Adam Kinzinger

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Adam Kinzinger
Adam Kinzinger.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 11
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
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
Office website
Campaign website
Adam Daniel Kinzinger (b. February 27, 1978) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kinzinger was elected by voters from Illinois' 11th congressional district.

After the 2011 redistricting process, Kinzinger was 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.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kinzinger is a "moderate Republican follower".[2]


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.[3]

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. [3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Kinzinger serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Kinzinger discusses "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 advocates 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 calls 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."

Health Care
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

Kinzinger celebrates his primary victory over Don Manzullo on March 20, 2012.
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
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Adam Kinzinger for House campaign logo.


See also: Illinois' 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Kinzinger defeated Democrat Wanda Rohl.[6] Kinzinger was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 16th District. Kinzinger had challenged the 16th district's incumbent, Donald A. Manzullo, for the nomination on the Republican ticket. [7] 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.[8] There was no Democratic primary because no candidates filed to run. Because of this, Kinzinger is almost guaranteed an unopposed race in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois' 16th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kinzinger 53.9% 45,546
Donald Manzullo 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


On November 2, 2010, Kinzinger won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Deborah L. Halvorson (D) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 11th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kinzinger 57.3% 129,108
     Democratic Deborah L. Halvorson Incumbent 42.7% 96,019
Total Votes 225,127

Campaign donors


Adam Kinzinger (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[11]March 8, 2012$651,089.28$243,674.14$(579,956.92)$314,806.50
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$314,806.50$264,242.08$(351,750.94)$227,297.64
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$227,297.64$134,067.35$(155,212.17)$206,152.82
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$206,152.82$219,035.57$(166,168.07)$259,020.32
Pre-General[15]October 25, 2012$259,020.32$28,890$(157,212.49)$130,697.83
Running totals


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.[16]


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 he 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.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kinzinger's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $50,008 and $225,000. That averages to $137,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[18]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Adam Kinzinger voted with the Republican Party 91% of the time, which ranked 174 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[19]

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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. [4]

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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