Ben Chandler

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Ben Chandler
Ben Chandler.jpg
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 6
In office
February 17, 2004-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 11
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedFebruary 17, 2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kentucky Attorney General
Kentucky State Auditor
High schoolWoodford County High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky
J.D.University of Kentucky
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1967-1973
Date of birthSeptember 12, 1959
Place of birthVersailles, Kentucky
Office website
Campaign website
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Albert Benjamin "Ben" Chandler III (b. September 12, 1959) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 6th congressional district. Chandler was first elected to the House in 2004 in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ernie Fletcher. Chandler is running for re-election in 2012 and ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Chandler is a "centrist Democratic follower".[1]


Chandler was born in 1959 in Versailles, Kentucky, where he also attended high school. He earned both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Kentucky.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Chandler's political career[2]:

Prior to his political career, Chandler worked as an attorney in private practice.

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Chandler serves on the following House committees:[3]


Specific Votes

Chandler supported the auto bailout.[4] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[5]

In addition, Chandler voted for the stimulus bill.[6] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [7]

Chandler also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[8] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[9]

Finally, Chandler supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[10] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[11]



See also: Kentucky's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Chandler is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 6th District. Chandler won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Candidates Andy Barr, Patrick J. Kelly II, and Curtis Kenimer ran in the Republican primary. Candidate Randolph Vance is running as an Independent candidate in the general election. Candidates wishing to run were initially required to file by the signature filing deadline of January 31, 2012. However because the legislature was unable to complete new redistricting maps on time, the deadline was pushed back one week.[12] The new deadline was February 7.[13] The primary elections took place on May 22, 2012.


Chandler obtained endorsements from the Herald-Leader[14] and the National Rifle Association.[15]


On November 2, 2010, Chandler won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Garland "Andy" Barr (R), C. Wes Collins (Independent), and Randolph S. Vance (Independent) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Chandler Incumbent 50.1% 119,812
     Republican Garland "Andy" Barr 49.8% 119,164
     Independent C. Wes Collins 0.1% 225
     independent Randolph S. Vance 0% 22
Total Votes 239,223



Public Opinion Strategies, June 24-26 2012[17]
Poll Ben Chandler Andy BarrMargin of ErrorSample Size
Kentucky's 6th congressional district
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Campaign donors


Ben Chandler (2012)[18] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly [19]April 13, 2012$864,747.79$221,436.39$(47,043.03)$1,039,141.15
Pre-Primary [20]May 16, 2012$1,039,141.15$130,731.77$(17,046.22)$1,152,826.70
July Quarterly [21]July 13, 2012$1,152,826.70$269,388.05$(76,551.41)$1,345,663.34
Running totals

As of July 10, 2012 Chandler's campaign raised $398,000 in the second quarter and had $1.3 million dollars cash-on-hand.[22]


Breakdown of the source of Chandler's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Chandler won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Chandler's campaign committee raised a total of $1,674,100 and spent $2,665,906.[23]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Chandler paid his congressional staff a total of $1,107,599 in 2011. He ranks 144th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 58th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Kentucky ranks 10th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Chandler's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $377,013 and $931,000. That averages to $654,006.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Ben Chandler voted with the Democratic Party 72.7% of the time, which ranked 182 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[26]

Recent news

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Chandler lives in Woodford County, Kentucky, with his wife, Jennifer. The couple has three children.[27]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Ben Chandler" Accessed April 16, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Ben Chandler" Accessed November 15, 2011
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 15, 2011
  6. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  7. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  8. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  9. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  10. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  11. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  12. Courier Press "Judge to rule by Tuesday on Kentucky legislative filing deadline," January 30, 2012
  13. "Lawmakers move to postpone congressional deadline," January 27, 2012
  14. Ben Chandler for Congress "Herald-Leader Endorses Ben Chandler" Accessed April 13, 2012
  15. Ben Chandler for Congress "NRA Endorses Ben Chandler" Accessed April 13, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 15, 2011
  17. My Channel 2 "Barr down by five points to Chandler in new internal poll" Accessed July 11, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "Ben Chandler Summary Reports "Accessed July 11, 2012
  19. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 11, 2012
  20. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 11, 2012
  21. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  22. My Channel 2 "Barr campaign breaks 1 Million raised; rakes in almost $400k in 2nd quarter keeping pace with Chandler campaign" Accessed July 11, 2012
  23. Open Secrets "Ben Chandler 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 15, 2011
  24. LegiStorm "Ben Chandler"
  25., "Chandler, (D-Kentucky), 2010"
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  27. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 15, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Ernie Fletcher
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kentucky Attorney General
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kentucky State Auditor
Succeeded by