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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."<ref>[http://www.11alive.com/news/article/305057/40/No-Ga-House-members-so-far-approve-of-military-strike-on-Syria ''11 Alive.com'', "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
 
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."<ref>[http://www.11alive.com/news/article/305057/40/No-Ga-House-members-so-far-approve-of-military-strike-on-Syria ''11 Alive.com'', "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
  
=====DHS Appropriations=====
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====DHS Appropriations====
 
{{Support vote}} Kingston voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26816/jack-kingston#.UkmXcX_B_A4 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Jack Kingston Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Support vote}} Kingston voted in favor of 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26816/jack-kingston#.UkmXcX_B_A4 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Jack Kingston Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>
  
=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====CISPA 2013=====
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====CISPA 2013====
 
{{Oppose vote}} Kingston voted against 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA 2013 Referred in Senate - RFS," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Kingston voted against 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA 2013 Referred in Senate - RFS," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====NDAA=====
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====NDAA====
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Economy====
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===Economy===
=====Farm bill=====
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{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Kingston}}
 
{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Kingston}}
  
=====2014 Budget=====
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====2014 Budget====
 
{{House Budget 2014 GOP No|Name=Kingston}}
 
{{House Budget 2014 GOP No|Name=Kingston}}
  
=====Government shutdown=====
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====Government shutdown====
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Kingston voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Kingston voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Oppose vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Kingston voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Oppose vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Kingston voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
====Immigration====
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===Immigration===
=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Healthcare====
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===Healthcare===
=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act=====
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====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act====
 
{{Support vote}} Kingston 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Kingston 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Social issues====
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===Social issues===
=====Amash amendment=====
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====Amash amendment====
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Previous congressional sessions====
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===Previous congressional sessions===
=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  

Revision as of 16:43, 24 June 2014

Jack Kingston
Jack Kingston.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Georgia
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
U.S. House, Georgia, District 1
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$2,433,912
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] Kingston advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[6] He will face David Perdue in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.

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, Georgia.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kingston serves on the following committees:[8][9]

  • 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:[10]

  • 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

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.[11] For more information pertaining to Kingston's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

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."[13]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Kingston voted in favor of 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.[14]

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.[14]

CISPA 2013

Voted "No" Kingston voted against 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

NDAA

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.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[16] 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.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Kingston voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png 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.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] 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. Kingston joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[19][20]

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.[22] 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.[23] Kingston voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Voted "No" 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.[25] 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. Kingston voted against HR 2775.[26]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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.[14]

Healthcare

Healthcare 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.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Kingston 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.[14]

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.[14]

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.[27]

Issues

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. [28]

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.[29] 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.[30]

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.[31]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Kingston is one 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.[32]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

Kingston is 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][33] Kingston advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[6] He will face David Perdue in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Georgia Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Perdue 30.6% 185,029
Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston 25.8% 155,833
Karen Handel 22% 132,556
Phil Gingrey 10% 60,557
Paul Broun 9.6% 58,177
Derrick Grayson 1% 6,029
Art Gardner 0.9% 5,699
Total Votes 603,880
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


Polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Phil Gingrey Paul BrounKaren HandelJack KingstonDavid PerdueEugene YuDerrick GraysonArt GardnerOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
InsiderAdvantage
May 18, 2014
11%10%17%17%26%0%0%0%18%+/-3.3852
InsiderAdvantage
May 12-14, 2014
9%10%17%19%27%0%0%0%9%+/--1,182
RosettaStone
May 12, 2014
7%11%20%18%22%0%0%0%22%+/-3.4800
SurveyUSA
May 8-12, 2014
10%10%16%19%27%0%3%1%14%+/-4.0634
Saint Leo University
May 5-6, 2014
8%13%15%16%26%0%1%0%15%+/-4.0689
InsiderAdvantage
April 13-15, 2014
9%11%13%15%19%0%0%0%33%+/-3.4804
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
13%15%10%15%21%0%0%0%25%+/-4.0600
InsiderAdvantage
March 23-24, 2014
8%10%5%15%17%0%0%0%45%+/-3.26859
Hicks Evaluation Group/Apache Political Communication
February 13-16, 2014
10%11%10%11%13%0.3%5%8%43%+/-3.25926
The polling company, Inc/Woman Trend
January 31-February 1, 2014
19%13%14%11%8%2%7%0%0%+/-3.9600
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
25%19%13%15%5%0%0%0%20%+/-4.3520
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 28, 2013
22%16%14%8%1%0%0%0%39%+/-4.1570
AVERAGES 12.58% 12.42% 13.67% 14.92% 17.67% 0.19% 1.33% 0.75% 23.58% +/-2.86 753
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Democratic primary candidates
Poll Branko Radulovacki Michelle NunnSteen MilesTodd RobinsonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 8-12, 2014
5%59%7%10%19%+/-4.2549
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Nunn v. Perdue
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) David Perdue (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Hicks Evaluation Group
August 8-10, 2014
42%48%11%+/-3.48788
Vox Populi Polling
July 27-28, 2014
40%49%10%+/-3.9624
Landmark Communications
July 25, 2014
47%43%7%+/-3.8750
Rasmussen Reports
July 23-24, 2014
40%46%10%+/-4.0750
Public Policy Polling
July 9-12, 2014
48%41%10%+/--516
SurveyUSA
June 3-5, 2014
38%43%14%+/-3.2999
Rasmussen Reports]
May 21-22, 2014
45%42%6%+/-4.0750
Landmark Communications
May 19, 2014
45%44%11%+/-3.01,000
Saint Leo University
May 5-6, 2014
37%41%15%+/-4.0689
Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 5-8, 2014
41%45%13%+/-4.01,012
NBC News/Marist Poll
April 30 - May 6, 2014
45%44%9%+/-1.92,608
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
33%37.5%29.5%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
40%40%21%+/-4.3520
AVERAGES 41.62% 43.35% 12.81% +/-2.74 892.77
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


2012

See also: Georgia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Kingston ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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 general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston Incumbent 63% 157,181
     Democratic Lesli Messinger 37% 92,399
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[34] and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.[35]

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.[44]

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.[45]


Jack Kingston (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2013$988,077.99$845,644.17$(79,709.58)$1,754,012.58
July Quarterly[47]July 18, 2013$0.00$2,534,452.18$(186,495.14)$2,347,957.04
October Quarterly[48]October 15, 2013$2,347,957.04$811,519.35$(263,987.37)$2,895,489.02
Year-end[49]January 30, 2014$2,895,489$895,016$(364,709)$3,425,796
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2014$3,425,796$1,094,210$(2,419,748)$2,100,258
Running totals
$6,180,841.7$(3,314,649.09)

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.[51] The report marks the third quarter in a row that he has raised more than $800,000 and had no debt reported.[51]

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.[52]

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.[53] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[54]

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 .[55]

U.S. House, Georgia District 1, 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

Personal Gain Index

See also: Personal Gain Index
Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: 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, Kingston's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,927,417 and $2,940,407. That averages to $2,433,912, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Kingston ranked as the 129th most wealthy representative in 2012.[56] Between 2004 and 2012, Kingston's net worth decreased by 23.1 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

Jack Kingston Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$3,166,135
2012$2,433,912
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-23%
Average annual growth:-3%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
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.

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.[59]

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.[60]

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 January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[61]

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.[62]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Kingston was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Kingston's staff was given an apparent $28,000.00 in bonus money.[63]

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

Kingston ranked 55th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[64]

2011

Kingston ranked 161st in the conservative rankings.[65]

Voting with party

2013

Jack Kingston voted with the Republic Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 149th among the 233 House Republic members as of June 2013.[66]

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.[67]

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See also

External links


References

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  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. 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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  67. Savannah Now, "Wayward wildlife crashes Miley set," accessed October 24, 2011
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