|U.S. House, California, District 29|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Adam Schiff (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Los Angeles City Council|
|California State Assembly|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Birthday||March 31, 1963|
|Place of birth||Pacoima, California|
Prior to his service in the U.S. House, Cardenas served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002. He was then a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2004 to 2012.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cardenas is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Cardenas's academic, professional and political career:
- 1986: Graduated from University of California (Santa Barbara) with B.A.
- 1986: Electrical engineer for Hewlett-Packard
- 1986-1987: Life-insurance salesman
- 1987-1996: Real-estate broker
- 1996-2002: California State Assembly
- 2004-2012: Los Angeles City Council
- 2013-Present: United States House of Representatives, California's 29th congressional district
Cardenas serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Budget
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements - 6
- United States House Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
Cardenas won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 29th District. He and David Hernandez (Ind) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Richard Valdez (D). Cardenas went on to defeat Hernandez in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, California District 29 General Election, 2012|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, California District 29 Open Primary, 2012|
|Tony Cardenas (D)||64.4%||24,882|
|David Hernandez (NPP)||21.7%||8,382|
|Richard Valdez (D)||13.9%||5,379|
Comprehensive donor information for Cardenas is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cardenas raised a total of $844,097 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Tony Cardenas's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 29)||$844,097|
|Grand Total Raised||$844,097|
|U.S. House, California District 29, 2012 - Tony Cardenas Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$12,875|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$6,440|
|Top contributors to Tony Cardenas's campaign committee|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$15,000|
|Ek & Ek||$13,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Cardenas missed 8 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 9.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cardenas's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $30,011 and $349,999. That averages to $190,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
Voting with party
The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Cardenas has voted with the Democratic Party 95.9% of the time. This ranked 78th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
Cardenas and his wife, Norma, have four children.
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- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- National Journal, "California, 29th House District," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tony Cardenas," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Tony Cardenas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Gov Track "Tony Cardenas," Accessed June 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Tony Cardenas," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Cardenas, (D-Cali), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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