Adam Kinzinger

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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 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$146,003
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]

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]


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.[6]

“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.”[6]

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.”[6]

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."

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.

Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "" 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%.[7][8]

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." [9]

Specific votes

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.[10]


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
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



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 defeated Democrat Wanda Rohl in the general election.[11] 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. [12] 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.[13] 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.[15]

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.[16]

Adam Kinzinger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]4/17/2013$99,987.58$212,341.68$(80,910.70)$231,418.56
July Quarterly[18]7/15/2013$231,418.56$274,374.49$(117,056.25)$388,736.80
Running totals


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.[19] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[20]

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.[21]


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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kinzinger ranked 194th in the conservative rankings.[25]

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.[26]

Lifetime missed votes

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 Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[27]

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.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Kinzinger's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $62,006 and $230,000. That averages to $146,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 6.18% from 2010.[29]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[30]

Recent news

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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. [3]

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., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressman Adam Kinzinger "Commitee Assignment" Accessed November 2, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Politico, "Adam Kinzinger: Obama ‘not selling this’," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
  8. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  9. BuzzFeed, "Republican Congressman: If We Try To Defund Obamacare, We Lose The House Of Representatives," August 15, 2013
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  12. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  13. ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Adam Kinzinger" Accessed April 5, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Adam Kinzinger 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Adam Kinzinger 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  20. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Adam Kinzinger 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  22. Gov Track "Adam Kinzinger" Accessed June 17, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Adam Kinzinger," Accessed August 1, 2013
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  27. GovTrack, "Adam Kinzinger," Accessed April 1, 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Adam Kinzinger"
  29., "Kinzinger (R-Ill), 2011"
  30., "Kinzinger, (R-Illinois), 2010"
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