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===2012===
 
===2012===

Revision as of 18:44, 5 November 2013

Thomas Massie
Thomas Massie.jpg
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGeoff Davis (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.06 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,064,631
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lewis County Judge Executive
2010-Present
Education
Bachelor'sMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Master'sMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Personal
BirthdayJan. 13, 1971
Place of birthVanceburg, Kentucky
Net worth$2,825,000
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas Massie (b. Jan. 13, 1971, in Vanceburg, Kentucky) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 4th congressional district. Massie was first elected to the House in 2012.

Massie won election to the U.S. House in 2012. He defeated Alecia Webb-Edgington, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Tom Wurtz, Marc Carey and Walter Christian Schumm in the Republican primary. He defeated Bill Adkins (D) and David Lewis (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Massie 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

Massie was born and raised in Vanceburg Kentucky and then went to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he earned his undergraduate degree and then later a masters degree. Massie and his wife started SensAble Technologies where they sought to market products. After a while they left to move back to Kentucky where they started a farm.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Massie's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2003-Present: Farmer
  • 2010-2012: Judge-executive, Lewis County
  • 1993-2003: Founder, chairman, chief technology officer, SensAble Technologies
  • 1994-1996: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a M.S.
  • 1989-1993: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Massie serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Massie's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Massie said on September 4, 2013, that he believes the opposition to congressional approval to use force in Syria could prevail, though it will be difficult.[7]

“I think if the vote were today it would fail,” Massie said. “And I’m hopeful, but I’m well aware that once members return to D.C. they are going to be under a lot of pressure, particularly if our leadership and the committee chairmen are for this engagement, and after a week in D.C. some of the lean nos could become leans yes. I’m concerned about that.”[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Massie 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 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Massie 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Massie voted against 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Massie 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.[8]

Economy

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[10] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[10] Massie was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[10]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[11]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[10] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[10] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Massie 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.[8]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Massie 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Massie 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Massie 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.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Massie 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.[12]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Massie 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.[13]

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Massie is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Kentucky's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Massie ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 4th District. Massie won the nomination on the Republican ticket. [14] Massie defeated Alecia Webb-Edgington, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Tom Wurtz, Marc Carey and Walter Christian Schumm in the Republican primary. He defeated Bill Adkins (D) and David Lewis (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 62.1% 186,036
     Democratic Bill Adkins 35% 104,734
     Independent David Lewis 2.9% 8,674
Total Votes 299,444
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 44.8% 19,689
Alecia Webb-Edgington 28.6% 12,557
Gary Moore 14.8% 6,521
Brian Oerther 0.6% 257
Tom Wurtz 1.4% 598
Marc Carey 1.8% 783
Walter Christian Schumm 8% 3,514
Total Votes 43,919

Race Background

Thomas Massie defeated six contenders in the Republican Primary and received approximately 45% of the vote. He has received endorsements from several tea party organizations and candidates, and was considered a political outsider.[15] Alecia Webb-Edgington received approximately 30% of the vote. She was considered the establishment candidate and had been endorsed by outgoing Representative Geoff Davis and former Sen. Jim Bunning.[16]

Thomas Massie's Campaign received backing from the superPAC Liberty for All, which is owed by James Ramsey, a 21 year old, Texas resident. This superPAC spent approximately a $500,000 in the primary election.[17]

Kentucky's 4th District is considered solidly Republican.[18]

Endorsements

On April 20, 2012, Presidential candidate Ron Paul endorsed Massie.[19]

Massie received the endorsement of the Louisville Tea Party in his race for the 4th congressional district in 2012.[20]

He has also picked up endorsements from Tea Party Gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett,[21] Campbell County Commissioner Brian Painter,[22] Boone County PVA Cindy Arlinghaus,[23] and Alexandria Councilwoman Barb Weber.[24]

On May 1, 2012 the Club for Growth endorsed Massie in the 4th district race.[25]

Massie received the endorsement of the The Fourth District GOP Committee on August 1, 2012 after holding a conference call on the subject. Fourth District GOP Chair Kevin Sell said Davis called in Wednesday night urging support for Massie. Sell said Davis told the Republicans in the conference call he would consider it “a disloyal and damaging act by anyone who rises and nominates any person other than Thomas Massie.”[26]

On May 15, 2012 Senator Rand Paul endorsed Thomas Massie in this the following video.[27]


Thomas Massie, "Thomas Massie Rand Paul Endorsement"[28]

A complete list of Massie's endorsements can be found on his campaign website.[29]

Special Election

U.S. Representative Geoff Davis announced his resignation on July 31. Kentucky will hold a special election to fill Davis' seat, which he initially planned to leave at the end of this term.[30][31][32]

As required by the U.S. Constitution, Kentucky had to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Davis' term, which ends in January 2013.[30] The election was scheduled for November 6, 2012.[33] Massie (R) and Bill Adkins (D) are already set to vye for the next full term in the general election and will square off in the special election to finish the term as well.[30]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Massie is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Massie raised a total of $1,064,631 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[34]

Thomas Massie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 4) Won $1,064,631
Grand Total Raised $1,064,631

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 Massie's reports.[35]

Thomas Massie (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$123,069.11$91,514.61$(113,313.93)$101,269.79
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$101,269.79$85,489.58$(61,543.50)$125,215.87
October Quarterly[38]October 13, 2013$125,215.87$24,022.62$(36,933.62)$172,304.87
Year-end[39]January 31, 2014$172,304$92,340$(57,831)$206,814
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$206,814$117,139$(67,285)$256,667
Running totals
$410,505.81$(336,907.05)

2012

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

Massie won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Massie's campaign committee raised a total of $1,064,631 and spent $941,562.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Massie spent $5.06 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Massie is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 18, 2013.[43]

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.[44]

Massie most often votes with:

Massie least often votes with:

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Massie was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Massie's staff was given an apparent $32,666.67 in bonus money.[45]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Massie missed 0 of 144 roll call votes from Nov 2012 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[46]

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, Massie's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $750,000 and $4,899,999. That averages to $2,825,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[47]

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

Thomas Massie voted with the Republican Party 83.2% of the time, which ranked 232nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]

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Personal

Massie and his wife, Rhonda, have four children. [2]

External links

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References

  1. Kentucky Elections Division "2012 General Election Results" Accessed June 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas Massie for Congress "About" Accessed February 2, 2012
  3. National Journal, "Kentucky, 4th House District," November 6, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Politico, "Libertarians, liberals unite against Syria strike," accessed September 4, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Thomas Massie Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  11. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  14. Kentucky State Board of Elections "Candidate Filings" Accessed January 23, 2012
  15. The Hill, "Tea Party Cadidate Thomas Massie Wins House Primary
  16. NRP How a college kid may have helped pick a congressman
  17. NRP How a college kid may have helped pick a congressman
  18. The Hill, "Tea Party Cadidate Thomas Massie Wins House Primary
  19. Thomas Massie for Congress "Ron Paul Endorses Thomas Massie" Accessed May 1, 2012
  20. Cincinnati.com "Congressional candidates pick up endorsements" Accessed April 13, 2012
  21. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed By Phil Moffett" Accessed April 13, 2012
  22. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed by Campbell County Commissioner Brian Painter" Accessed April 13, 2012
  23. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed By Boone County PVA Cindy Arlinghaus" Accessed April 13, 2012
  24. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed By Alexandria Councilwoman Barb Weber" Accessed April 13, 2012
  25. Roll Call "Club for Growth Announces Three Congressional Endorsements" Accessed May 1, 2012
  26. Kentucky Politics "Fourth District GOP endorses Massie for special election" Accessed August 2, 2012
  27. Thomas Massie's YouTube Account, "Rand Paul Endorsement"
  28. YouTube channel
  29. Campaign Website, Endorsements
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Courier Journal "Geoff Davis resigns from Congress, cites family health issue," July 31, 2012
  31. Washington Post "Republican Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky resigns, cites a family health issue," July 31, 2012
  32. Politico "Rep. Geoff Davis resigns from Congress," July 31, 2012
  33. Roll Call "Breaking: Geoff Davis Resigns From Congress," July 31, 2012
  34. Open Secrets "Thomas Massie" Accessed April 7, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission "Thomas Massie 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  41. Open Secrets "Thomas Massie 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  43. Gov Track "Thomas Massie," Accessed June 18, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Rep. Thomas Massie," Accessed August 2, 2013
  45. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Thomas Massie," Accessed April 1, 2013
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Massie (R-KY), 2011"
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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