Yvette Clarke

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Yvette D. Clarke
Yvette Clark.jpeg
U.S. House, New York, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBob Turner (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,643,892
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 11
January 3,2007-January 3, 2013
New York City Council
2002-2007
Education
Bachelor'sOberlin College (did not complete degree)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1964
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionEconomic Development Specialist
Net worth$105,003
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Yvette D. Clarke (b. November 21, 1964) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 11th congressional district. Clarke was first elected to the House in New York's 9th congressional district in 2006. Due to 2012 redistricting she ran in New York's 9th congressional district and is currently serving her 4th term in office.

Clarke is set to run for re-election in New York's 6th congressional district elections, 2014. Before her successful bid for congress in 2006 Clarke was a member of the New York City Council.

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

Biography

Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Oberlin College from 1982-1986 but did not finish her degree.[1]

Career

Prior to her election to the New York City Council, Clarke served as Director of Business Development for the Bronx Empowerment Zone (BOEDC). [2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Clarke serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Clarke served 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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Clarke listed 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

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Clarke voted for 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. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

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.[7][8]

President Barack Obama backed Clarke.[9] 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."[10]

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"
U.S. House, New York, District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngYvette Clarke Incumbent 88.3% 11,903
Sylvia Kinard 11.7% 1,584
Total Votes 13,487

Full history


2010

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).[14]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Clarke is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Clarke raised a total of $2,643,892 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[15]

Yvette Clarke's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 9) Won $736,310
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 11) Won $732,674
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 11) Won $534,750
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 11) Won $640,158
Grand Total Raised $2,643,892

Individual breakdown

2012

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

Clarke won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Clarke's campaign committee raised a total of $736,310 and spent $772,480.[16]

2010

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.[17]
U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Yvette Clarke Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $732,674
Total Spent $714,585
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
Honeywell International$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
Health Professionals$34,250
Lawyers/Law Firms$32,200
Securities & Investment$28,050

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Clarke is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 20, 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Clarke missed 290 of 5,239 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 5.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[19]

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 ranked 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.[20]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Clarke is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Clarke's staff was given an apparent $36,375.20 in bonus money.[21]

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, Clarke's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $35,007 to $175,000. That averages to $105,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth did not change from 2010.[22]

2010

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 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[23]

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. Clarke tied with 14 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 1st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Clarke tied with four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 26th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[25]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Yvette D. Clarke voted with the Democratic Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 92nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[26]

Personal

Clarke currently resides in the neighborhood where she grew up, the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.[27]

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External links


References

  1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CLARKE, Yvette Diane, (1964 - )"
  2. Yvette D. Clarke For Congress "About Yvette Clarke"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Proudly Serving New York's 11th District "Committee Assignments"
  5. Campaign website "Issues"
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  8. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  9. Capital New York "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," June 15, 2012
  10. New York Daily News blog "Nothing Like A Little Support From The Prez To Get People Talking," June 14, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Yvette D. Clarke" March 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Yvette Clarke 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Yvette D. Clarke 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 16, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Clarke" Accessed June 20, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Yvette D. Clarke" Accessed April 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Yvette D. Clarke," Accessed October 2, 2012
  21. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  22. OpenSecrets.org "Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  27. U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Proudly Serving New York's 11th District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Turner
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 9
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Major Owens
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 11
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Michael Grimm
Preceded by
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New York City Council
2002-2007
Succeeded by
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