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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
Cost per vote$5.66 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
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$1,378,515
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brett Guthrie campaign logo
Steve Brett "Brett" Guthrie (b. February 18, 1964, in Florence, Alabama) 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.

He 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 is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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 on February 18, 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][5]

2011-2012

Guthrie served on the following committees:[6]

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Guthrie's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Guthrie voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Guthrie voted against 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Guthrie voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Guthrie voted in support of 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Guthrie voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Guthrie voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] 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.[18] Guthrie voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[20] 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. Guthrie voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Guthrie voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Guthrie voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Guthrie voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Guthrie voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Campaign themes

2012

The following issues were highlighted on Guthrie's campaign website.[23]

  • "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

2014

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

Guthrie is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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][24]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Guthrie Incumbent 64.3% 181,508
     Democratic David Lynn Williams 31.7% 89,541
     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"[25]

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.[28]

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

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 Guthrie's reports.[29]


Brett Guthrie (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]July 17, 2013$825,634$184,985$(94,121)$916,498
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$916,498$372,895$(132,491)$1,156,903
October Quarterly[32]October 13, 2013$1,156,903$220,485$(147,002)$1,230,386
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$1,230,386$152,708$(105,052)$1,278,043
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$1,278,043$175,801$(121,280)$1,332,564
Running totals
$1,106,874$(599,946)

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.[35] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

Cost per vote

Guthrie spent $5.66 per vote received in 2012.

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.[37]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 2, 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.[38]

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.[39]

Guthrie most often votes with:

Guthrie least often votes with:

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 January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[40]

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 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.[41]

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.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Guthrie's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $811,030 and $1,946,000. That averages to $1,378,515, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Guthrie ranked as the 181st most wealthy representative in 2012.[43]

Brett Guthrie Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$1,378,515
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.

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.

2012

Guthrie ranked 131st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[44]

2011

Guthrie ranked 132nd in the conservative rankings.[45]

Voting with party

2013

Brett Guthrie voted with the Republican Party 98.5% of the time, which ranked 12th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[46]

Personal

Guthrie has three children with his wife, Beth (née Clemmons).[47]

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kentucky Secretary of State "Candidate Filings" accessed January 10, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 Election Map," November 6, 2012
  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," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" accessed November 12, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Brett Guthrie Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. Guthrie's Official Campaign Website
  24. Politico, "2012 Election Map," November 6, 2012
  25. YouTube channel
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Brett Guthrie" accessed April 7, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Brett Guthrie 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  35. Open Secrets, "Brett Guthrie 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Brett Guthrie 2010 Re-Election Cycle," accessed November 12, 2011
  38. GovTrack, "Brett Guthrie" accessed June 18, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Brett Guthrie," accessed August 2, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Brett Guthrie," accessed April 1, 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Brett Guthrie"
  42. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets, "Guthrie, (R-KY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. Official House Site "Biography," accessed November 12, 2011
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U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky, District 2
2009–Present
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