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Steve Israel
Steve Israel.JPG
U.S. House, New York, District 3
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorPeter T. King (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$20.11 in 2012
First electedNovember 2001
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$13,598,812
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 2
January 3, 2001-January 3, 2013
Huntington Town Board
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
OtherNassau Community College and Syracuse University (did not earn degree)
Date of birthMay 30, 1958
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
Net worth$-55,000
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Israel (b. May 30, 1958, in Brooklyn, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 3rd Congressional District. Israel was first elected to the House in 2001.[1]

He was the representative of New York's 2nd Congressional District until the 2012 election when he was redistricted into New York's 3rd Congressional District. Israel is currently serving his sixth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against Stephen Labate.

Israel was a 2014 Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New York.[2]

Israel is currently the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Israel was part of the Huntington Town Board before his successful 2002 congressional bid for re-election to the U.S. House.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Israel is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Israel was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Nassau Community College in 1978 and Syracuse University from 1978-1979, but earned his B.A. at George Washington University in 1982.[1]


After earning his B.A., Israel served as aide to Rep. Richard Ottinger of New York until being elected to the Huntington Town Board in New York.[1]

Israel serves as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Israel doesn't currently serve on any committees.[4]


Israel did not serve on any committees due to his position as the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[5]

Prior sessions

Israel has previously served on the following committees:[6]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Israel's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


Voted "Yes" Israel supported 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Israel voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Israel voted in favor 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Israel supported 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Israel voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

King Amendment

Israel signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[13] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[14]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[15] 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.[16] Israel voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Voted "Yes" 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 funded 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.[17] 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. Israel voted for HR 2775.[18]

Jobless benefits

Israel ripped Republicans in December 2013 over unemployment benefits. He released a statement blasting the party for not supporting an extension for the benefits, set to expire December 28, 2013. He said, "Republicans in Congress have failed this country on so many fronts — failing to create jobs, failing to focus on the right priorities, failing to strengthen the middle class — and this weekend, 1.3 million Americans who are looking for work will personally pay the price for Republicans' failure to extend unemployment insurance. The difference between Republicans and Democrats is stark; Democrats will continue to stand with hardworking families who are trying to create a better life, whether it’s helping them through tough times with unemployment insurance, working to increase the minimum wage or investing in a good education for their children."[19]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Israel voted against 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Israel has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues


Voted "No" Israel voted against 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.[23]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Israel voted for 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 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]


Israel discussed the type of candidates the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is seeking for 2014. He said, "Our essential strategy is to recruit problem-solvers. And with this Republican Congress having been so destructive to the concerns women have, we are putting a special emphasis on recruiting women who will end those problems."[25]

As of January 2014, Israel has raised $10.4 million for the DCCC work in the 2014 midterm elections. This total was second only to Nancy Pelosi's $26.7 million to the DCCC during the same period.[26]

Campaign themes


Israel listed several campaign themes on his website:[27]

  • "Israel believes that it's unfair for New York families to pay higher property taxes, energy and housing costs, and yet still get taxed at the same rate as families in other parts of the country whose cost of living is half as much as ours. That's why Steve is working to pass legislation that would take the regional cost of living into account when determining a family or individual's federal income tax.
  • With two daughters in school, Steve knows how hard it is for families to pay for college. That’s why he introduced legislation that would create a $5,000 super-sized tax credit for families with kids in college. His plan would increase the current tax credits and make it easier for families to benefit from it.
  • Newsday called Steve Israel "a ferocious fighter for Long Island and in every cause he trumpets, from green energy to improved infrastructure to job creation." Steve is leading the fight to develop a comprehensive energy plan to strengthen our national security, grow our economy and protect our environment. That's why he voted for a clean energy bill that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create the next generation jobs in alternative energy industries.
  • Steve has also led the charge to end Big Oil subsidies and is working to hold BP America accountable for the disaster in the Gulf.
  • Steve believes that for too long, insurance companies have been able to take advantage of consumers - denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and refusing to pay claims when people need it the most. He voted to stop insurance company abuses and stabilize health care costs for families and businesses.
  • Steve is a leading voice on prescription drug safety, introducing a bill that will crack down on wholesalers that sell counterfeit pharmaceuticals. He is also the co-chairman of the bipartisan House Cancer Caucus, which serves as a leading voice on cancer legislation in the House. He has introduced legislation to expand access to cancer clinical trials and a bill that would expand cancer treatment options under Medicare.
  • To combat terrorism, Steve believes we must aggressively pursue terrorists where they are and use all the tools available to us, including both "hard" power and "soft" power. To bring our troops home successfully and safely from Iraq and Afghanistan depends on both smart military strategy and smart diplomatic efforts to keep terrorists from regaining ground. Steve believes it is critically important that we dismantle al Qaeda's operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Steve is a strong advocate for the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Steve was appointed to the US Holocaust Memorial Council in 2012. He publicly demanded the arrest of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for incitement to genocide. He led the efforts to secure Israel's qualitative military edge by supporting critical weapons technologies. And Steve Israel hasn't shied from criticizing leaders of his own party for statements on Israel's settlement policies.
  • Steve has fought to protect and improve Social Security and Medicare. He has led the charge in Congress against a Republican budget that the Wall Street Journal said would "end Medicare as we know it." Steve Israel consistently opposed efforts to privatize and Social Security. He supported legislation to close the Medicare "doughnut hole."
  • He has taken on the big drug companies and supported legislation allowing the government to negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare recipients. Steve also supports common sense legislation to lower prescription costs over all by allowing safe re-importation of cheaper prescription drugs and expanding access to generics. Steve wrote widely-supported legislation that would expand cancer treatment options for Medicare patients.
  • Steve believes that by asking the men and women of our Armed Forces to put their lives on the line to defend America, we have an obligation to care for them at home. That's why in Congress, Steve helped secure the biggest increase in veterans' benefits in the history of the Veterans Administration, including funds to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and record funding to help homeless veterans.
  • Steve advocates every day for Long Island veterans to ensure they are getting the support they earned. His efforts have secured more than $5.5 million in overdue benefits for local veterans."


A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[28] According to the report, Israel earmarked $490,000 to study a bypass road to ease congestion along a busy commercial corridor that borders the congressman's neighborhood in Dix Hills. The project has stalled and the money has yet to be spent.[29]



See also: New York's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Israel ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 3rd District. Israel sought the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: New York's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Israel was seeking re-election in 2012. Because of redistricting, he ran for election in the redrawn 3rd District instead of the new 2nd; 3rd District representative Peter T. King switched to the new 2nd District. He was unopposed in the primary and won re-election on November 6, 2012.[30]

U.S. House, New York District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Israel Incumbent 51.5% 157,602
     Republican Stephen Labate 36.9% 113,021
     Libertarian Michael McDermott 0.5% 1,641
     Independent Anthony Tolda 0.1% 366
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 11% 33,644
Total Votes 306,274
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Israel is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Israel raised a total of $13,598,812 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[37]

Steve Israel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 3) Won $3,186,020
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $2,547,657
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $2,144,797
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,502,557
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,621,141
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,472,432
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,124,208
Grand Total Raised $13,598,812

Individual breakdown


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Israel’s reports.[38]


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

Israel won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Israel's campaign committee raised a total of $3,186,021 and spent $3,169,049.[47]

Cost per vote

Israel spent $20.11 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Israel's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Israel was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a sixth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,547,657 and spent $3,941,248.[48]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Israel is a "Moderate Democrat," as of June 18, 2013."[49]

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.[50]

Bishop most often votes with:

Bishop least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Israel missed 233 of 8,670 roll call votes from Jan 2001 to Apr 2013, which is 2.7% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Israel paid his congressional staff a total of $1,034,799 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Israel's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-99,999 and $-10,001. That averages to $-55,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Israel ranked as the 429th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Steve Israel Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-144%
Average annual growth:-18%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

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. Israel tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 115th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[55]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Israel ranked 145th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[56]

Voting with party

June 2013

Steve Israel voted with the Democratic Party 95% of the time, which ranked 46th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]


Israel is married with two daughters.

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "ISRAEL, Steve, (1958 - )"
  2. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 16, 2014
  3. Buzzfeed, "The 2014 Election Began On Election Night For House Democrats," accessed November 27, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Information"
  6. Steve Israel, Representing the 2nd District of New York, "Committee Information"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Israel's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 2, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Israel on agriculture," accessed October 2, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  14. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Hill, "DCCC chairman slams GOP on jobless benefits," accessed December 27, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Israel's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 2, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Israel's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 2, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Steve Israel on abortion," accessed October 2, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. Politico, "GOP men tutored in running against women," accessed December 5, 2013
  26. Roll Call, "Dues Sheet: Chairman Raised $10M for DCCC," accessed January 13, 2014
  27. Campaign website, "Issues"
  28. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," accessed February 6, 2012
  29. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," accessed February 6, 2012
  30. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Steve Israel," accessed March 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Israel October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  47. Open Secrets, "Steve Israel 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Steve Israel 2010 Election Data," accessed December 5, 2011
  49. 49.0 49.1 GovTrack, "Steve Israel," accessed May 25, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Tim Bishop," accessed August 6, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Steve Israel," accessed October 2, 2012
  52. Open Secrets, "Steve Israel (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 7, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter King
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rick Lazio
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 2
Succeeded by
Peter King
Preceded by
Huntington Town Board
Succeeded by