Thaddeus McCotter

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Thaddeus McCotter
Thaddeus McCotter.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 11
Former member
In office
January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State Senate
High schoolDetroit Central Catholic High School, Detroit, MI
Bachelor'sUniversity of Detroit
J.D.University of Detroit
Date of birthAugust 22, 1965
Place of birthLivonia, MI
ReligionRoman Catholic
Campaign website
Thaddeus McCotter (b. August 22, 1965) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 11th congressional district. McCotter served in the House from 2002-2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCotter was a "far-right Republican".[1]

After failing to file sufficient valid signatures in the 2012 nomination process, McCotter opted to resign at the end of the 112th Congress.[2] On July 6, 2012, McCotter announced that he would not finish out the rest of his term; Michigan law requires the state to hold a special election to select a representative to finish out McCotter's term.[3]


McCotter was born in 1965 in Livonia, MI. After graduating from Detroit Central Catholic High School, McCotter earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Detroit in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Prior to his political career, McCotter worked as an attorney.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of McCotter's political career[4]:

  • Michigan State Senate, 1998-2002
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 11th Congressional District of Michigan, 2003-2012

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


McCotter served on the following House committees[5]:

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit



See also: Michigan's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

McCotter initially intended to run for re-election. After first filing as a Republican but failing to obtain enough valid signatures, McCotter said he would run as a write-in candidate. However, on June 2, 2012, McCotter announced he would instead retire rather then attempt the write-in campaign.[2]

On July 6, 2012, McCotter announced that he would resign early and not finish out the remainder of his term. He said that circumstances had put too much strain on his family for him to be able to serve well.[3]

On July 21, 2012, the Detroit Free Press said that an early special election would cost Wayne and Oakland counties and the communities in the 11th Congressional District nearly $650,000. [6]

Ballot access issues

In a statement released May 25, 2012, McCotter said the Secretary of State questioned the number of valid signatures he submitted to qualify for ballot. “I have been apprised my campaign may have submitted insufficient petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot as a candidate for the 11th Congressional District’s Republican nomination,” he explained.[7]

Congressional candidates are required to submit at least 1,000 valid signatures, but may submit up to 2,000. [8]

The one-time Republican presidential hopeful said on May 29 that he would run as a write-in-candidate for re-election to the House. [9] The Secretary of State determined that only 244 of the signatures (13 percent) were valid.[10] However, one June 2, he withdrew from the race.[2]


On November 2, 2010, McCotter won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Natalie Mosher (D), and John J. Tatar (L) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 11th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThaddeus McCotter Incumbent 59.3% 141,224
     Democratic Natalie Mosher 38.5% 91,710
     Libertarian John J. Tatar 2.2% 5,353
Total Votes 238,287

Campaign donors


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

Mccotter won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, McCotter's campaign committee raised a total of $1,195,301 and spent $870,514.[12]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McCotter paid his congressional staff a total of $1,013,623 in 2011. He ranked 36th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and ranked 149th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, McCotter was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. McCotter's staff was given an apparent $16,384.72 in bonus money.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCotter's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $312,036 and $1,042,000. That averages to $677,018, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[15]

Political Positions

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, McCotter was ranked the 112th most conservative representative during 2012.[16]


According to the data released in 2012, Thaddeus McCotter was ranked the 146th most conservative representative during 2011.[17]

Voting with party

November 2011

Thaddeus McCotter voted with the Republican Party 92.1% of the time, which ranked 155 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[18]


McCotter lives in Livonia, MI with his wife, Rita, and their three children.[19]

External links


  1. Gov Track "McCotter" Accessed May 25, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Detroit News "McCotter ends write-in campaign for Congress," June 2, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Detroit News "McCotter abruptly leaves Congress," July 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Thaddeus McCotter" Accessed December 23, 2011
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 23, 2011
  6. Detroit Free Press "Costly special primary likely" July 27, 2012
  7. Roll Call, "Michigan: Thaddeus McCotter Could Get Booted from the Ballot," May 26, 2012
  8. Detroit Free Press, "U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter could be left off primary," May 26, 2012
  9. Wall Street Journal "Rep. McCotter runs for re-election as a write-in" May 31, 2012
  10. The Detroit News, "87% of McCotter petition signatures invalid," May 30, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 23, 2011
  12. Open Secrets "Thaddeus McCotter 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 23, 2011
  13. LegiStorm "Thad McCotter"
  14. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  15., "McCotter, (R-Michigan), 2010"
  16. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  17. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  18. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  19. Official House Site "Full Biography," Accessed December 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Knollenberg
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 11
Succeeded by
David Curson (D)