|U.S. House, New York, District 24|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Bishop Ludden High School|
|J.D.||Syracuse University College of Law|
|Birthday||November 9, 1962|
|Place of birth||Syracuse|
|Profession||Assistant U.S. Attorney|
Katko listed the following issues on his campaign website:
- Katko opposes the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and he supports a revision or repeal of the law.
- Katko opposes Common Core but supports federal funding of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Katko believes that climate change is real and that the nation should strive for energy independence.
- Katko opposes abortion on demand and federal funding of abortions.
- Katko supports an immigration policy that is "tough, fair, and practical."
- Katko opposes federal firearm bans, a national gun ownership registry, and federal restrictions on the lawful purchase of firearms and ammunition.
- Katko supports better enforcement of already existing gun laws.
- Katko supports the following services for veterans: "increased mental health services," "smoother transfers from military health to veterans’ health systems," "faster claims processing," and "expanded highest quality services and facilities within our local VA health care network."
- Katko supports a strong national defense.
- Katko believes that marriage is a state issue and has not explicitly supported or opposed same-sex marriage.
Stolen pistol used in shooting
Before beginning his 2014 run for U.S. Congress, Katko worked as a federal prosecutor in Syracuse, New York. During his 2014 bid for election, reports surfaced that on April 3, 2000, during his time as a federal prosecutor, someone had broken into his truck and stolen his pistol. That same pistol was used a couple of weeks later in a shooting at an illegal gambling house. The shooting killed two men and injured a third.
Katko stated that he had obtained the gun in response to threats against him and his family, "at the urging of the United States Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation." Katko reported that he had left the gun in a locked case in his truck, but a police report claimed that the gun was actually loaded and in a canvas bag in his truck. Although Katko broke no gun laws, some believed that he "likely violated federal policies for the safe handling and storage of government-issued weapons." Katko's critics said that he should have kept the gun in a locked box or secured with a trigger lock.
Katko commented that he had no regrets about purchasing the gun and opposed passing any new federal gun laws, including laws to expand background checks for firearm purchases. He also opposed the New York SAFE Act.
Katko ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 24th District. Katko ran unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. Katko defeated incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei (D) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, New York District 24 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Dan Maffei Incumbent||39.5%||80,304|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections|
|John Katko (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2014||$0.00||$105,650.00||$(4,117.33)||$101,532.67|
- Katko released his first campaign ad in August 2014. The ad discussed Katko's experience as a federal prosecutor working in Syracuse for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
- Katko released another campaign ad in September 2014, in which Appreonna Sullivan praised Katko for working to keep her neighborhood safe and for acting as her personal mentor.
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- New York State Board of Elections, "New York State Unofficial Election Night Results," accessed November 9, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
- Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
- John Katko for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 1, 2014
- Syracuse, "Gun stolen from congressional candidate John Katko used in robbery where 2 were killed," accessed September 2, 2014
- NY State of Politics, "Katko: ‘No Regrets’ About Purchase, Theft of Gun," accessed September 2, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "John Katko Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "John Katko April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
- Auburn Citizen, "NY-24 Republican challenger John Katko unveils his first TV ad in race against Rep. Dan Maffei," accessed September 2, 2014
- Syracuse, "John Katko's new TV ad in race for Congress targets Syracuse families, Maffei's base," accessed September 12, 2014
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