Stephen Lee Fincher
|Stephen Lee Fincher|
|U.S. House, Tennessee, District 8|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||John Tanner (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$4.78 in 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Crockett County High School|
|Birthday||February 7, 1973|
|Place of birth||Memphis, TN|
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.
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
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Fincher's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Fincher 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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Fincher 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Fincher 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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Fincher voted in support 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Fincher 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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Fincher supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Fincher 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.
Previous congressional sessions
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 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.
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 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|
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.
|Stephen Fincher (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Cost per vote
Fincher spent $4.78 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Tennessee District 8, 2012 - Stephen Lee Fincher Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$26,672|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$26,673|
|Top contributors to Stephen Lee Fincher's campaign committee|
|Southeast Financial Group||$21,829|
|Barnett Insurance Agency||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$283,581|
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, Tennessee District 8, 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|
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.
Fincher most often votes with:
Fincher least often votes with:
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, 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, 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.
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.
Stephen Lee Fincher is married to Lynn. They have 3 children.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Fincher," Accessed June 26, 2013
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fincher's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ Vote Smart, "Fincher on agriculture", accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fincher's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fincher's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Fincher on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ Stephen Fincher for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 11, 2012
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Stephen Lee Fincher," Accessed April 2, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Fincher 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Scott Garrett 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed August 16, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Stephen Lee Fincher 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Stephen Lee Fincher," Accessed August 6, 2013
- ↑ 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"
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