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Rick Boucher is a former U.S. Representative from the Ninth Congressional district of Virginia
For the similarly named State Department spokesman, and former Ambassador and diplomat, see Richard A. Boucher.

Frederick Carlyle "Rick" Boucher, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative from the Ninth Congressional District of Virginia, having served 1983 to 2011. He lost to Republican Morgan Griffith. (map) [1]

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Rick Boucher voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Boucher voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Digital Copyright|Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) has been at the forefront of efforts to change the DMCA. In 2003, he introduced the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act of 2003 and reintroduced in two years later as the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act of 2005 with Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif). The bill would have amended the DMCA to allow individuals seeking to make fair use of movies and songs the ability to crack digital locks for non-infringing purposes. It also would have required the Federal Trade Commission to oversee a program whereby copy-protected CDs would require warning labels. [3]

In the 110th Congress, Boucher has re-introduced a modified version of the bill, which is now called the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act of 2007. The new bill, whose bill number – H.R. 1201 – mirrors the section of the copyright law that it aims to amend – is again co-sponsored by Doolittle. The measure would ease hurdles in legal battles between innovators and copyright holders providing six special circumstances allowing entities like libraries and archives to circumvent digital locks. It would also limit the fines, or statutory damages, for copyright infringement.[4]

Specifically, the bill carves out five new exemptions varying from the Copyright Office, in addition to circumvention for educational purposes. It would enable circumvention for the purpose of avoiding commercial or objectionable content in an audiovisual work, for transmitting a work over a home or personal network as long as it’s not uploaded for the mass, to gain access to a work in the public domain as well as a work for purposes of criticism, news reporting, or research, and enabling a library or archives to meet requirements of 108(a)(2) to preserve or secure a copy or replace one.[5]

Main article: Digital Copyright

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act

In 2006, When the Republican majority brought their ethics package, the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, to the floor, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) offered a motion to recommit with instructions to strike the text of the bill and replace it with the text of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, the Democrat's ethics bill. The motion to recommit failed by three votes, after Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.) led a group of four Democrats, himself and Reps. Boucher, Martin Sabo (D-Minn.), and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), to vote with the Republicans.

Main article: Prospects for Ethics Reform in the 110th Congress

Bio

Born August 1, 1946, Congressman Boucher is a native of Abingdon, Virginia, where he currently lives. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Roanoke College and his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He has practiced law on Wall Street in New York and in Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served for seven years as a member of the Virginia State Senate.

Congressional career

He was first elected to Congress in 1982, defeating longtime incumbent William C. Wampler.

Congressman Boucher has been active on Internet-related legislation, including a bill which became law in 1993 authorizing electronic commerce by permitting for the first time the transmission of commercial messages over the Internet. His proposals to promote competition in the cable and local telephone industries contributed to the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Congressman Boucher originated the House Internet Caucus and is currently its co-chairman. He also created the Digital Media Consumer's Rights Act (DMCRA) legislation and co-authored the Anti-SPAM Act of 2003.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Charles W. Carrico to face Boucher in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Boucher retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00002171&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Rick Boucher
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Rick Boucher. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Former contact

DC Office:
2187 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3861
Fax: 202-225-0442
Email: ninthnet AT mail.house.gov
Website

District Office- Abingdon:
188 East Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210-2841
Phone: 276-628-1145
Fax:

District Office- Big Stone Gap:
1 Cloverleaf Square, Suite C-1
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219-2355
Phone: 276-523-5450
Fax:

District Office- Pulaski:
112 North Washington Avenue
Pulaski, VA 24301
Phone: 540-980-4310
Fax:

Articles and resources

References

  1. Rick Boucher profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  3. Digital Copyright: In Converging World, Congress Continues to Tinker with Copyright, Center for Public Integrity, June 25, 2007.
  4. Digital Copyright: In Converging World, Congress Continues to Tinker with Copyright, Center for Public Integrity, June 25, 2007.
  5. 2007 Fair Use Act Bill Text, Thomas.Loc.

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Committee on the Judiciary, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Courts the Internet and Intellectual Property
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 1982
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1983
Next Election:
November 2, 1020
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Previous Political Work?
Virginia Senate
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District Offices:
1. 188 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210-2841
Phone: 276-628-1145 / Fax:
2. 1 Cloverleaf Square, Suite C-1, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219-2355
Phone: 276-523-5450 / Fax:
3. 112 North Washington Avenue, Pulaski, VA 24301
Phone: 540-980-4310 / Fax:




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Date of Birth: August 1, 1946