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Jack Kingston
Jack Kingston.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRobert Lindsay Thomas (D)
Leadership
Vice Chair, House Republican Conference
2003-2006
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.69 in 2012
First elected1992
Campaign $$6,849,730
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia
Personal
BirthdayApril 24, 1955
Place of birthBryan, Texas
ProfessionInsurance Agent
Net worth$2,433,912
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Heddens "Jack" Kingston (b. April 24, 1955, in Bryan, TX) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kingston was elected by voters from Georgia's 1st Congressional District.

Kingston won re-election for Georgia's 1st District in 2012.[1][2] He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992.[3]

Kingston officially announced he would ran to take over the open U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.[4] Kingston made the announcement on May 2, 2013.[4][5] Kingston advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[6] He was defeated by David Perdue in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.[7]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kingston is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Kingston was born in Bryan, TX, and lived briefly in Ethiopia before moving to Athens, GA, where he grew up. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Congressman Kingston moved to Savannah, GA.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kingston serves on the following committees:[9][10]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Chair
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations

2011-2012

Kingston served on the following committees:[11]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Chair
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[12] For more information pertaining to Kingston's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[13]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Kingston voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act 2014 Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Kingston voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[14]

CISPA 2013

Nay3.png Kingston voted against HR 624 - the CISPA 2013. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

NDAA

Yea3.png Kingston voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[16] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Kingston voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Kingston joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Kingston voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Kingston voted against HR 2775.[26]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Kingston voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Kingston voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Kingston voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Kingston voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[14]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[27] Kingston joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[28][29]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Kingston voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Jack Kingston's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Kingston is a Hard-Core Conservative. Kingston received a score of 14 percent on social issues and 98 percent on economic issues.[31]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, Kingston said regarding the situation in Syria, "As the crisis in Syria poses no direct threat to the US, President Obama should seek congressional authorization before sending our troops."[33]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jack Kingston endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [34]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[35] According to the report, Kingston co-sponsored a $6.3 million earmark in 2008 to replenish the beach on Tybee Island, where he owns a cottage about 900 feet from the beach.[36]

No Labels caucus

Kingston announced on July 18, 2013, that he will partner with state Democrats John Barrow and Sanford Bishop, and seven dozen other congressional moderates to unveil a legislative package of nine reform bills to reduce government waste and inefficiency. The bipartisan, bicameral caucus was organized by No Labels.[37]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Kingston was one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club," a designation meant to describe the "gold standard for conservatives in the House," as outlined by RedState. They were the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March 2013. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[38]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

Kingston ran to take over the open U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.[4] Chambliss retired rather than seek re-election to the [United States Senate|Senate]] in 2014. Kingston made the announcement on May 2, 2013.[4][39] Kingston advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[6] He was defeated by David Perdue in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.[7]

U.S. Senate, Georgia Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Perdue 30.6% 185,466
Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston 25.8% 156,157
Karen Handel 22% 132,944
Phil Gingrey 10% 60,735
Paul Broun 9.6% 58,297
Derrick Grayson 1% 6,045
Art Gardner 0.9% 5,711
Total Votes 605,355
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
U.S. Senate, Georgia Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Perdue 50.9% 245,725
Jack Kingston 49.1% 237,193
Total Votes 482,918
Source: Results via Associated Press

Polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Phil Gingrey Paul BrounKaren HandelJack KingstonDavid PerdueEugene YuDerrick GraysonArt GardnerOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
InsiderAdvantage
May 18, 2014
11%10%17%17%26%0%0%0%18%+/-3.3852
InsiderAdvantage
May 12-14, 2014
9%10%17%19%27%0%0%0%9%+/--1,182
RosettaStone
May 12, 2014
7%11%20%18%22%0%0%0%22%+/-3.4800
SurveyUSA
May 8-12, 2014
10%10%16%19%27%0%3%1%14%+/-4.0634
Saint Leo University
May 5-6, 2014
8%13%15%16%26%0%1%0%15%+/-4.0689
InsiderAdvantage
April 13-15, 2014
9%11%13%15%19%0%0%0%33%+/-3.4804
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
13%15%10%15%21%0%0%0%25%+/-4.0600
InsiderAdvantage
March 23-24, 2014
8%10%5%15%17%0%0%0%45%+/-3.26859
Hicks Evaluation Group/Apache Political Communication
February 13-16, 2014
10%11%10%11%13%0.3%5%8%43%+/-3.25926
The polling company, Inc/Woman Trend
January 31-February 1, 2014
19%13%14%11%8%2%7%0%0%+/-3.9600
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
25%19%13%15%5%0%0%0%20%+/-4.3520
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 28, 2013
22%16%14%8%1%0%0%0%39%+/-4.1570
AVERAGES 12.58% 12.42% 13.67% 14.92% 17.67% 0.19% 1.33% 0.75% 23.58% +/-2.86 753
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Democratic primary candidates
Poll Branko Radulovacki Michelle NunnSteen MilesTodd RobinsonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 8-12, 2014
5%59%7%10%19%+/-4.2549
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
General election (August 2014-Present)
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) David Perdue (R)Amanda Swafford (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
October 10-13, 2014
48%45%3%4%+/-4.2800
Landmark (R)
October 7-9, 2014
45.7%46%3.9%4.4%+/-3.11,000
Rasmussen Reports
September 15-16, 2014
41%46%4%9%+/-4750
Landmark Communications
September 9-11, 2014
46%43.4%6.4%4.2%+/-2.91,109
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8-11, 2014
38%44%6%10%+/-4884
Survey USA
September 9-8, 2014
44%47%5%4%+/-4.2558
GaPundit.com
August 24-25, 2014
44.74%43.09%7.41%4.75%+/-2.471,578
Landmark Communications
August 20-21, 2014
47%40%0%10%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 44.31% 44.31% 4.46% 6.29% +/-3.61 909.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General election (August 2013-August 2014)
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) David Perdue (R)Amanda Swafford (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
August 14-17, 2014
41%50%3%6%+/-4.2560
Insider Advantage
August 12-13, 2014
40%47%8%5%+/-3.7719
Hicks Evaluation Group
August 8-10, 2014
42%48%0%11%+/-3.48788
Vox Populi Polling
July 27-28, 2014
40%49%0%10%+/-3.9624
Landmark Communications
July 25, 2014
47%43%0%7%+/-3.8750
Rasmussen Reports
July 23-24, 2014
40%46%0%10%+/-4.0750
Public Policy Polling
July 9-12, 2014
48%41%0%10%+/--516
SurveyUSA
June 3-5, 2014
38%43%0%14%+/-3.2999
Rasmussen Reports]
May 21-22, 2014
45%42%0%6%+/-4.0750
Landmark Communications
May 19, 2014
45%44%0%11%+/-3.01,000
Saint Leo University
May 5-6, 2014
37%41%0%15%+/-4.0689
Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 5-8, 2014
41%45%0%13%+/-4.01,012
NBC News/Marist Poll
April 30 - May 6, 2014
45%44%0%9%+/-1.92,608
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
33%0%29.5%37.5%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
40%40%0%21%+/-4.3520
AVERAGES 41.47% 41.53% 2.7% 12.37% +/-2.9 859
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


2012

See also: Georgia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Kingston ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 1st District. He won re-election on the Republican ticket. Primary elections took place on July 31, 2012. Kingston ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Lesli Rae Messinger (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston Incumbent 63% 157,181
     Democratic Lesli Messinger 37% 92,399
Total Votes 249,580
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Endorsements

Kingston received endorsements from the National Federation of Independent Business[40] and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.[41]

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Kingston attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Kingston is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Kingston raised a total of $6,849,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[50]

Jack Kingston's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $1,248,412
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $1,029,117
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $968,547
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $1,129,762
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $845,894
2002 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $788,607
2000 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $839,391
Grand Total Raised $6,849,730


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kingston's reports.[51]


Jack Kingston (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2013$988,077.99$845,644.17$(79,709.58)$1,754,012.58
July Quarterly[53]July 18, 2013$0.00$2,534,452.18$(186,495.14)$2,347,957.04
October Quarterly[54]October 15, 2013$2,347,957.04$811,519.35$(263,987.37)$2,895,489.02
Year-end[55]January 30, 2014$2,895,489$895,016$(364,709)$3,425,796
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2014$3,425,796$1,094,210$(2,419,748)$2,100,258
Running totals
$6,180,841.7$(3,314,649.09)

Third quarter fundraising

In the 2013 third quarter fundraising report Kingston reported having raised slightly more than $800,000 and had $2.9 million cash on hand.[57] The report marks the third quarter in a row that he has raised more than $800,000 and had no debt reported.[57]

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Kingston made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Kingston had received $65,000 from top defense firms.[58]

2012

Kingston won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kingston's campaign committee raised a total of $1,248,412 and spent $1,208,213.[59] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[60]

Cost per vote

Kingston spent $7.69 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Kingston won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Kingston's campaign committee raised a total of $1,029,117 and spent $759,470 .[61]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kingston's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,927,417 and $2,940,407. That averages to $2,433,912, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Kingston ranked as the 129th most wealthy representative in 2012.[62] Between 2004 and 2012, Kingston's calculated net worth[63] decreased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[64]

Jack Kingston Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$3,166,135
2012$2,433,912
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-23%
Average annual growth:-3%[65]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[66]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Kingston received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 1991-2014, 21.57 percent of Kingston's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[67]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Jack Kingston Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $16,484,759
Total Spent $14,172,711
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$813,631
Health Professionals$738,013
Crop Production & Basic Processing$736,360
Lawyers/Law Firms$692,244
Insurance$575,385
% total in top industry4.94%
% total in top two industries9.41%
% total in top five industries21.57%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kingston is a "far-right Republican," as of July 29, 2014. This was the same rating Kingston received in June 2013.[68]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[69]

Kingston most often votes with:

Kingston least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Kingston missed 613 of 14,528 roll call votes from January 1993 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.2 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[70]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kingston paid his congressional staff a total of $872,688 in 2011. He ranked 95th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 115th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranked 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[71]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Kingston was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Kingston's staff was given an apparent $28,000.00 in bonus money.[72]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2013

Kingston ranked 17th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[73]

2012

Kingston ranked 55th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[74]

2011

Kingston ranked 161st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[75]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Kingston voted with the Republican Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 127th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[76]

2013

Kingston voted with the Republic Party 95.2 percent of the time, which ranked 149th among the 233 House Republic members as of June 2013.[77]

Personal

Kingston resides in Savannah with his wife, Libby. They have four children, two dogs and two cats.[3] Kingston is a frequent guest on shows such as HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and TV news shows. He appeared as an extra in The Last Song, a movie filmed in Savannah and Tybee Island.[78]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

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  2. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman Jack Kingston--First District of Georgia, "Biography," accessed October 24, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Jack Kingston declares for U.S. Senate -- and Karen Handel says, 'Don't forget me'," accessed May 2, 2013
  5. The Coastal Source, "Congressman Jack Kingston to make announcement Thursday," accessed May 2, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Associated Press, "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Associated Press, "Runoff Primary Results," accessed July 22, 2014
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  10. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
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  13. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  16. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  32. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  63. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  64. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  65. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  66. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Lindsay Thomas
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 1
1993–present
Succeeded by
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