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Rep. Kathy Castor (D)

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Phone: 202-225-3376

Address: 205 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (813) 871-2817

Address: 4144 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa FL 33607-6435

St. Petersburg FL

Phone: (727) 873-2817

Address: 511 Second Street South, St. Petersburg FL 33701

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Kathy Castor Biography
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  • Elected: 2006, 4th term.
  • District: Florida 14
  • Born: Aug. 20, 1966, Miami
  • Home: Tampa
  • Education:

    Emory U., B.A. 1988, FL St. U., J.D. 1991

  • Professional Career:

    Asst. gen. counsel, FL Dept. of Community Affairs, 1991-94; Practicing atty., 1994-2000.

  • Political Career:

    Hillsborough Cnty. Comm., 2002-06.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (William Lewis); 2 children

Kathy Castor, a Democrat first elected in 2006, uses her background as an environmental lawyer to staunchly uphold Democratic positions in energy debates. At the same time, Castor often works closely with Republicans to protect her district’s sprawling MacDill Air Force Base. Read More

Kathy Castor, a Democrat first elected in 2006, uses her background as an environmental lawyer to staunchly uphold Democratic positions in energy debates. At the same time, Castor often works closely with Republicans to protect her district’s sprawling MacDill Air Force Base.

Castor studied political science at Emory University, earned her law degree from Florida State University, and worked as a land-use attorney. Her parents were heavily involved in public service. Her father, Don Castor, sat on the Hillsborough County court for two decades. Her mother, Betty Castor, served in the state Senate as state education commissioner and as president of the University of South Florida. In 2004, Betty Castor was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, but lost 49%-48% to Republican Mel Martinez. Kathy Castor ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2000, but two years later won a four-year term on the Hillsborough County Commission.

When five-term Democratic Rep. Jim Davis decided to run for governor in 2006, opening up a safe Democratic district, Kathy Castor entered the contest, benefiting from the familiarity of the Castor name from her mother’s Senate race. In a district where Democrats enjoyed a nearly 2-to-1 advantage over Republicans, Castor faced four opponents in the primary. The most formidable was state Senate Minority Leader Les Miller, a veteran African-American legislator. Although Miller was familiar to voters from his service in the state House and Senate, he proved unable to keep pace with Castor’s prolific fundraising. With the support of EMILY’s List, Castor raised nearly $1 million before the primary and outspent Miller 3-to-1. Castor trailed Miller in the heavily African-American portion of the Pinellas County, but she defeated him by more than 8,600 votes in Tampa’s Hillsborough County. She won 54%-34%.

The outcome of the general election was never in doubt. Republican Eddie Adams, an architect, struggled to raise money and was absent from the campaign trail for three weeks in October while recovering from a ruptured appendix. Castor campaigned for expanded health care for low-income families and for stronger ethics and lobbying rules. Both were issues she advocated as a county commissioner. She also advocated a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. She won the general election 70%-30%.

In the House, Castor established a liberal voting record. From her early days in Congress, she positioned herself for future roles in the Democratic leadership. She asked then-Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be appointed as the freshman representative to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which determines committee assignments. Pelosi, surprised because no one had asked her for the position before, promptly gave it to Castor. In 2007, she got choice seats on the Rules and the Armed Services committees. Two years later, she agreed to serve on the House Ethics Committee, and subsequently became chair of the subcommittee looking into California Democrat Maxine Waters’ alleged efforts to help get federal bailout money for a bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters was cleared of wrongdoing in 2012.

For her service on the ethics panel, considered an undesirable posting, Castor was rewarded in 2009 with a seat on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee. There, she was among a group of liberals who insisted that any savings from a government-run public insurance option be used to increase subsidies to low-income people to purchase insurance. She also added an amendment to the Waxman-Markey energy and climate change bill to allow states to set rates for electricity generated from renewable energy under state incentive programs. Though she left the committee after Republicans regained control of the House in 2011, she was back on five months later after New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s resignation opened up a spot.

Typically a party loyalist, Castor is among the lawmakers who have introduced a constitutional balanced-budget amendment, normally a GOP priority, and in 2007 was one of only eight House Democrats to oppose the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, complaining that Senate revisions to the bill made its benefits less favorable for Florida. Later, Castor, following her loyalist instincts, voted to override President Bush’s veto of the bill. She has avidly looked out for MacDill, headquarters of the U.S. Central Command and Special Operations Command, and worked in 2012 on an effort to bring the Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling jet, the KC-46, to the base.

When Republicans pushed in 2008 for increased oil production, she insisted on a permanent offshore drilling ban within 125 miles of the Florida coastline. She became a major player on the issue following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, prodding the company and the Obama administration for more research on the impact of the spill. She worked in 2012 to get a provision added to the transportation reauthorization bill directing that the bulk of fines under the Clean Water Act be devoted to the Gulf instead of going to the general treasury. In recent years, Castor took up the issue of increased trade and travel to Cuba. When the Obama administration also embraced the issue, she became the first member of Florida’s House delegation in 2010 to sign on to a bill lifting travel restrictions to Cuba and she successfully sought to add Tampa to the list of airports approved to host charter flights to Havana.

In a rematch against Adams in 2008, she increased her share of the vote from 70% to 72%. In 2010, she brushed off a primary challenge from Tim Curtis, a political novice who attracted notoriety for being a tea party-backed Democrat. In the general election, she faced a tougher challenge from Republican Mike Prendergast, a retired Army colonel. She substantially outraised Prendergast and won, providing one of the few bright spots of the night for Florida Democrats. She coasted to victory two years later against Republican political newcomer E.J. Otero.

Castor is the mother of two teenaged daughters, whom she told the Tampa Bay Times in November 2011 have been a huge help to her when she speaks at public events. If she starts to ramble, her older daughter will pull her hands apart to signal “too long;” if she needs to finish, she rolls her hands to indicate her mother should “wrap it up.”

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Kathy Castor Election Results
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2012 General
Kathy Castor (D)
Votes: 197,121
Percent: 70.25%
Evelio Otero (R)
Votes: 83,480
Percent: 29.75%
2012 Primary
Kathy Castor (D)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (60%), 2008 (72%), 2006 (70%)
Kathy Castor 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 81 (L) : 19 (C) 75 (L) : 24 (C) 83 (L) : 16 (C)
Social 61 (L) : 39 (C) 81 (L) : 15 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C)
Foreign 89 (L) : 10 (C) 79 (L) : 21 (C) 68 (L) : 32 (C)
Composite 77.2 (L) : 22.8 (C) 79.2 (L) : 20.8 (C) 74.3 (L) : 25.7 (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
FRC00
LCV9791
CFG917
ITIC-92
NTU1416
20112012
COC47-
ACLU-84
ACU04
ADA7570
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: Y
    • 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: Y
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • 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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