Sheila Jackson Lee

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Sheila Jackson Lee
Sheila Jackson Lee.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 18
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1995-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCraig Washington (D)
Leadership
Staff counsel to U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations
1977-1978
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,914,248
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
City council member, Houston, TX
1990-1994
Municipal judge, Houston, TX
1987-1990
Education
High schoolJamaica High School
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.University of Virginia Law School
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 12, 1950
Place of birthQueens, New York
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$910,505
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sheila Jackson Lee (b. January 12, 1950) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Jackson Lee represents the 18th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 1994. She won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Jackson-Lee is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Jackson Lee earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.[2] From 1977-1978, she served as staff counsel to the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations.[3]

Career

  • 1995-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1990-1994: Houston, TX, city councilmember
  • 1987-1990: Municipal judge, Houston, TX

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Jackson Lee serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Jackson Lee was a member of the following House committees[5]:

  • Committee on Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
  • Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Security Ranking member

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Congresswoman Jackson-Lee was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after she was first sworn into Congress in 1995.[6] Jackson-Lee has served on the committee throughout her entire congressional career. Jackson-Lee also serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.[7]

Jackson Lee is also a member of the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment which considers impeachments of federal judges.[8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Jackson Lee 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. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas' 18th congressional district elections, 2012

Jackson Lee ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 18th District. She ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. She defeated Sean Seibert (R) and Christopher Barber (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[10][11]

U.S. House, Texas District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Jackson Lee Incumbent 75% 146,223
     Republican Sean Seibert 22.6% 44,015
     Libertarian Christopher Barber 2.4% 4,694
Total Votes 194,932
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jackson-Lee is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Jackson-Lee raised a total of $3,914,248 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[21]

Sheila Jackson Lee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 18) Won $600,450
2010 US House (Texas, District 18) Won $825,310
2008 US House (Texas, District 18) Won $930,270
2006 US House (Texas, District 18) Won $395,014
2004 US House (Texas, District 18) Won $381,325
2002 US House (Texas, District 18) Won $319,836
2000 US House (Texas, District 18) Won $462,043
Grand Total Raised $3,914,248

2012

Breakdown of the source of Jackson-Lee's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Jackson Lee won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Jackson-Lee's campaign committee raised a total of $600,451 and spent $554,810.[22]

2010

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

Jackson Lee won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Jackson Lee's campaign committee raised a total of $825,310 and spent $1,130,371.[23]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Jackson-Lee is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 2013.[24]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Jackson-Lee missed 701 of 12,398 roll call votes from January 1995 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[25]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Jackson Lee paid her congressional staff a total of $935,934 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[26]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Jackson Lee's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $456,014 to $1,364,997. That averages to $910,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 2.62% from 2010.[27]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Jackson Lee's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $470,014 to $1,399,997. That averages to $935,005.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[28]

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. Jackson Lee tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 59th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[29]

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. Jackson Lee ranked 105th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[30]

Voting with party

2013

Sheila Jackson-Lee voted with the Democratic Party 95.1% of the time, which ranked 115th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[31]

Personal

Jackson Lee and her husband, Dr. Elwyn C. Lee, have two children.[2]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 28, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Sheila Jackson Lee," Accessed October 28, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "Committees and Caucuses," Accessed October 28, 2011 (currency of appointments checked on official sites)
  6. "Black Americans in Congress" Committee Assignments(See Judiciary)
  7. "Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee" 111th Congress Committee Assignments
  8. House Judiciary Committee "Task Force on Impeachment Members, 111th Congress
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Democratic candidate list
  11. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Sheila Jackson-Lee," Accessed March 25, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Sheila Jackson-Lee 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Sheila Jackson Lee 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28, 2011
  24. Gov Track "Sheila Jackson-Lee," Accessed June 7 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Sheila Jackson-Lee," Accessed April 2, 2013
  26. LegiStorm, "Sheila Jackson Lee," Accessed September 17, 2012
  27. OpenSecrets.org "Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  29. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Craig Washington
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 18th District
1995-Present
Succeeded by
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