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|U.S. House, Florida, District 16|
|January 3, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||8|
|Predecessor||Thomas J. Rooney (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$14.25 in 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Master's||University of Detroit|
|Service/branch||United States Air National Guard|
|Years of service||1969-1975|
|Date of birth||May 8, 1951|
|Place of birth||Detroit, Michigan|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Controversies
- 4.3 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
In 2012, Buchanan was at the center of an investigation regarding illegal campaign contributions. On July 10, 2012, Buchanan was cleared by a U.S. House Ethics Committee on allegations that he made mistakes on his financial disclosure statements. However, in May 2013 three men and two companies were fined for making illegal contributions to Buchanan's campaign.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Buchanan is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Buchanan grew up in Michigan, in a family of six children.  When he graduated from high school in 1969, he joined the Michigan Air National Guard, serving there for six years. Buchanan got a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cleary University, in Michigan, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Detroit.
Buchanan has held a variety of investment ventures throughout his career. These range from car dealerships to insurance companies, to real estate development.
In June 2007, Buchanan, in his financial disclosure filing, reported having over $100 million in assets, making him among the five wealthiest members of Congress. Most of his wealth is from his automotive empire, which includes several dealerships in Florida. He also reported ownership interests in about fifty other businesses, including offshore reinsurance companies, and a charter-jet business. He reported receiving at least $19.5 million in income from these businesses in 2006.
Buchanan serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Trade
113th Congress113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Buchanan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Security Agency reforms
Buchanan, a member of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, pointed to a report in August 2013 that the National Security Agency (NSA) engaged in almost 2,800 illegal incidents where they obtained personal communications as a reason for Congress to back major reforms.
“These latest revelations of government overreach are extremely disturbing,” said Buchanan in a statement on August 21, 2013. “Our strength as a nation flows from the values and freedoms laid out in the Constitution, including the right against unreasonable searches and seizures. It’s imperative that both parties work together and institute reforms to protect the privacy and liberties of the American people. It is a slippery slope if we allow our basic freedoms to be eroded in the name of security. The time has come for Congress to address these issues in a transparent, public manner.”
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Buchanan released a statement regarding the situation in Syria, saying "President Obama made the right decision to seek congressional authorization as he considers launching a military strike against Syria. Serious questions remain as to the wisdom of committing American military might to a civil war in the Middle East where the lines are blurred between friend and foe. The President needs to explain to Congress and the American people why he believes U .S. military involvement is vital to our national security."
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Buchanan 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Buchanan 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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Buchanan 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
Buchanan voted in favor of 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.
- See also:United States budget debate, 2013
Buchanan declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.
"No small business would pay someone who refuses to do their job,” Buchanan said in a statement on October 1, 2013. “So why should Senators or House members be paid for failing to fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities? They shouldn’t.”
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Buchanan 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.
Health Care Reform Rules
Buchanan did not vote on 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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Buchanan 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.
Buchanan voted in favor of 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.
Previous congressional sessions
Buchanan 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 1 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.
Campaign finance allegations
On July 10, 2012, Buchanan was cleared by a U.S. House Ethics Committee on allegations that he made mistakes on his financial disclosure statements, where the Ethics Committee ruled that the alleged mistakes are common among many lawmakers.
However, Buchanan faced more serious campaign finance allegations, as well as related investigations by the FBI and IRS. On September 28, 2012, a friend of Buchanan, Timothy Mobley, pled guilty to illegally making campaign donations in the amount of $84,300 to Buchanan. Buchanan stated that he was unaware of any illegal contributions and that he would "disgorge" any funds received illegally.
Buchanan's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Jobs & Economy
- Excerpt: "As a businessman for 30 years, and past Chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, I know what it means to balance a budget, meet a payroll, and exercise the fiscal discipline necessary to keep a business moving forward."
- Excerpt: "Washington’s irresponsible pattern of borrowing and spending has put our country on a road to bankruptcy. Unbelievably, America borrows $188 million every hour. This is simply unacceptable."
- Small Business
- Excerpt: "At a time of 10.3 percent unemployment in Florida, we should be doing all that we can to assist our most dynamic job creators. We can start by keeping taxes low and cutting the bureaucratic red tape and burdensome regulations that stifle job creation."
Due to redistricting, Buchanan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 16th District. Buchanan was seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. Keith Fitzgerald ran as a Democrat. Primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Buchanan ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Florida District 16 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Vern Buchanan Incumbent||53.6%||187,147|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
To view the full congressional electoral history for Vern Buchanan, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Buchanan is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Buchanan raised a total of $16,785,853 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.
|Vern Buchanan's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Florida, District 16)||$2,209,719|
|2010||U.S. House (Florida, District 13)||$2,078,743|
|2008||U.S. House (Florida, District 13)||$4,374,205|
|2006||U.S. House (Florida, District 13)||$8,123,186|
|Grand Total Raised||$16,785,853|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Buchanan's reports.
|Vern Buchanan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$125,656.55||$426,726.66||$(153,608.89)||$398,774.32|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$398,774.32||$397,586.88||$(297,170.48)||$499,190.72|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$499,190.72||$171,161.18||$(127,496.35)||$542,855.55|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$542,855||$151,868||$(72,365)||$622,359|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$622,359||$134,961||$(85,975)||$671,345|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$671,345||$141,794||$(65,131)||$748,008|
|Pre-Primary||August 14, 2014||$748,008||$33,076||$(31,285)||$749,799|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$749,799||$96,406||$(45,015)||$801,190|
Buchanan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Buchanan's campaign committee raised a total of $2,209,719 and spent $2,667,717. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Buchanan spent $14.25 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 16th Congressional District, 2012 - Vern Buchanan Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,447,610|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,447,610|
|Top contributors to Vern Buchanan's campaign committee|
|Invest in a Strong &Secure America||$20,000|
|Youth Services International||$18,400|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Buchanan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Buchanan's campaign committee raised a total of $2,078,743 and spent $973,705.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 13th Congressional District, 2010 - Vern Buchanan Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$130,266|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$129,392|
|Top contributors to Vern Buchanan's campaign committee|
|JCI Jones Chemicals||$45,200|
|Mortgage Investors Corp||$30,800|
|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.
Buchanan most often votes with:
Buchanan least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Buchanan missed 100 of 5,226 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Buchanan paid his congressional staff a total of $937,104 in 2011. He ranks 144th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 188th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Buchanan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$63,427,724 and $254,082,982. That averages to $95,327,629, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 29.98% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Buchanan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-50,724,701 and $323,029,983. That averages to $136,152,641, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.
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. Buchanan ranked 185th in the conservative rankings in 2012.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Buchanan ranked 165th in the conservative rankings.
Voting with party
Vern Buchanan voted with the Republican Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 134th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
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- Media coverage:
- Bradenton Herald "Redistricting plan joins Manatee, Sarasota" Accessed February 14, 2012
- AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Project Vote Smart "Vern Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013
- Tampa Bay Times " FEC fines 3 men, 2 Tampa companies for illegal contributions to Rep. Vern Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013
- Washington Post "Vern Buchanan cleared of some ethics allegations" Accessed July 10, 2012
- Herald-Tribune "Buchanan: Big deals led to big riches" Accessed October 18, 2011
- Congressman Vern Buchanan-Representing Florida's 13th District "About Congressman Buchanan" Accessed October 18, 2011
- Bradenton Herald, June 16, 2007 "One of richest reps in Congress: Vern Buchanan"
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- 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
- Sunshine State News, "Vern Buchanan Calls for NSA Reforms," accessed August 21, 2013
- First Coast News, "Florida Senators react to Syria debate," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Vern Buchanan's Voting Record," accessed September 20, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- House Ethics Committee "Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Vernon G. Buchanan" Accessed July 11, 2012
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- Tampa Bay Times, "Friend of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan pleads guilty to campaign violations," September 28, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Vern Buchanan" Accessed April 4, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Vern Buchanan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Vern Buchanan July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Vern Buchanan Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Vern Buchanan October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
- Open Secrets "Vern Buchanan 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Open Secrets "Vern Buchanan 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
- Gov Track "Buchanan" Accessed June 12, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Vern Buchanan," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Vern Buchanan," Accessed March 29, 2013
- LegiStorm "Vern Buchanan"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Buchanan (R-Fla), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Buchanan, (R-Florida), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Thomas J. Rooney (R)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 16
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 13
| Succeeded by|
C.W. Bill Young (R)