Monday, November 12, 2012

Tom Cole

4th District, Oklahoma Congressman

Tom Cole

Congressman                Oklahoma                    Republican
Elected 2002


Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                      0
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                           6
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                          13       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                         30                 
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                           33
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                   84
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                              88

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                          96
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                        social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                   89
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                                100
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:           2009 - 2010

No       Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
No       $820 billion stimulus   
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Let guns in national parks
            Permit people carrying guns in parks
No       Cap and Trade
            Industry measure to reduce greenhouse gases               
Yes      Bar federal abortion funds
            No federal funds for health plans covering abortion
No       Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance              
No       Financial Firm Regulation
            Regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass tax cuts for some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
Yes      Stop detainee transfers
            Prohibit defense funds used to transfer detainees to U.S. facilities                      
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
No       Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military           
No       Limit Campaign Funds
            Requires sponsors of campaign ads to identify themselves

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Tom Cole (R)               unopposed                                  852,384

2010 primary   Tom Cole (R)               32,589  77%
                          R. J. Harris (R)             9,593  23
2008                Tom Cole (R)               180,080  66%                          1,116,842
                        Blake Cummings (D)      79,674  29                                  12,369
                        David Joyce (I)                 13,027    5                

2006                Tom Cole (R)               118,266  65%                          1,059,124
                        Hal Spake (D)                64,775  35                                   31,091

2004                Tom Cole (R)               198,985  78%                             750,550
                        C. Bradshaw (I)             56,869  22                            

2002                Tom Cole (R)               106,452  54%                          1,261,547
                        Darryl Roberts (D)         91,322  46                                 563,729

2002 primary    Tom Cole (R)               21,789  60%
                         Marc Nuttle (R)             11,944  33
                         Other                               2,793    8

                         I           Independent

Population 2010:                      785,424
Change since 2000:                  up 13.8%

Urban:                                      63%
Rural:                                       37

Median Income:                          46,315
Median Home Value:                109,800

Private Employment:                 69%
Government Employment:         24
Self-Employed:                             6
Blue Collar:                              23
White Collar:                            57

Median Age:                             35
Over 65:                                    12%
Under 18:                                  25

High School Graduates:            88%
College Graduates:                   22
Graduate Degree:                       8

Veterans:                                  13%

White:                                      73%
Black:                                         6
Hispanic:                                    7
Asian:                                         2
Native American                       6         

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                   200,353           67%
Barack Obama (D) -                101,115           33

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -            194,977           67%
John Kerry (D) -                        96,100           33

Tom Cole's Voting History:

Votes in 110th Congress:           2007 – 2008

No       Increase Minimum Wage
            Raise minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour
No       Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
*          Raise CAFE Standards
            Increase fuel efficiency to 35 mpg by 2020
Yes      Bail Out Financial Markets
            $700 billion to bail out financial industry
Yes      Share Immigration Data
            Bar funds to governments refusing to share immigration information
Yes      Foreign Aid Abortion Ban
            Bar funds for abortions in foreign aid programs
No       Ban Gay Bias in Workplace
            Prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Law
            Repeal local prohibition of firearms
No       Withdraw Troops 8/08
            Requires withdrawal of troops by August, 2008
No       No Operations in Iraq
            Bar military funds for contingency operations in Iraq
Yes      Free Trade with Peru
            Implement free trade agreement with Peru
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

*          Absent

Votes in 109th Congress:           2005 – 2006

Yes      Estate Tax Repeal
            Permanently repeal federal estate and gift taxes
Yes      Limit CAFE standards
            Less stringent auto fuel efficiency standards
Yes      FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
Yes      Drilling in ANWR
            Oil and gas leases for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      Limit Interstate Abortion
            No minors across state lines for abortions without parental consent
Yes      Extend Patriot Act
            Reauthorize USA Patriot Act expanding law enforcement authority
Yes      Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to define marriage as between man and woman
No       Stem Cell Research Funds
            Override veto to fund embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Build Border Fence
            700 miles of fencing along border with Mexico
Yes      CAFTA
            Approve Central American Free Trade Agreement
Yes      Oppose Iraq Withdrawal
            Oppose setting date for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq
Yes      Detainee Tribunals
            Create military tribunals to try detainees

Votes in 108th Congress:           2003 – 2004

Yes      Drilling in ANWR
            Permit oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            Reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013
Yes      Medicare/Rx Bill
            Medicare prescription drug legislation
No       Bar Overtime Pay Regulations
            Oppose federal overtime pay regulations
Yes      DC School Vouchers
            Funds for private schools in DC
Yes      Ban Human Cloning
            Criminal sanctions for human cloning
Yes      Restrict Gun Liability
            Restrict liability lawsuits against gun manufacturers, sellers
Yes      Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Criminal sanctions for “partial birth” abortions
Yes      Ban Same-Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to ban same-sex marriage
Yes      Fund Iraq War
            Approve appropriations for U.S. military operations in Iraq
No       Bar Cuba Embargo Funds
            Prohibit funds to enforce economic embargo of Cuba
Yes      Intelligence Reorganization
            Reorganize intelligence agencies; create national director

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