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Steve Southerland II
Steve Southerland II.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorAllen Boyd (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$9.79 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,115,028
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolA. Crawford Mosley High School (1983)
Bachelor'sTroy State University
Associate'sJefferson State Junior College [1]
Personal
BirthdayOctober 10, 1965
Place of birthNashville, Tennessee
ProfessionBusinessman, Mortician
Net worth$2,826,001
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Southerland II campaign logo
William Steve Southerland, II (b. October 10, 1965, in Nashville, Tennessee) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Southerland was elected by voters from Florida's 2nd congressional district.

Southerland was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012.[2]

He is running in 2014 for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd congressional district of Florida. Southerland is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary.

He is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program and a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[3][4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Southerland is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Southerland is a lifelong resident of Panama City, Florida. He is the fourth generation of five in his family to live in Bay County.

Education: [5]

  • 1983: A. Crawford Mosley High School
  • Jefferson State Junior College, A.A. degree in Mortuary Science
  • Troy State University, B.S. degree in Business Management

Career

Below is a summary of Southerland's professional achievements:[5]

  • Current Co-Owner and President of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, founded in 1955
  • Two term member of the Florida Board of Funeral Directors (Gubernatorial Appointment)
  • Two term Chairman of the Florida Board of Funeral Directors
  • Founding partner in Genesis Granite and Stone, LLC
  • Founding partner in K & B Land and Timber Company, LLC
  • Past Member of the Florida Funeral Directors Association
  • Past Member of the National Funeral Directors Association
  • Member of the Leaders Network (personal and professional growth organization)

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Southerland serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[8] For more information pertaining to Southerland's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response in Syria
See also United States involvement in Syria

Southerland was opposed to attacking Syria.[10]

“While Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is a tyrant and a threat to his people’s freedoms, I share the concerns of many Americans who are weary of launching a mission that is currently undefined and lacks a clear end game,” Southerland said in a statement on September 3, 2013.[10]

Southerland’s office said as many as 95 percent of his constituents who have voiced an opinion stood with him.[10] “I look forward to hearing from my constituents and bringing their perspectives to the table when Congress reconvenes,” Southerland said in his statement.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Southerland voted in favor 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.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Southerland voted against 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.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Southerland voted in favor 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Southerland 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.[15]

Economy

Government shutdown

Southerland called the fight in Congress regarding the shutdown a "moral issue." He also said the Democratic-controlled Senate’s rejection of a proposal and refusal to negotiate is setting a dangerous precedent for the country.[16]

“That is a glaring statement to America that we know you’re in pain, we know you’re hurting, but we don’t have to step down in your pain with you,” Southerland said. “That is unacceptable.”[16]

He went on to cite Harry Reid’s actions as a refusal to believe in the principles of democracy and the nation at large. “I think it’s very germane to the existence of our republic that no one receive special treatment and we hold everyone to the same standard,” he said. “I think this is very critical to how we move forward in this country.”[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Southerland voted in favor of 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.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Southerland voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[18]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Southerland voted in favor of and co-sponsored HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Southerland voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Southerland 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.[21]

Controversy

Campaign funds used to maintain home

Southerland reportedly used campaign funds to improve and maintain a Panama City home he inherited in 2005. He used the home for his headquarters during two campaigns before selling it for $550,000 in June 2013.[22]

Between 2010 and June 2013, when the property was sold, Southerland’s congressional campaign paid him $42,000 in rent and owes him another $36,000. The campaign also covered at least $6,273 in maintenance and upkeep on the home, including fees for lawn services, trash removal, repair of the home’s air conditioning and water filter service and repairs. It also paid utilities for the home.[22]

“There are zero violations or compliance issues whatsoever, and Rep. Southerland is proud of a campaign that he’s run in a responsible, transparent manner,” Southerland's spokesperson Matt McCullough said.[22]

Using campaign money to fund and fix a headquarters, even if it is owned by the candidate, is permissible under campaign finance law, provided the expenditures are in line with local rental rates.[22]

McCullough wrote that “when Rep. Southerland inherited the family home, he was diligent in ensuring the home’s valuation and the campaign’s monthly rent were fair and representative of the local market. He worked with a certified real estate broker to tour other properties and requested a comparative market analysis before the rates were set.”[22]

Campaign themes

2012

Southerland's campaign website lists the following issues:[23]

  • Fixing the Economy by Empowering Job Creators
Excerpt: "The problem today is that too many Washington politicians believe they can fix our economy. In reality, what government needs to do is get out of the way. Only by unleashing our job creators to do what they do best can we truly ignite a long term economic recovery. As a small business owner, Steve understands this all too well. He’s met a payroll and created local jobs. And he’s brought that small business common sense to Washington."
  • Lowering Taxes So You Can Keep More of Your Money
Excerpt: "If there is one area where almost all Floridians can agree that we’ve had enough, it is in the enormous tax burden weighing down families and small businesses. We must drastically reduce taxes in order to stimulate this economy."
  • Keeping The Commitment To Our Seniors
Excerpt: "Steve believes the federal government must honor the commitments that have been made to our seniors. As Congress debates the future of Medicare and Social Security, Americans who are at or near retirement age deserve the peace of mind in knowing that they will receive their Medicare and Social Security benefits, while ensuring the solvency of both programs for future generations. That’s exactly what Steve is fighting to do."
  • Shrinking Spending and Reducing the Size of Government
Excerpt: "For years, both Democrat and Republican politicians contributed to America’s crippling national debt. With little concern for our children and grandchildren, both parties became addicted to wasteful Washington spending. Well, times have finally changed."
  • Family: The Foundation of America
Excerpt: "Without question, the basic fundamental unit of any civil society is the family. Other than personal individual freedoms, no issue is more critical than issues concerning the family. There is no greater commitment that can be made than the commitment between a husband and wife. It is from that union that the family is birthed and the next generation of American citizens is born."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Southerland is running for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd congressional district of Florida. Southerland is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

He is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[24] He has also been listed by the House Majority PAC as a target in 2014.[25][26][27]

2012

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

Southerland ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 2nd District. Southerland ran on the Republican ticket. Leonard Bembry, Jay Liles, Alvin Peters, and Alfred Lawson ran as Democrats, while Nancy Argenziano ran as an Independent. Primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Southerland ran unopposed in the Republican primary. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Florida District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Southerland II Incumbent 52.7% 175,856
     Democratic Al Lawson 47.2% 157,634
     Independent Floyd Patrick Miller 0.1% 228
Total Votes 333,718
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Southerland is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Southerland raised a total of $3,115,028 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[30]

Steve Southerland II's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House, (Florida, District 2) Won $1,823,957
2010 U.S. House, (Florida, District 2) Won $1,291,071
Grand Total Raised $3,115,028

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Southerland's reports.[31]

Steve Southerland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$101,781.70$53,658.68$(55,162.33)$10,027.14
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$100,278.14$464,990.62$(88,528.75)$476,740.01
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$476,740.01$254,271.68$(76,355.46)$654,656.23
Running totals
$772,920.98$(220,046.54)

2012

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

Southerland won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Southerland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,823,957 and spent $1,722,317.[35] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

Cost per vote

Southerland spent $9.79 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Southerland's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Southerland won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Southerland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,291,071 and spent $1,290,929.[37]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Southerland is a "moderate Republican follower," as of June 10, 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Southerland most often votes with:

Southerland least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Southerland missed 4 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[40]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Southerland paid his congressional staff a total of $802,265 in 2011. He ranks 50th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 57th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[41]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Southerland was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Southerland's staff was given an apparent $24,500.00 in bonus money.[42]

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, Souterland's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $500,0004 and $5,151,998. That averages to $2,826,001, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Southerland's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $500,004 and $5,151,998. That averages to $2,826,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[44]

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. Southerland ranked 34th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[45]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Southerland ranked 40th in the conservative rankings.[46]

Voting with party

Steve Southerland II voted with the Republican Party 98.8% of the time, which ranked 20th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

Southerland and Susan, his wife of 24 years, met in the first grade and have spent most of their formative years together. Steve and Susan have 4 daughters, Samantha (20), Stephanie (18), Allison (14), and Abby (12). [48] [5] They reside in Panama City, Florida.[48]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Southerland Family Funeral Homes and Crematory:About Us:Staff "Steve Southerland II " Accessed October 17, 2011
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. Americans for Tax Reform "113th Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Southerland for Congress "About Steve Southerland" Accessed October 17, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Congressman Steve Southerland "Committee Assignments" Accessed October 17, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 NWF Daily News, "Miller, Southerland voice their opinions on Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  11. Project Votesmart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  12. Project Votesmart, "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 18, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  15. Project Votesmart, "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 News Herald, "Southerland: Shutdown fight a ‘moral issue’," accessed October 7, 2013
  17. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  19. Project Votesmart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  20. [votesmart.org/bill/17277/45769/124329/keep-the-irs-off-your-health-care-act-of-2013 Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013]
  21. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, "Steve Southerland’s Campaign Paid For Upkeep And Rent On Congressman’s Home," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Campaign website, Issues
  24. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  25. Roll Call "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" Accessed July 16, 2013
  26. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  27. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  28. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Steve Southerland II" Accessed April 3, 2012
  31. Federal Election Commission "Steve Southerland II Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  34. [query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?_13941827291+0 Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013]
  35. Open Secrets "Steve Southerland 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Steve Southerland 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 9, 2011
  38. Gov Track "Southerland" Accessed June 10, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Steve Southerland," Accessed July 31, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Steve Southerland," Accessed March 29, 2013
  41. LegiStorm "Steve Southerland"
  42. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Southerland (R-Fla), 2011"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Southerland, (R-Florida), 2010"
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  48. 48.0 48.1 Congressman Steve Southerland "Full Biography" Accessed October 17,2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Allen Boyd
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 2
2011–present
Succeeded by
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