|U.S. House, Illinois, District 12|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Jerry Costello (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$7.44 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Illinois; Southern Illinois University|
|Master's||Southern Illinois University School of Law, United States Army War College|
|J.D.||Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)|
|Service/branch||US Air Force, Illinois National Guard|
|Years of service||1969-1975, 1982-2012|
|Birthday||Sept. 22, 1949|
|Place of birth||Tuscola, Illinois|
|Religion||United Church of Christ|
- 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 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Polls
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
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.
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 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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Enyart's professional and political career:
- 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
Enyart serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Readiness
113th Congress113th 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 Enyart's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “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.”
The letter notes that the lawmakers believe Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers ask.
“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter reads. “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.”
Enyart 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 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Enyart voted in favor of 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.
Enyart voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.
Enyart voted in support 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
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Enyart voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Enyart voted for HR 2775.
Pay during government shutdown
Enyart said that he is "donating my pay for the duration of this senseless shut-down to a food bank in Southern Illinois and call upon my colleagues in Congress to do the same."
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. The three congressmen harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by Obama as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."
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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Enyart 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
Enyart 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 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
Enyart voted against 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.
Enyart 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.
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.
Enyart won election in 2012. Enyart ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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.
|U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
|District 12 Representative Election|
|Poll||William Enyart||Jason Plummer||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|District 12 Poll|
September 11-13, 2012
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
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.
|William Enyart's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Illinois, District 12)||$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.
|William Enyart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||May 17, 2013||$12,776.84||$191,432.04||$(60,507.57)||$143,701.31|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$143,701.31||$229,164.12||$(181,884.60)||$190,980.83|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$190,980.83||$167,467.45||$(69,560.92)||$288,887.36|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$288,887.36||$181,839||$(61,607)||$409,119|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Enyart spent $7.44 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Illinois District 12, 2012 - William Enyart Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,350,428|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,346,211|
|Top contributors to William Enyart's campaign committee|
|Simmons Cooper LLC||$28,000|
|AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America||$10,000|
|New York Jobs PAC||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$50,000|
|Building Trade Unions||$49,500|
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.
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 voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Enyart missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better 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, Enyart's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,591,065 and $4,267,000. That averages to $2,929,032.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Enyart ranked as the 111th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|William Enyart Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, William Enyart has voted with the Democratic Party 88.6% of the time, which ranked 177th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Enyart and his wife Annette have two sons together.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term William + Enyart + Illinois + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Money reports not looking so good for a couple of congressional challengers - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
- 'It's only fair': New law allows 17-year-olds to vote in primaries - Belleville News Democrat
- Thumbs: John Rednour Sr., horse racing, Grand Tower - The Southern
- Scott task force is hopeful of getting next round of new planes - Belleville News Democrat
- Democratic Super PAC Raises Huge Amount To Win Back The House - Huffington Post
- Sandra Fluke 'Strongly Considering' Run For Henry Waxman's Seat In Congress - Huffington Post
- Local opinions split on State of the Union - The Southern
- Obama's speech, in the eyes of the political beholders - STLtoday.com
- Gray wants post office named after Rednour - The Southern
- Senators Kirk and Durbin Introduce Their Bill to Bring Fairness to Federal ... - eNews Park Forest
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- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- National Journal, "Illinois, 12th House District," November 6, 2012
- 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," December 9, 2013
- Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
- Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "William Enyart Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- BND.com "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
- List of active candidates
- [www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2012&id=IL12 Open Secrets "William Enyart" Accessed April 5, 2013]
- Federal Election Commission "William Enyart 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 3, 2014
- Open Secrets "William Enyart 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Gov Track "William Enyart," Accessed June 17, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. William Enyart," Accessed August 1, 2013
- GovTrack, "William Enyart," Accessed April 1, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Enyart (D-IL), 2012"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- Enyart for Congress, "About," Accessed October 4, 2012
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