|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|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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
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. For more information pertaining to Cardenas's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Cardenas voted for 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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Cardenas voted against 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 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Cardenas voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Cardenas voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Cardenas voted against 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.
Health Care Reform Rules
Cardenas voted against 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Cardenas voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Cardenas won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 29th District. He and David Hernandez (Ind) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, 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|
|Tony Cardenas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$134,287.07||$67,534.91||$(151,301.01)||$50,520.97|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$50,520.97||$95,302.00||$(91,399.33)||$54,423.64|
Cardenas won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cardenas's campaign committee raised a total of $844,097 and spent $709,797. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Cardenas spent $6.38 per vote received in 2012.
|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
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.
Cardenas most often votes with:
Cardenas least often votes with:
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, 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 OpenCongress 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Tony + Cardenas + California + House
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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
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tony Cardenas," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Tony Cardenas Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Tony Cardenas April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Tony Cardenas July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Tony Cardenas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Gov Track "Tony Cardenas," Accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Tony Cardenas," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Tony Cardenas," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Cardenas, (D-Cali), 2011"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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