Stephen Lee Fincher

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Stephen Lee Fincher
Stephen Fincher.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 8
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJohn Tanner (D)
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
High schoolCrockett County High School
BirthdayFebruary 7, 1973
Place of birthMemphis, TN
Net worth-$472,502
Office website
Campaign website

Stephen Lee Fincher (b. February 7, 1973, in Memphis, Tennessee) 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.[1]

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:[1]

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


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


  • 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


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]



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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fincher's reports.[9]

Stephen Fincher (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]4/15/2013$1,449,564.27$332,332.15$(59,630.04)$1,722,266.38
July Quarterly[11]7/15/2013$1,722,266.38$308,520.48$(58,781.37)$1,972,005.49
Running totals


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

Fincher won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Fincher's campaign committee raised a total of $2,251,745 and spent $911,702.[12]

Cost per vote

Fincher spent $4.78 per vote received in 2012.


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:

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District Election, 2010 - Stephen Lee Fincher Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,724,526
Total Spent $2,615,002
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
Pilot Corp$42,800
Espey Gin Co$28,800
Cox Oil$20,000
Akin & Porter Produce$19,650
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$412,277
Leadership PACs$120,549
Oil & Gas$94,050


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.[14]

Fincher most often votes with:

Fincher 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, Fincher is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 26, 2013.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[18]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[19]

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.[20]


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.[21]

Percentage voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Stephen Lee Fincher has voted with the Republican Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[22]


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

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Fincher," Accessed June 26, 2013
  2., 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 "Fincher 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  10. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  11. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Scott Garrett 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed August 16, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Stephen Lee Fincher 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  14. OpenCongress, "Stephen Lee Fincher," Accessed August 6, 2013
  15. Gov Track "Stephen Fincher," Accessed June 26, 2013
  16. GovTrack, "Fincher," Accessed April 10, 2013
  17. LegiStorm, "Steve Fincher," Accessed September 18, 2012
  18., "Fincher (R-Tenn), 2011"
  19., "Steve Fincher (R-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  20. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
John Tanner
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 8
Succeeded by