Steve Israel

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Steve Israel
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U.S. House, New York, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPeter T. King (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2001
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 2
January 3, 2001-January 3, 2013
Huntington Town Board
1993-2001
Education
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
OtherNassau Community College and Syracuse University (did not earn degree)
Personal
BirthdayMay 30, 1958
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionPolitician
Net worth$-82,500
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Steve J. Israel (b. May 30, 1958) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Israel was elected by voters from New York's 3rd congressional district. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Israel is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

Biography

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.[3]

Career

After earning his B.A., Israel served as aide to United States Representative Richard Ottinger of New York until being elected to the Huntington Town Board in New York.[4]

Israel serves as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Israel doesn't currently serve on any committees:[6]

2011-2012

Israel did not serve on any committees due to his position as the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[7]

Prior sessions

Israel has previously served on the following committees:[8]

Issues

Campaign Themes

2012

Israel listed several campaign themes on his website:[9]

  • "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 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."

Earmarks

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.[10] 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.[11]

Specific votes

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]

Elections

See also: New York's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

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 primaries and won re-election on November 6, 2012.[13]

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


2010

On November 2, 2010, Israel was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated John B. Gomez (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket), and Anthony Tolda (Constitution).[20]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Israel Incumbent 54.2% 94,594
     Republican John B. Gomez 41.3% 72,029
     Blank/Scattering 0% 0
     Constitution Anthony Tolda 3.8% 6,611
Total Votes 174,490

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.[21]

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

2012

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.[22]

2010

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.[23]
U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Steve Israel Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,547,657
Total Spent $3,941,248
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $384,965
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $384,111
Top contributors to Steve Israel's campaign committee
Virtu Financial$24,200
DE Shaw & Co$19,200
Rosen Partners$19,200
Cablevision Systems$17,200
Stidd Systems$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$225,525
Securities & Investment$201,162
Real Estate$200,428
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$81,350
Business Services$70,385

Analysis

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.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Israel's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-179,998 to $14,997. That averages to $-82,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 50% from 2010.[25]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Israel's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-134,998 to $24,998. That averages to $-55,000, which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[26]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[27]

2011

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.[28]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Steve Israel voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 86th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[29]

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. Gov Track "Israel" Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "ISRAEL, Steve, (1958 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "ISRAEL, Steve, (1958 - )"
  5. Buzzfeed "The 2014 Election Began On Election Night For House Democrats," November 27, 2012
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  8. Steve Israel, Representing the 2nd District of New York "Committee Information"
  9. campaign website "Issues"
  10. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  11. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Steve Israel" March 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Steve Israel 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Steve Israel 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 5, 2011
  24. LegiStorm, "Steve Israel," Accessed October 2, 2012
  25. OpenSecrets.org "Steve Israel (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Steve Israel (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter King
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 3
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Rick Lazio
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 2
2001-2013
Succeeded by
Peter King
Preceded by
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Huntington Town Board
1993-2001
Succeeded by
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