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Jack Kingston
Jack Kingston.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRobert Lindsay Thomas (D)
Leadership
: Vice Chair, House Republican Conference
2003-2006
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.69 in 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,849,730
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia
Personal
BirthdayApril 24, 1955
Place of birthBryan, Texas
ProfessionInsurance Agent
Net worth$2,901,142
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Heddens "Jack" Kingston (b. April 24, 1955, in Bryan, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kingston was elected by voters from Georgia's 1st congressional district.

Kingston won re-election for Georgia's 1st District in 2012.[1][2] He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992.[3]

Kingston announced he will officially be running to take over the open U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.[4] Kingston made the announcement on May 2, 2013.[4][5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kingston is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Kingston was born in Bryan, Texas, and lived briefly in Ethiopia before moving to Athens, Georgia, where he grew up. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Congressman Kingston moved to Savannah.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kingston serves on the following committees:[7]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Chair
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations

2011-2012

Kingston served on the following committees:[8]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Chair
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

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.[9] For more information pertaining to Kingston's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, Kingston said regarding the situation in Syria, "As the crisis in Syria poses no direct threat to the US, President Obama should seek congressional authorization before sending our troops."[11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Kingston 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.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Kingston 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.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Kingston voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Kingston 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.[12]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Kingston 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.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Kingston 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.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Kingston voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Kingston voted in favor of 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.[12]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Kingston 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.[14]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jack Kingston endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [15]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[16] According to the report, Kingston co-sponsored a $6.3 million earmark in 2008 to replenish the beach on Tybee Island, where he owns a cottage about 900 feet from the beach.[17]

No Labels caucus

Kingston announced on July 18, 2013 that he will partner with state Democrats John Barrow and Sanford Bishop, and seven dozen other congressional moderates to unveil a legislative package of nine reform bills to reduce government waste and inefficiency. The bipartisan, bicameral caucus was organized by No Labels.[18]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Kingston is 1 of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[19]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

Kingston announced he will officially be running to take over the open U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.[4] Chambliss will retire rather than seek re-election to the Senate in 2014. Kingston made the announcement on May 2, 2013.[4][20]

2012

See also: Georgia's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Kingston ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 1st District. He won re-election on the Republican ticket. Primary elections took place on July 31, 2012. Kingston ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Lesli Rae Messinger (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Lesli Messinger 37% 92,399
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston Incumbent 63% 157,181
Total Votes 249,580
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Endorsements

Kingston received endorsements from the National Federation of Independent Business[21] and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.[22]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kingston is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Kingston raised a total of $6,849,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[31]

Jack Kingston's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $1,248,412
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $1,029,117
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $968,547
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $1,129,762
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $845,894
2002 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $788,607
2000 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $839,391
Grand Total Raised $6,849,730

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 Kingston's reports.[32]

Jack Kingston (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$988,077.99$845,644.17$(79,709.58)$1,754,012.58
July Quarterly[34]July 18, 2013$0.00$2,534,452.18$(186,495.14)$2,347,957.04
Running totals
$3,380,096.35$(266,204.72)

Third quarter fundraising

In the 2013 third quarter fundraising report Kingston reported having raised slightly more than $800,000 and had $2.9 million cash on hand.[35] The report marks the third quarter in a row that he has raised more than $800,000 and had no debt reported.[35]

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Kingston made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Kingston had received $65,000 from top defense firms.[36]

2012

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

Kingston won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kingston's campaign committee raised a total of $1,248,412 and spent $1,208,213.[37] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[38]

Cost per vote

Kingston spent $7.69 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Kingston won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Kingston's campaign committee raised a total of $1,029,117 and spent $759,470 .[39]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Jack Kingston Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,029,117
Total Spent $759,470
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Jack Kingston's campaign committee
General Dynamics$11,500
AFLAC Inc$10,000
Alliant Techsystems$10,000
American Assn of Orthodontists$10,000
American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$55,300
Crop Production & Basic Processing$52,400
Lobbyists$50,988
Insurance$43,250
Defense Electronics$41,800

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kingston is a "far-right Republican," as of June 13, 2013.[40]

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.[41]

Kingston most often votes with:

Kingston least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kingston missed 467 of 13,520 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kingston paid his congressional staff a total of $872,688 in 2011. He ranks 95th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 115th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Kingston is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Kingston's staff was given an apparent $28,000.00 in bonus money.[44]

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, Kingston's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,269,648 and $3,532,637. That averages to $2,901,142, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 13.59% from 2010.[45]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kingston's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,725,768 and $3,988,757. That averages to $3,357,262.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[46]

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. Kingston ranked 55th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[47]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kingston ranked 161st in the conservative rankings.[48]

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, Jack Kingston has voted with the Republic Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 149th among the 233 House Republic members as of June 2013.[49]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Jack + Kingston + Georgia + House

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Personal

Kingston resides in Savannah with his wife, Libby. They have four children, two dogs and two cats.[3] Kingston is a frequent guest on shows such as HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and TV news shows. He appeared as an extra in The Last Song, a movie filmed in Savannah and Tybee Island.[50]

External links


References

  1. Roll Call "Race Ratings: In Georgia, New Geography Won’t Hurt GOP," Accessed March 11, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman Jack Kingston--First District of Georgia "Biography" Accessed October 24, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Atlanta Journal Constitution "Jack Kingston declares for U.S. Senate -- and Karen Handel says, 'Don't forget me'" Accessed May 2, 2013
  5. The Coastal Source "Congressman Jack Kingston to make announcement Thursday" Accessed May 2, 2013
  6. Politico "Tea party favorite may not get chair" Accessed October 24, 2011
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  8. Congressman Jack Kingston--First District of Georgia "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 24, 2011
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11 Alive.com, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Votesmart, "Jack Kingston Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Politico "Newt Gingrich wins an endorsement," May 17, 2011
  16. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  17. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  18. Georgia Tip Sheet "Jack Kingston, the no-labels candidate" Accessed July 19, 2013
  19. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  20. The Coastal Source "Congressman Jack Kingston to make announcement Thursday" Accessed May 2, 2013
  21. NFIB "NFIB Backs Pro-Small Business U.S. Representatives From Georgia for Reelection" Accessed July 26, 2012
  22. ALIPAC "Campaigns & Elections" Accessed July 26, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Jack Kingston" Accessed April 4, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Jack Kingston 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  35. 35.0 35.1 Politico, "Senate contender Jack Kingston raises $800k," accessed October 7, 2013
  36. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Jack Kingston 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Jack Kerry 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 2011
  40. Gov Track "Kingston" Accessed June 13, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jack Kingston," Accessed August 1, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Jack Kingston," Accessed March 29, 2013
  43. LegiStorm "Jack Kingston"
  44. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Kingston (R-Ga), 2011"
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Kingston, (R-Georgia), 2010"
  47. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  48. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  50. Savannah Now "Wayward wildlife crashes Miley set" Accessed October 24, 2011
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Preceded by
Robert Lindsay Thomas
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 1
1993–present
Succeeded by
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