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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Profile of Vulnerable Republicans

Using the approach that I recommend in my book, How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, consider the qualifications and credentials of these Representatives of the US House.

If you are from one of these states, tell me how you justify their being your representative. If not, say why not?

I am using the list of 24 Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare and to replace it with legislation that will harm 24 million Americans as a matter of fact.

"These 24 Republicans Were Already Vulnerable—and Now They Just Voted to Repeal Obamacare 
They all represent districts where Donald Trump got a minority of the vote.
TIM MURPHYMAY 4, 2017 2:51 PM
On Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act and leave in its place...something else. We don't know what AHCA would do because it passed the House before the Congressional Budget Office could score it. The CBO's report on the earlier iteration of AHCA, which died in the House in March, revealed that it would cause an additional 24 million Americans to go without health insurance by 2026." 
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/democrats-republicans-targets-obamacare-repeal
For detailed reference about how to evaluate Candidates for the US House of Representatives, refer to this two-part article:

How to Select a US Member of the House of Representatives, Part 1 of 2

How to Select a US Member of the House of Representatives, Part 2 of 2

Carlos Curbelo (Fla.): Clinton 56.7–Trump 40.6

Carlos Curbelo Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 26th district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2015
Personal details
Born    Carlos Luis Curbelo
March 1, 1980 (age 37)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Cecilia Lowell
Children    2
Education    University of Miami (BA, MPA)

He attended the University of Miami where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree in public administration. He is the founder of Capitol Gains, a government and public relations firm.

First, he is not trained in the law, though the job of US Representative is all about writing laws and regulations.  At a very young age, he has accomplished nothing as he is a professional politician.

He is most unfit for public office at the level.

David Valadao (Calif.): Clinton 55.2–Trump 39.7

David Valadao Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 21st District
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2013
Member of the California State Assembly from the 30th district
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Personal details
Born    David Goncalves Valadao
April 14, 1977 (age 40)
Hanford, California
Nationality    American
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Terra Valadao
Residence    Hanford, California
Alma mater    College of the Sequoias
Profession    Dairy Farmer

He is a dairy farmer with a load of debt. He turned professional politician and is most unqualified to serve as a member of the US House of Representatives.

Ed Royce (Calif.): Clinton 51.5–Trump 42.9

Ed Royce Resume:
Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2013
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 39th district
40th district (2003–2013)
39th district (1993–2003)
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 1993
Member of the California Senate
from the 32nd district
In office 1982–1993
Personal details
Born    Edward Randall Royce
October 12, 1951 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Marie Porter
Education    California State University, Fullerton (BS)

B.A. in Accounting and Finance in 1977 from the California State University, Fullerton. He was a business owner and corporate tax manager for a Portland cement company before becoming a California State Senator in 1983, serving in that post until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Having a degree in accounting and having to work as a corporate accountant is an insufficient experience to have been elected as a member of the US House of Representatives. He is a professional politician with a deficient resume.

Erik Paulsen (Minn.): Clinton 50.8–Trump 41.4

Erik Paulsen Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2009
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 42B District
In office January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2009
Minnesota House Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Personal details
Born    May 14, 1965 (age 51)
Bakersfield, California
Political party    Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s)    Kelly Paulsen
Residence    Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Alma mater    St. Olaf College
Occupation    Business Analyst

This incumbent has no law training. He is a professional politician. He worked as an analyst for Target. This individual is wholly unqualified.

Darrell Issa (Calif.): Clinton 50.7–Trump 43.2

Darrell Issa Resume:
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee
In office January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 49th district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2003
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 48th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Personal details
Born    Darrell Edward Issa
November 1, 1953 (age 63)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Kathy Stanton
Children    William
Alma mater    Kent State University at Stark (A.A.)
Siena Heights University (B.A.)
Religion    Eastern Orthodoxy

Representative Issa has a sordid career and a criminal record that includes armed car theft. His success was in business manufacturing and marketing car alarms. (Can't make this up.) What are his constituents thinking?

Steve Knight (Calif.): Clinton 50.3–Trump 43.6

Steve Knight Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 25th district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2015
Member of the California State Senate
from the 21st district
In office December 3, 2012 – January 3, 2015
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 36th district
In office December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2012
Palmdale City Councilman
In office December 5, 2005 – December 1, 2008
Personal details
Born    Stephen Thomas Knight
December 17, 1966 (age 50)
Edwards Air Force Base, Antelope Valley, California, U.S.
Nationality    American
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Lily Knight
Residence    Palmdale, California, U.S.
Alma mater    Antelope Valley College
Profession    Police officer
Religion    Roman Catholic

Wholly unqualified to be a member of the US House of Representatives.

Peter Roskam (Ill.): Clinton 50.2–Trump 43.2

Peter Roskam Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 6th district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2007
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office January 3, 2011 – August 1, 2014
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 48th district
In office January 15, 2000 – January 3, 2007
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 40th district
In office January 13, 1993 – January 12, 1998
Personal details
Born    Peter James Roskam
September 13, 1961 (age 55)
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Elizabeth Roskam
Education    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BA)
Illinois Institute of Technology (JD)

Representative Roskam is trained in the law. He is a professional politician. He was a trial lawyer and has no other experience matching the considerable needs of the US government and his constituents.

Mimi Walters (Calif.): Clinton 49.8–44.4

Mimi Waters Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 45th district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2015
Member of the California Senate
from the 37th district
33rd district (2008–12)
In office December 1, 2008 – January 3, 2015
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 73rd district
In office December 6, 2004 – November 30, 2008
Personal details
Born    Marian E. Krogius
May 14, 1962 (age 54)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    David Walters
Children    4
Education    University of California, Los Angeles (BA)

Not trained in the law. She has no experience warranting her being a member of Congress. She is under investigation.

"Investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission[edit]
A Fair Political Practices Commission inquiry was disclosed in a written notice to Walters' attorney by Gary Winuk, chief of enforcement for the state Fair Political Practices Commission. He wrote that his office "will be pursuing an investigation regarding whether or not Sen. Walters violated the Political Reform Act's conflict-of-interest prohibitions."[4] The FPPC inquiry ultimately found there was no wrongdoing on the part of Senator Walters or her staff."

Martha McSally (Ariz.): Clinton 49.6–Trump 44.7

Martha McSally Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2015
Personal details
Born    March 22, 1966 (age 51)
Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Alma mater    United States Air Force Academy (BS)
Harvard University (MPP)
Website    House website
Military service
Allegiance     United States
Service/branch     United States Air Force
Years of service    1988–2010
Rank    Colonel
Commands    354th Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars    Operation Southern Watch
Operation Allied Force
Operation Enduring Freedom

To her credit, she is a veteran officer. She enhanced her education credentials and is marginally qualified to be a member of the US House of Representatives.

Jeff Denham (Calif.): Clinton 48.5–Trump 45.5

Jeff Denham Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 10th district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2013
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 19th district
In office January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by    George Radanovich
Member of the California Senate
from the 12th district
In office December 2, 2002 – December 5, 2010
Personal details
Born    Jeffrey John Denham
July 29, 1967 (age 49)
Hawthorne, California[1]
Nationality    American
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Sonia Denham[1]
Residence    Turlock, California
Alma mater    Victor Valley College
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Profession    Politician, businessman
Religion    Presbyterian
Awards    Meritorious Service Medal
Military service
Allegiance    United States
Service/branch     United States Air Force
Air Force Reserve Command emblem U.S. Air Force Reserve
Years of service    1984–1988 (active)
1988–2000 (reserves)
Rank    Staff Sergeant
Battles/wars    Operation Desert Storm
Operation Restore Hope

Representative Denham's resume is insufficient in qualifications to be a US Representative.

Pete Sessions (Texas): Clinton 48.5–Trump 46.6

Pete Sessions Resume:
Chair of the House Rules Committee
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2013
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 32nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2003
Preceded by    Constituency established
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th district
In office January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Personal details
Born    Peter Anderson Sessions
March 22, 1955 (age 62)
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Juanita (1984–2011)
Karen Diebel (2012–present)
Education    Southwestern University (BS)

Representative Sessions is a professional politician with wholly inadequate qualifications to be a member of the US House of Representatives.

John Culberson (Texas): Clinton 48.5–Trump 47.1

John Culberson Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2001
Personal details
Born    John Abney Culberson
August 24, 1956 (age 60)
Houston, Texas
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Belinda Culberson
Residence    Houston, Texas
Alma mater    Southern Methodist University, South Texas College of Law
Occupation    Attorney, Politician
Religion    Methodism

Representative Culberson is trained in the law. He is a professional politician without a portfolio of any relevant achievements mapping to the requirements of this job.

Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.): Clinton 47.9–Trump 46.2

Dana Rohrabacher Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 1989
Constituency    42nd district (1989–1993)
45th district (1993–2003)
46th district (2003–2013)
48th district (2013–present)
Personal details
Born    Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher
June 21, 1947 (age 69)
Coronado, California, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Rhonda Carmony
Children    3
Alma mater    California State University,
Long Beach (BA)
University of Southern California (MA)

Rohrabacher served as assistant press secretary to the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan. He is a professional politician who has not accomplished anything mapping the considerable requirements of the job.

Kevin Yoder (Kans.): Clinton 47.2–Trump 46.0

Kevin Yoder Resume:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2011
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives from the 20th district
In office 2003–2010
Personal details
Born    Kevin Wayne Yoder
January 8, 1976 (age 41)
Hutchinson, Kansas, U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Brooke Yoder
Residence    Overland Park, Kansas
Alma mater    University of Kansas
University of Kansas Law School
Profession    Attorney
Religion    Methodist

Representative Yoder is trained in the law.  He is a professional politician and marginally qualified. His experience maps to the needs of his District.


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1 comment:

  1. It is time for citizens to raise the bar on qualifications and credentials.

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