Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mark Pryor

Senior Senator

Mark Pryor

Senator                        Arkansas                      Democrat
Elected 2002

Commerce, Science and Transportation
Ethics (Select)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Rules and Administration
Small Business and Entrepreneurship


ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                    65
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                        60
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                         91                   
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                       14
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                         67
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                22
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                           60

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                        29
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                29
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                                 4
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                        oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

Yes      Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
Yes      Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal DC firearms limits and semiautomatic weapons ban
Yes      Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
Yes      Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
Yes      Regulate Financial Firms
            Regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
Yes      Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Yes      Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                                 Vote                             Campaign Chest

2008                Mark Pryor (D)                        804,678  80%              4,998,992
                        Rebekah Kennedy (Grn)         207,076  20                      13,745

2002                Mark Pryor (D)                        434,890  54%              4,414,148
                        Tim Hutchinson (R)                   369,069  46                 5,063,923

                        Grn      Green

Population 2010:                      2,915,918
State Rank:                               32nd
Change since 2000:                 up 9.1%

Urban:                                      52%
Rural:                                       48

Little Rock                                193,524
Fort Smith                                  86,209
Fayetteville                                 73,580
Springdale                                  69,797

Median Income:                           55,095
Median Home Value:                207,300

Private Employment:                  77%
Government Employment:         16
Self-Employed:                             7
Poverty:                                    18
Blue Collar:                              28
White Collar:                            55

Median Age:                             37
Over 65:                                    14%
Under 18:                                  25

High School Graduates:            82%
College Graduates:                   19
Graduate Degree:                       6

Veterans:                                  11%

Registered Voters 2010:
No Party Registration
Voter Turnout -                         784,333
Turnout, Voting Age -              36%

White:                                        75%
Black:                                        15
Hispanic:                                    6
Asian:                                         1

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                    638,017           59%
Barack Obama (D) -                422,310           39

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -            572,898           54%
John Kerry (D) -                      469,953           45

Mark Pryor's Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 2008

No       Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
Yes      Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Yes      Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
Yes      Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
No       Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
No       Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
No       Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
Yes      Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
Yes      Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
Yes      Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
No       Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Votes in the 109th Congress:  2005 – 2006

Yes      Bar ANWR Drilling
            Bar oil and gas leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
No       Estate Tax Repeal
            Limit debate on proposal to permanently repeal estate tax
Yes      Raise Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $7.25
No       Confirm Samuel Alito
            Confirm Samuel Alito as Associate Justice, Supreme Court
Yes      Path to Citizenship
            Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
No       Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Limit debate on Constitutional amendment for marriage to man, woman
Yes      Stem Cell Research Funding
            Federal funds for embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Limit Interstate Abortion
            Prohibit minors crossing borders for abortion without parental consent
Yes      CAFTA
            Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Urge Iraq Withdrawal
            Start withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2006
Yes      Provide Detainee Rights
            Habeas Corpus rights for military detainees

Votes in the 108th Congress:  2003 – 2004

Yes      Ban Drilling in ANWR
            Block drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       Approve Bush Tax Cut
            Reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013
No       Medicare/Rx Bill
            Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation
Yes      Bar Overtime Pay Regulations
            Block funds for federal regulations of overtime pay
Yes      Energy Bill
            Cloture motion to end debate on comprehensive energy bill
No       Support Roe v. Wade
            Senate support for Roe v. Wade decision
Yes      Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Ban procedure opponents describe as “partial-birth” abortion
Yes      Assault Weapons Ban
            Extend for 10 years ban on assault weapons sale and possession
No       Ban Same Sex Marriage
            Cloture motion to end debate on Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex      
Yes      Ban Bunker Buster Bomb
            Prohibit Energy Department funding of “bunker-buster” program
Yes      Fund Iraq War
            Provides $87 billion for US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
Yes      Restrict Missile Defense
            Restrict deployment of national missile defense system

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