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  Stark, Pete
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2012-01-01  
 
NamePete Stark
Address39300 Civic Center Dr
Fremont, California 94538, United States
EmailNone
Website [Link]
Born November 11, 1931 (87 years)
ContributorUser 490
Last ModifedE Pluribus Unum
May 02, 2019 05:14pm
Tags Caucasian - Very Liberal - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Anti-Tort Reform - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Internationalist - Pro Environment - Pro Marijuana Legalization - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Protectionist - Married - Reprimanded - Atheist - Unitarian -
InfoCongressman Pete Stark represents the 13th Congressional District of California. Before his first election to Congress, Pete founded and managed an independent bank in the East Bay which became a national icon for corporate responsibility and social action.

In Congress, Pete is a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee. This Committee addresses issues of taxes, Medicare, Social Security, trade and public assistance. He serves as the Chairman of the Health Subcommittee which oversees the operation of the Medicare program as well as other important health priorities. He is also an active member of the Income Support and Family Services Subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and other family support programs.

Under Pete's chairmanship of the Health Subcommittee, the Medicare program has undergone significant reforms making the program more efficient. For example, Pete saved billions of dollars by prohibiting under-the-table kickbacks by providers while at the same time expanding benefits for beneficiaries. He was also able to pass legislation to create the COBRA health insurance continuation program that has provided extended health benefits to over 45 million people who are between jobs. And in the early days of the Clinton Administration, Pete was the only leader in Congress who was able to write and pass out of committee a universal health plan. The White House supported Pete's plan recognizing it as the best for ensuring all Americans would have the health care they needed.

Most recently, Pete led the Congress in enacting HR 6331, The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 – over President Bush’s veto. The law makes vital investments in Medicare for beneficiaries and health care providers. Much of the bill’s financing came from ending massive overpayments to private plans in Medicare and reinvesting that money into Medicare improvements like mental health parity, broader preventive coverage, and increased low income support programs. In short, its goal was to reverse the undermining of Medicare which occurred over the last decade of Republican Control of government.

Pete provides a consistent voice for tax fairness. He opposed directing the Bush tax cuts exclusively to the wealthiest Americans and is working to defeat continued attempts by Republicans to make those tax cuts permanent.

While issues related to health care, taxes and the economy are important, equally important to Pete and to the citizens of the 13th Congressional district, are the issues of world peace, freedom of choice, education, and the environment. Pete has been a tireless advocate for children, senior citizens and people with disabilities. He stands up for workers by voting against policies like CAFTA and NPTR that hurt Bay Area workers and compromise his values regarding human rights and nonproliferation. He has been an outspoken critic of the Bush Administration's war with Iraq since its inception and continues to call for an immediate withdrawal of our troops.

Stark is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a bachelors degree in engineering and the University of California, Berkeley with a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). A veteran, Stark served in the Air Force. Stark's community, church, and civic activities have included: Director, Common Cause; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Starr King School of Ministry; Board Member, Housing Development Corporation; Board Member, Council for Civic Unity, and many others.

Pete has four daughters, three sons, and eight grandchildren. He is married to Deborah Roderick Stark of San Lorenzo.


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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Mar 03, 2010 10:20am Announcement Rangel's replacement: Pete Stark  Article Craverguy 
Sep 15, 2009 11:50am Opinion Pete Stark: I Won't Pee On Angry Constituent's Leg  Article Blue Wizzrobe 
Oct 19, 2007 07:50pm News Speaker Rebukes Rep. Stark Over Comments During SCHIP Debate  Article ArmyDem 
Oct 19, 2007 12:10pm Video Rep. Stark Blasts Bush  Article James Crews 
Mar 13, 2007 11:00am News Congressman (Pete Stark) says he doesn't believe in God  Article Thomas Walker 
May 11, 2004 12:00am News Congressman [Pete Stark] Under Fire For Voicemail Message  Article Servo 

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RACES
  11/06/2012 CA - District 15 Lost 47.89% (-4.22%)
  06/05/2012 CA - District 15 - Open Primary Won 42.09% (+5.90%)
  11/02/2010 CA - District 13 Won 71.95% (+44.23%)
  06/08/2010 CA District 13 - D Primary Won 84.35% (+68.69%)
  11/04/2008 CA - District 13 Won 76.43% (+52.86%)
  06/03/2008 CA District 13- D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 CA - District 13 Won 74.89% (+49.77%)
  06/06/2006 CA District 13 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 CA - District 13 Won 71.61% (+47.63%)
  11/05/2002 CA District 13 Won 71.06% (+49.00%)
  11/07/2000 CA District 13 Won 70.44% (+46.15%)
  03/07/2000 CA District 13 - All Party Primary Won 68.75% (+48.90%)
  11/03/1998 CA District 13 Won 71.20% (+44.56%)
  11/05/1996 CA District 13 Won 65.18% (+34.76%)
  11/08/1994 CA District 13 Won 64.62% (+34.38%)
  06/07/1994 CA District 13 - D Primary Won 76.74% (+53.48%)
  11/03/1992 CA District 13 Won 60.24% (+28.63%)
  11/06/1990 CA District 9 Won 58.43% (+16.85%)
  11/08/1988 CA District 9 Won 72.96% (+45.92%)
  11/04/1986 CA District 9 Won 69.72% (+39.43%)
  06/03/1986 CA District 9 - D Primary Won 88.95% (+77.90%)
  11/06/1984 CA District 9 Won 69.90% (+43.58%)
  11/02/1982 CA District 9 Won 60.66% (+21.32%)
  06/08/1982 CA District 09 - D Primary Won 78.45% (+56.89%)
  11/04/1980 CA District 9 Won 55.32% (+14.21%)
  11/07/1978 CA District 9 Won 65.38% (+34.88%)
  06/06/1978 CA District 09 - D Primary Won 78.35% (+56.73%)
  11/02/1976 CA District 09 Won 70.81% (+43.67%)
  11/05/1974 CA District 9 Won 70.64% (+41.27%)
  06/04/1974 CA District 9 - D Primary Won 81.24% (+62.48%)
  11/07/1972 CA District 8 Won 52.90% (+5.80%)
  06/06/1972 CA District 08 - D Primary Won 55.65% (+34.18%)
ENDORSEMENTS
CA - District 30 - Open Primary - Jun 05, 2012 D Howard L. Berman
Proposition 19 - Legalizes Marijuana Under California but not Federal Law - Nov 02, 2010 YES Yes
US President - D Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 D Barack Obama
CA US President - D Primary - Mar 02, 2004 D Howard Dean
CA US President - D Primary - Mar 07, 2000 D Bill Bradley
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 2000 D Bill Bradley
US Vice President - Appointment - Dec 19, 1974 NPA Reject
US Vice President - Appointment - Dec 06, 1973 NPA Reject
FEC COMMITTEES
C00020974 Pete Stark Re-Election Committee $ 58982.01