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Pittenger won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012|North Carolina's]] [[North Carolina's 9th congressional district elections, 2012|9th District]]. Pittenger faced [[Dan Barry]], [[Andy Dulin]], [[Ken Leonczyk]], [[Jim Pendergraph]], [[Michael Steinberg]], [[Michael Shaffer]], [[Jon Gauthier]], [[Edwin Peacock]] and [[Ric Killian]] in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary.  He then defeated [[Jim Pendergraph]] in the July 17 primary runoff election.  He went on to defeat [[Jennifer Roberts]] (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="nc">[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/36596/80750/en/summary.html ''North Carolina State Board of Elections'' "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012].</ref>  
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Pittenger won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012|North Carolina's]] [[North Carolina's 9th congressional district elections, 2012|9th District]]. Pittenger faced [[Dan Barry]], [[Andy Dulin]], [[Ken Leonczyk]], [[Jim Pendergraph]], [[Michael Steinberg]], [[Michael Shaffer]], [[Jon Gauthier]], [[Edwin Peacock]] and [[Ric Killian]] in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.  He then defeated [[Jim Pendergraph]] in the July 17 primary runoff election.  He went on to defeat [[Jennifer Roberts]] (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="nc">[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/36596/80750/en/summary.html ''North Carolina State Board of Elections'' "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012].</ref>  
  
 
The [http://www.Washingtonpost.com Washington Post] listed the [[United States House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] elections in [[North Carolina]] in 2012 as 1 of the [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House] or [[Republican]]s held their majority in 2013.<ref name="WP">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html ''Washington Post'' "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> [[United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012|North Carolina]] was rated 8th on the list.<ref name="WP"/>
 
The [http://www.Washingtonpost.com Washington Post] listed the [[United States House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] elections in [[North Carolina]] in 2012 as 1 of the [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House] or [[Republican]]s held their majority in 2013.<ref name="WP">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html ''Washington Post'' "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> [[United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012|North Carolina]] was rated 8th on the list.<ref name="WP"/>

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Robert Pittenger
Robert Pittenger.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSue Wilkins Myrick (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$17.01 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,310,422
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina Senate
2002-2008
Education
High schoolMcCallum High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Personal
BirthdayAugust 15, 1948
Place of birthDallas, Texas
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$33,583,501
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Pittenger (b. August 14, 1948, in Dallas, Texas) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 9th congressional district.

Pittenger was first elected to the House in 2012 for North Carolina's 9th congressional district on November 6, 2012. Pittenger is currently serving his first term.[1] Pittenger's campaign was one of the biggest self-funded campaigns in the country for the 2012 election cycle. By early May, Pittenger had invested about $2.3 million of his own money into his primary campaign.[2]

Pittenger is set to run for re-election to North Carolina's 9th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election into the House, Pittenger founded and ran the Robert Pittenger Investment Company.[3]

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

Biography

Born in Texas, his father was a lawyer and real estate agent while his mother stayed at home raising him and his siblings. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. During his work with Campus Crusade for Christ, he traveled around the world to promote their work. In 1985, he and his wife moved to Charlotte to raise their family.[3]

Career

  • 1989-present: Owner, Robert Pittenger Co.[3]
  • 1970-1985: Assistant to the president, Campus Crusade for Christ[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pittenger serves on the following committees:[4]

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.[5] For more information pertaining to Pittenger's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Pittenger voted for 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.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Neutral/Abstain Pittenger did not vote on 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 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Pittenger voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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.[11] Pittenger voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

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 funds 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.[13] 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. Pittenger voted for HR 2775.[14]

Pittenger declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[15]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Pittenger voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Neutral/Abstain Pittenger did not vote on 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Pittenger voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Pittenger voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Campaign themes

2012

Pittenger's campaign website listed the following issues:[21]

  • Pittenger Pledges Conservative Tax Reform
Excerpt: "I’ll work to free people from their tax burden so they’ll have more money to do what’s best for their families and businesses. Small-business owners create jobs and put people to work, but they can’t do that when they’re weighed down by taxes. Lower taxes encourage business owners to invest and hire more people."
  • Pittenger Vows Strong National Security
Excerpt: "I believe that our military men and women are the best and the brightest. They deserve every military advantage we can give them. As your congressman I will fight to protect our defense budget and to fight for the money that our service men and women need. I will make our security the priority of our government."
  • Pittenger Promises Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Robert Pittenger, the conservative, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina's 9th District, discovered over $1 billion in wasteful spending when he was a State Senator."
  • Pittenger Protects Our 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "Although this right is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it is under constant attack by liberals in Washington. That’s why we need strong, conservative leaders like Robert Pittenger to defend our right to keep and bear arms."

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 9th congressional district elections, 2014

Pittenger is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: North Carolina's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Pittenger won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 9th District. Pittenger faced Dan Barry, Andy Dulin, Ken Leonczyk, Jim Pendergraph, Michael Steinberg, Michael Shaffer, Jon Gauthier, Edwin Peacock and Ric Killian in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012. He then defeated Jim Pendergraph in the July 17 primary runoff election. He went on to defeat Jennifer Roberts (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[22]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[23] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[23]

Pittenger raised the most money of any candidate for congress in North Carolina, reporting fundraising of over 3 million dollars in the first three quarters.[24]

General election results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jennifer Roberts 45.7% 171,503
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 51.8% 194,537
     Libertarian Curtis Campbell 2.6% 9,650
Total Votes 375,690
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[25]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 32.4% 29,999
Jim Pendergraph 25.3% 23,401
Edwin B. Peacock III 12.3% 11,336
Ric Killian 10.5% 9,691
Dan Barry 6% 5,515
Andy Dulin 4.9% 4,526
Mike Steinberg 2.5% 2,297
Jon Gauthier 2.2% 2,056
Ken Leonczyk 2.2% 2,047
Richard Lynch 1.1% 1,000
Michael Shaffer 0.6% 579
Total Votes 92,447

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pittenger is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pittenger raised a total of $3,310,422 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[26]

Robert Pittenger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 9) Won $3,310,422
Grand Total Raised $3,310,422

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 Pittenger’s reports.[27]

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pittenger’s reports.[28]

Robert Pittenger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$3,158.41$108,177.56$(105,469.20)$5,866.77
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$5,866.77$200,526.67$(100,781.19)$105,612.25
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2013$105,612.25$130,176.63$(100,756.14)$135,032.74
Year-End Quarterly[32]December 31, 2013$135,032$68,167$(92,383)$107,817
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$107,817.25$140,237.67$(172,484.62)$75,570.30
Pre-Primary[34]April 24, 2014$75,570.30$49,091.10$(17,624.73)$107,036.67
Running totals
$696,376.63$(589,498.88)

2012

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

Pittenger won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pittenger's campaign committee raised a total of $3,310,422 and spent $3,307,264.[35]

Cost per vote

Pittenger spent $17.01 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pittenger missed 7 of 108 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 6.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[36]

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.[37]

Pittenger most often votes with:

Pittenger least often votes with:

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, Pittenger's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $18,615,005 to $48,551,997. That averages to $33,583,501, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[38]

Voting with party

June 2013

Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 111th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[39]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. "Center For Responsive Politics" Open Secrets "Top Self Funders" Accessed June 25, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 National Journal "North Carolina, 9th House District: Robert Pittenger (R)," November 6, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  22. North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  24. WCNC.com "Pittenger passes $3 million mark in fundraising" Accessed October 17, 2012
  25. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
  26. Open Secrets "Robert Pittenger" Accessed May 16, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Robert Pittenger Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  35. Open Secrets "Robert Pittenger 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Robert Pittenger" Accessed April 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Robert Pittenger," Accessed August 8, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org "Robert Pittenger (R-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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