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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> Sewell voted against 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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{{support vote}} The shutdown finally 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 funds 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. Sewell voted for 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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{{Oppose vote}} Sewell voted against 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. Sewell was 1 of 144 Democrats who voted against it.<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>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Sewell voted against 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. Sewell was 1 of 144 Democrats who voted against it.<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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Terri Sewell
Terri Sewell.jpg
U.S. House, Alabama, District 7
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorArtur Davis (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.71 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,944,268
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPrinceton University, 1986
Master'sOxford University, 1988
J.D.Harvard University, 1992
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 1, 1965
Place of birthSelma, AL
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$183,507
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Terri Sewell (b. January 1, 1965, Selma, Alabama) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Alabama's 7th congressional district. Sewell was first elected to the House in 2010. Sewell serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[1]

Sewell most recently won re-election in 2012. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 13, 2012.[2] She then defeated Don Chamberlain in the November 6 general election.[3]

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

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sewell is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

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

  • 1986: Graduated from Princeton University with B.A.
  • 1988: Graduated from Oxford University with M.A.
  • 1992: Graduated from Harvard University with J.D.
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Alabama

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sewell serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Sewell's official website lists the following issues:[6]

  • Education
Excerpt: "A successful workforce starts with a solid education base. As a product of public schools and the daughter of two educators, I know firsthand the difference that a strong education can make in achieving the American Dream, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background. Improving education can help break the cycle of poverty that affects families all across west Alabama."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Every person in the 7th Congressional District, Alabama and across America deserves access to affordable, quality health care, whether you live in a city or a small town. That is why I strongly support President Obama’s health care plan and the health care reform signed in to law last March."
  • Jobs and Economy
Excerpt: "We must create good-paying jobs, and support the millions of Americans who work hard every day to take care of their families. This means working diligently to address the immediate problems of unemployment, falling home prices and limping credit markets, while laying out a long-term plan that ensures future economic growth that benefits all Americans."

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

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Sewell voted for 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.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Sewell voted against 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.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Sewell voted for 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.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[12] 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.[13] Sewell voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[15] 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. Sewell voted for HR 2775.[16]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Sewell voted against 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. Sewell was 1 of 144 Democrats who voted against it.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Sewell voted against 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Sewell voted against 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.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Sewell voted against 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.[21]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Sewell voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Sewell is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012

Sewell won re-election to the 7th congressional district in 2012. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Don Chamberlain in the November 6 general election.[23]

U.S. House, Alabama District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerri Sewell Incumbent 75.8% 232,520
     Republican Don Chamberlain 24.1% 73,835
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 203
Total Votes 306,558
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sewell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Sewell raised a total of $2,944,268 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 21, 2013.[25]

Terri Sewell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Alabama, District 7) Won $1,204,449
2010 US House (Alabama, District 7) Won $1,739,819
Grand Total Raised $2,944,268

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sewell's reports.[26]

Terri Sewell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$377,613.87$162,712.88$(138,889.89)$401,436.86
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$401,436.86$226,619.59$(110,933.64)$517,122.81
October Quarterly[29]October 16, 2013$517,122.81$127,555.62$(81,203.71)$563,474.72
Year-End[30]January 31, 2014$563,474$163,548$(74,952)$652,070
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$652,070$258,226$(95,063)$815,233
Pre-Primary[32]May 22, 2014$815,233$171,253$(450,202)$536,283
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2014$536,283$151,479$(197,036)$490,726
Running totals
$1,261,394.09$(1,148,280.24)

2012

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

Sewell won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sewell's campaign committee raised a total of $1,204,450 and spent $862,853.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Sewell spent $3.71 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Sewell won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Sewell's campaign committee raised a total of $1,739,819 and spent $1,703,600.[36]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Alabama District 7, 2010 - Terri Sewell Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,739,819
Total Spent $1,703,600
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $43,555
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $42,691
Top contributors to Terri Sewell's campaign committee
Maynard, Cooper & Gale$90,025
EMILY's List$77,322
Davis, Polk & Wardwell$64,711
Bradley, Arant et al$23,650
Southern Co$21,150
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$393,531
Women's Issues$124,572
Securities & Investment$80,100
Education$41,225
Retired$38,712

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sewell is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[37]

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.[38]

Sewell most often votes with:

Sewell least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Sewell missed 53 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[39]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sewell paid her congressional staff a total of $842,301 in 2011. She ranked 13th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 90th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Alabama ranked 22nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

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, Sewell's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$637,983 and $1,004,997. That averages to $183,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 205.77% from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sewell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-851,983 and $504,996. That averages to $-346,987, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[42]

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. Sewell ranked 143rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[43]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sewell ranked 164th in the liberal rankings.[44]

Voting with party

2013

Sewell voted with the Democratic Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 113th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[45]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013
  2. Alabama Secretary of State "Certification of Democratic Primary Candidates," Accessed February 21, 2012
  3. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Terri Sewell," Accessed October 28, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Office website, "Issues," accessed September 12, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. 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
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Terri Sewell," Accessed March 21, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Terri Sewell Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Sewell April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Sewell July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Sewell October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Sewell Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Sewell April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Sewell Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Sewell July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  34. Open Secrets "Terri Sewell 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Jeff Sessions 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28 2011
  37. Gov Track "Terri Sewell," Accessed June 7 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Terri Sewell," Accessed July 30, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Terri Sewell," Accessed April 2, 2013
  40. LegiStorm "Terri Sewell"
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Sewell, (D-Alabama), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Sewell, (D-Alabama), 2010"
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Artur Davis
U.S. House - Alabama District 7
2011-Present
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