Ted Yoho

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Ted Yoho
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U.S. House, Florida, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorCorrine Brown (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$633,947
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
Associate'sBroward Community College
Master'sUniversity of Florida, Veterinary College
Personal
BirthdayApril 13, 1955
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionVeterinarian
Net worth$2,053,006
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ted Yoho campaign logo
Ted Yoho (b. April 13, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 3th Congressional District of Florida. He was first elected in 2012.

Yoho defeated Republican incumbent Cliff Stearns in the August 14, 2012, Republican Primary.[1] He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Yoho is running for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 3rd congressional district of Florida. Yoho is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary.

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

Biography

Yoho was born in Minnesota in 1955.[3]

Education:[3]

  • 1976: Broward Community College
  • University of Florida: Bachelors Degree in Agriculture
  • University of Florida, Veterinary College

Career

Prior to serving in Congress, Yoho owned several animal practices and worked as a large animal veterinarian.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Yoho serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Yoho had nine main campaign themes. They included:[6]

  • Jobs and the Economy: Excerpt: "The mistakes made by politicians, financial institutions, lending houses and their lobbyists should be remembered and never repeated as the nation strives to recover. No single solution will foster the change our country and state need but we can help create an environment of certainty for all businesses. We can create it by simplifying the tax code, repealing Obamacare and taking a scalpel to all the job killing rules, regulations and mandates."
  • American energy: Excerpt: "We need to drill here, drill now and drill responsibly. We must build the Keystone Pipeline and decrease regulations on energy companies to utilize our Nation’s natural resources. In addition, I will support all forms of alternative energy provided they are market driven and are not subsidized by the government. Finally, it’s time to abolish the Department of Energy."
  • Spending and our national debt: "Spending more than we take in, printing money at rates that devalue our dollar and too many taxpayer dollars being sent overseas as foreign aid are all adding to our economic uncertainty. I will not only evaluate existing federal programs but act to end wasteful projects and programs immediately. We must stop unnecessary spending. The bottom line is that the U.S. government cannot continue to live outside of its means."
  • National defense: Excerpt: "Every single legislator needs to support our military. If we are to expect our troops to protect America at all costs, then we must guarantee to do likewise. By allocating the proper resources to our troops we can maximize their protection while serving our nation. We must also care for them after they complete their service. We should recognize the sacrifice that military families make while a loved one serves this nation. Finally, we need to stand with our allies and never waiver in our support."
  • Immigration: Excerpt: "We need to secure the border. We have not harnessed the technology, infrastructure and man power to protect our borders and we must do so immediately. I will introduce a workable guest worker program that provides immigrant workers with a national ID card and mandates they pay taxes through a national tax ID number. Finally, the process to become a citizen needs to be completely streamlined and English needs to be recognized as the official language."
  • Taxes: Excerpt: "Our tax code needs to be simplified. I support the Fair Tax. At the minimum, the corporate tax rate should be lowered and locked in for an extended period of time that would allow businesses to make medium to long term investment plans. The estate and gift tax must be repealed."
  • Term Limits: Excerpt: "In addition to personally pledging to only serving 4 terms (8 years) in the House of Representatives, I would support a constitutional amendment that would enact congressional term limits."
  • Abortion: " I am pro-life. As a Christian, I believe life begins at conception and I oppose tax payer funding of abortion."
  • 2nd Amendment/ Right to bear arms: "The right to bear arms is a birth right and should never be threatened. I will fight to preserve our Constitutional rights. I am proud to say I hold an A rating from the NRA."

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Yoho is 1 of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[7]

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Yoho'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

Yoho expressed doubt in early September 2013 over who launched the chemical weapons attack in Syria in August 2013.[10]

“There are reports that the rebel groups have used it, too. And until we have 100% decisive evidence, I think it would be wrong for America to intervene at this moment,” he said on September 3, 2013.[10]

After participating in a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Yoho said he could not support military action unless the U.S. was directly threatened or its allies were attacked by a foreign aggressor.[11]

"I do not see a direct threat to U.S. security from the civil war in Syria," he said on September 4, 2013. "If we were to (attack) ... this would be an act of aggression on a sovereign nation that did not attack us. I don't think it's constitutional."[11]

"It would be an act of war, and I don't want to go there," Yoho said. "Our young men and women have been through enough in the last 11 years."[11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Yoho 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 "No" Yoho voted in opposition to 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.[12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Yoho voted against 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.[12]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Yoho voted in favor of 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.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

Yoho is running for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 3rd congressional district of Florida. Yoho is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Yoho ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 3rd District.[14] Yoho defeated incumbent Cliff Stearns, Steve Oelrich and James Jett in the August 14, 2012, Republican Primary. Yoho defeated Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr. (D), Philip Dodds (I), Kenneth Alvin Willey (I) and Michael Ricks (I) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[15]

U.S. House, Florida District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho 64.7% 204,331
     Democratic Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr. 32.5% 102,468
     Independent Philip Dodds 2.8% 8,870
     Independent Michael Ricks 0% 0
Total Votes 315,669
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Yoho defeated incumbent Cliff Stearns by less than 1,000 votes in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[16][17] He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[18]

U.S. House, Florida District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho 34.4% 22,273
Clifford Stearns Incumbent 33% 21,398
Steve Oelrich 19% 12,329
James Jett 13.5% 8,769
Total Votes 64,769

Endorsements

A full list of endorsements for Yoho were available on his campaign website:

  • Standing United as Americans
  • Farm and Ranch Team
  • North Florida Farmers Association
  • National Conservative Party
  • Stephen McGovern
  • O’Brien Tea Party
  • Ed Norfleet – Norfleet Cattle Company
  • Alvin C. Warrick – Retired University of Florida Professor
  • Fred Moulton – President of Clay County Cattlemens Assoc.
  • John E. Lanman – Contract Engineer for Kraft Foods
  • Jeff and Bonnie Moran – Owners of Custom Droptops
  • Gary Wagner – Geo Driling @ Amerdrill, Inc.
  • Laurie Jones – Veterinarian @ Hilltop Animal Hospital
  • Mattox Ward – President of Columbia Grain Company
  • Steven Nadlen – Allstate

Media


Ted Yoho campaign advertisement "Pigs" targeting "career politicians."

Yoho spent a large portion of his campaign funds on his only TV ad of the primary cycle depicting “career politicians” rolling around in a pig trough and slinging mud at each other.[19]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Yoho is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 10, 2013.[20]

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.[21]

Yoho most often votes with:

Yoho least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Yoho missed 1 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[22]

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, Yoho's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,071,015 and $3,034,997. That averages to $2,053,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[23]

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. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party

2013

Ted Yoho voted with the Republican Party 93.8% of the time, which ranked 200th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yoho is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Yoho raised a total of $633,947 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 13, 2013.[25]

Ted Yoho's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 3) Won $633,947
Grand Total Raised $633,947

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 Yoho's reports.[26]

Ted Yoho (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]4/15/2013$72,397.35$82,806.58$(27,659.58)$127,544.35
July Quarterly[28]7/10/2013$127,544.35$120,507.97$(45,110.20)$202,942.12
Running totals
$203,314.55$(72,769.78)

2012

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

Yoho won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Yoho's campaign committee raised a total of $631,697 and spent $554,046.[29] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[30]

Cost per vote

Yoho spent $2.71 per vote received in 2012.

Personal

Yoho has been married to his wife, Carolyn, for 36 years.[3] They resides in Gainesville, Florida. They have 3 children: Katie, Lauren, and Tyler. [3]

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References

  1. Politico "Cliff Stearns concedes in GOP primary," August 16, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ted Yoho for Congress "About Ted" Accessed February 14, 2012
  4. U.S. House "Full Biography" Accessed June 11, 2013
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Ted Yoho for Congress "Issues" Accessed August 28, 2012
  7. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  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 MSNBC, "Congressman Ted Yoho: More proof necessary before a US strike," accessed September 9, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Gainsville Sun, "Yoho opposed to military action against Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Votesmart, "Ted Yoho Voting Record," accessed September 20
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. St. Augustine.com "Congressional delegation has good fundraising quarter" Accessed December 2, 2011
  15. Florida Times Union "Cliff Stearns was outworked by challenger Ted Yoho, many say," August 15, 2012
  16. Florida Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," Accessed September 4, 2012
  17. Politico "Ted Yoho: Upset winner isn’t horsing around" Accessed August 28, 2012
  18. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  19. Politico "Ted Yoho: Upset winner isn’t horsing around" Accessed August 28, 2012
  20. Gov Track "Ted Yoho," Accessed June 10, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ted Yoho," Accessed July 31, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Ted Yoho," Accessed March 29, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Yoho (R-Fla), 2011"
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. Open Secrets "Ted Yoho" Accessed April 3, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Ted Yoho 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 19, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Ted Yoho 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Corrine Brown (D)
United States House of Representatives, Florida District 3
2013-present
Succeeded by
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