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Lofgren was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in 1999 after she was sworn into her third term in Congress.<ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=106_senate_hearings&docid=f:63866.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Bankruptcy Judgeship Needs", November 2, 1999](See Page II)</ref>. Lofgren has served on the committee continuously to this date.<ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_house_hearings&docid=f:84170.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Their Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves", September 19, 2002](See Page II)</ref> <ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_house_hearings&docid=f:85491.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Balanced Budget Amendment", March 6, 2003](See Page ii)</ref> <ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_house_hearings&docid=f:98924.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005](See Page ii)</ref> <ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_house_hearings&docid=f:33313.pdf''Government Printing Office'' "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase", February 14, 2007](See Page ii)</ref> <ref>[http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html ''House Judiciary Committee'' "109th Congress-Members"]</ref>
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Lofgren was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in 1999 after she was sworn into her third term in Congress.<ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=106_senate_hearings&docid=f:63866.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Bankruptcy Judgeship Needs", November 2, 1999](See Page II)</ref>  Lofgren has served on the committee continuously to this date.<ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_house_hearings&docid=f:84170.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Their Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves", September 19, 2002](See Page II)</ref> <ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_house_hearings&docid=f:85491.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Balanced Budget Amendment", March 6, 2003](See Page ii)</ref> <ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_house_hearings&docid=f:98924.pdf ''Government Printing Office'' "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005](See Page ii)</ref> <ref>[http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_house_hearings&docid=f:33313.pdf''Government Printing Office'' "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase", February 14, 2007](See Page ii)</ref> <ref>[http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html ''House Judiciary Committee'' "109th Congress-Members"]</ref>
  
 
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===Campaign themes===

Revision as of 09:57, 28 August 2013

Zoe Lofgren
Zoe Lofgren.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 19
Incumbent
In office
1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDon Edwards (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,613,720
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Santa Clara County
1981-1994
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1970
J.D.University of Santa Clara, 1975
Personal
BirthdayDecember 21, 1947
Place of birthSan Mateo, CA
Net worth$1,856,519
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Zoe Lofgren (b. December 21, 1947, in San Mateo, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 19th congressional district. Lofgren was first elected to the House in 1994.[1]

Lofgren most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 19th District. She defeated Robert Murray (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2] She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lofgren is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Lofgren's academic, professional and political career:[4][5]

  • 1970: Graduated from Stanford University with B.A.
  • 1975: Graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law with J.D.
  • 1970-1978: Staff Assistant to her predecessor, Rep. Don Edwards
  • 1978: First Executive Director of Community Housing Developers
  • 1979: Member, Board of Trustees of San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Board
  • 1978-1980: Practiced immigration law as partner of Webber & Lofgren
  • 1981-1994: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • 1995-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lofgren serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Lofgren was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in 1999 after she was sworn into her third term in Congress.[7] Lofgren has served on the committee continuously to this date.[8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

Campaign themes

2012

Lofgren's campaign website listed the following issues:[13]

  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Access to affordable, quality health care is a right all Americans deserve. I have spent my entire career working to make that simple statement a reality."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "It is now clear that systemic flaws in our economy combined with unscrupulous greed on Wall Street very nearly toppled our entire economy. Even now after the initial storm, millions of Americans struggle to support their families."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I have had the great privilege of serving on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the San Jose Evergreen Community College District Board, and as a member of Congress. As a result, I’ve been part of both the local and national conversation on education."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "As an immigration attorney, I understand the frustrations inherent in dealing with our immigration service agencies. "
  • Innovation and Technology
Excerpt: "As a life-long resident of Silicon Valley, I’ve had a front row seat to the birth and expansion of the internet age. The digital world, as it exists today, is a direct result of investments that Americans made decades ago."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Lofgren 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.[14]

Endorsements

Lofgren endorsed Pete Aguilar in California's 31st district Democratic primary in 2014. The 31st district has been a top target for Democrats since Gary Miller (R) won the seat in 2012.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 19th congressional district elections, 2014

Lofgren is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 19th congressional district elections, 2012

Lofgren won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 19th District as a Democrat.[2] She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.[16] She and Robert Murray (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Phat Nguyen (R) and Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera (Ind). Lofgren went on to defeat Murray in the November 6, 2012, general election.[17][18]

U.S. House, California District 19 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngZoe Lofgren Incumbent 73.2% 162,300
     Republican Robert Murray 26.8% 59,313
Total Votes 221,613
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 19 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngZoe Lofgren (D) Incumbent 65.2% 60,726
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Murray (R) 23% 21,421
Phat Nguyen (R) 7.7% 7,192
Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera (NPP) 4.1% 3,829
Total Votes 93,168

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lofgren is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Lofgren raised a total of $4,613,720 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[28]

Zoe Lofgren's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 19) Won $858,985
2010 US House (California, District 16) Won $782,100
2008 US House (California, District 16) Won $797,809
2006 US House (California, District 16) Won $624,136
2004 US House (California, District 16) Won $533,196
2002 US House (California, District 16) Won $494,737
2000 US House (California, District 16) Won $522,757
Grand Total Raised $4,613,720

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lofgren's reports.[29]

Zoe Lofgren (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 14, 2013$575,964.25$45,240.47$(49,543.88)$571,660.84
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$571,660.84$149,546.50$(62,821.34)$658,386.00
Running totals
$194,786.97$(112,365.22)
Breakdown of the source of Lofgren's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

2012

Lofgren won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lofgren's campaign committee raised a total of $858,985 and spent $626,000.[32] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[33]

Cost per vote

Lofgren spent $3.86 per vote received in 2012.

Full history


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lofgren is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[40]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[41]

Lofgren most often votes with:

Lofgren least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Lofgren missed 469 of 12,398 roll call votes from January 1995 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.8%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lofgren paid her congressional staff a total of $1,154,388 in 2011. She ranked 164th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 34th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 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.[43]

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, Lofgren's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,018,038 and $2,695,000. That averages to $1,856,519, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 19.35% from 2010.[44]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lofgren's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $796,036 and $2,315,000. That averages to $1,555,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[45]

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. Lofgren ranked 59th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[46]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lofgren ranked 75th in the liberal rankings.[47]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Zoe Lofgren has voted with the Democratic Party 96.3% of the time, which ranked 56th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]

Personal

Lofgren and her husband, John Marshall, have two children.[49]

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. Office website, "About Zoe," accessed August 9, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  3. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Zoe Lofgren," Accessed November 3, 2011
  5. Zoe Lofgren Campaign website, "Biography," Accessed August 6, 2013
  6. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  7. Government Printing Office "Bankruptcy Judgeship Needs", November 2, 1999(See Page II)
  8. Government Printing Office "Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Their Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves", September 19, 2002(See Page II)
  9. Government Printing Office "Balanced Budget Amendment", March 6, 2003(See Page ii)
  10. Government Printing Office "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005(See Page ii)
  11. Government Printing Office "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase", February 14, 2007(See Page ii)
  12. House Judiciary Committee "109th Congress-Members"
  13. Campaign website, Issues
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Roll Call, "Gavin Newsom, Zoe Lofgren Take Sides in Crowded House Primary | #CA31," August 19, 2013
  16. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  17. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  18. Unofficial election results
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Zoe Lofgren," Accessed March 22, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Zoe Lofgren Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  30. 'Federal Election Commission "Zoe Lofgren April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  31. 'Federal Election Commission "Zoe Lofgren July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 3, 2011
  35. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2008 Election Cycle," accessed August 6, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2006 Election Cycle," accessed August 6, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2004 Election Cycle," accessed August 6, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2002 Election Cycle," accessed August 6, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2000 Election Cycle," accessed August 6, 2013
  40. Gov Track "Zoe Lofgren," Accessed June 7 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Zoe Lofgren," Accessed July 31, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Zoe Lofgren," Accessed April 2, 2013
  43. LegiStorm "Zoe Lofgren"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Lofgren, (D-Cali), 2011"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Lofgren, (D-Cali), 2010"
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  49. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Zoe Lofgren's Biography," accessed August 9, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Edwards
U.S. House - California
1995-Present
Succeeded by
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