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|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2005-present
 
|Tenure = January 3, 2005-present
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Term ends = January 3, 2017
 
|Assumed office = 2005
 
|Assumed office = 2005
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
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|Per diem =
 
|Per diem =
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Texas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election = [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Cost per vote 2012 = $3.01
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|First elected = November 2, 2004
 
|First elected = November 2, 2004
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Texas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next primary =  
|Campaign $ = 5,340,823
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
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|Campaign $ = 6,264,286
 
|Prior office = District attorney, Harris County, TX
 
|Prior office = District attorney, Harris County, TX
 
|Prior office years = 1973-1981
 
|Prior office years = 1973-1981
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|Place of birth = Temple, TX
 
|Place of birth = Temple, TX
 
|Profession = Lawyer and judge
 
|Profession = Lawyer and judge
|Net worth = $337,006
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|Net worth = (2012) $446,006
 
|Religion =
 
|Religion =
 
|Office website = http://poe.house.gov
 
|Office website = http://poe.house.gov
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|Personal website =
 
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{{tnr}}'''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.
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{{tnr}}'''Ted Poe''' (b. September 10, 1948, in Temple, [[Texas|TX]]) 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 on November 6, 2012. He defeated [[Jim Dougherty]] (D), [[Kenneth Duncan]] (L), and [[Mark Roberts]] (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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Poe won [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014. He defeated [[Niko Letsos]] (D), [[James Veasaw]] (L) and [[Mark Roberts]] (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.<ref name=huffpost14>[http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2014/results ''The Huffington Post'', "Election 2014," November 4, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000592 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Ted Poe," Accessed October 21, 2011]</ref> He went on to serve as county judge for over 20 years, and earned a reputation for his unique sentences.<ref>[http://poe.house.gov/About/ ''Official House website'' "Biography," Accessed October 21, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000592 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Ted Poe," accessed October 21, 2011]</ref> He went on to serve as county judge for over 20 years and earned a reputation for his unique sentences.<ref>[http://poe.house.gov/About/ ''Official House website'', "Biography," accessed October 21, 2011] ''([[timed out]])''</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
* 1973-1981: Harris County district attorney
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Poe's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000592 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "POE, Ted, (1948 - )," accessed February 5, 2015]</ref>
* 1981-2003: Harris County judge
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* 2005-present: U.S. House of Representatives
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*2005-present: U.S. Representative from [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District]]
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*1981-2003: Harris County judge
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*1973-1981: Harris County district attorney
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*1970-1976: U.S. Air Force Reserves
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*1973: Graduated from the University of Houston with a J.D.
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*1970: Graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A.
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2015-2016====
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Poe serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary|Judiciary Committee]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Poe serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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Poe served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Committee on Foreign Affairs]]
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Committee on Foreign Affairs]]
 
** Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
 
** Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Poe was a member of the following House committees<ref>[http://poe.house.gov/About/Committees.htm ''Official House website'' "Committees," Accessed October 21, 2011]</ref>:
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Poe was a member of the following House committees:<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://poe.house.gov/About/Committees.htm ''Official House website'', "Committees," accessed October 21, 2011] ''([[timed out]])''</ref>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary|Committee on the Judiciary]]
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary|Committee on the Judiciary]]
 
** Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
 
** Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
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** Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
 
** Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Specific votes===
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====113th Congress====
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===National security===
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====NDAA====
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{{Neutral vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Yea vote}} Poe voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Nay vote}} Poe voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Poe}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP No|Name=Poe}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}}
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Poe voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{nay vote}}The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Poe voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Federal Pay Adjustment Act====
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{{Yea vote}} 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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Yea vote}} 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Government affairs===
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====HR 676====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Poe}}
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===Previous congressional sessions===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
{{Oppose vote}}
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{{Nay vote}}
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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s010_090.gif|right|290px|thumb|Ted Poe's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Poe is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Poe received a score of 12 percent on social issues and 91 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Poe|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/TX/Ted_Poe.htm ''On The Issues'', "Ted Poe Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Unknown
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Animals=Favors
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|Crime= Strongly Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Strongly Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Military=Strongly Favors
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|Campaign Funds= Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Favors
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|Stimulus=Opposes
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===Campaign themes===
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====2014====
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Poe's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.tedpoe.com/issues/ ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref>
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*'''Economy and Jobs
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:Excerpt: "America is not short of entrepreneurs with ideas. This country became great thanks to the innovation and ambition of many. Success should be encouraged, not punished. The private sector will expand and hire individuals if it is given incentives to invest and if it is not hampered by costly, unnecessary regulations."
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*'''Taxes
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:Excerpt: "I’ve pledged not to vote for any tax increase while in Congress. Americans for Tax Reform has awarded me with the “Champion of the Taxpayer Award” for my steadfastness on this issue. The National Taxpayers Union recognized me as a “Taxpayer’s Friend” and gave me an “A” grade."
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*'''Energy
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:Excerpt: "I support an all-of-the above (not a none-from-below) energy policy that includes feasible alternative energies. The U.S. must take advantage of its own natural resources instead of relying on unstable Middle Eastern dictators."
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*'''Immigration/Border
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:Excerpt: "Immigration and border security — or border protection — are two separate issues but must be handled in tandem. The current crisis along the U/S Mexico border has a devastating impact on our criminal justice and social systems throughout the country, but particularly here in Texas. The drug cartels wreck havoc on and instill fear within our communities. We must protect our border first and then reform our broken immigration system."
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*'''Healthcare
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:Excerpt: "I opposed the government takeover of healthcare bill because it was unconstitutional, and I voted for its repeal last year. I believe our current healthcare system needs reform, but I do not support the “reform” that was passed. I believe in the doctor/patient relationship and that a patient must retain a choice in determining his/her doctor."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Poe won [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He defeated [[Niko Letsos]] (D), [[James Veasaw]] (L) and [[Mark Roberts]] (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.<ref name=huffpost14/>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Poe won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|2nd District]]. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary.  He defeated [[Jim Dougherty]] (D), [[Kenneth Duncan]] (L), and [[Mark Roberts]] (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative Republican candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm Unofficial Republican primary results]</ref>
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Poe won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative ''Texas GOP'', "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm ''Texas Secretary of State'', "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012] ''([[timed out]])''</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/488/Ted-Poe Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Poe attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
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{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|year=2004
 
|year=2004
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00026457&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Ted Poe," Accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00026457&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Ted Poe," accessed January 27, 2015]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
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|totalraised2014=923463
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|result2014=Won
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|office2014=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
 
|totalraised2012=966270
 
|totalraised2012=966270
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
|office2012=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd congressional district{{!}}District 2]])
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|office2012=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
 
|totalraised2010=876075
 
|totalraised2010=876075
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd congressional district{{!}}District 2]])
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|office2010=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
 
|totalraised2008=800692
 
|totalraised2008=800692
 
|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
|office2008=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd congressional district{{!}}District 2]])
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|office2008=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
 
|totalraised2006=1021390
 
|totalraised2006=1021390
 
|result2006=Won
 
|result2006=Won
|office2006=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd congressional district{{!}}District 2]])
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|office2006=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
 
|totalraised2004=1676396
 
|totalraised2004=1676396
 
|result2004=Won
 
|result2004=Won
|office2004=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd congressional district{{!}}District 2]])
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|office2004=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Poe's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H4TX02108 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Ted Poe Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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{{Ted Poe 2014 FEC}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Ted Poe 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Poe's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026457&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Ted Poe 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026457&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Ted Poe 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Poe spent $3.01 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Ted Poe 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Poe's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026457&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'', "Ted Poe 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 29, 2011]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026457&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'' "Ted Poe 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011]</ref>
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Poe's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $237,012 and $655,000. That averages to '''$446,006''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Poe ranked as the 283rd most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026457&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Ted Poe (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Poe's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> increased by an average of 161 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Poe received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Lawyers/Law Firms'' industry.
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From 2003-2014, '''27.82 percent of Poe's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00026457&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Ted Poe," accessed September 23, 2014]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Poe is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican leader]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ted_poe/400652 ''Gov Track'' "Ted Poe," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>  
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Poe was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican leader]]" as of July 2014. In June 2013, Poe was rated as a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican leader]]."<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ted_poe/400652 ''GovTrack'', "Ted Poe," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400652_Ted_Poe ''OpenCongress'', "Ted Poe," accessed July 18, 2014]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Mark Pocan]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ted_poe/400652 ''GovTrack,'' "Ted Poe," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Poe missed 285 of 7,423 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.8 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ted_poe/400652 ''GovTrack'', "Ted Poe," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Ted_Poe.html ''LegiStorm'', "Ted Poe," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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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]] ranked 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Ted_Poe.html ''LegiStorm'', "Ted Poe," accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026457&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Ted Poe (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026457&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Ted Poe (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Poe ranked 178th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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Poe ranked 144th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
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Latest revision as of 09:38, 23 February 2015

Ted Poe
Ted Poe.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Turner (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$3.01 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$6,264,286
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
Date of birthSeptember 10, 1948
Place of birthTemple, TX
ProfessionLawyer and judge
Net worth(2012) $446,006
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ted Poe (b. September 10, 1948, in Temple, TX) 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 won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014. He defeated Niko Letsos (D), James Veasaw (L) and Mark Roberts (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

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

Below is an abbreviated outline of Poe's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2005-present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 2nd Congressional District
  • 1981-2003: Harris County judge
  • 1973-1981: Harris County district attorney
  • 1970-1976: U.S. Air Force Reserves
  • 1973: Graduated from the University of Houston with a J.D.
  • 1970: Graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Poe serves on the following committees:[5]

2013-2014

Poe served on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Poe was a member of the following House committees:[7]

  • 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

Key votes

113th Congress

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

National security

NDAA

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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Poe voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Poe voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted 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.[12]

Economy

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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Poe voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent 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. Poe joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[19] 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.[20] Poe voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Nay3.pngThe shutdown 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.[22] 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. Poe voted against HR 2775.[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png 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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[24]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png 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.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[28]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[29] Poe joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[30][31]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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.[32]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Ted Poe's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Poe is a Hard-Core Conservative. Poe received a score of 12 percent on social issues and 91 percent on economic issues.[33]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[34]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[33]

Campaign themes

2014

Poe's campaign website listed the following issues:[35]

  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "America is not short of entrepreneurs with ideas. This country became great thanks to the innovation and ambition of many. Success should be encouraged, not punished. The private sector will expand and hire individuals if it is given incentives to invest and if it is not hampered by costly, unnecessary regulations."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I’ve pledged not to vote for any tax increase while in Congress. Americans for Tax Reform has awarded me with the “Champion of the Taxpayer Award” for my steadfastness on this issue. The National Taxpayers Union recognized me as a “Taxpayer’s Friend” and gave me an “A” grade."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "I support an all-of-the above (not a none-from-below) energy policy that includes feasible alternative energies. The U.S. must take advantage of its own natural resources instead of relying on unstable Middle Eastern dictators."
  • Immigration/Border
Excerpt: "Immigration and border security — or border protection — are two separate issues but must be handled in tandem. The current crisis along the U/S Mexico border has a devastating impact on our criminal justice and social systems throughout the country, but particularly here in Texas. The drug cartels wreck havoc on and instill fear within our communities. We must protect our border first and then reform our broken immigration system."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I opposed the government takeover of healthcare bill because it was unconstitutional, and I voted for its repeal last year. I believe our current healthcare system needs reform, but I do not support the “reform” that was passed. I believe in the doctor/patient relationship and that a patient must retain a choice in determining his/her doctor."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Poe won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He defeated Niko Letsos (D), James Veasaw (L) and Mark Roberts (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

U.S. House, Texas District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Poe Incumbent 67.9% 101,936
     Democratic Niko Letsos 29.6% 44,462
     Libertarian James Veasaw 1.5% 2,316
     Green Mark Roberts 0.9% 1,312
Total Votes 150,026
Source: Texas Secretary of State

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.[36][37]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Poe attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Poe is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Poe raised a total of $6,264,286 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 27, 2015.[42]

Ted Poe's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 US House (Texas, District 2) Won $923,463
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 $6,264,286


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Poe's reports.[43]

2012

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.[52] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[53]

Cost per vote

Poe spent $3.01 per vote received in 2012.


2010

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.[54]


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Poe's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $237,012 and $655,000. That averages to $446,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Poe ranked as the 283rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[55] Between 2004 and 2012, Poe's calculated net worth[56] increased by an average of 161 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[57]

Ted Poe Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$32,211
2012$446,006
Growth from 2004 to 2012:1,285%
Average annual growth:161%[58]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[59]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Poe received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2003-2014, 27.82 percent of Poe's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[60]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Ted Poe Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,182,095
Total Spent $4,349,283
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$415,977
Oil & Gas$402,537
Health Professionals$388,624
Retired$271,901
Real Estate$240,516
% total in top industry6.73%
% total in top two industries13.24%
% total in top five industries27.82%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Poe was a "moderate Republican leader" as of July 2014. In June 2013, Poe was rated as a "far-right Republican leader."[61]

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.[62]

Poe most often votes with:

Poe least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Poe missed 285 of 7,423 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.8 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[63]

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 ranked 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.[64]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Poe ranked 178th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[65]

2012

Poe ranked 144th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[66]

2011

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.[67]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Poe voted with the Republican Party 92.1 percent of the time, which ranked 183rd among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[68]

2013

Poe voted with the Republican Party 93.3 percent of the time, which ranked 203rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[69]

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  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  57. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  58. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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Preceded by
Jim Turner
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 2
2005-Present
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