 2013, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "Rob Portman April Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Rob Portman July Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Rob Portman 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Rob Portman," Accessed June 27, 2013
  22. OpenCongress, "Rob Portman," accessed September 3, 2013
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. GovTrack, "Rob Portman" Accessed April 2013
  27. LegiStorm "Rob Portman"
  28. OpenSecrets.org "Rob Portman (R-Ohio), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Portman, (R-Ohio), 2010"
Political offices
Preceded by
George Voinovich
U.S. Senate - Ohio
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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