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}}{{tnr}}'''Thomas Stewart "Tom" Udall''' (b. May 18, 1948, in Tuscon, [[Arizona]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate]] from [[New Mexico]]. He is currently serving his first term in the Senate, having won election in 2008. <ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm#stateNM ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"]</ref> He defeated [[Republican]] [[Steve Pearce]] in the general election on November 4, 2008 to win the seat.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Thomas Stewart "Tom" Udall''' (b. May 18, 1948, in Tuscon, [[Arizona]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate]] from [[New Mexico]]. He is currently serving his first term in the Senate, having won election in 2008. <ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm#stateNM ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"]</ref> He defeated [[Republican]] [[Steve Pearce]] in the general election on November 4, 2008, to win the seat.  
  
Udall was sworn into office on January 3, 2009 for a six year term which will expire on January 3, 2015. He is set to run for re-election in [[United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2014|2014]]. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Udall was sworn into office on January 3, 2009, for a six year term which will expire on January 3, 2015. He is set to run for re-election in [[United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2014|2014]]. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Udall served five consecutive terms in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]], representing [[New Mexico's 3rd congressional district|the 3rd congressional district]] of [[New Mexico]]. He is also a former two-term [[Attorney General of New Mexico|state attorney general]] for [[New Mexico]], serving from 1991-1999.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/22658/thomas-udall#.Ufar3VO9wXs ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Senator Tom Udall's Biography," accessed July 29, 2013]</ref>
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Before entering politics, Udall worked as an attorney. He started as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Oliver Seth of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His legal career then included appointments as Assistant US Attorney in the criminal division and Chief Counsel to the Department of Health and Environment. A partnership followed in the Miller Law Firm.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=u000039 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "UDALL, Thomas (Tom), (1948 - )"]</ref>
  
 
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Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Udall served five consecutive terms in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]], representing [[New Mexico's 3rd congressional district|the 3rd congressional district]] of [[New Mexico]]. He is also a former two-term [[Attorney General of New Mexico|state attorney general]] for [[New Mexico]], serving from 1991-1999.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/22658/thomas-udall#.Ufar3VO9wXs ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Senator Tom Udall's Biography," accessed July 29, 2013]</ref>
 
 
Before entering politics, Udall worked as an attorney. He started as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Oliver Seth of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His legal career then included appointments as Assistant US Attorney in the criminal division and Chief Counsel to the Department of Health and Environment. A partnership followed in the Miller Law Firm.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=u000039 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "UDALL, Thomas (Tom), (1948 - )"]</ref>
 
 
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Udall was born in Tucson, [[Arizona]]. He attended Prescott College, graduating with a pre-law degree in 1970. In 1975, he graduated from Cambridge University in England with a Bachelor of Law degree. That fall, he enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1977.<ref>[http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=about_senator ''Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico'' "About Tom - Biography"]</ref>
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Udall was born in Tucson, [[Arizona]]. He attended Prescott College, graduating with a pre-law degree in 1970. In 1975, he graduated from Cambridge University in England with a Bachelor of Law degree. That fall, he enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1977.<ref>[http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=about_senator ''Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico'', "About Tom - Biography"]</ref>
  
Udall is the son of Stewart Udall, who was Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969, nephew of Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, first cousin of Colorado Senator [[Mark Udall]], double second cousin of former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, and second cousin of Utah Senator [[Mike Lee]].<ref>[http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/uczciwek-underhill.html ''The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians'' "Uban to Underholz"]</ref>
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Udall is the son of Stewart Udall, who was Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969, nephew of [[Arizona]] Congressman Morris Udall, first cousin of [[Colorado]] Senator [[Mark Udall]], double second cousin of former [[Oregon]] Senator Gordon Smith, and second cousin of [[Utah]] Senator [[Mike Lee]].<ref>[http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/uczciwek-underhill.html ''The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians'', "Uban to Underholz"]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
*[[Attorney General of New Mexico]]: 1991-1999
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*1991-1999: [[Attorney General of New Mexico]]
*U.S. House, New Mexico, District 3: 1999-2009
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*1999-2009: U.S. House Representative for New Mexico's 3rd district
*U.S. Senate: 2009-present
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*2009-present: U.S. Senator for New Mexico
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Udall serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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Udall serves on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Committee on Appropriations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Committee on Appropriations]]
 
**Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
 
**Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Udall served on the following committees:<ref>[http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=general&id=26 ''Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico'' "About Tom - Committee Assignments"]</ref>
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Udall served on the following committees:<ref>[http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=general&id=26 ''Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico'', "About Tom - Committee Assignments"]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|Committee on Foreign Relations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|Committee on Foreign Relations]]
 
**Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
 
**Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
 
: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
  
On Sept. 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Udall is a member, passed a resolution authorizing [[President]] [[Barack Obama]]'s proposed military strikes against Syria. The resolution was approved by the committee despite Udall's protestations. One of only two holdouts on the committee, along with [[Chris Murphy]] (D-CT), Udall took up the cause of dissuading his colleagues from pursuing such action on his campaign site homepage: "These weapons could one day be turned against the U.S. and our allies. Instead, we should focus on humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people and diplomatic efforts to end this horrific civil war," he stated. Udall then directly addressed his fellow members of Congress with a plea to not "risk putting weapons in the hands of groups who could use them against us and our allies in the future." Udall also added a prompt to sign an electronic petition titled "I stand with Senator Tom Udall. Don’t intervene in Syria by sending weapons."<ref>[http://www.tomudall.com/landing/e1306sre/ ''Tom Udall for US Senate,'' "Tell Congress: Don't rush into Syrian War," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
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On Sept. 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Udall is a member, passed a resolution authorizing [[President]] [[Barack Obama]]'s proposed military strikes against Syria. The resolution was approved by the committee despite Udall's protestations. One of only two holdouts on the committee, along with [[Chris Murphy]] (D-CT), Udall took up the cause of dissuading his colleagues from pursuing such action on his campaign site homepage: "These weapons could one day be turned against the U.S. and our allies. Instead, we should focus on humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people and diplomatic efforts to end this horrific civil war," he stated. Udall then directly addressed his fellow members of Congress with a plea to not "risk putting weapons in the hands of groups who could use them against us and our allies in the future." Udall also added a prompt to sign an electronic petition titled "I stand with Senator Tom Udall. Don’t intervene in Syria by sending weapons."<ref>[http://www.tomudall.com/landing/e1306sre/ ''Tom Udall for US Senate'', "Tell Congress: Don't rush into Syrian War," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Specific votes===
 
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====Fiscal Cliff====
 
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Udall 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Udall 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89-8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm#stateNM ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'', "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"]</ref>  
  
 
===Full history===
 
===Full history===
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===2014===
 
===2014===
Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Tom Udall's reports.<ref>[http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#2 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Tom Udall Summary Report," accessed August 23, 2013]</ref>
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Tom Udall's reports.<ref>[http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#2 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tom Udall Summary Report," accessed August 23, 2013]</ref>
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
[[File:Tom_Udall_2008_Donor_Breakdown.png‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Udall's campaign funds before the 2008 election.]] Udall was elected to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2008. His campaign committee raised a total of $7,447,684 and spent $7,841,887.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00006561&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Tom Udall 2008 Election Data," Accessed October 31, 2011]</ref>
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[[File:Tom_Udall_2008_Donor_Breakdown.png‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Udall's campaign funds before the 2008 election.]] Udall was elected to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2008. His campaign committee raised a total of $7,447,684 and spent $7,841,887.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00006561&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Tom Udall 2008 Election Data," accessed October 31, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Udall is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]" as of July 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400413 ''Gov Track,'' "Tom Udall," accessed July 5, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Udall is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]" as of July 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400413 ''Gov Track'', "Tom Udall," accessed July 5, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400413_Tom_Udall ''OpenCongress,'' "Sen. Tom Udall," accessed August 22, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400413_Tom_Udall ''OpenCongress'', "Sen. Tom Udall," accessed August 22, 2013]</ref>
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Udall missed 19 of 1,278 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.5%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of April 2013. <ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/tom_udall/400413 ''GovTrack,'' "Tom Udall," Accessed April 17, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Udall missed 19 of 1,278 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.5%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of Senators currently serving as of April 2013. <ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/tom_udall/400413 ''GovTrack,'' "Tom Udall," Accessed April 17, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Udall paid his congressional staff a total of $2,695,139 in 2011.  He ranked 27th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 67th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[New Mexico]] ranked 32nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/513/Sen_Tom_Udall.html LegiStorm "Tom Udall"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Udall paid his congressional staff a total of $2,695,139 in 2011.  He ranked 27th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 67th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[New Mexico]] ranked 32nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/513/Sen_Tom_Udall.html ''LegiStorm'', "Tom Udall"]</ref>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Udall's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,574,035 to $3,762,000. That averages to $2,668,017, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 4.57% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006561&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Tom Udall (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Udall's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,574,035 to $3,762,000. That averages to $2,668,017, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 4.57% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006561&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Tom Udall (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Udall tied with one other senator, ranking 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013]</ref>
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Udall tied with one other senator, ranking 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Udall tied with four other senators, ranking 5th in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Udall tied with four other senators, ranking 5th in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Udall is married to Jill Cooper and they have one grown daughter.<ref>[http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=about_senator ''Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico'' "About Tom - Biography"]</ref>
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Udall is married to Jill Cooper and they have one grown daughter.<ref>[http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=about_senator ''Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico'', "About Tom - Biography"]</ref>
  
 
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==Recent news==
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Revision as of 16:47, 25 September 2013

Tom Udall
Tom Udall.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Mexico
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPete V. Domenici (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,660,385
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico's 3rd district
1999-2009
Attorney General of New Mexico
1991–1999
Education
Bachelor'sPrescott College
J.D.University of New Mexico
OtherCambridge University (LL.B.)
Personal
BirthdayMay 18, 1948
Place of birthTucson, Arizona
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$2,668,017
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas Stewart "Tom" Udall (b. May 18, 1948, in Tuscon, Arizona) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New Mexico. He is currently serving his first term in the Senate, having won election in 2008. [1] He defeated Republican Steve Pearce in the general election on November 4, 2008, to win the seat.

Udall was sworn into office on January 3, 2009, for a six year term which will expire on January 3, 2015. He is set to run for re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Udall served five consecutive terms in the U.S. House, representing the 3rd congressional district of New Mexico. He is also a former two-term state attorney general for New Mexico, serving from 1991-1999.[2]

Before entering politics, Udall worked as an attorney. He started as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Oliver Seth of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His legal career then included appointments as Assistant US Attorney in the criminal division and Chief Counsel to the Department of Health and Environment. A partnership followed in the Miller Law Firm.[3]

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

Biography

Udall was born in Tucson, Arizona. He attended Prescott College, graduating with a pre-law degree in 1970. In 1975, he graduated from Cambridge University in England with a Bachelor of Law degree. That fall, he enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1977.[4]

Udall is the son of Stewart Udall, who was Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969, nephew of Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, first cousin of Colorado Senator Mark Udall, double second cousin of former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, and second cousin of Utah Senator Mike Lee.[5]

Career

  • 1991-1999: Attorney General of New Mexico
  • 1999-2009: U.S. House Representative for New Mexico's 3rd district
  • 2009-present: U.S. Senator for New Mexico

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Udall serves on the following Senate committees:[6]:

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Members
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
    • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
    • The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs Chair
    • The Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps
    • The Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on African Affairs
  • Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Committee on Rules and Administration

2011-2012

Udall served on the following committees:[7]

  • Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
    • Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs
    • Subcommittee on African Affairs
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Children’s Health and Environmental Responsibility (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
  • Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Committee on Rules and Administration

Issues

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On Sept. 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Udall is a member, passed a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against Syria. The resolution was approved by the committee despite Udall's protestations. One of only two holdouts on the committee, along with Chris Murphy (D-CT), Udall took up the cause of dissuading his colleagues from pursuing such action on his campaign site homepage: "These weapons could one day be turned against the U.S. and our allies. Instead, we should focus on humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people and diplomatic efforts to end this horrific civil war," he stated. Udall then directly addressed his fellow members of Congress with a plea to not "risk putting weapons in the hands of groups who could use them against us and our allies in the future." Udall also added a prompt to sign an electronic petition titled "I stand with Senator Tom Udall. Don’t intervene in Syria by sending weapons."[8]

Specific votes

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Voted "No" On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[9][10]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[11]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that make up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[11] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Udall was one of the two Democrats who opposed the authorization.[12]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Udall 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89-8 vote on January 1, 2013.[13]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2014

Udall is running for re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing New Mexico. Udall is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tom Udall won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steve Pearce (R) in the general election.[14]

U.S. Senate, New Mexico General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngTom Udall 61.3% 505,128
     Republican Steve Pearce 38.7% 318,522
Total Votes 823,650

[15]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Udall is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Udall raised a total of $9,660,385 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[21]

Tom Udall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 US Senate (New Mexico) Won $7,447,684
2006 US House, New Mexico, District 3) Won $515,102
2004 US House, New Mexico, District 3) Won $493,951
2002 US House, New Mexico, District 3) Won $430,721
2000 US House, New Mexico, District 3) Won $772,927
Grand Total Raised $9,660,385

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tom Udall's reports.[22]

Tom Udall Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April QuarterlyApril 15, 2013$352,569$979,996$(231,309)$919,256
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2013$919,256$874,584$(263,758)$1,530,081
Running totals
$1,854,580$(495,067)

2008

Breakdown of the source of Udall's campaign funds before the 2008 election.
Udall was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. His campaign committee raised a total of $7,447,684 and spent $7,841,887.[23]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Udall is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2013.[24]

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.[25]

Udall most often votes with:

Udall least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Udall missed 19 of 1,278 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.5%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of Senators currently serving as of April 2013. [26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Udall paid his congressional staff a total of $2,695,139 in 2011. He ranked 27th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 67th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, New Mexico ranked 32nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

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, Udall's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,574,035 to $3,762,000. That averages to $2,668,017, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 4.57% from 2010.[28]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Udall's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,511,036 and $3,592,000. That averages to $2,551,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[29]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Udall tied with one other senator, ranking 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[30]

2011

Udall tied with four other senators, ranking 5th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[31]

Voting with Party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tom Udall has voted with the Democratic Party 92.5% of the time, which ranked 37th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[32]

2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tom Udall has voted with the Democratic Party 95.4% of the time, which ranked 14th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[33]

Personal

Udall is married to Jill Cooper and they have one grown daughter.[34]

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External links


References

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  2. Project Vote Smart, "Senator Tom Udall's Biography," accessed July 29, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "UDALL, Thomas (Tom), (1948 - )"
  4. Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico, "About Tom - Biography"
  5. The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians, "Uban to Underholz"
  6. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  7. Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico, "About Tom - Committee Assignments"
  8. Tom Udall for US Senate, "Tell Congress: Don't rush into Syrian War," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named syriacommitteevote
  12. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Tom Udall," accessed April 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Udall Summary Report," accessed August 23, 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Tom Udall 2008 Election Data," accessed October 31, 2011
  24. Gov Track, "Tom Udall," accessed July 5, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "Sen. Tom Udall," accessed August 22, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Tom Udall," Accessed April 17, 2013
  27. LegiStorm, "Tom Udall"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Tom Udall (D-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Udall, (D-New Mexico), 2010"
  30. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  31. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  34. Tom Udall, United States Senator for New Mexico, "About Tom - Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Pete Domenici
United States Senate - New Mexico
2009-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Bill Redmond
U.S. House of Representatives - District 3
1999-2009
Succeeded by
Ben R. Luján
Preceded by
Harold Stratton
Attorney General of New Mexico
1991-1999
Succeeded by
Patricia Madrid