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Guthrie won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012|Kentucky's]] [[Kentucky's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|2nd District]]. Guthrie ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated [[David Lynn Williams]] (D), [[Craig Astor]] (L), and [[Andrew R. Beacham]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="SOS">[http://apps.sos.ky.gov/elections/candidatefilings/statewide/default.aspx?cand=3559 ''Kentucky Secretary of State'' "Candidate Filings" Accessed January 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
 
Guthrie won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012|Kentucky's]] [[Kentucky's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|2nd District]]. Guthrie ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated [[David Lynn Williams]] (D), [[Craig Astor]] (L), and [[Andrew R. Beacham]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="SOS">[http://apps.sos.ky.gov/elections/candidatefilings/statewide/default.aspx?cand=3559 ''Kentucky Secretary of State'' "Candidate Filings" Accessed January 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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Brett Guthrie
Brett Guthrie.jpg
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRon Lewis (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,093,884
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kentucky State Senate
1999-2008
Education
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy, West Point
Master'sYale University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1987-1990
Service branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1990-2002
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 18, 1964
Place of birthFlorence, Alabama
ProfessionBusiness Executive
Net worth$613,514
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brett Guthrie campaign logo
Steve Brett "Brett" Guthrie (b. February 18, 1964) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 2nd congressional district. Guthrie was first elected to the House in 2008.

Guthrie won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 2nd District. Guthrie ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated David Lynn Williams (D), Craig Astor (L), and Andrew R. Beacham (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

He previously was a member of the Kentucky State Senate from 1999 to 2008.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Guthrie is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Guthrie was born in 1964 in Florence, Alabama. He earned his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1987 and his M.P.P.M. from Yale University in 1997. Prior to his political career, Guthrie had served in the United States Army and worked as a businessman.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Guthrie's professional and political career[3]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Guthrie serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Guthrie served on the following committees:[5]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Health

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Guthrie voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Campaign themes

2012

The following issues were highlighted on Guthrie's campaign website.[7]

  • "Voted for massive cuts in federal spending. In fact, Brett voted to cut $95 billion in one year."
  • "Strongly supports balancing the federal budget. Brett voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution"
  • "Was named a “Taxpayer Hero” by the Council of Citizens Against Government Waste"
  • "Voted to repeal Obamacare"
  • "Fought for better medical care for our nation’s veterans by introducing legislation (H.R. 1612) to improve coverage and care for soldiers returning home with urological trauma."
  • "Strongly supports development of the Keystone XL Pipeline"

Elections

2012

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

Guthrie won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 2nd District. Guthrie ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated David Lynn Williams (D), Craig Astor (L), and Andrew R. Beacham (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][8]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic David Lynn Williams 31.7% 89,541
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Guthrie Incumbent 64.3% 181,508
     Libertarian Craig Astor 1.7% 4,914
     Independent Andrew R. Beacham 2.2% 6,304
Total Votes 282,267
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Media

Guthrie has outlined his policy position on several YouTube videos. The following video, was released on September 13, 2012 and is titled "Representative Brett Guthrie on Restoring America's Economy."


Brett Guthrie, "Representative Brett Guthrie on Restoring America's Economy"[9]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Guthrie is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Guthrie raised a total of $4,093,884 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[12]

Brett Guthrie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House, (Kentucky, District 2) Won $1,577,907
2010 U.S. House, (Kentucky, District 2) Won $1,233,305
2008 U.S. House, (Kentucky, District 2) Won $1,282,672
Grand Total Raised $4,093,884

2012

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

Guthrie won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Guthrie's campaign committee raised a total of $1,577,907 and spent $1,027,866.[13]

2010

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

Guthrie won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Guthrie's campaign committee raised a total of $1,233,305 and spent $859,805.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Brett Guthrie Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,233,305
Total Spent $982,229
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Brett Guthrie's campaign committee
Brown-Forman Corp$14,800
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$12,500
Houchens Industries$11,600
AT&T Inc$11,500
American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$99,500
General Contractors$61,500
Insurance$57,250
Air Transport$47,209
Leadership PACs$44,318

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Guthrie is a "rank-and-file Republican,"as of June 18, 2013.[15]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Guthrie missed 24 of 3,350 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[16]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Guthrie paid his congressional staff a total of $966,449 in 2011. He ranked 74th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 225th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Kentucky ranked 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.[17]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Guthrie is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Guthrie's staff was given an apparent $3,733.33 in bonus money.[18]

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, Guthrie's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $309,029 and $918,000. That averages to $613,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Guthrie's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $294,030 and $870,000. That averages to $582,015, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Guthrie ranked 131st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Guthrie ranked 132nd in the conservative rankings.[22]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Brett Guthrie has voted with the Republican Party 98.5 of the time, which ranked 12 among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

Guthrie has three children with his wife, Beth (née Clemmons).[24]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kentucky Secretary of State "Candidate Filings" Accessed January 10, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Brett Guthrie" Accessed November 12, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 12, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Guthrie's Official Campaign Website
  8. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  9. YouTube channel
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Brett Guthrie" Accessed April 7, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Brett Guthrie 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Brett Guthrie 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  15. Gov Track "Brett Guthrie" Accessed June 18, 2013
  16. GovTrack, "Brett Guthrie," Accessed April 1, 2013
  17. LegiStorm "Brett Guthrie"
  18. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Guthrie (R-KY), 2011"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Guthrie, (R-Kentucky), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  24. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 12, 2011
Political offices
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Ron Lewis
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 2
2009–Present
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Kentucky State Senate
1999-2008
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