Xavier Becerra

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Xavier Becerra
Xavier Becerra.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 34
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorHilda Solis (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,252,531
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly, District 59
1990-1992
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1980
J.D.Stanford University, 1984
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 26, 1958
Place of birthSacramento, CA
Net worth$1,666,027
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Xavier Becerra (b. January 26, 1958 in Sacramento, CA) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 34th congressional district. Becerra was first elected to the House in 1992.

Becerra most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 34th District. He defeated Stephen Smith (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] He was displaced from the 31st district by redistricting.[2]

Prior to his career in the U.S. House, Becerra served in the California State Assembly from 1990 to 1992.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Becerra is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Career

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

  • 1980: Graduated from Stanford University with B.A.
  • 1984: Graduated from Stanford University School of Law with J.D.
  • 1986: Staff for California state Senator Art Torres
  • 1987-1990: Deputy attorney general, State of California
  • 1990-1992: California State Assembly
  • 1993-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Becerra serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Becerra voted against 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 one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 34th congressional district elections, 2012

Becerra won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 34th District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from the 31st district by redistricting. He and Stephen Smith (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Howard Johnson (Peace and Freedom). Becerra went on to defeat Smith in the November 6, 2012, general election.[6][7]

U.S. House, California District 34 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngXavier Becerra Incumbent 85.6% 120,367
     Republican Stephen Smith 14.4% 20,223
Total Votes 140,590
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 34 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngXavier Becerra (D) Incumbent 77.3% 27,939
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Smith (R) 16% 5,793
Howard Johnson (P&F) 6.7% 2,407
Total Votes 36,139

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Becerra is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Becerra raised a total of $8,252,531 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[18]

Xavier Becerra's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 34) Won $1,849,999
2010 US House (California, District 31) Won $1,716,196
2008 US House (California, District 31) Won $1,557,660
2006 US House (California, District 31) Won $838,954
2004 US House (California, District 31) Won $785,953
2002 US House (California, District 31) Won $639,713
2000 US House (California, District 30) Won $864,056
Grand Total Raised $8,252,531

2012

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

Becerra won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Becerra's campaign committee raised a total of $1,849,999 and spent $1,570,150.[19]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Becerra's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Becerra won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Becerra's campaign committee raised a total of $1,716,196 and spent $1,699,465.[20]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Becerra is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[21]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Becerra missed 939 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 6.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[22]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Becerra paid his congressional staff a total of $1,125,423 in 2011. He ranks 38th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 46th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[23]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Becerra's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $666,057 and $2,665,998. That averages to $1,666,027, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 4.88% from 2010.[24]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Becerra's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $611,059 and $2,565,998. That averages to $1,588,528.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

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. Becerra ranked 20th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[26]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Becerra ranked 58th in the liberal rankings.[27]

Voting with party

2013

Xavier Becerra voted with the Democratic Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 27th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[28]

Personal

Becerra and his wife, Carolina, have two children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Boundary Changes Transform Local Districts", egpnews.com, August 11, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Xavier Becerra," Accessed November 12, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  7. Unofficial election results
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Xavier Becerra," Accessed March 22, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Xavier Becerra 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Xavier Becerra 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Xavier Becerra," Accessed June 7 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Xavier Becerra," Accessed April 2, 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Xavier Becerra"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Becerra, (D-Cali), 2011"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Becerra, (D-Cali), 2010"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Hilda Solis
U.S. House - California District 34
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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