William Enyart

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William Enyart
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 12
In office
January 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJerry Costello (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,180,463
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois; Southern Illinois University
Master'sSouthern Illinois University School of Law, United States Army War College
J.D.Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)
Military service
Service/branchUS Air Force, Illinois National Guard
Years of service1969-1975, 1982-2012
Date of birthSept. 22, 1949
Place of birthTuscola, Illinois
Net worth$2,652,027
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Office website
Campaign website
William Enyart (b. Sept. 22, 1949, in Tuscola, Illinois) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 12th Congressional District of Illinois since 2012.

Enyart replaced primary winner Brad Harriman (D) after he withdrew from the race in May 2012. Enyart won election in the general election on November 6, 2013.[1]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.

He is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

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


Enyart grew up in Tuscola, Illinois where he attended school. He won a scholarship to the University of Illinois, but left out after one year.

He joined the United States Air Forced in 1969 and left active duty to attend Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) where he studied political science and journalism.

After he graduated he worked for the Belleville News-Democrat which then led him to enroll at the Southern Illinois University's School of Law. He worked at his own practice for some years before going back to school and earning his master's degree from the Army War College.

He joined the Army National Guard in 1982, and his master's degree gave him the rank of General, and he became the adjutant general of the state National Guard.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Enyart's professional and political career[3]:

  • 2007-2012: Adjutant general, Illinois National Guard
  • 1982-2012: Army National Guard
  • 1979-2007: Attorney at Law
  • 2000: Graduated U.S. Army War College, earned a M.S.S.
  • 1991-1997: President and COO, Doc’s Distributing
  • 1973-1975: Air Force Reserves
  • 1969-1973: Air Force Service

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Enyart serves on the following committees:[4]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Enyart's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[7]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[7][8]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?”[8]

The letter stated, “If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict."[8]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Enyart was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[8]

Coal-fired power plants

Enyart and Reps. Rodney Davis (R) and John Shimkus (R) criticized President Obama's plans announced June 25, 2013 to make sharp cuts in carbon emissions by using the federal Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher restrictions on coal-fired power plants.[9] The three congressmen harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by Obama as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."[9]

Enyart issued a statement saying he "will work tirelessly" against new mandates "that will increase energy costs, and decimate our Southern Illinois coal industry in the process." The 12 counties that make up the 12th Congressional District once comprised the heart of the Illinois coal industry.[9]



See also: Illinois' 12th congressional district elections, 2014

Enyart is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Enyart is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]


See also: Illinois' 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Enyart won the election, defeating Jason Plummer and Paula Bradshaw.[10] Enyart ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 12th District. Enyart replaced primary winner Brad Harriman after he withdrew from the race in May. He faced Jason Plummer (R) and Paula Bradshaw (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11]

U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Enyart 51.7% 157,000
     Republican Jason Plummer 42.7% 129,902
     Green Paula Bradshaw 5.6% 17,045
Total Votes 303,947
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"



District 12 Representative Election
Poll William Enyart Jason PlummerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
District 12 Poll
September 11-13, 2012
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Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Enyart is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Enyart raised a total of $1,180,463 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[12]

William Enyart's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 12) Won $1,180,463
Grand Total Raised $1,180,463


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Enyart's reports.[13]

William Enyart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]5/17/2013$12,776.84$191,432.04$(60,507.57)$143,701.31
July Quarterly[15]7/15/2013$143,701.31$229,164.12$(181,884.60)$190,980.83
Running totals


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

Enyart won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Enyart's campaign committee raised a total of $1,180,463 and spent $1,167,686.[16] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[17]

Cost per vote

Enyart spent $7.44 per vote received in 2012.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Enyartis a "centrist Democratic follower" as of June 17, 2013.[18]

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.[19]

Enyart most often votes with:

Enyart least often votes with:

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. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable

Lifetime missed votes

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

According to the website GovTrack, Enyart 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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Enyart's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,461,055 and $3,843,000. That averages to $2,652,027, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[21].

Voting with party


William Enyart voted with the Democratic Party 88.6% of the time, which ranked 177th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[22]


Enyart and his wife Annette have two sons together.[23]

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  1. List of active candidates
  2. 2.0 2.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Journal, "Illinois, 12th House District," November 6, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 BND.com "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013
  10. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  11. List of active candidates
  12. [www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2012&id=IL12 Open Secrets "William Enyart" Accessed April 5, 2013]
  13. Federal Election Commission "William Enyart 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "William Enyart 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  17. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  18. Gov Track "William Enyart," Accessed June 17, 2013
  19. OpenCongress, "Rep. William Enyart," Accessed August 1, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "William Enyart," Accessed April 1, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Enyart (D-Ill), 2011"
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  23. Enyart for Congress, "About," Accessed October 4, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Costello (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 12
Succeeded by