|U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 2|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Charles Bass (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$18.76 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Date of birth||September 5, 1956|
|Place of birth||Concord, New Hampshire|
|Net worth||(2012) $1,969,579.50|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Kuster was first elected to the House in 2012 and is currently serving her second consecutive term, having won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014 to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire. She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. Kuster defeated Republican candidate Marilinda Garcia in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kuster is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.
Kuster was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire. She earned her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1978 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She has served on the Board of Trustees of many community organizations, including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Capitol Center for the Arts and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. She is the founder of the Women's Fund of New Hampshire. In 2001, Kuster founded Newfound Strategies, LLC, a consulting and training practice that works with nonprofit clients to maximize their effectiveness and sustainability.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Kuster's academic, professional and political career:
- 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District
- 1984: Earned J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
- 1978-1981: Staff member for U.S. Representative Paul Norton (Pete) McCloskey, Jr.
- 1978: Earned B.A. from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
Kuster serves on the following committees:
Kuster served on the following committees:
- Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
- United States House Committee on Small Business
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Kuster's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Kuster supported 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.
Kuster supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Kuster voted in favor of 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.
Kuster supported 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Kuster voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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. Kuster voted for HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Kuster voted against 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.
Kuster has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Kuster voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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, Kuster is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Kuster received a score of 73 percent on social issues and 23 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Unknown||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Unknown||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Strongly Opposes|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Favors|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
Kuster came under fire in November 2013 during a meeting with the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. One constituent asked her to clarify her position on a House resolution that would authorize an investigation into the attack. Kuster said, "I don’t think we have anything about that in the House." The constituent replied, "Yes you do. Why isn’t Benghazi at the top of your issue?" Kuster explained, "Well, I’m certainly not here to talk about it. We’re here to talk about the Middle East." The audience pointed out Benghazi is located in the Middle East and then the event moderator stepped in to end the exchange.
Kuster signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill. The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Kuster, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient. Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.
Kuster is one of the initial 14 members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2016 election.
Kuster won re-election to the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 2nd District. Kuster ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014, and defeated Marilinda Garcia (R) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Annie Kuster Incumbent||54.9%||130,700|
|Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State|
Kuster was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.
- Americans for Prosperity released an ad on May 14, 2014, criticizing Kuster for her call for patience with the Affordable Care Act.
|U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Charles Bass Incumbent||45.4%||152,977|
|Democratic||Ann McLane Kuster||50.2%||169,275|
|Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013. New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.
Bass staffer video
On September 26, one of Charles Bass' staffers took a video of Kuster in which the staffer followed Kuster and attempted to ask her questions until she took the camera from him and refused to return it. She returned the camera moments later, and the video was published by the conservative NH Journal on September 27. She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying."
Kuster used the video in an email-based fundraising campaign. This campaign was responsible for a substantial part of the $265,000 the campaign raised in the last week of September, capping off the $720,000 Kuster raised during the year's third quarter.
To view the full congressional electoral history for Ann Kuster, click [show] to expand the section.
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Kuster attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Kuster is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kuster raised a total of $3,161,004 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.
|Annie Kuster's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (New Hampshire, District 2)||$3,161,004|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,161,004|
|Annie Kuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$6,803.50||$318,541.69||$(43,390.75)||$281,954.44|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$281,954.44||$349,564.09||$(74,597.20)||$556,921.33|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$556,921.33||$330,862.37||$(77,932.30)||$809,851.40|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$809,851||$355,527||$(78,807)||$1,069,513|
|April Quarterly (amended)||August 28, 2014||$1,069,513.93||$405,039.34||$(100,796.00)||$1,373,757.27|
|July Quarterly (amended)||August 28, 2014||$1,373,757.27||$568,631.48||$(202,931.43)||$1,739,457.32|
|Pre-Primary||August 28, 2014||$1,739,457.32||$286,912.99||$(395,384.24)||$1,630,986.07|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,630,986.07||$558,110.45||$(1,090,221.67)||$1,098,874.85|
Cost per vote
Kuster spent $18.76 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2, 2012 - Annie Kuster Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,066,088|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,072,141|
|Top contributors to Annie Kuster's campaign committee|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$36,750|
|Rath, Young & Pignatelli||$23,203|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-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 two different metrics:
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kuster's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,699,083 and $2,240,076. That averages to $1,969,579.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Kuster ranked as the 150th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Kuster's calculated net worth increased by an average of 9 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Annie Kuster Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||9%|
|Average annual growth:||9%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
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). Kuster received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.
From 2009-2014, 28.1 percent of Kuster's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Annie Kuster Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|% total in top industry||10.09%|
|% total in top two industries||16.16%|
|% total in top five industries||28.1%|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Kuster most often votes with:
Kuster least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Kuster missed 13 of 1,104 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Kuster ranked 148th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Kuster voted with the Democratic Party 94.3 percent of the time, which ranked 61st among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.
Kuster voted with the Democratic Party 91.8 percent of the time, which ranked 158th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Kuster wrote a book with her mother, State Senator Susan McLane. The book was called The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer’s with Love and Laughter.
Kuster lists her religious affiliation as Christian.
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- Associated Press, "New Hampshire - 2014 Primary Results," accessed September 9, 2014
- Politico, "2014 New Hampshire House Election Results," accessed November 6, 2014
- Ann McLane Kuster for Congress, "About Annie," accessed June 19, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "KUSTER, Ann McLane, (1956 - )," accessed October 14, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Annie Kuster's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Kuster on agriculture," accessed September 23, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Annie Kuster's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Annie Kuster's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 30, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Kuster on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013
- On The Issues, "Annie Kuster Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- 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.
- Roll Call, "Kuster Declines Benghazi Talk at Constituents’ Forum on Middle East (Video)," accessed December 10, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
- Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
- U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
- Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- Roll Call, "Exclusive: DCCC Announces 14 Incumbents in Frontline Program," February 12, 2015
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
- YouTube, "Tell Ann Kuster: Our Patience for ObamaCare Is Gone," accessed May 16 2014
- Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
- Huffington Post, "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," accessed February 16, 2012
- Concord Patch, "Kuster Grabs Bass Staffer’s Camera at Biden Event," accessed July 31, 2014
- NH Journal, "Kuster Video," accessed September 27, 2012
- Union Leader, "Kuster's response to video," accessed September 27, 2012
- Union Leader, "Granite Status," accessed October 8, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Annie Kuster," accessed April 18, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Kuster 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
- FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
- FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
- FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
- FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
- FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Ann Kuster 2012 Election Cycle," accessed June 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Annie Kuster (D-NH), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Ann Mclane Kuster," accessed September 25, 2014
- GovTrack, "Annie Kuster," accessed July 30, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Annie Kuster," accessed July 30, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 30, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Roll Call, "Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.)," accessed October 14, 2014
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