Reid Ribble

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Reid Ribble
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U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 8
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorSteve Kagen (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 12, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAppleton East High School, WI
BirthdayApril 5, 1956
Place of birthNeenah, WI
Net worth$3,528,509
Office website
Campaign website
Reid James Ribble (b. April 5, 1956, in Neenah, Wisconsin) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Ribble represents Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2010. He was re-elected in 2012.[1] He is running for re-election in 2014.

Ribble was part of the wave of Republicans who won the midterm elections in 2010. Ribble defeated Democratic incumbent Steve Kagen.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ribble is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Ribble initially wanted to go into the Christian ministry and attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music. Before finishing school, however, he returned to be a part of his family's roofing and construction business, of which he eventually became president.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Ribble's political career:[3]

  • 2011-Present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Ribble serves on the following committees:[4][5]


Ribble was a member of the following House committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Ribble's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "Yes" Ribble voted for 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Ribble voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Ribble 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Ribble voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Ribble voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" 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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] 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. Ribble joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[18] 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.[19] Ribble voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[21] 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. Ribble voted for HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Ribble voted for 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Ribble voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[25]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Ribble voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Ribble voted for 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]


On The Issues Vote Match

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

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Ribble is a Libertarian Conservative. Ribble received a score of 42 percent on personal issues and 93 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[28]



See also: Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Ribble is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 8th District. Ribble is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Ribble won re-election in 2012.[29] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Jamie Wall in the November general election.[30]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jamie Wall 44% 156,287
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngReid Ribble Incumbent 55.9% 198,874
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 303
Total Votes 355,464
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ribble is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ribble raised a total of $3,601,852 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[32]

Reid Ribble's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wisconsin, District 8) Won $2,320,569
2010 US House (Wisconsin, District 8) Won $1,281,283
Grand Total Raised $3,601,852


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ribble's reports.[33]

Reid Ribble (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$166,754.36$132,764.38$(28,658.90)$270,859.84
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$270,859.84$263,821.93$(53,114.71)$481,567.06
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$481,567.06$325,741.54$(74,313.15)$732,995.45
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$732,995$174,237$(86,219)$821,013
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$821,013.36$205,583.07$(69,856.46)$956,739.97
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Ribble's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Ribble won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Ribble's campaign committee raised a total of $2,320,569 and spent $2,086,968.[39]

After the election, the Sunlight Foundation listed four races where outside spending likely pushed the winner over the top. Ribble was listed as one of the four, spurred on by a 4-to-1 advantage over his opponent in spending by independent groups, including the National Republican Campaign Committee.[40][41]

Cost per vote

Ribble spent $10.49 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Ribble's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Ribble won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Ribble's campaign committee raised a total of $1,281,283 and spent $1,287,557.[42]

U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 8th District, 2010 - Reid Ribble Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,281,283
Total Spent $1,287,557
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,076,971
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,080,786
Top contributors to Reid Ribble's campaign committee
Bellin Health Systems$49,750
BayCare Clinic$35,375
American Foods Group$19,450
Schneider National$10,900
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$151,533
Special Trade Contractors$107,052
Leadership PACs$71,050
Food Processing & Sales$31,100

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 personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: 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, Ribble's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $777,019 to $6,279,999. That averages to $3,528,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Ribble ranked as the 98th most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2009 and 2012, Ribble's calculated net worth[44] increased by an average of 31 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Reid Ribble Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:94%
Average annual growth:31%[46]
Comparatively, the average citizen experienced a yearly decline in net worth of 0.94%.[47]
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.


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.[48]

Ribble most often votes with:

Ribble least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ribble is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 27, 2013.[49]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Ribble missed 27 of 1,702 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.6%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ribble paid his congressional staff a total of $779,951 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

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. Ribble ranked 166th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[52]


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. Ribble was 1 of 4 members of congress who ranked 76th in the conservative rankings.[53]

Political positions

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Ribble has voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 57th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]


Ribble and his wife, DeaNa, have two children and two grandchildren.[3] Ribble and DeaNa met when they were 12 years old at Calvary Bible Church. They were married when they were 19.[55]

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External links


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. U.S. House, "Election Statistics 2010," accessed June 27, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 22, 2011
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 On The Issues, "Ribble Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  29. Post Crescent, "PACs help U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-De Pere, amass campaign war chest," August 26, 2011
  30. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates registered by office," accessed June 10, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Reid Ribble," accessed April 18, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Ribble 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 25, 2013
  34. '"Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  35. '"Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  36. '"Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 18, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "Reid Ribble Campaign Contributions," accessed February 15, 2013
  40. Sunlight Foundation, "Four House races where outside money may have pushed the needle," November 7, 2012
  41. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Congressional primary results," accessed May 5, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Wisconsin District 08," accessed November 22, 2011
  43. OpenSecrets, "Ribble, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  44. 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).
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. 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.
  48. OpenCongress, "Reid Ribble," accessed August 8, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Reid Ribble," accessed June 27, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Ribble," accessed April 11, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Reid Ribble," accessed September 7, 2012
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  55. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Congress taking up key issues, Reid Ribble hopes to tackle gridlock," accessed September 26, 2013
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Preceded by
Steve Kagen
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 8th District
Succeeded by