|Yvette D. Clark|
|U.S. House, New York, District 11|
|January 3, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|New York City Council|
|Bachelor's||Oberlin College (did not complete degree)|
|Birthday||November 21, 1964|
|Place of birth||Brooklyn, New York|
|Profession||Economic Development Specialist|
|Religion||African Methodist Episcopal|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Prior to her election to the New York City Council, Clarke served as Director of Business Development for the Bronx Empowerment Zone (BOEDC). 
Clarke serves on the following committees:
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management
- Small Business Committee
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
- Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Clarke lists some of her campaign themes on her website:
- Increase rent assistance from HUD to low and moderate income households
- Expand and preserve public housing programs
- Ease the credit crunch affecting current and prospective homeowners
- Pass an economic stimulus plan
- Provide tax-relief for the middle-class and small businesses
- Help promote business opportunities, especially for women and minorities
- Reform and fully fund No Child Left Behind
- Provide 21st training for teachers and school administrators
- Increase funding for college education
- Invest more resources in safeguarding America’s infrastructure
- Improve the communication system for first responders
- Reform the center that oversees the terrorist watch list
- Reform immigration policy in the spirit of the American Dream
- Uphold the American tradition of an open border
- Stop deporting the parents of citizens, leaving them orphaned
- Work with the Obama Administration to accomplish the goals of the recent
Immigration Policy Change.
- Preserve the freedom to organize
- Improve workplace safety
- Protect workers from the effects of a changing economic climate."
Clarke won re-election in 2012, but due to New York's redistricting, she ran in the newly redrawn 9th district. Attorney Sylvia Kinard challenged Clarke in the June 26 Democratic primary. Clarke won the primary and defeated Daniel Cavanagh (R) and Vivia Morgan (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.
President Barack Obama backed Clarke. He said that Clarke has worked "to give a voice to the voiceless, whether it was improving educational opportunity for children, expanding access to healthcare for women in need, or helping small businesses expand and add new jobs."
|U.S. House, New York District 9 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Yvette Clarke Incumbent||77.9%||186,141|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
|U.S. House, New York Congressional District 11 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Yvette D. Clarke Incumbent||83.5%||104,297|
|Republican||Hugh C. Carr||8.7%||10,858|
|Yvette D. Clarke Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$26,134||$113,455||$(67,844.76)||$71,744.24|
|July Quarterly||September 24, 2012||$57,898.47||$76,386||$(76,450.79)||$57,833.68|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$57,833.68||$84,012||$(122,464.25)||$19,381.43|
2010U.S. House in 2010 for a third term. Her campaign committee raised a total of $732,674 and spent $714,585.
|U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Yvette Clarke Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Yvette Clarke's campaign committee|
|American Postal Workers Union||$11,500|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$46,500|
|Building Trade Unions||$35,750|
|Securities & Investment||$28,050|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Clarke paid her congressional staff a total of $1,056,244 in 2011. Overall, New York ranks 28th 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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Clarke's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $35,007 to $175,000. Averaging to a net worth of $105,003.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.
Percentage voting with party
Yvette D. Clarke voted with the Democratic Party 93.2% of the time, which ranked 84th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.
Clarke currently resides in the neighborhood where she grew up, the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
- U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke official U.S. House site
- Yvette Clarke for Congress official campaign site
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- Gov Track "Clarke" Accessed May 25, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CLARKE, Yvette Diane, (1964 - )"
- Yvette D. Clarke For Congress "About Yvette Clarke"
- U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Proudly Serving New York's 11th District "Committee Assignments"
- Campaign website "Issues"
- AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
- Capital New York "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," June 15, 2012
- New York Daily News blog "Nothing Like A Little Support From The Prez To Get People Talking," June 14, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission, "Yvette D. Clarke's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 16, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Yvette D. Clarke's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 16, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Yvette D. Clarke's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 16, 2012
- Open Secrets "Yvette D. Clarke 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 16, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Yvette D. Clarke," Accessed October 2, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Proudly Serving New York's 11th District "Biography"
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