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John Katko
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U.S. House, New York, District 24
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorDan Maffei (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBishop Ludden High School
Bachelor'sNiagara University
J.D.Syracuse University College of Law
Date of birthNovember 9, 1962
Place of birthSyracuse
ProfessionAssistant U.S. Attorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
John Katko is Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 24th Congressional District. Katko was first elected to the House in 2014 and is currently serving his first term.

Katko ran unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[1] He went on to defeat incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei (D) in the general election.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Katko's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from New York's 24th Congressional District
  • 1995-2014: Staff, United States Justice Department
  • 1991-1995: Staff, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1988: Graduated from Syracuse University with a J.D.
  • 1984: Graduated from Niagara University with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Katko serves on the following committees:[4]


Campaign themes


Katko listed the following issues, among others, on his campaign website:[5]

  • Job creation: "The national unemployment rate has fallen, but only because millions of frustrated job seekers have left the work force altogether. The labor market remains weak, and the proportion of adults with jobs has changed little."
  • Health care: "We need real, workable health care reform that allows Americans to choose and control their own insurance coverage. It must be patient-centered first and foremost, with decision-making controlled by the patient and his or her medical professionals, not bureaucrats and politicians."
  • The debt and deficit: "It’s time Washington had a serious, face-to-face, bipartisan conversation about the issue. We’re past just thinking about an intervention. It’s time for a complete rehabilitation."
  • Education: "Per-pupil federal expenditures on education have nearly tripled in terms of real dollars, and more than 100 federal education programs exist today. Despite these expenditures, has the achievement gap been eliminated? Are current generations better educated?"
  • Energy and the environment: "The United States must continue efforts toward achieving energy independence, including a focus on developing renewable sources and accessing more North American energy. As a part of that, consumers must be allowed to make free market choices, and new technology should not be forced upon them. Most importantly, Central New Yorkers need relief from ever-rising energy rates."


—John Katko, Official campaign website


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.[7]

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."[8] 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."[7] 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.[7]



See also: New York's 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, Katko won election to 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.[2]

U.S. House, New York District 24 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dan Maffei Incumbent 39.5% 80,304
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Katko 58.2% 118,474
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 2.3% 4,639
Total Votes 203,417
Source: New York State Board of Elections

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Katko's reports.[9]

John Katko (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 13, 2014$0.00$105,650.00$(4,117.33)$101,532.67
Running totals


  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]

Katko 2014 campaign ad, "Courage"

Katko 2014 campaign ad, "There For All of Us"

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Preceded by
Dan Maffei
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 24
Succeeded by