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Todd Rokita
Todd Rokita.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSteve Buyer (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.59 in 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,415,844
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
59th Secretary of State of Indiana
2002-2010
Education
Bachelor'sWabash College
J.D.Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 9, 1970
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$715,525
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Todd Rokita campaign logo
Theodore Edward "Todd" Rokita (b. February 9, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rokita was elected by voters from Indiana's 4th congressional district.

Rokita won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He previously was the Indiana Secretary of State from 2002 to 2010.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rokita is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Rokita grew up in Munster, located in Lake County in Northwest Indiana. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he was an Eli Lilly Fellow. He has a law degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.[2]

Career

Political experience

After several years as a practicing attorney in the state, Todd Rokita established himself politically in the Secretary of State's office in 1997, first as its general counsel and then as deputy secretary of state prior to his election for the top position in 2002. Rokita was elected by his national peers to serve on the nine-member federal Executive Board of the Election Assistance Commission. The Commission is charged by law to address election reform issues on a nation-wide basis. Rokita has testified about Indiana's voting reform efforts before the United States Congress. He also serves as Indiana's chief securities fraud investigator having closed hundreds of enforcement actions against violators of securities law, uncovered investor fraud scams, and helped secure numerous felony convictions and millions of dollars in restitution and fines during his tenure. Rokita has served as both treasurer and president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

In September 2009, Rokita outlined a plan to reform how Indiana's legislative districts are drawn to reduce gerrymandering. He proposed making it a felony for lawmakers to use political data or incumbents' addresses when drawing electoral maps. Indiana's congressional districts and districts for the Indiana State Senate and Indiana House of Representatives will next be redrawn after the 2010 Census. Rokita says boundaries should follow existing county and township lines, and that each of the 50 Senate districts should be divided into two House districts. This will lead to more competitive legislative elections.

He has received the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, Toll Fellowship from the Council of State Governments, the Indianapolis Choice Award from the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Merit Award from the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) and the Small Business Statesman of the Year from the National Federation of Independent Business.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rokita serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Todd Rokita endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

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 Rokita's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Rokita 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Rokita 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.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Rokita voted in favor of 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Rokita voted in support of 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]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Rokita 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.[9]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Rokita 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.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Rokita 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.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Neutral/Abstain Rokita did not vote on 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.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Rokita 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.[11]

Elections

2014

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

Rokita 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: Indiana's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Rokita ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 4th District. Rokita was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Tara Nelson in the November 6 general election.[12]

U.S. House, Indiana District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Rokita Incumbent 62% 168,688
     Democratic Tara Nelson 34.2% 93,015
     Libertarian Benjamin J. Gehlhausen 3.9% 10,565
Total Votes 272,268
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Full history


2006

  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • Todd Rokita ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Todd Rokita 51.1%
     Democratic Party Joe Pearson 45.6%
     Libertarian Party Mike Kole 3.3%
Total Votes 1,637,098

2002

  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • Todd Rokita ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [15]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Todd Rokita 53.4%
     Democratic Party John Fernandez 42.5%
     Libertarian Party Rebecca Sink-Burris 4.1%
Total Votes 1,477,614

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rokita is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rokita raised a total of $2,415,844 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013]</ref>.[16]

Todd Rokita's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Indiana, District 4) Won $1,321,277
2010 U.S. House (Indiana, District 4) Won $1,094,567
Grand Total Raised $2,415,844

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 Rokita's reports.[17]

Todd Rokita (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 13, 2013$673,749.87$80,173.26$(31,545.58)$722,377.55
July Quarterly[19]July 14, 2013$722,377.55$191,582.89$(96,624.66)$817,355.78
October Quarterly[20]October 13, 2013$817,335.78$140,875.21$(60,504.34)$897,706.65
Running totals
$412,631.36$(188,674.58)

2012

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

Rokita won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Rokita's campaign committee raised a total of $1,321,277 and spent $942,938.[21] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[22]

Cost per vote

Rokita spent $5.59 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Rokita won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rokita's campaign committee raised a total of $1,094,567 and spent $799,156 .[23]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 4th Congressional District, 2010 - Todd Rokita Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,094,567
Total Spent $799,156
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $110,434
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $32,186
Top contributors to Todd Rokita's campaign committee
Barnes & Thornburg$13,700
Eli Lilly & Co$12,108
National Auto Dealers Assn$10,000
Peabody Energy$9,600
Rakoczy, Molina & Mazzochi$9,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$90,133
Health Professionals$50,606
Real Estate$41,350
Accountants$33,650
Leadership PACs$32,500

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $968,665
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $172,932
Top 5 Contributors Indiana Republican Party $229,244 (23.67% of Total)
Committee to Elect Todd Smith $19,238 (1.99%)
Friends of Kathryn Densborn $19,238 (1.99%)
Bill Davis for Indiana State Rep. District 33 $19,238 (1.99%)
Committee to Elect Connie Basham $19,238 (1.99%)
Individuals v. Institutions $387,425 (40.0%)
$243,947 (25.2%)
In v. Outside State $899,577 (92.9%)
$67,220 (7%)

Controversies

Black voter comment

At a Republican event in Indiana, Rokita encouraged his political peers to reach out to the black community. While discussing how ninety percent of blacks ultimately end up voting for the Democratic Party in national elections, he remarked, "How can that be? Ninety to ten. Who's the master and who's the slave in the relationship? How can that be healthy?" Four days following these remarks, Rokita issued an apology. [24] Rokita also met privately with 11 members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus to apologize for the comment. Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, told reporters, “He apologized to our satisfaction. We do believe he was sincere in his apology," Smith said. "I think there are greater issues -- education, health, economics for the black community -- that are more important than us spending all this time on a slip of the lip. I do believe that we all make mistakes (and) that if we expect to be forgiven, we need to forgive."

Other roles

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rokita is a "far-right Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[25]

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.[26]

Rokita most often votes with:

Rokita least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Rokita missed 84 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 5.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rokita paid his congressional staff a total of $833,583 in 2011. He ranked 72nd on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 80th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 35th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

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, Rokita's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$23,947 and $1,454,997. That averages to $715,525, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 49.53% from 2010.[29]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rokita's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-130,966 and $1,087,996. That averages to $478,515, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[30]

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. Rokita ranked 58th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[31]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rokita ranked 123rd in the conservative rankings.[32]

Voting with party

2013

Todd Rokita voted with the Republican Party 95.9% of the time, which ranked 139th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[33]

Personal

Rokita and his wife Kathy welcomed their first child, Theodore James Rokita, in February of 2008 and their second son, Ryan Cooper Rokita, in February of 2010. The family resides near Clermont, Indiana. [3]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Todd Rokita for Congress "About Todd" Accessed November 5, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Congressman Todd Rokita "Full Biography" Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Congressman Todd Rokita "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  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. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Todd Rokita," accessed October 11, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election Results," May 8, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Indiana Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
  15. Indiana Secretary of State - 2002 General Election Results
  16. Open Secrets "Todd Rokita" Accessed April 7, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Todd Rokita 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Todd Rokita 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Todd Rokita 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  24. "Indiana Exec Apologizes for Slavery Remark" Article
  25. Gov Track "Rokita" Accessed June 17, 2013
  26. OpenCongress, "Rep. Todd Rokita," Accessed August 1, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Todd Rokita," Accessed April 1, 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Todd Rokita"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Rokita (R-Ind), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Rokita, (R-Indiana), 2010"
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Buyer
United States House of Representatives, District 4
2010–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Sue Anne Gilroy
Indiana Secretary of State
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Charlie White