Stephen Lee Fincher
|Stephen Lee Fincher|
|U.S. House, Tennessee, District 8|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||John Tanner (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Crockett County High School|
|Birthday||February 7, 1973|
|Place of birth||Memphis, TN|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
Fincher was part of the wave of Republicans elected in the 2010 midterm elections.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Fincher is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Fincher's academic, professional and political career:
- 1990: Graduated from Crockett County High School, Alamo, Tenn.
- 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee
Fincher serves on the following committees:
- 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
- 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
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."
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.
Fincher won the election. 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.
|U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Stephen Lee Fincher Incumbent||68.3%||190,923|
|Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Tennessee's 8th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Stephen Lee Fincher Incumbent||86.7%||60,355|
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.
|Stephen Lee Fincher's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Tennessee, District 8)||$2,251,745|
|2010||US House (Tennessee, District 8)||$2,724,526|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,976,271|
|Stephen Lee Fincher (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$1,039,524.12||$272,137.12||$(78,264.95)||$1,233,396.29|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$1,233,396.29||$320,447.29||$(109,830.44)||$1,444,013.14|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$1,495,250.28||$209,818.61||$(194,943.83)||$1,510,125.06|
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District Election, 2010 - Stephen Lee Fincher Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,103,121|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$2,068,502|
|Top contributors to Stephen Lee Fincher's campaign committee|
|Club for Growth||$62,979|
|Espey Gin Co||$28,800|
|Akin & Porter Produce||$19,650|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$412,277|
|Oil & Gas||$94,050|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
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.
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 ranked 63rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- 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.
Percentage voting with party
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.
Stephen Lee Fincher is married to Lynn. They have 3 children.
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- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Fincher," Accessed June 26, 2013
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Stephen Fincher for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 11, 2012
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
- Associated Press Tennessee 2012 primary results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Stephen Lee Fincher," Accessed April 2, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher Summary Report," Accessed August 10, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher April Quarterly," Accessed August 10, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher July Quarterly," Accessed August 10, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Stephen Lee Fincher October Quarterly," Accessed October 17, 2012
- Open Secrets "Stephen Lee Fincher 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
- Gov Track "Stephen Fincher," Accessed June 26, 2013
- GovTrack, "Fincher," Accessed April 10, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Steve Fincher," Accessed September 18, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Fincher (R-Tenn), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Steve Fincher (R-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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