|U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 2|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Charles Bass (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Birthday||September 5, 1956|
|Place of birth||Concord, New Hampshire|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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. 
Kuster serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
- United States House Committee on Small Business
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed 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.
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.
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. New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.
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. She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying".
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.
|U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Charles Bass Incumbent||45.4%||152,977|
|Democratic||Ann McLane Kuster||50.2%||169,275|
|Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
To view the full congressional electoral history for Ann Kuster, click [show] to expand the section.
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.
|Annie Kuster's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (New Hampshire, District 2)||$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.
|Annie Kuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Cost per vote
Kuster spent $18.76 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, 2012 - Annie Kuster Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,066,088|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,072,141|
|Top contributors to Annie Kuster's campaign committee|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$36,750|
|Rath, Young & Pignatelli||$23,203|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
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.
Kuster most often votes with:
Kuster least often votes with:
Ideology and leadership
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Annie Kuster has voted with the Democratic Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 158th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Annie + Kuster + New Hampshire + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Social media:
- Political profiles:
- Financial (federal level):
- Interest group ratings:
- Issue positions:
- Public statements:
- Voting record:
- Works by or about:
- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
- Ann McLane Kuster for Congress "About Annie" June 19, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- NH Journal "Kuster Video"
- Union Leader "Kuster's response to video"
- Union Leader "Granite Status"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Annie Kuster," Accessed April 18, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Kuster 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Ann Kuster 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 19, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Annie Kuster," Accessed August 6, 2013
- Gov Track "Kuster," Accessed June 19, 2013
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- GovTrack, "Kuster," Accessed April 10, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Ann Mclane Kuster (D-NH), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
Charlie Bass (R)
|U.S. House of Representatives New Hampshire District 2
| Succeeded by|