Scott Garrett

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Scott Garrett
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMarge Roukema (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.60 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,121,977
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
1991-2003
Education
Bachelor'sMontclair State University
J.D.Rutgers University
Personal
BirthdayJuly 9, 1959
Place of birthEnglewood, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$273,005.50
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ernest Scott Garrett (b. July 9, 1959, in Englewood, New Jersey) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Garrett was elected by voters from New Jersey's 5th Congressional District. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

He is running for re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Garrett previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1991-2003.[2]

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

Biography

Garrett was born in Englewood, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. from Montclair State University in 1981, and his J.D. from Rutgers University in 1984.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Garrett's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Garrett serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Garrett served on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Garrett listed the following issues on his campaign website:[5]

  • Increasing wealth by cutting taxes and federal spending.
  • Increasing security for high-risk homeland areas.
  • Preserving New Jersey's environment
  • Halting illegal immigration
  • Improving access to healthcare
  • Honoring veterans

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Garrett voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Garrett's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Garrett opposed 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Garrett voted in opposition 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] Garrett voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" 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.[15] 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. Garrett voted against HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported 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

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Garrett supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

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

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Garrett is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Garrett ran for re-election in 2012.[21] He defeated Bonnie Somer and Michael J. Cino in the June 5 Republican primary and faced Democrat Adam Gussen in the November general election.[22]

Garrett had vastly greater campaign funds than his competitors.[23][24]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Adam Gussen 42.7% 130,100
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Garrett Incumbent 55% 167,501
     Green Patricia Alessandrini 2.2% 6,770
Total Votes 304,371
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Garrett Incumbent 87.2% 24,709
Michael Cino 7.4% 2,107
Bonnie Somer 5.3% 1,511
Total Votes 28,327

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Garrett is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Garrett raised a total of $8,121,977 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[30]

Scott Garrett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $2,392,464
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,757,865
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,550,008
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,158,306
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 5) Won $1,263,334
Grand Total Raised $8,121,977

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 Garrett's reports.[31]

Scott Garrett (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$2,148,218.03$168,234.67$(86,762.75)$2,229,689.95
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$2,229,689.95$370,425.36$(82,322.84)$2,517,792.47
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$2,517,792.47$255,627.64$(82,214.18)$2,691,205.93
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$2,691,205$174,578$(64,859)$2,790,755
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$2,790,755.39$215,663.01$(98,173.62)$2,908,244.78
Pre-Primary[37]May 22, 2014$2,908,244.78$119,928.26$(31,542.11)$2,996,630.93
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2014$2,996,630.93$256,538.29$(70,869.06)$3,182,300.16
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2014$3,182,300.16$258,317.63$(392,238.37)$3,048,379.42
Running totals
$1,819,312.86$(908,981.93)

2012

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

Garrett won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Garrett's campaign committee raised a total of $2,392,465 and spent $1,105,177.[40]

Cost per vote

Garrett spent $6.60 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Garrett's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Garrett was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,757,865 and spent $911,355.[41]

Analysis

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]

Garrett most often votes with:

Garrett least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Garrett is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 19, 2013.[43]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Garrett missed 125 of 7,664 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.6%, which is better 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. Garrett paid his congressional staff a total of $893,136 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 42nd 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, Garrett's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $148,011 and $398,000. That averages to $273,005.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Garrett ranked as the 324th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45]

Scott Garrett Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$273,005.50-17.27%
2011$330,007.00-6.91%
2010$354,507.00N/A

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. Garrett ranked 107th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Garrett was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 143rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[47]

Voting with party

2013

Scott Garrett voted with the Republican Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 135th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]

Personal

Scott resides in Wantage Township in Sussex County with his wife, Mary Ellen, and their two daughters, Jennifer and Brittany.[49]

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External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "GARRETT, Scott, (1959 - )"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett, 5th District of New Jersey, "Committees"
  5. Garrett for Congress, "Issues," accessed October 13, 2012
  6. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott Garrett's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Garret on agriculture," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott Garrett's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott Garrett's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 30, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Scott Garrett on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013
  21. New Jersey Department of State, Division of Elections, "2012 Official List of Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed April 17, 2012
  22. WYNC, "Live! NJ Election Results," accessed June 5, 2012
  23. New Jersey Spotlight, "Candidates: U.S. Congress Democrats District 5," accessed May 30, 2012
  24. New Jersey Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Scott Garrett," accessed April 23, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Garrett 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  32. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  33. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  35. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  36. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  37. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  38. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  39. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Scott Garrett 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Scott Garrett 2010 Election Data," accessed November 28, 2011
  42. OpenCongress, "Scott Garrett," accessed August 6, 2013
  43. 43.0 43.1 GovTrack, "Scott Garrett," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Scott Garrett," accessed October 2, 2012
  45. Open Secrets, "Scott Garrett (R-NJ), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett, 5th District of New Jersey, "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Marge Roukema
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 5
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly - District 24
1991-2003
Succeeded by
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