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Alexander 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Alexander 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

Revision as of 16:06, 7 October 2013

Rodney Alexander
Rodney Alexander.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Cooksey (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Campaign $$7,036,750
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana State House of Representatives
1987-2002
Education
High schoolJonesboro-Hodge High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Louisiana-Monroe
Personal
BirthdayDecember 5, 1946
Place of birthQuitman, LA
ProfessionInsurance Agent
Net worth$608,503
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rodney McKinnie Alexander (b. December 5, 1946, in Quitman, Louisiana) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 5th congressional district.

Alexander was first elected to the House as a Democrat in 2002, but switched to the Republican party three months prior to his 2004 re-election.[1]

Alexander issued a statement on August 6, 2013, that he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress as part of the reason for his decision. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek re-election, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."[2][3][4]

After announcing his retirement, it was reported that he will accept a new post as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).[5]

He previously served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1987 to 2002.[1]

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

Biography

Alexander was born in 1946 in Quitman, Louisiana, and attended high school in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He earned his B.A. from University of Louisiana-Monroe and worked as an insurance salesman prior to his political career.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Alexander's political career[1]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Alexander serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch (Chair)

2011-2012

Alexander served on the following House committees[7]:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Issues

Endorsements

See also: Louisiana's 5th congressional district special election, 2013

In the special election to fill Alexander's seat, he reportedly endorsed state senator Neil Riser.[8]

Campaign themes

2012

Alexander lists the following campaign themes on his official campaign website.[9]

  • Experience- "Rodney is a veteran public servant; having first been elected at the age of 25 to the Jackson Parish Police Jury and then serving for 16 years as a Louisiana State Representative where he was the chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee."[10]
  • Beliefs- "Rodney is pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment and serves as a conservative voice in Congress. He is committed to helping his colleagues on both sides of the aisle find a bipartisan consensus on critical issues ranging from health care to tax reform."[11]
  • Family- "Rodney has been married to the former Nancy Sutton for thirty-seven years. They have three children - Ginger, Rod, and Lisa - and four grandchildren. Rodney and Nancy live with their family in Quitman, Louisiana and attend Sweetwater Baptist Church."[12]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Rodney Alexander endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [13]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Alexander 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[14]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana's 5th congressional district elections, 2014

Alexander issued a statement on August 6, 2013, that he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress as part of the reason for his decision. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek re-election, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."[15][3][16]

2012

See also: Louisiana's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Alexander ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 5th District. Alexander, the incumbent, defeated Clay Steven Grant (L) and Ron Caesar (I) in the November 6 blanket primary.[17][18] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates do not receive a majority of the vote on that date, they go to a runoff, to be held on December 8.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander Incumbent 77.8% 202,536
     Libertarian Ron Ceasar 14.4% 37,486
     None Clay Steven Grant 7.8% 20,194
Total Votes 260,216
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Media

The following are two commentaries by Alexander on the Constitution and "our future." They are featured on his campaign website.[19]


Rodney Alexander, "Rodney Alexander on the Constitution..."[20]

Rodney Alexander, "Rodney Alexander on the Future..."[21]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Alexander is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Alexander raised a total of $7,036,750 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[26]

Rodney Alexander's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 5) Won $1,375,551
2010 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 5) Won $1,260,755
2008 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 5) Won $911,236
2006 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 5) Won $1,311,468
2004 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 5) Won $1,355,844
2002 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 5) Won $821,896
Grand Total Raised $7,036,750

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 Alexander's reports.[27]

Rodney Alexander (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]4/13/2013$244,645.06$101,600.00$(113,679.12)$232,565.94
July Quarterly[29]7/15/2013$232,565.94$136,836.49$(146,802.14)$222,650.29
Running totals
$238,436.49$(260,481.26)

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Alexander won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Alexander's campaign committee raised a total of $1,375,551 and spent $1,132,955.[30] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

Alexander spent $5.59 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Alexander won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Alexander's campaign committee raised a total of $1,260,755 and spent $1,239,963.[32]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Alexander is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[33]

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.[34]

Alexander most often votes with:

Alexander least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Alexander missed 267 of 7,661 roll call votes from Jan 2003 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[35]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Alexander paid his congressional staff a total of $1,052,073 in 2011. He ranks 27th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 114th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranks 37th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[36]

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, Alexander's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $351,006 and $866,000. This averages to $608,503, which is a 30.72% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[37]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Alexander's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $266,005 and $665,000. That averages to $465,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[38]

Political Positions

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Alexander was ranked the 167th most conservative representative during 2012.[39]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Rodney Alexander was ranked the 168th most conservative representative during 2011.[40]

Voting with party

2013

Rodney Alexander voted with the Republican Party 93.7% of the time, which ranked 192nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

Personal

Alexander and his wife Nancy (nee Sutton) live in Quinton, LA. They have three children and seven grandchildren.[42]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Rodney Alexander" Accessed November 19, 2011
  2. Politico "GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander retiring" Accessed August 7, 2013
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named retired
  4. The News Star "U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election" Accessed August 7, 2013
  5. Washington Post "Retiring Rep. Rodney Alexander to take job in Jindal administration" Accessed August 7, 2013
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 17, 2011
  8. The News Star, "Morris: Jindal, Alexander conspired 'to rig' election," accessed August 22, 2013
  9. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  10. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  11. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  12. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  13. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Politico "GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander retiring" Accessed August 7, 2013
  16. The News Star "U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election" Accessed August 7, 2013
  17. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  18. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  19. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  20. YouTube channel
  21. YouTube channel
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Rodney Alexander" Accessed April 7, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Rodney Alexander 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Rodney Alexander 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 15, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Alexander" Accessed June 18, 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Rep. Rodney Alexander," Accessed August 2, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Rodney Alexander," Accessed April 1, 2013
  36. LegiStorm "Rodney Alexander"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Alexander, (R-Louisiana), 2011"
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Alexander, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  39. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  42. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John Cooksey (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 5
2003–present
Succeeded by
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