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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Cole’s reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2OK04055 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Tom Cole Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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Tom Cole
Tom Cole.jpg
U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 4
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJ. C. Watts (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,330,047
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Secretary of State, State of Oklahoma
1995-1999
Senator, Oklahoma State Senate
1989-1991
Education
Bachelor'sGrinnell College, 1971
Master'sYale University, 1974
Ph.D.University of Oklahoma, 1984
Personal
BirthdayApril 28, 1949
Place of birthShreveport, LA
Net worth$3,713,537
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Tom Cole (b. April 28, 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oklahoma. Cole was first elected in 2002.

Cole most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated challenger Gary D. Caissie in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Donna Marie Bebo (D) and RJ Harris (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[1]

Prior to his congressional career, Cole served as a member of the Oklahoma State Senate from 1988 to 1991. He then served as Oklahoma Secretary of State from 1995 to 1999.

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

Career

  • 1971: Graduated from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
  • 1974: Graduated from Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1984: Graduated from University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
  • 1982-1984: Staff, United States Representative Marvin (Mickey) Edwards of Oklahoma
  • 1985-1989: Chair, Oklahoma state Republican party
  • 1988-1991: Served as a member of the Oklahoma State Senate
  • 1995-1999: Served as Oklahoma Secretary of State
  • 2003-Present: U.S Representative from Oklahoma

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Cole serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Cole 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. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[3]

Elections

2012

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

Cole ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oklahoma's 4th District. Cole defeated challenger Gary D. Caissie in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.[1][4] He defeated Donna Marie Bebo (D) and RJ Harris (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[5]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Donna Marie Bebo 27.6% 71,846
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cole Incumbent 67.9% 176,740
     Independent RJ Harris 4.5% 11,745
Total Votes 260,331
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cole Incumbent 87.7% 22,840
Gary Caissie 12.3% 3,195
Total Votes 26,035

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cole is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Cole raised a total of $6,330,047 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[11]

Tom Cole's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Oklahoma, District 4) Won $1,016,545
2010 US House (Oklahoma, District 4) Won $852,384
2008 US House (Oklahoma, District 4) Won $1,123,657
2006 US House (Oklahoma, District 4) Won $1,020,035
2004 US House (Oklahoma, District 4) Won $1,125,699
2002 US House (Oklahoma, District 4) Won $1,191,727
Grand Total Raised $6,330,047

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 Cole’s reports.[12]

Tom Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$792,630.17$66,570.09$(61,263.18)$797,937.08
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$797,937.08$294,479.83$(71,159.03)$1,021,257.88
Running totals
$361,049.92$(132,422.21)


2012

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

Cole won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cole's campaign committee raised a total of $1,016,546 and spent $773,950.[15]

2010

Cole won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Cole's campaign committee raised a total of $852,384 and spent $657,762.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cole is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[17]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Cole missed 177 of 7,680 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.3% which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[18]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cole paid his congressional staff a total of $1,002,618 in 2011. Overall, Oklahoma ranked 19th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

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, Cole's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,036,074 to $5,391,000. That averages to $3,713,537, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 0.64% from 2010.[20]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cole's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,039,077 to $5,436,000. This averages out to $3,737,538.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[21]

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. Cole tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 170th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[22]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cole ranked 196th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[23]

Voting with party

2013

Tom Cole voted with the Republican Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 216th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Personal

Cole is married to Ellen. They have 1 child.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Oklahoma Elections Division "Election Results" Accessed June 26, 2012
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  4. Oklahoma Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  5. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tom Cole," Accessed April 22, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "Tom Cole Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Tom Cole April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Tom Cole July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Tom Cole 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Cole 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  17. Gov Track "Tom Cole," Accessed June 7 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Tom Cole," Accessed April 17, 2013
  19. LegiStorm, "Tom Cole," Accessed September 25, 2012
  20. OpenSecrets.org "Tom Cole (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Tom Cole (R-Okla), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
J. C. Watts
U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma District 4
2003–present
Succeeded by
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