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Radel said he is dismayed by reports and footage of mass killings in Syria. However, he said the war-torn country doesn’t pose a direct threat to the U.S.<ref name="syria"/>
 
Radel said he is dismayed by reports and footage of mass killings in Syria. However, he said the war-torn country doesn’t pose a direct threat to the U.S.<ref name="syria"/>
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{{Support vote}} Radel 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.<ref name="votes">http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/137658/trey-radel#.Ukcv5n_B_A4 ''Project Votesmart,'' "Trey Radel Key Votes," accessed September 28, 2013]</ref>
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Radel 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act=====
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{{Support vote}} Radel voted in favor of 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====National Defense Authorization Act=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Radel voted against 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
 
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{{Support vote}} Radel 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
 
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=====Health Care Reform Rules=====
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{{Support vote}} Radel 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act=====
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{{Support vote}} Radel voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
 
====Social issues====
 
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=====Amash amendment=====
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{{Support vote}} Radel voted against 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==

Revision as of 14:59, 28 September 2013

Trey Radel
Trey radel.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 19
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTheodore E. Deutch (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,068,123
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLoyola University-Chicago
Personal
BirthdayApril 20, 1976
Place of birthCincinnati, Ohio
ProfessionFounder, Trey Communications, LLC
Net worth$3,071,051
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Trey Radel (b. April 20, 1976, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 19th Congressional District of Florida.[1] He was first elected on November 6, 2012, and took office on January 3, 2013.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Radel is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Radel born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 20, 1976.[3]

Education:[3]

  • 1999: B.A., Loyola University

Career

  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives, District 19
  • Before winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, Radel hosted one of Florida’s Conservative TV & Radio Talk Shows – Daybreak, on TV-6 & 92.5 Fox News.[4]

Outside of radio, Radel ran Trey Communications LLC, a Media Relations company.[4] Before the TV & radio show, Radel served southwest Florida as a journalist, working as both an anchor and as a reporter.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Radel serves on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Radel's campaign website listed the following priorities:[6]

  • Foster an environment for job creation
Excerpt: "Before, we can deal with spending, Trey believes we need to grow our economy. Business owners, both small and large, will tell you they spend far too much time working for the federal government, and not themselves. Whether it is a complicated tax code or dealing with heavy-handed government regulations, our government today inhibits business."
  • Pay down the national debt
Excerpt: "Having run a business, Trey believes that there is a simple economic rule that Washington needs to abide by: don’t spend more money than you take in. Both Republicans and Democrats have been far too comfortable mortgaging away our children’s future. Trey wants to put a stop to this now."
  • Repeal Obamacare and End Other Job-Killing Regulations
Excerpt: "Our country has prided itself on freedom and liberty. Regulations like Obamacare not only place severe restrictions on our freedom and choice but also threaten the economic livelihood of this country. Obamacare in particular essentially forces individuals to buy a private product just because they are American."

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[7] For more information pertaining to Radel's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Radel is among a large percentage of Florida’s U.S. House delegation not supporting military strikes in Syria.[9]

Radel said he has yet to see enough information to justify U.S. military intervention.[9]

“These things are happening all over the world,” he said. “We simply cannot pick and choose and be the police of the world. However, we can when there is a threat to our interests, our allies or to us as the United States.”[9]

Radel said he is dismayed by reports and footage of mass killings in Syria. However, he said the war-torn country doesn’t pose a direct threat to the U.S.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Radel 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Radel 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.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Radel voted in favor of 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Radel voted against 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.[10]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Radel 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.[10]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Radel 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.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Radel voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Radel voted against 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.[10]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 19th congressional district elections, 2014

Radel is running for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 19th congressional district of Florida. Radel is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


2012

See also: Florida's 19th congressional district elections, 2012

Radel ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 19th District. Radel won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[12] Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Radel won the nomination in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1] He was elected on November 6, 2012.[13]

U.S. House, Florida District 19 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrey Radel 62% 189,833
     Democratic Jim Roach 35.8% 109,746
     Independent Brandon Smith 2.2% 6,637
Total Votes 306,216
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida District 19 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTrey Radel 30% 22,284
Chauncey Goss 21.5% 15,994
Paige Kreegel 17.7% 13,148
Gary Aubuchon 15.5% 11,486
Byron Donalds 14% 10,376
Joe Davidow 1.4% 1,026
Total Votes 74,314

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Radel is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Radel raised a total of $1,068,123 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[14]

Trey Radel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 19) Won $1,068,123
Grand Total Raised $1,068,123

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 Radel's reports.[15]

Trey Radel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]4/15/2013$121,751.99$69,043.90$(37,218.67)$153,577.22
July Quarterly[17]7/15/2013$153,577.22$73,387.71$(50,049.07)$176,915.86
Running totals
$142,431.61$(87,267.74)

2012

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

Radel won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Radel's campaign committee raised a total of $1,068,123 and spent $946,371.[18] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[19]

Cost per vote

Radel spent $4.99 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Radel is a "centrist Republican" as of June 12, 2013.[20]

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.[21]

Radel most often votes with:

Radel least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Radel missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[22]

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, Radel's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,510,103 and $4,631,999. That averages to $3,071,051, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[23]

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. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party

2013

Trey Radel voted with the Republican Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 170th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Personal

Radel and his wife had their first child, a boy, Jude, in December 2011.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. [ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bioguide, "Trey Radel," accessed September 11, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Trey Radel "About" Accessed June 28, 2012
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Campaign website, Policy
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 WGCU.org, "Congressman Trey Radel Criticizes Possible Military Attacks In Syria," accessed September 11, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/137658/trey-radel#.Ukcv5n_B_A4 Project Votesmart, "Trey Radel Key Votes," accessed September 28, 2013]
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Florida Secretary of State Elections Board "Candidate List" Accessed March 23, 2012
  13. [ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  14. Open Secrets "Trey Radel" Accessed April 4, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Trey Radel 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commmission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Trey Radel 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  19. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  20. Gov Track "Trek Radel," Accessed June 12, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Rep. Trey Radel," Accessed July 31, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Trey Radel," Accessed March 29, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Radel (R-Fla), 2011"
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore E. Deutch (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 19
2013-present
Succeeded by
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