Annie Kuster

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

Biography

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

2013-2014

Kuster serves on the following committees:[4]

Elections

2014

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.[5]

2012

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.[6] New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.[6]

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.[7] She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying".[8]

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.[9]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Charles Bass was elected to the United States House for a fifth non-consecutive term. He defeated Ann McLane Kuster (D), Tim vanBlommesteyn (Independent), and Howard L. Wilson (Libertarian).[10]

United States House, New Hampshire General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Bass 48.3% 108,610
     Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 46.8% 105,060
     Independent Tim vanBlommesteyn 2.8% 6,197
     Libertarian Howard L. Wilson 2.1% 4,796
Total Votes 224,663

Campaign donors

2012

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.[11]

Analysis

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.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[13]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Bass (R)
U.S. House of Representatives New Hampshire District 2
2013-present
Succeeded by
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