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Phone: 202-225-7163

Address: 2434 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (916) 498-5600

Address: 501 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814-4778

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Doris Matsui Biography
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  • Elected: March 2005, 4th full term.
  • District: California 6
  • Born: Sep. 25, 1944, Poston, AZ
  • Home: Sacramento
  • Education: U. of CA, B.A. 1966
  • Professional Career: Transition team, President-elect Bill Clinton, 1992-93; Dep. asst. to the pres., dep. dir. of public liaison, White House, 1993-98; Lobbyist, 1998-2005.
  • Ethnicity: Asian/Pacific American
  • Religion: United Methodist
  • Family: Widowed; 1 children

Democrat Doris Matsui, who won a special election in 2005 to replace her late husband, Robert Matsui, has not yet eclipsed her husband, a former senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, but she is getting there, thanks in part to a choice seat on the Energy and Commerce panel. Read More

Democrat Doris Matsui, who won a special election in 2005 to replace her late husband, Robert Matsui, has not yet eclipsed her husband, a former senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, but she is getting there, thanks in part to a choice seat on the Energy and Commerce panel.

Matsui (mat-SOO-ee) was born in a Japanese internment camp in Arizona and was a well-known political figure during her husband’s career in Congress. She grew up in Dinuba in Fresno County and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. In Sacramento, she chaired the board of the local public television station and participated in many civic organizations. After working on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, she joined his transition team and then served as deputy director of public liaison, where she worked on economic and budget issues. When she left the White House in 1998, she became a senior adviser at a Washington law firm.

Her husband, Robert Matsui, died of complications from a rare blood disorder in January 2005, after serving 13 terms. A few days after his memorial services, Doris Matsui announced that she would run in the special election. With urging from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, other prominent Sacramento Democrats decided not to run. None of Matsui’s 10 opponents in the nonpartisan contest had significant political experience or name recognition. Matsui emphasized her support for local water projects and her opposition to President George W. Bush’s proposal for personal retirement accounts in Social Security. She also opposed the war in Iraq. Her investment in a partnership with a longtime friend who was a Sacramento land developer sparked a brief flurry of criticism, but she emphasized that her husband had nothing to do with the deal while he was in office and that there was no conflict of interest. Some called the contest a “coronation,” but the lack of competition surely reflected the respect the Matsuis had won over the years. She won the all-party primary with 68% of the vote to 9% for the runner-up.

In the House, Matsui has a reliably liberal voting record. In 2009, she got a seat on Energy and Commerce, where she became involved in telecommunications and technology issues. Two years later, she joined with Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul in co-chairing the Congressional High Tech Caucus, where the two expressed concerns over the Indian government’s “Buy India” policy that they said would essentially halt the export of U.S. high-tech goods to that market. They also pushed for more awareness in Congress of cloud computing, in which local computers no longer have to run applications, reducing hardware and software demands. In April 2012, she joined with Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., in lobbying conference committee members on the transportation reauthorization bill to strip out a provision, sought by Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, that lowered the diesel/electric standard for new high-speed rail locomotives from 125 mph to 110 mph. They said the provision would make such trains less energy-efficient, and it was removed. Matsui sometimes invokes her family’s experience in internment camps to warn of potential civil liberties abuses in the war on terrorism.

She previously served on the Rules Committee, where she helped carry out the leadership’s wishes in shaping legislation for floor debate when her party was in the majority. She has built goodwill with the Democratic leadership by taking on tough assignments and fighting for party priorities.

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Doris Matsui Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Doris Matsui (D)
Votes: 160,667
Percent: 75.05%
Joseph McCray Sr. (R)
Votes: 53,406
Percent: 24.95%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Doris Matsui (D)
Votes: 67,174
Percent: 71.4%
Joseph McCray Sr. (R)
Votes: 15,647
Percent: 16.63%
Erik Smitt (R)
Votes: 11,254
Percent: 11.96%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (72%), 2008 (74%), 2006 (71%), 2005 special (68%)
Doris Matsui Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 88 (L) : 11 (C) 79 (L) : 19 (C) 86 (L) : 14 (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 83 (L) : 15 (C) 89 (L) : 8 (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 89.7 (L) : 10.3 (C) 87.7 (L) : 12.3 (C) 90.0 (L) : 10.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV9794
CFG1617
ITIC-67
NTU1616
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COC19-
ACLU-100
ACU40
ADA9095
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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