Zoe Lofgren

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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) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 19th congressional district. Lofgren was first elected to the House in 1994.

Lofgren won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 19th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lofgren is a "moderate Democratic leader".[3]

Career

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

  • 1970: Graduated from Stanford University with B.A.
  • 1975: Graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law with J.D.
  • 1995-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lofgren serves on the following committees:[5]

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.[6]. Lofgren has served on the committee continuously to this date.[7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Campaign themes

2012

Lofgren's campaign website listed the following issues:[12]

  • 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.[13]

Elections

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.[1] She was displaced from her former district by redistricting.[14] She and Robert Murray (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Phat Nguyen (R) and Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[15][16]

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"

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.[26]

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

2012

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

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.[27]

2010

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

Lofgren won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Lofgren's campaign committee raised a total of $782,100 and spent $790,374.[28]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

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.[29]

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 his congressional staff a total of $1,154,388 in 2011. He ranked 164th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he 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.[30]

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, 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.[31]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Zoe Lofgren voted with the Democratic Party 91.0% of the time, which ranked 136 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[35]

Personal

Lofgren and her husband, John Marshall, have two children.

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Lofgren" Accessed May 25, 2012
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Zoe Lofgren," Accessed November 3, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Government Printing Office "Bankruptcy Judgeship Needs", November 2, 1999(See Page II)
  7. 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)
  8. Government Printing Office "Balanced Budget Amendment", March 6, 2003(See Page ii)
  9. Government Printing Office "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005(See Page ii)
  10. Government Printing Office "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase", February 14, 2007(See Page ii)
  11. House Judiciary Committee "109th Congress-Members"
  12. Campaign website, Issues
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  15. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  16. Unofficial election results
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Zoe Lofgren," Accessed March 22, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Zoe Lofgren 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
  29. GovTrack, "Zoe Lofgren," Accessed April 2, 2013
  30. LegiStorm "Zoe Lofgren"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Lofgren, (D-Cali), 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Lofgren, (D-Cali), 2010"
  33. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Edwards
U.S. House - California District 19
1995-Present
Succeeded by
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