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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Minnesota ''ABC News,'' "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012]</ref>
 
{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Minnesota ''ABC News,'' "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Kline is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_kline/400224 ''Gov Track'' "Kline" Accessed May 22, 2012]</ref>
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Kline won election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Kline's campaign committee raised a total of $2,352,676 and spent $1,957,356.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004436 ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013]</ref>
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Kline won election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Kline's campaign committee raised a total of $2,352,676 and spent $1,957,356.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00004436&type=I ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013]</ref>
 
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Revision as of 16:02, 9 July 2013

John Kline
John Kline.jpg
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMark Kennedy (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,004,246
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolButte High School
Bachelor'sRice University
Master'sShippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1969-1994
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 6, 1947
Place of birthAllentown, Pennsylvania
ProfessionSoldier, Teacher
Net worth$446,504
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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 analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kline is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

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.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Kline's professional and political career[2]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kline serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Kline served on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Political positions

Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House might face a tougher path to re-election in 2014 because immigration reform did not pass in the House in 2013, according to a Public Policy Poll released in July 2013.[5]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they would be less likely to vote for their current representative if he fails support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they would be less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members block immigration reform proposals.[5] Kline is one of the seven representatives who serves in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Kline voted for 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

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

Kline won re-election in 2012.[7] He defeated David Gerson in the Republican primary.[8] He 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"
Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kline Incumbent 85.1% 15,859
David Gerson 14.9% 2,772
Total Votes 18,631

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. [9]

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.[10]

Endorsements

Kline's awards and endorsements from the 2012 election are listed below.[11]

  • 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

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kline is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Kline raised a total of $10,004,246 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[17]

John Kline's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 2) Won $2,352,676
2010 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 2) Won $1,552,172
2008 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 2) Won $1,464,906
2006 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 2) Won $1,495,470
2004 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 2) Won $1,585,892
2002 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 2) Won $1,553,130
Grand Total Raised $10,004,246

2012

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

Kline won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kline's campaign committee raised a total of $2,352,676 and spent $1,957,356.[18]

2010

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.[19]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kline is a "far-right Republican," as of June 11, 2013[20]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kline missed 49 of 7,664 roll call votes from Jan 2003 to Apr 2013, which is 0.6% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[21]

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 ranked 103rd on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 180th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranked 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.[22]

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, Kline's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $248,009 and $645,000. This averages to $446,504, which is a 0.052% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.

2010

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.[23]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Kline was ranked the 26th most conservative representative during 2012. This is the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Minnesota. [24]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, John Kline was ranked the 60th most conservative representative during 2011. This is the most conservative rating held by a representative from Minnesota.[25]

Percentage voting with party

2013

John Kline voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 76th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[26]

Recent news

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Personal

Kline lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with his wife, Vicky. They have two children and four grandchildren.[27]

External links

References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Kline" Accessed December 3, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Star Tribune "U.S. Rep. Kline says he will run for re-election, support Pawlenty for president," Accessed February 10, 2012
  8. CBS "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
  9. Star Tribune "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat" April 6, 2012
  10. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  11. John Kline "Awards/Endorsements," Accessed October 9, 2012
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "John Kline" Accessed May 16, 2013
  18. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "John Kline 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  20. Gov Track "John Kline," Accessed June 11, 2012
  21. GovTrack, "John Kline" Accessed April 2013
  22. LegiStorm "John Kline"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Kline, (D-Minnesota), 2010"
  24. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  27. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Kennedy
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 2
2003–Present
Succeeded by
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