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|First elected = November 2, 2010
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|Next primary = March 18, 2014
|Next election = [[Illinois' 16th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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Adam Kinzinger
Adam Kinzinger.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 16
In office
January 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorDebbie Halvorson (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryMarch 18, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,916,047
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Illinois, District 11
County Board member in McLean County, Illinois
High schoolNormal Community West High School
Bachelor'sIllinois State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service2003-2010
Date of birthFebruary 27, 1978
Place of birthKankakee, Illinois
ProfessionU.S. Air Force Pilot
Net worth$188,503
Office website
Campaign website
Adam Daniel Kinzinger (b. February 27, 1978, in Kankakee, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kinzinger was elected by voters from Illinois' 16th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010.[1]

After the 2011 redistricting process, Kinzinger moved to the 16th Congressional District of Illinois. In the new district, he defeated incumbent Donald A. Manzullo in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012, and went on to win re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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


Kinzinger was born in Kankakee to an elementary school teacher and a CEO of a faith-based organization. He lived in Watseka when he was very young, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Bloomington, Illinois.[1]

Kinzinger earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 2000. During his sophomore year, he was elected to the McLean County Board, becoming one of the board's youngest members in the county's history. Kinzinger was commissioned into the Air Force in November 2003 and continues to serve as a pilot in the Illinois Air National Guard. [1]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Kinzinger serves on the following committees:[4]


Kinzinger served on the following committees:[5]


Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Kinzinger was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 56%.[6][7]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Kinzinger's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Kinzinger told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on September 4, 2013, that President Barack Obama was not effectively explaining the strike on Syria in a meaningful way to the American people or to Congress, making it a hard idea to sell, and that might be one of the reasons why the resolution might struggle to pass the House.[10]

“The President of the United States is not making the sales calls. Secretary Kerry did a great job of laying American interest out, but President Obama, it’s almost it’s like his heart is not fully in it,” Kinzinger said.” “It’s the right thing to do but look, he’s out there not selling this to the people.”[10]

Kinzinger even had a few ideas for the president for communicating more with the people and making the strike a more attainable goal. “He’s got to get 100 percent on board and tell the American people why this is in our interest,” Kinzinger said. “And maybe if it’s an address from the Oval Office, I think the American people and Congress would love to see it.”[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Kinzinger voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Kinzinger 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Kinzinger voted in favor of 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Voted "Yes" Kinzinger voted in support of 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.[11]


Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Kinzinger voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Kinzinger voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[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.[19] 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.[20] Kinzinger voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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 funds 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.[22] 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. Kinzinger voted for HR 2775.[23]

Pay during government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Kinzinger announced October 1, 2013, that "he has elected to have his pay withheld until the federal government reopens."[24]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Kinzinger voted in favor of 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.[11]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Kinzinger voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Kinzinger voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Statement on defunding Obamacare

In response to a possible House vote to defund Obamacare, Kinzinger spoke at an Americans for Prosperity meeting in August 2013 stating, "Potentially there will be a collapse of will to keep the government shut down because soldiers are not getting paid and all this other stuff’s happening and we turn around and lose 10 to 20 seats in 2014. And whether we win the battle or not, we’ve lost the war because Nancy Pelosi’s now speaker of the House."[25]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Kinzinger voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Kinzinger 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.[26]

Campaign themes


Kinzinger discussed "several things Washington must do in order to help get our economy moving forward."

  • Tackling our debt head on and eliminating unnecessary spending
  • Reducing the size and scope of government and reining in out-of-control regulations
  • Simplifying the tax code
  • Enacting the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea
  • Increasing energy production here at home – making out nation energy secure, lowering the cost of gas and creating new domestic jobs

Kinzinger advocated for the expansion of domestic oil production and "aggressively" exploring other energy resources, including wind, nuclear, coal, off-shore oil, natural gas, and oil shale in order to "reduce our foreign dependence and stop relying on countries that do not share our national interests."

Fiscal Responsibility
Kinzinger called for "independent" voices to vote against the bank bailout (TARP) and bailing out Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac. He believes new spending should be limited to "critical national security and infrastructure needs."

Kinzinger voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His solution to increasing the number of people with health insurance is lowering costs and lowering the price of premiums by "allowing associations and small businesses to band together, enacting tort reform, permitting Americans to buy insurance across state lines and implementing full Federal tax deductibility for qualified medical expenses."

Kinzinger understands the first step in solving the nation's immigration problem to be securing our borders. He views the National Guard as playing an "important support role" in that process.


2012 election

Don Manzullo vs. Adam Kinzinger
Poll Don Manzullo Adam KinzingerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research
February 6-7, 2012
We Ask America
February 19-20, 2012
We Ask America
March 11-12, 2012
AVERAGES 39.88% 44.08% 16.04% +/-3.59 1,100.33
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.



See also: Illinois' 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Kinzinger is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Adam Kinzinger for House campaign logo.


See also: Illinois' 16th Congressional District elections, 2012
Kinzinger celebrates his primary victory over Don Manzullo on March 20, 2012.

Kinzinger defeated Democrat Wanda Rohl in the general election.[27] Kinzinger was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 16th District. Kinzinger defeated the 16th District's incumbent, Donald A. Manzullo, for the nomination on the Republican ticket.[28] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Kinzinger defeated Manzullo in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[29] There was no Democratic primary because no candidates filed to run.

U.S. House, Illinois District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kinzinger Incumbent 61.8% 181,789
     Democratic Wanda Rohl 38.2% 112,301
Total Votes 294,090
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois District 16 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kinzinger Incumbent 53.9% 45,546
Donald Manzullo Incumbent 46.1% 38,889
Total Votes 84,435

Campaign media

Kinzinger for Congress "New Way" ad

Kinzinger for Congress "Our Debt" Ad

Kinzinger for Congress Bio Ad: New Breed of Conservatives"

Kinzinger for Congress "Lost his Way" ad

Kinzinger for Congress "About our Future" Ad

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kinzinger is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kinzinger raised a total of $3,916,047 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[31]

Adam Kinzinger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 16) Won $2,034,418
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 11) Won $1,881,629
Grand Total Raised $3,916,047


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kinzinger's reports.[32]


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

Kinzinger won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kinzinger's campaign committee raised a total of $2,034,418 and spent $1,972,829.[38] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Kinzinger spent $10.85 per vote received in 2012.


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

Kinzinger won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kinzinger's campaign committee raised a total of $788,025 and spent $259,411.[40]


Ideology and leadership

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


Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kinzinger is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[41]

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.[42]

Kinzinger most often votes with:

Kinzinger least often votes with:

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.


Kinzinger ranked 202nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[43]


Kinzinger ranked 194th in the conservative rankings.[44]

Voting with party


Adam Kinzinger voted with the Republican Party 95.4% of the time, which ranked 155th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kinzinger missed 35 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[46]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives


The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kinzinger paid his congressional staff a total of $906,652 in 2011. He ranks 120th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 149th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kinzinger's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $97,006 and $280,000. That averages to $188,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Kinzinger ranked as the 349th most wealthy representative in 2012.[48]

Adam Kinzinger Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year


Kinzinger was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the publication's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars of American Politics." He lives in Channahon, Illinois.[3]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Adam Kinzinger for Congress "About Adam" Accessed November 2, 2011
  2. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Congressman Adam Kinzinger "Meet Adam" Accessed November 2, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressman Adam Kinzinger "Commitee Assignment" Accessed November 2, 2011
  6. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
  7. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Politico, "Adam Kinzinger: Obama ‘not selling this’," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Votesmart, "Adam Kinzinger Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  25. BuzzFeed, "Republican Congressman: If We Try To Defund Obamacare, We Lose The House Of Representatives," August 15, 2013
  26. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  27. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  28. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  29. ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Adam Kinzinger" Accessed April 5, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Adam Kinzinger 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  38. Open Secrets "Adam Kinzinger 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  40. Open Secrets "Adam Kinzinger 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  41. Gov Track "Adam Kinzinger" Accessed June 17, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Rep. Adam Kinzinger," Accessed August 1, 2013
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  46. GovTrack, "Adam Kinzinger," Accessed April 1, 2013
  47. LegiStorm "Adam Kinzinger"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Kinzinger, (R-IL), 2012"
Political offices
Preceded by
Debbie Halvorson
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
County Board Member, McLean County, Illinois
Succeeded by