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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 primaryMay 6, 2014
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$741,522.50
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 in 2010.

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

After several years as a practicing attorney in the state, 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).

He 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][5]

2011-2012

Issues

Controversy

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.[7] 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."

Redistricting

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 said boundaries should follow existing county and township lines, and that each of the 50 Senate districts should be divided into two House districts. This was meant to lead to more competitive legislative elections.

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. [8]

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.[9] For more information pertaining to Rokita's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS 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.[11]

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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Rokita voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

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.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Rokita voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Rokita voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[19] 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.[20] Rokita voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "No" 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 funded 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.[22] 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. Rokita voted against HR 2775.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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.[11]

Healthcare

Healthcare 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.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Rokita voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[11]

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.[11]

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.[24]

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 to represent Indiana's 4th District. Rokita was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Tara Nelson in the November 6 general election.[25]

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[27]
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[28]
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.[29]

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.[30]

Todd Rokita (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 13, 2013$673,749.87$80,173.26$(31,545.58)$722,377.55
July Quarterly[32]July 14, 2013$722,377.55$191,582.89$(96,624.66)$817,355.78
October Quarterly[33]October 13, 2013$817,335.78$140,875.21$(60,504.34)$897,706.65
Year-end[34]January 31, 2014$897,706$285,098$(94,762)$1,088,042
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$1,088,042$200,610$(84,036)$1,204,616
Running totals
$898,339.36$(367,472.58)

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.[36] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[37]

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 .[38]

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%)

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.[39]

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.[40]

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 January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[41]

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.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rokita's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-22,951 and $1,505,996. That averages to $741,522.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Rokita ranked as the 201st most wealthy representative in 2012.[43]

Todd Rokita Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$741,522.50
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Rokita ranked 58th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[44]

2011

Rokita ranked 123rd in the conservative rankings.[45]

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.[46]

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]

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See also

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," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Congressman Todd Rokita "Committees and Caucuses" accessed November 5, 2011
  7. "Indiana Exec Apologizes for Slavery Remark" Article
  8. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Votesmart, "Todd Rokita," accessed October 11, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election Results," May 8, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Indiana Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
  28. Indiana Secretary of State - 2002 General Election Results
  29. Open Secrets, "Todd Rokita" accessed April 7, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Todd Rokita 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  36. Open Secrets, "Todd Rokita 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Todd Rokita 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 5, 2011
  39. GovTrack, "Rokita" accessed June 17, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Rep. Todd Rokita," accessed August 1, 2013
  41. GovTrack, "Todd Rokita," accessed April 1, 2013
  42. LegiStorm, "Todd Rokita"
  43. OpenSecrets, "Rokita, (R-IN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Buyer
United States House of Representatives, District 4
2010–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Sue Anne Gilroy
Indiana Secretary of State
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Charlie White