Yvette Clarke

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Yvette D. Clark
Yvette Clark.jpeg
U.S. House, New York, District 11
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York City Council
Bachelor'sOberlin College (did not complete degree)
Date of birthNovember 21, 1964
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionEconomic Development Specialist
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Office website
Campaign website
Yvette Diane Clarke (b. November 21, 1964) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Clarke was elected by voters from New York's 11th congressional district. Due to 2012 redistricting, she ran in New York's 9th congressional district in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Clarke is a "far-left Democrat".[1]


Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Oberlin College from 1982-1986 but did not finish her degree.[2]


Prior to her election to the New York City Council, Clarke served as Director of Business Development for the Bronx Empowerment Zone (BOEDC). [3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Clarke serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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


Campaign Themes

Clarke lists some of her campaign themes on her website:[5]

  • 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."



See also: New York's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

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.[6][7]

President Barack Obama backed Clarke.[8] 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."[9]

U.S. House, New York District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngYvette Clarke Incumbent 77.9% 186,141
     Republican Daniel Cavanagh 10.1% 24,164
     Green Vivia Morgan 1.3% 2,991
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 10.7% 25,661
Total Votes 238,957
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


On November 2, 2010, Clarke was re-elected to the United States House for a third term. She defeated Hugh C. Carr (R whom also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[10]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngYvette D. Clarke Incumbent 83.5% 104,297
     Republican Hugh C. Carr 8.7% 10,858
     Blank/Scattering 7.8% 9,759
Total Votes 124,914

Campaign donors


Yvette D. Clarke Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$26,134$113,455$(67,844.76)$71,744.24
July Quarterly[12]September 24, 2012$57,898.47$76,386$(76,450.79)$57,833.68
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$57,833.68$84,012$(122,464.25)$19,381.43
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Clarke's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Clarke was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a third term. Her campaign committee raised a total of $732,674 and spent $714,585.[14]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[15]

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 - 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.[16]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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.[17]


Clarke currently resides in the neighborhood where she grew up, the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.[18]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Major Owens
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York City Council
Succeeded by