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Stephen Lee Fincher
Stephen Fincher.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 8
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Tanner (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,976,271
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCrockett County High School
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 7, 1973
Place of birthMemphis, TN
Net worth-$472,502
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Stephen Lee Fincher (b. February 7, 1973) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, representing the 8th district. Fincher was first elected in 2010. He won re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fincher is a "centrist Republican".[1]

Career

  • 1990: Graduated from Crockett County High School, Alamo, Tenn.
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Fincher serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
  • United States House Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

2011-2012

  • Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Aviation

Issues

Campaign themes

According to Fincher's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Jobs: "We should work toward a flatter, fairer tax system that does not penalize work, wealth creation and savings."
  • Healthcare: "Social Security and Medicare are a commitment we made to older Americans - a commitment I intend to keep."
  • Energy: "Energy taxes and more regulation are not the answer to providing for our energy needs."[3]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Fincher 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Fincher won the election.[5] Fincher ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 8th District. Fincher defeated Annette Justice in the August 2 Republican primary. He faced Timothy Dixon (D), James Hart (I), and Mark Rawles (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Timothy Dixon 28.4% 79,490
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lee Fincher Incumbent 68.3% 190,923
     Independent James Hart 2.2% 6,139
     Independent Mark Rawles 1% 2,870
Total Votes 279,422
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Tennessee's 8th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lee Fincher Incumbent 86.7% 60,355
Annette Justice 13.3% 9,288
Total Votes 69,643

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fincher is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fincher raised a total of $4,976,271 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[8]

Stephen Lee Fincher's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 8) Won $2,251,745
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 8) Won $2,724,526
Grand Total Raised $4,976,271

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Fincher's reports.[9]

Stephen Lee Fincher (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$1,039,524.12$272,137.12$(78,264.95)$1,233,396.29
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$1,233,396.29$320,447.29$(109,830.44)$1,444,013.14
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2012$1,495,250.28$209,818.61$(194,943.83)$1,510,125.06
Running totals
$802,403.02$(383,039.22)

2010

Fincher won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Fincher's campaign committee raised a total of $2,724,526 and spent $2,615,002.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fincher is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 26, 2013.[14]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Fincher missed 22 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[15]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Fincher paid his congressional staff a total of $762,325 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

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, Fincher's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$1,149,999 and $204,995. That averages to -$472,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 85.69% from 2010.[17]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Fincher's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-5,964,999 to $-640,008. That averages to -$3,302,503 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[18]

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. Fincher ranked 63rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[19]

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. Fincher was 1 of 10 members of congress who ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[20]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Stephen Lee Fincher voted with the Republican Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[21]

Personal

Stephen Lee Fincher is married to Lynn. They have 3 children.

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External links


References

  1. Gov Track "Fincher" Accessed May 25, 2012
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Stephen Fincher for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 11, 2012
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  6. Associated Press Tennessee 2012 primary results
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Stephen Lee Fincher," Accessed April 2, 2013
  9. Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher Summary Report," Accessed August 10, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher April Quarterly," Accessed August 10, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher July Quarterly," Accessed August 10, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher October Quarterly," Accessed October 17, 2012
  13. Open Secrets "Stephen Lee Fincher 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  14. Gov Track "Stephen Fincher," Accessed June 26, 2013
  15. GovTrack, "Fincher," Accessed April 10, 2013
  16. LegiStorm, "Steve Fincher," Accessed September 18, 2012
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Fincher (R-Tenn), 2011"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Steve Fincher (R-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  19. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Tanner
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 8
2011–present
Succeeded by
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