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
Cost per vote$4.78 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryAugust 7, 2014
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. He is running for re-election in 2014.

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.


Fincher graduated from Crockett County High School.[2] He helps run a large scale cotton farm.[3]


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:[4]

  • 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


Fincher served on the following committees:

  • 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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Fincher's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Fincher voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


2014 Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Fincher voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Fincher voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Fincher supported the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Fincher voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Fincher voted against HR 2775.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Fincher supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" 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.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

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 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.[26]

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."[27]



See also: Tennessee's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Fincher is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 8th District. Fincher is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Tennessee's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Fincher won the election.[28] 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.[29]

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.[31]

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.[32]

Stephen Fincher (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$1,449,564.27$332,332.15$(59,630.04)$1,722,266.38
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$1,722,266.38$308,520.48$(58,781.37)$1,972,005.49
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$1,972,005.49$187,755.87$(50,282.8)$2,109,478.56
Year-End[36]January 31, 2014$2,109,478$190,011$(64,996)$2,334,493
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$2,234,493.54$243,726.81$(139,331.33)$2,338,889.02
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.[38]

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.[39]


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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

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 2012 was estimated between $-1,149,999 to $204,995. That averages to $-472,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Fincher ranked as the 437th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44]

Stephen Fincher Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.[45]


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.[46]

Voting with party


Fincher voted with the Republican Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]


Fincher and his wife, Lynn, have three children.

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See also

External links


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  2. Votesmart, "Fincher," accessed December 19, 2013
  3. Commerical Appeal, "Stephen Fincher received state farm grant in addition to federal farm subsidies," accessed December 19, 2013
  4., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
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  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
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  16. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
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  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Fincher's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Fincher on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Stephen Fincher for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 11, 2012
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  41. GovTrack, "Stephen Fincher," accessed June 26, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Fincher," accessed April 10, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Steve Fincher," accessed September 18, 2012
  44. "Fincher, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 8
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