|U.S. Senate, Ohio|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||George Voinovich (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Representative, United States House of Representatives|
|Director, White House Legislative Affairs|
|Associate Counsel to the President|
|Bachelor's||Dartmouth College, 1979|
|J.D.||University of Michigan Law School, 1984|
|Date of birth||December 12, 1955|
|Place of birth||Cincinnati, OH|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Social Issues
- 3.1.6 Previous congressional sessions
- 3.2 Presidential preference
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Portman's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Portman serves on the following Senate committees:
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on National Parks
- Subcommittee on Energy
- 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
Portman served on the following Senate committees:
- Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
- Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight
- Deficit Reduction
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Portman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
John Brennan CIA nomination
Portman voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.
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 criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
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."
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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. The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Portman voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.
No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Portman voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.
Portman voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.
Violence Against Women (2013)
Portman voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.
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. 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.
Previous congressional sessions
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.
On November 2, 2010, Portman won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Lee Fisher (D), Michael L. Pryce (I), Eric W. Deaton (Constitution), Daniel H. LaBotz (Socialist) and Arthur T. Sullivan (Write-in) in the general election.
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.
Portman ended 2014 with more than $4.4 million in campaign funds, including a final quarter fundraising total of $1.3 million, a particularly notable sum because Portman will not stand for re-election until 2016. Lists of possible presidential and vice-presidential candidates often feature Portman, and should he run, he would be able to use funds raised for his 2016 re-election to this end.
Below are Portman’s reports.
|Rob Portman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$2,101,854.61||$145,306.62||$(67,994.42)||$2,179,166.81|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$2,179,166.81||$467,527.76||$(92,258.51)||$2,554,436.06|
|October Quarterly||September 30, 2013||$2,554,436.06||$854,012.00||$(140,365.00)||$3,267,083.00|
|Year-End Quarterly||September 30, 2013||$3,267,083||$1,358,161||$(173,512)||$4,451,699|
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:
|U.S. Senate, Ohio General Election, 2010 - Rob Portman Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||$65899|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$918761|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$571321|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Portman most often votes with:
Portman least often votes with:
National Journal vote ratings
- 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. Portman tied with one other U.S. Senator, ranking 33rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.
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.
Voting with party
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.
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Portman missed 5 of 582 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Portman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $7,365,124 to $20,483,999. That averages to $13,924,561.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Portman ranked as the 15th most wealthy senator in 2012.
|Rob Portman Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
Portman and his wife, Jane Dudley, have three children.
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- Boston.com, "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
- New York Times, "A senator who knows Washington’s ways," accessed July 3, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Rob Portman," accessed October 24, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Rob Portman's Biography," accessed April 2, 2014
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- New York Times, "Doubts and downloads in Ohio after Portman’s shift on gay marriage," accessed April 5, 2013
- U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- Cincinnati.com, "VP rumors start as Terrace Park's Portman endorses Romney," January 19, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Richard Burr," April 2013
- Wall Street Journal, "Sen. Portman fills coffers well ahead of ’16 re-election," January 27, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman Summary Report," accessed August 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman April Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman July Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman October Quarterly," accessed January 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Rob Portman 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2011
- GovTrack, "Rob Portman," accessed June 27, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rob Portman," accessed September 3, 2013
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Rob Portman," accessed April 2013
- LegiStorm, "Rob Portman"
- Open Secrets, "Portman, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- Senate.gov, "Biography," accessed April 2, 2014
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