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Rodney Alexander
Rodney Alexander.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 5
Former member
In office
January 3, 2003-September 2013
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Cooksey (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.59 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Campaign $$7,036,750
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana 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$465,502.50
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rodney McKinnie Alexander (b. December 5, 1946, in Quitman, Louisiana) was 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] His resignation was effective September 26, 2013.[2][3]

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."[4][5][6]

After announcing his retirement, it was reported that he accepted a new post as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).[7]

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 on December 5, 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:[8]

  • 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[9]:

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

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.[10] For more information pertaining to Alexander's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Alexander voted in favor of 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 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Alexander voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Alexander voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Alexander voted in support of 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.[12]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Alexander voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Alexander voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Alexander voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Alexander voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[12]

Previous congressional sessions

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]

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.[15]

Campaign themes

2012

Alexander listed the following campaign themes on his official campaign website.[16]

  • 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."[17]
  • 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."[18]
  • 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."[19]

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. [20]

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."[21][5][22]

2012

See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Alexander ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 5th District. Alexander, the incumbent, defeated Clay Steven Grant (L) and Ron Caesar (I) in the November 6 blanket primary.[23][24] 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.[25]


Rodney Alexander, "Rodney Alexander on the Constitution..."[26]

Rodney Alexander, "Rodney Alexander on the Future..."[27]

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.[32]

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.[33]


Rodney Alexander (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 13, 2013$244,645.06$101,600.00$(113,679.12)$232,565.94
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$232,565.94$136,836.49$(146,802.14)$222,650.29
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$222,650.29$16,762.89$(142,032.53)$97,380.65
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$97,380$0$(73,616)$23,763
Running totals
$255,199.38$(476,129.79)

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.[38] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

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.[40]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5, 2010 - Rodney Alexander Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,260,755
Total Spent $1,239,963
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Rodney Alexander's campaign committee
D&J Construction$16,500
Adams & Reese$16,124
Livingston Group$15,350
Central Management$13,000
New York Life Insurance$10,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
General Contractors$73,700
Oil & Gas$70,746
Health Professionals$63,250
Lawyers/Law Firms$63,024
Crop Production & Basic Processing$58,800

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Alexander's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between -$33,993 and $964,998. That averages to $465,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Alexander ranked as the 276th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45]

Rodney Alexander Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$465,502.50-23.5%
2011$608,50330.72%
2010$465,502.50N/A

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.

2012

Alexander ranked 167th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[46]

2011

Alexander ranked 168th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[47]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Rodney Alexander has voted with the Republican Party 93.7% of the time, which ranked 192nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]

Personal

Alexander and his wife Nancy (nee Sutton) live in Quinton, LA. They have three children and seven grandchildren.[49]

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See also

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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nola
  3. Nola.com, "Rodney Alexander to join Jindal administration, departure from Congress will trigger special election," accessed August 8, 2013
  4. Politico "GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander retiring" Accessed August 7, 2013
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named retired
  6. The News Star "U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election" Accessed August 7, 2013
  7. Washington Post "Retiring Rep. Rodney Alexander to take job in Jindal administration" Accessed August 7, 2013
  8. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 17, 2011
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Votesmart, "Rodney Alexander Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. The News Star, "Morris: Jindal, Alexander conspired 'to rig' election," accessed August 22, 2013
  16. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  17. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  18. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  19. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  20. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  21. Politico "GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander retiring" Accessed August 7, 2013
  22. The News Star "U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election" Accessed August 7, 2013
  23. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  24. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  25. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  26. YouTube channel
  27. YouTube channel
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Rodney Alexander" Accessed April 7, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Rodney Alexander 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  38. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  40. Open Secrets "Rodney Alexander 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 15, 2011
  41. Gov Track "Alexander" Accessed June 18, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Rep. Rodney Alexander," Accessed August 2, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Rodney Alexander," Accessed April 1, 2013
  44. LegiStorm "Rodney Alexander"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Alexander, (R-LA), 2012"
  46. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  49. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John Cooksey (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 5
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Vance McAllister (R)
Preceded by
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Louisiana House of Representatives
1987–2002
Succeeded by
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