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Terri Sewell

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Terri Sewell
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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
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]

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

Isssues

Specific votes

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 one 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.[6]

Elections

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.[7]

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.[9]

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

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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 she 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.[14]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[15]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Terri Sewell has voted with the Democratic Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 113th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[19]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Artur Davis
U.S. House - Alabama District 7
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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