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John Kline
John Kline.jpg
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 2
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolButte High School
Bachelor'sRice University
Master'sShippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1969-1994
Date of birthSeptember 6, 1947
Place of birthAllentown, Pennsylvania
ProfessionSoldier, Teacher
Office website
Campaign website
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John Kline campaign logo
John Paul Kline (b. September 6, 1947) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. Kline was first elected to the House in 2002. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kline is a "far-right Republican".[2]


Kline was born in 1947 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. from Rice University and his M.P.A. from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and 1988, respectively. Prior to his political career, Kline served as a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps from 1969-1994.[3]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Kline was appointed chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 113th Congress.[4]


Kline serves on the following committees:[5]



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

Kline won re-election in 2012.[6] He defeated David Gerson in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Mike Obermueller in the November general election.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kline Incumbent 54% 193,587
     Democratic Mike Obermueller 45.8% 164,338
     NA Write-in 0.1% 521
Total Votes 358,446
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Effect of redistricting

Given the new district maps, Democrats in the state say they have better odds of defeating incumbent Kline, who won his last election by a 30 percent margin. Democrats hope that Kline's south suburban and rural district, which includes a southeastern swath of Minnesota from Dakota County to Wabasha County and over to Scott and Rice counties, could turn in their favor. [7]

According to the Washington Post, redistricting has transformed the 2nd district from a safe seat into a swing district. While the 2nd formerly went safely for Kline, the newly drawn district will be a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.[8]

Awards and Endorsements

Kline's awards and endorsements are listed below.[9]

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Council for Citizens Against Government Waste “Taxpayer Hero Award”
  • National Tax Limitation Committee “Tax Fighter Award”
  • Taxpayers League Liberty Fund
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • Champion of Small Business Award
  • Minnesota Farm Bureau
  • National Guard Bureau’s Heritage Award
  • Club for Growth
  • Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association
  • International Association of Firefighters
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC
  • Combat Veterans for Congress
  • American Conservative Union
  • National Rifle Association
  • International Foodservice Distributors Association
  • National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
  • National Right To Life Committee
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life


On November 2, 2010, Kline won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Shelley Madore (D) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kline Incumbent 63.3% 181,341
     Democratic Shelley Moore 36.6% 104,809
     Write-in 0.1% 303
Total Votes 286,453

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Kline's reports.[11]

John Kline (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$873,102.45$276,891.9$(89,819.57)$1,060,174.78
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$1,060,174.78$428,280.24$(151,230.08)$1,337,224.94
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$1,355,572.61$286,501.38$(272,466.92)$1,369,607.07
Pre-General[15]October 25, 2012$1,369,607.07$75,539.02$(306,474.09)$1,138,672
Running totals


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

Kline won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kline's campaign committee raised a total of $1,552,172 and spent $1,404,779.[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. Kline paid his congressional staff a total of $930,733 in 2011. He ranks 103rd on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 180th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranks 26th 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]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kline's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $251,013 and $691,000. That averages to $471,006.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[18]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

John Kline voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 19 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[19]

Recent news

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Kline lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with his wife, Vicky. They have two children and four grandchildren.[20]

External links


  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Kline" Accessed May 22, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Kline" Accessed December 3, 2011
  4. Politico, "House committee chairs all men," November 28, 2012
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
  6. Star Tribune "U.S. Rep. Kline says he will run for re-election, support Pawlenty for president," Accessed February 10, 2012
  7. Star Tribune "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat" April 6, 2012
  8. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  9. John Kline "Awards/Endorsements," Accessed October 9, 2012
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 3, 2011
  11. Federal Election Commission "John Kline Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  13. "Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  14. "Federal Election Commission "October Quarterly," Accessed November 1, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Pre-General," Accessed November 6, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "John Kline 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  17. LegiStorm "John Kline"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Kline, (D-Minnesota), 2010"
  19. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  20. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Kennedy
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 2
Succeeded by