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Revision as of 14:18, 22 October 2013

Ted Poe
Ted Poe.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Turner (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.01 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,340,823
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
District attorney, Harris County, TX
1973-1981
Judge, Harris County, TX
1981-2003
Education
Bachelor'sAbilene Christian University
J.D.University of Houston
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force Reserves
Years of service1970-1976
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 10, 1948
Place of birthTemple, TX
ProfessionLawyer and judge
Net worth$337,006
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ted Poe (b. September 10, 1948, in Temple, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Poe serves Texas' 2nd congressional district. He was first elected to the House in 2004.

Poe most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Jim Dougherty (D), Kenneth Duncan (L) and Mark Roberts (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Poe is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Poe is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University, Poe served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for six years. During that time, he also earned his J.D. from the University of Houston and started his career as a district attorney.[2] He went on to serve as county judge for over 20 years and earned a reputation for his unique sentences.[3]

Career

  • 1973-1981: Harris County district attorney
  • 1981-2003: Harris County judge
  • 2005-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Poe serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Poe was a member of the following House committees:[5]

  • Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Poe's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Neutral/Abstain Poe did not vote on 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Poe voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Poe voted against 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.[10]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Poe voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Poe voted for 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.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Poe voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Poe voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Poe 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.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Poe is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Poe won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 2nd District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He defeated Jim Dougherty (D), Kenneth Duncan (L) and Mark Roberts (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[17][18]

U.S. House, Texas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Poe Incumbent 64.8% 159,664
     Democratic Jim Dougherty 32.7% 80,512
     Libertarian Kenneth Duncan 1.7% 4,140
     Green Mark A. Roberts 0.8% 2,012
Total Votes 246,328
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Poe is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Poe raised a total of $5,340,823 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[23]

Ted Poe's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 2) Won $966,270
2010 US House (Texas, District 2) Won $876,075
2008 US House (Texas, District 2) Won $800,692
2006 US House (Texas, District 2) Won $1,021,390
2004 US House (Texas, District 2) Won $1,676,396
Grand Total Raised $5,340,823

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Poe's reports.[24]

Ted Poe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 13, 2013$1,432,598.60$88,327.84$(32,873.86)$1,488,052.58
July Quarterly[26]July 13, 2013$1,488,052.58$151,494.93$(37,699.51)$1,601,848.00
October Quarterly[27]October 14, 2013$1,601,848.00$140,131.74$(32,691.13)$1,709,288.61
Running totals
$379,954.51$(103,264.5)

2012

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

Poe won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Poe's campaign committee raised a total of $966,271 and spent $480,982.[28] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Poe spent $3.01 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Poe won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Poe's campaign committee raised a total of $876,075 and spent $569,846.[30]

U.S. House, Texas District 2, 2010 - Ted Poe Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $876,075
Total Spent $569,846
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Ted Poe's campaign committee
Lanier Law Firm$19,200
Perry Homes$14,400
FMC Technologies$12,800
Credit Union National Assn$10,000
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$68,467
Oil & Gas$62,900
Health Professionals$53,300
Retired$22,700
Real Estate$21,400

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Poe is a "far-right Republican leader" as of June 2013.[31]

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.[32]

Poe most often votes with:

Poe least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Poe missed 239 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[33]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Poe paid his congressional staff a total of $867,427 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[34]

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, Poe's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $103,014 to $570,999. That averages to $337,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 146.88% from 2010.[35]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Poe's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-21,985 to $294,999. That averages to 146.88%, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[36]

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. Poe ranked 144th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[37]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Poe was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 60th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[38]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Poe has voted with the Republican Party 93.3% of the time, which ranked 203rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[39]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Ted Poe," Accessed October 21, 2011
  3. Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 21, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "Committees," Accessed October 21, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Republican candidate list
  18. Unofficial Republican primary results
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ted Poe," Accessed March 25, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Ted Poe Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  25. 'Federal Election Commission "Ted Poe April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  26. 'Federal Election Commission "Ted Poe July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. 'Federal Election Commission "Ted Poe October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Ted Poe 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Ted Poe 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Ted Poe," Accessed June 7 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Ted Poe," Accessed August 2, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Ted Poe," Accessed April 2, 2013
  34. LegiStorm, "Ted Poe," Accessed September 17, 2012
  35. OpenSecrets.org "Ted Poe (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Ted Poe (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Turner
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 2
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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