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Dennis J. Kucinich
Dennis Kucinich.jpg
U.S. House, Ohio, District 10
Retired Representative
In office
1997-2013
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMartin R. Hoke
Elections and appointments
Last electionMarch 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ohio State Senate
1994-1996
Cleveland City Council,
1970-1975, 1981-1982
Mayor, City of Cleveland
1977-1979
Education
Bachelor'sSpeech Communications, Case Western Reserve University, 1973
Master'sSpeech Communications, Case Western Reserve University, 1974
Personal
BirthdayOctober 8, 1946
Place of birthCleveland, Ohio
Net worth$384,502
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dennis J. Kucinich (b. October 8, 1946) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio. Kucinich represented Ohio's 10th Congressional District. He was first elected in 1996 and served until 2013.

Due to redistricting, Kucinich ran against Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Graham Veysey for the Democratic Party nomination in Ohio's 9th District. Kaptur defeated Kucinich, meaning the 112th session was Kucinich's last session in Congress.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kucinich was a "far-left Democrat."[2]

Career

  • 1973: Graduated from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1969-1973, 1983: Served as a member of the Cleveland, Ohio, City Council
  • 1975: Served as Clerk of Courts, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1977-1979: Served as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1995-1996: Served as a member of the Ohio State Senate
  • 1997-2013: U.S Representative from Ohio

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Kucinich served on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Endorsements

Carl Sciortino

See also: Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Kuchinich endorsed Carl Sciortino in the special election in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District on October 9, 2013.[4]

“The people of this district have a real opportunity to elect not just a worthy successor to Sen. (Edward) Markey but someone who’s been tested in the Massachusetts legislature on a wide range of social and economic issues, which resonate at a national level,” Kucinich said in his endorsement.[4]

Campaign themes

On his 2012 campaign website, Kucinich outlined his policy platform and campaign themes. The following are selections from his platform:

  • Jobs and the Economy: "We have a critical opportunity to create jobs and restore our crumbling infrastructure in the creation of a new WPA - rebuilding America's roads, bridges, water systems, sewer systems, mass transit systems, hospitals, universities, libraries and more with an eco-sustainable focus. In the WGA, Works Green Administration, government will become an engine for sustainability and environmental restoration. We can create millions of new jobs incentivizing the designing, engineering, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of millions of wind and solar micro-technologies and insulation in tens of millions of American homes, businesses and industries, reducing our utility bills, our environmental impact and our reliance on carbon and nuclear-based energy."
  • War or Peace: "Dennis led the effort in challenging the Bush Administration's march toward war in Iraq and its policy of invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. He organized a strongly bipartisan effort to try to stop the unconstitutional, unwanted, expensive war of choice in Libya. Of all the Democratic and Republican attempts to end the war, Dennis’ amendment got the most votes, coming within a handful of votes from passing."
  • Campaign Finance Reform: "The great challenge before us today is whether we can maintain a government of the people, by the people and for the people, or whether we will timidly accept the economic, social, and political consequences of a government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations... To save our democracy, we must turn to the document that established it. Let us renew the Constitution by amending it, requiring public financing to redeem from the perishable fires of corporate control an imperishable government of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Kucinich 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 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Debates

February 4, 2012

On Saturday, February 4, candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, Veysey, and Kraus participated in a debate held at Sandusky's Ebenezer Baptist Church. The debate was hosted by the NAACP. Coverage of the debate can be found here.

February 13, 2012

On Monday, February 13, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate for Time Warner Cable's Northeast Ohio Network. Coverage of the debate can be found here.

February 20, 2012

On Monday, February 20, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate hosted by the City Club of Cleveland. Coverage of the debate can be found here. Full audio of the debate can be found here.

February 22, 2012

On Wednesday, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues & Progress (CHIP). Full video of the debate can be found here.

February 23, 2012

On Thursday, February 23, the Sandusky Register hosted a debate featuring the District 9 Democratic candidates. Full video of the debate can be found here.

Polls

District 9 Democratic Primary
Poll Marcy Kaptur Dennis J. KucinichGraham VeyseyUndecidedSample Size
American Public Polling
February 20 – 27, 2012
39%35%10%16%200
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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

Primary endorsements

Political positions

Recent votes in Congress

The website OpenCongress tracks each representative's Congressional votes. Dennis Kucinich's most recent votes can be found here.

Public statement fact checking

The website PolitiFact fact checks statements made by and about each representative. Dennis Kucinich's profile can be found here.

Campaign Media

Elections

2012

See also: Ohio's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Kucinich ran in the 2012 election for Ohio's 9th Congressional District. Kucinich lost to fellow incumbent Rep. Marcy Kaptur in the Democratic Party primary on March 6, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Ohio's 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarcy Kaptur Incumbent 56.2% 42,902
Dennis J. Kucinich Incumbent 40% 30,564
Graham Vesysey 3.8% 2,900
Total Votes 76,366
U.S. House, Ohio's 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarcy Kaptur Incumbent 56.2% 42,902
Dennis J. Kucinich Incumbent 40% 30,564
Graham Vesysey 3.8% 2,900
Total Votes 76,366

Primary news

Politico: Top 5 ugliest battles

Politico has named the 9th District primary race one of the five ugliest in the nation. Also named were IL-16, PA-12, CA-30, and NJ-9.[7]

Kaptur ad implies Kucinich cozy with Dimora

Kaptur has released a radio ad citing Kucinich's praise for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Dimora is currently facing federal racketeering charges. Kucinich has called the ad, "despicable in its dishonesty and innuendo." Further coverage of the ad can be found here.

Kucinich accuses Kaptur of sign theft

Kucinich has accused the Kaptur campaign of an "aggressive, illegal sign removal operation" targeting his supporter's yard signs. Kaptur's campaign has called the allegations, "silly." Further coverage of the sign allegations can be found here.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Peter J. Corrigan and Jeff Goggins in the general election.[8]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jim Trakas and Paul Conroy in the general election.[9]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Michael D. Dovilla in the general election.[10]

2004

On November 2, 2004, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Edward Fitzpatrick Herman and Barbara Anne Ferris in the general election.[11]

2002

On November 5, 2002, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jon A. Heben and Judy Locy in the general election.[12]

2000

On November 7, 2000, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bill Smith and Ron Petrie in the general election.[13]

1998

On November 3, 1998, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Joe Slovenec in the general election.[14]

1996

On November 5, 1996, Kucinich won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Martin R. Hoke and Robert B. Iverson in the general election.[15]

Campaign donors

2010

Kucinich won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Kucinich's campaign committee raised a total of $972,635 and spent $940,086.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 10 Election, 2010 - Dennis Kucinich Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $972,635
Total Spent $940,086
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $330,571
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $321,808
Top contributors to Dennis Kucinich's campaign committee
Operating Engineers Union$10,000
United Food & Commercial Workers Union$10,000
United Steelworkers$10,000
American Assn for Justice$7,500
American Federation of Teachers$7,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$64,160
Public Sector Unions$36,500
Industrial Unions$22,500
Transportation Unions$22,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$19,650

2008

Kucinich won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Kucinich's campaign committee raised a total of $2,408,616 and spent $2,430,560.[17]

His top 5 contributors between 2007-2008 were:

2006

Kucinich won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Kucinich's campaign committee raised a total of $634,745 and spent $621,699.[18]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2006 were:

2004

Kucinich won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004. During that re-election cycle, Kucinich's campaign committee raised a total of $415,359 and spent $406,033.[19]

His top 5 contributors between 2003-2004 were:


Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kucinich paid his congressional staff a total of $1,179,923 in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 30th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kucinich's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $251,005 to $518,000. That averages to $384,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 1047.66% from 2010.[21]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kucinich's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $4,007 to $63,000. This averages out to $33,503.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[22]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kucinich ranked 72nd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[23]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kucinich was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 43rd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Dennis J. Kucinich has voted with the Democratic Party 89.4% of the time, which ranked 150 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[25]

Personal

Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. Kucinich was the oldest of seven children. He attended Catholic school for his primary and secondary education. He attended Case Western Reserve University, graduating in 1973 with a BA in Speech Communication and in 1974 with an M.A. in the same field. In 1977, Kucinich was elected mayor of Cleveland and served until 1979. He served as a member of the Ohio State Senate from 1995-1996 and as a member of the US House from 1997 until 2013.[26][27]

Kucinich has been married three times and is currently married to Elizabeth Kucinich. Prior to his present marriage, he was also married to Helen Kucinich and Sandra Lee McCarthy. He has one daughter, Jacqueline Kucinich. Jaqueline was born to Kucinich and Sandra Lee McCarthy.[28]

Additional reading

External links


References

  1. Ohio Secretary of State "Unofficial election results," accessed March 6, 2012
  2. GovTrack, "Kucinich" Accessed May 15, 2012
  3. Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, Proudly Serving Ohio's 10th District "Biography"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Masslive.com, "Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich endorses Massachusetts congressional candidate Carl Sciortino," accessed October 10, 2013
  5. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  6. Ohio Secretary of State "Unofficial election results," accessed March 6, 2012
  7. Politico, "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles," February 27, 2012
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"
  16. Open Secrets, "Dennis J. Kucinich 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  17. Open Secrets, "Dennis J. Kucinich 2008 Election Cycle," accessed February 29, 2012
  18. Open Secrets, "Dennis J. Kucinich 2006 Election Cycle," accessed February 29, 2012
  19. Open Secrets, "Dennis J. Kucinich 2004 Election Cycle," accessed February 29, 2012
  20. LegiStorm, "Dennis J. Kucinich," Accessed September 25, 2012
  21. OpenSecrets, "Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  22. OpenSecrets, "Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  26. Kucinich campaign site, "About," accessed February 22, 2012
  27. Kucinich Official House Site, "Biography," accessed February 22, 2012
  28. About.com, "Elizabeth Harper and Dennis Kucinich Marriage Profile," accessed February 22, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Martin R. Hoke
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio, District 10
1997–2013
Succeeded by
Mike Tuner (R)
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Ohio State Senate
1994-1996
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Cleveland City Council
1970-1975, 1981-1982
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Mayor, City of Cleveland
1977-1979
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