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Annie Kuster
Ann McLane Kuster.jpg
U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 2
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorCharles Bass (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,161,004
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
J.D.Georgetown University
Date of birthSeptember 5, 1956
Place of birthConcord, New Hampshire
Net worth$1,775,213
Office website
Campaign website
Annie Kuster campaign logo
Annie Kuster (b.September 5, 1956, in Concord, New Hampshire) is a 2012 Democratic representative who won election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire. [1]

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Kuster one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kuster is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.


Kuster was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire. She earned her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1978 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She has served on the Board of Trustees of many community organizations, including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Capitol Center for the Arts and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. She is the founder of the Women's Fund of New Hampshire. In 2001, Kuster founded Newfound Strategies, LLC, a consulting and training practice that works with nonprofit clients to maximize their effectiveness and sustainability. [3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Kuster serves on the following committees:[4]


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.[5] For more information pertaining to Kuster's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Kuster supported 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.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Lofgren supported 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Kuster voted in favor of 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.[7]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Kuster supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Kuster voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

King Amendment

Kuster signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[11] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[12]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.


Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Kuster voted against 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.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Kuster has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[15]

Social issues

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Kuster, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[16] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[17]


Voted "No" Kuster voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]



See also: New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Kuster is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[19]


See also: New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Kuster ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New Hampshire's 2nd District. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republican holds its majority in 2013.[20] New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.[20]

On September 26, one of Bass' staffers took a video of Kuster in which the staffer pesters Kuster until she takes the camera from him and refuses to return it. She returned the camera moments later, and the video was published by the conservative NH Journal on September 27.[21] She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying".[22]

Kuster used the video in an email-based fundraising campaign. This campaign is responsible for a substantial part of the $265,000 the campaign raised in the last week of September, capping off the $720,000 Kuster raised in this year's third quarter.[23]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Charles Bass Incumbent 45.4% 152,977
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn McLane Kuster 50.2% 169,275
     Libertarian Hardy Macia 4.4% 14,936
Total Votes 337,188
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kuster is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kuster raised a total of $3,161,004 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[25]

Annie Kuster's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Hampshire, District 2) Won $3,161,004
Grand Total Raised $3,161,004


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kuster's reports.[26]

Annie Kuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]4/15/2013$6,803.50$318,541.69$(43,390.75)$281,954.44
July Quarterly[28]7/15/2013$281,954.44$349,564.09$(74,597.20)$556,921.33
Running totals


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

Kuster won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kuster's campaign committee raised a total of $3,161,004 and spent $3,173,921.[29]

Cost per vote

Kuster spent $18.76 per vote received in 2012.


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.[30]

Kuster most often votes with:

Kuster least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kuster is a "centrist Democrat," as of June 19, 2013.[31]

Voting with party


Annie Kuster voted with the Democratic Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 158th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[32]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kuster missed 0 of 92 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[33]

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, Kuster's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,439,717 to $2,110,710. That averages to $1,775,213, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[34]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
  3. Ann McLane Kuster for Congress "About Annie" June 19, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Annie Kuster's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Vote Smart, "Kuster on agriculture", accessed September 23, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  12. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Annie Kuster's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Annie Kuster's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 30, 2013
  16. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  17. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Kuster on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013
  19. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  21. NH Journal "Kuster Video"
  22. Union Leader "Kuster's response to video"
  23. Union Leader "Granite Status"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Annie Kuster," Accessed April 18, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Kuster 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  27. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  28. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Ann Kuster 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 19, 2013
  30. OpenCongress, "Annie Kuster," Accessed August 6, 2013
  31. Gov Track "Kuster," Accessed June 19, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  33. GovTrack, "Kuster," Accessed April 10, 2013
  34. OpenSecrets.org "Ann Mclane Kuster (D-NH), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Bass (R)
U.S. House of Representatives New Hampshire District 2
Succeeded by