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Rigell supported the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/121807/scott-rigell?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UlxHrRCBxVI ''Vote Smart'', "Rigell on agriculture", accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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Rigell supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/121807/scott-rigell?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UlxHrRCBxVI ''Vote Smart'', "Rigell on agriculture", accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Scott Rigell
Scott Rigell.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGlenn Nye (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,908,715
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMercer University
Associate'sBrevard Community College
Master'sRegent University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1978-1984
Personal
BirthdayMay 28, 1960
Place of birthTitusville, FL
ProfessionEntrepreneur
Net worth$29,494,036
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
E. Scott Rigell (b. May 28, 1960, in Titusville, Florida) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 2nd congressional district. Rigell was first elected to Virginia's 2nd congressional district in 2010 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. He is currently serving his fourth consecutive term. [1]

Rigell is running for re-election in Virginia's 2nd congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career Rigell was a member of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board from 1995-1999.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rigell is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

After earning his bachelor's from Mercer University, Rigell founded an automotive dealership. He went on to be vice president for another dealership and founded a third. He also served on Virginia's Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.[2]

Career

  • 2011-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1995-1999: Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rigell serves on the following committees[3]:

2011-2012

Rigell was a member of the following House 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 Rigell's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Sixty-five House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he plans to use military force in Syria.[7][8]

Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[7]

The letter notes that the lawmakers believe Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers ask.[7]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter reads. “We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.”[7]

Most signers of the letter are Republicans. Teen Democratic members - Beto O'Rourke, Gene Green, Zoe Lofgren, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Rush Holt, William Enyart, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan and Michael Capuano - also signed the letter.[7]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Rigell 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.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Rigell voted in support 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Rigell voted in opposition of 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

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

Economy

Government shutdown
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Rigell released a statement on October 1, 2013 calling for an end to the shutdown. He said, "In rejecting outright all four offers, and without offering a single counter offer, the Senate demonstrated an absolute unwillingness to negotiate. The result? Gridlock and a government shutdown. The shutdown is hurting my district – including the military and the hard working men and women who have been furloughed due to the defense sequester.

“Republicans fought the good fight. The fight continues but is not advanced by a government shutdown that damages our economy and harms our military.

“The time has come to pass a clean CR to reopen the government.”[11]

Rigell plans to donate salary for the duration of the shutdown to the Wounded Warrior Project.[12]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Rigell supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Rigell 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.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Rigell has voted in support of all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[17]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Rigell 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.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Rigell 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.[19]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Rigell is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[20]

2012

See also: Virginia's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Rigell won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Paul Hirschbiel in the November general election.[21][22]

U.S. House, Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Hirschbiel 46.1% 142,548
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Rigell Incumbent 53.8% 166,231
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 443
Total Votes 309,222
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rigell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rigell raised a total of $6,908,715 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[24]

Scott Rigell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 2) Won $2,397,768
2010 US House (Virginia, District 2) Won $4,510,947
Grand Total Raised $6,908,715

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 Rigell's reports.[25]

Scott Rigell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2013$4,192.20$263,101.97$(45,871.54)$221,422.63
July Quarterly[27]June 30, 2013$221,422.63$132,376.06$(73,469.99)$280,328.70
Running totals
$395,478.03$(119,341.53)

2012

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

Rigell won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Rigell's campaign committee raised a total of $2,397,768 and spent $2,550,870.[28]


On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Paul Hirschbiel outraised Republican incumbent Scott Rigell in the third quarter. Hirschbiel raised $352,000 to Rigell's $311,000.[29]

Cost per vote

Rigell spent $15.35 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Rigell won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Rigell's campaign committee raised a total of $4,510,947 and spent $4,352,653.[30]

U.S. House, Virginia District 2, 2010 - Scott Rigell Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,510,947
Total Spent $4,352,653
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,260,922
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,274,753
Top contributors to Scott Rigell's campaign committee
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rigell is a "moderate Republican follower" as of July 1, 2013.[31]

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.[32]

Rigell most often votes with:

Rigell least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Rigell missed 10 of 1,702 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[33]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rigell paid his congressional staff a total of $835,880 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[34]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Rigell was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Rigell's staff was given an apparent $3,000.00 in bonus money.[35]

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, Rigell's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $6,745,074 and $52,242,998. That averages to $29,494,036, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 34.25% from 2010.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rigell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $7,819,054 to $36,119,998. That averages to $21,969,526, which is higer than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[37]

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. Rigell ranked 213th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[38]

2011

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. Rigell was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 183rd in the conservative rankings.[39]

Voting with party

July 2013

Rigell voted with the Republican Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 187 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[40]

Personal

Rigell and his wife, Teri, have four children and two grandchildren.[41]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. Who Runs Gov "Scott Rigell," Accessed November 7, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed November 7, 2011
  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. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  8. Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Rigell House website, "Government shutdown", accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "Rigell on agriculture", accessed October 14, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 14, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Rigell on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  19. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  21. Washington Post blog "Scott Rigell, Paul Hirschbiel trade ‘clean campaign’ challenges," May 21, 2012
  22. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Scott Rigell," Accessed April 4, 2013
  25. [Federal Election Commission "Scott Rigell Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Scott Rigell April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Scott Rigell June Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Rigell Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  29. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  30. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Virginia District 02," Accessed November 7, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Rigell" Accessed July 1, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Rep. Scott Rigell," accessed August 8, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Scott Rigell," Accessed April 11, 2013
  34. LegiStorm, "Scott Rigell," Accessed September 13, 2012
  35. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Rigell (R-VA), 2011"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Scott Rigell (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  41. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 7, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Glenn Nye
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 2nd District
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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