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
Cost per vote$18.76 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,161,004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
J.D.Georgetown University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 5, 1956
Place of birthConcord, New Hampshire
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$1,969,579.50
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Annie Kuster campaign logo
Annie Kuster (b.September 5, 1956, in Concord, NH) is a Democratic representative who won election to the U.S. House in 2012 to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire.[1]

Kuster is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire.[2] She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 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.[4]

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.

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.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Kuster's academic, professional and political career:[6]

Prior to her congressional career, Kuster worked as an attorney in private practice.[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kuster serves on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Kuster's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png 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.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Kuster supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Kuster supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Kuster voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

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.[15] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[16]. 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.

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.[17] 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.[18]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Kuster voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Kuster voted for HR 2775.[22]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Kuster has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Annie Kuster's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Kuster is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Kuster received a score of 73 percent on social issues and 23 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Controversy

Benghazi

Kuster came under fire in November 2013 during a meeting with the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. One constituent asked her to clarify her position on a House resolution that would authorize an investigation into the attack. Kuster said, "I don’t think we have anything about that in the House." The constituent replied, "Yes you do. Why isn’t Benghazi at the top of your issue?" Kuster explained, "Well, I’m certainly not here to talk about it. We’re here to talk about the Middle East." The audience pointed out Benghazi is located in the Middle East and then the event moderator stepped in to end the exchange.[29]

Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Kuster is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 2nd District. Kuster ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 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.[4]

Media


Americans for Prosperity ad attacking Kuster

2012

See also: New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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

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"

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or whether Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[31] New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.[31]

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.[32]

Bass staffer video

On September 26, one of Charles Bass' staffers took a video of Kuster in which the staffer followed Kuster and attempted to ask her questions until she took the camera from him and refused to return it.[33] She returned the camera moments later, and the video was published by the conservative NH Journal on September 27.[34] She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying."[35]

Kuster used the video in an email-based fundraising campaign. This campaign was 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 during the year's third quarter.[36]

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Kuster attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[38]

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

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.[39]

Annie Kuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$6,803.50$318,541.69$(43,390.75)$281,954.44
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$281,954.44$349,564.09$(74,597.20)$556,921.33
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$556,921.33$330,862.37$(77,932.30)$809,851.40
Year-End Quarterly[43]December 31, 2013$809,851$355,527$(78,807)$1,069,513
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$1,069,513.93$402,539.34$(100,796.00)$1,371,257.27
Running totals
$1,757,034.49$(375,523.25)

2012

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.[45]

Cost per vote

Kuster spent $18.76 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kuster's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,699,083 and $2,240,076. That averages to $1,969,579.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Kuster ranked as the 150th most wealthy representative in 2012.[46] Between 2011 and 2012, Kuster's calculated net worth[47] increased by an average of 9 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Annie Kuster Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$1,799,475
2012$1,969,579
Growth from 2011 to 2012:9%
Average annual growth:9%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Kuster received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2009-2014, 28.1 percent of Kuster's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[51]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Annie Kuster Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $8,265,892
Total Spent $6,634,905
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$833,918
Women's Issues$502,057
Lawyers/Law Firms$443,650
Leadership PACs$322,250
Democratic/Liberal$220,868
% total in top industry10.09%
% total in top two industries16.16%
% total in top five industries28.1%

Analysis

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 Democratic follower" as of July 2014.[52] Kuster was rated as a "centrist Democrat" in June 2013.

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.[53]

Kuster most often votes with:

Kuster least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kuster missed 13 of 1,104 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[52]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Kuster ranked 148th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[54]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Kuster voted with the Democratic Party 94.3 percent of the time, which ranked 61st among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[55]

2013

Kuster voted with the Democratic Party 91.8 percent of the time, which ranked 158th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[56]

Personal

Kuster wrote a book with her mother, State Senator Susan McLane. The book was called The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer’s with Love and Laughter.[5] She enjoys watching Red Sox and Patriots games with her husband.[57]

Kuster lists her religious affiliation as Christian.[58]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 Filing Period," accessed June 23, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "New Hampshire - 2014 Primary Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ann McLane Kuster for Congress, "About Annie," accessed June 19, 2012
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "KUSTER, Ann McLane, (1956 - )," accessed October 14, 2014
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  15. Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
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  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  30. YouTube, "Tell Ann Kuster: Our Patience for ObamaCare Is Gone," accessed May 16 2014
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  46. Open Secrets, "Annie Kuster (D-NH), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  47. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  57. Roll Call, "Take Five," accessed November 4, 2013
  58. Roll Call, "Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.)," accessed October 14, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Bass (R)
U.S. House of Representatives New Hampshire District 2
2013-present
Succeeded by
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