|2007 - 2011|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Birthday||June 9, 1975|
|Place of birth||Cleveland, OH|
In July of 2009, Goyle announced his candidacy as the Democratic nominee for Kansas' 4th Congressional District, which had been vacated by former Representative Todd Tiahrt who left to run for Kansas' then-open US Senate seat. After defeating Robert Leon Tillman in the August 3, 2010 primary, Goyle faced Republican Mike Pompeo in the November 2nd general election. Despite significant fundraising, and polling from local news agencies which indicated a tight race, Goyle was soundly defeated, 59%-37%.
Goyle earned his B.S. from Duke University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. His professional experience includes working for the Center for American Progress, as a Contract Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union and Lecturer at Wichita State University.
Goyle's website lists his legislative priorities as "no free lunches from lobbyists, educating our children, reducing health care costs, real solutions on energy, fighting for immigration reform," and "helping small businesses."
He refused to take Project Vote Smart's 2008 Political Courage Test. The test, which is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices, asks one central question - "Are you willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most likely face on their behalf?"
Goyle authored the Kansas Funeral Privacy Act, which establishes a 150-foot buffer zone around funerals before, during and after a service to prevent public demonstration by protestors. This was done in direct reaction to members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketing funerals of veterans of the Iraqi invasion and occupation. It was passed unanimously by both houses of the state legislature, signed by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius, and became effective on April 10, 2008.
Goyle also successfully introduced House Bill 2374, which drew $69 million in federal stimulus money for the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.
While a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Goyle served on the following committees:
- Taxation Committee, House of Representatives
- Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, House of Representatives (Ranking Member)
- Vision 2020 Committee, House of Representatives
- Judiciary Committee, House of Representatives
|U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2010|
|Reform||Susan G. Ducey||2.5%||5,041|
A KWCH poll commissioned in August 2010 showed a close race between Pompeo and Democratic candidate Raj Goyle.
|Kansas' Congressional District 4, 2010|
|Poll||Mike Pompeo (R)||Raj Goyle (D)||David Moffett (L)||Susan Ducey (RP)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(August 9-11, 2010)
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On November 4, 2008, Goyle was re-elected to the 87th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Fred Pinaire (R). Goyle raised $96,104 for his campaign, while Pinaire raised $6,595.
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 87|
|Raj Goyle (D)||6,399||67.3%|
|Fred Pinaire (R)||3,104||32.6%|
In 2008 Goyle collected $96,104 in donations.
Four of his largest contributors were:
|Tak, Mahinder & Sharad||$1,000|
|Narasimhan, Charu & Shekar||$1,000|
|Mahal, Anmol & Surjit||$1,000|
|Goyle, Krishan & Vimal||$1,000|
- Topeka Capital-Journal, "Goyle running for Congress," July 13, 2009
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Raj Goyle Biography
- Rep. Raj Goyle Issues and Ideas
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Goyle Issue Positions
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- KWCH "Survey: Goyle & Pompeo square off for US House seat," August 12, 2010
- 2008 Kansas Election Results
- Follow the Money, "Kansas 2008 - General Election Results," accessed March 29, 2014
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
Bonnie Huy (R)
|Kansas House of Representatives District 87
| Succeeded by|
Joseph Scapa (R)
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