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{{tnr}}'''John Paul Kline''' (b. September 6, 1947, in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] representing [[Minnesota's 2nd congressional district]].  He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014. 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>  He is set to run for re-election in 2014.
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{{tnr}}'''John Paul Kline''' (b. September 6, 1947, in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] representing [[Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District]].  He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014. 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>  He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014.
  
 
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Kline's professional and political career:<ref name="bioguide"/>
 
Below is an abbreviated outline of Kline's professional and political career:<ref name="bioguide"/>
  
*2003-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Minnesota's 2nd congressional district]]  
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*2003-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District]]  
 
*1969-1994: United States Marine Corps
 
*1969-1994: United States Marine Corps
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**During the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, Kline carried the "nuclear football," a leather briefcase stocked with the country's classified nuclear plan.<ref>[http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-05-05-nuclear-football_x.htm ''USA Today'', "Military aides still carry the president's nuclear 'football,'" May 5, 2005]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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====National security====
 
====National security====
=====National Defense Authorization Act=====
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=====NDAA=====
 
{{support vote}} Kline 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=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/20311/john-kline?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UkRj5BCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative John Kline's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>
 
{{support vote}} Kline 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=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/20311/john-kline?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UkRj5BCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative John Kline's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>
  
=====Department of Homeland Security Appropriations=====
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
 
{{support vote}} Kline voted in support 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.<ref name=ns/>
 
{{support vote}} Kline voted in support 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.<ref name=ns/>
  
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{{oppose vote}} Kline voted in favor of 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=ns/>
 
{{oppose vote}} Kline voted in favor of 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=ns/>
  
=====Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act=====
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
{{support vote}} Kline voted in support of 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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{{support vote}} Kline voted in support 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.<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=ns/>
  
 
====Economy====
 
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{{support vote}}
 
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Kline voted to support the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/20311/john-kline?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UkRkzxCmUrg ''Vote Smart'', "Kline on Farm Bill 2013", accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
 
Kline voted to support the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/20311/john-kline?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UkRkzxCmUrg ''Vote Smart'', "Kline on Farm Bill 2013", accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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=====Government shutdown=====
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{{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> Kline voted for 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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{{support 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 funds 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. Kline voted for 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>
  
 
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===2014===
 
===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
Kline {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2014|Minnesota's]] [[Minnesota's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014|2nd District]]. Kline {{2014isseeking}} the Republican nomination in the primary. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Kline {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2014|Minnesota's]] [[Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014|2nd District]]. Kline {{2014isseeking}} the Republican nomination in the primary. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
He has been listed by the [[House Majority PAC]] as a target in 2014.<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/house-majority-pac-announces-top-2014-gop-incumbent-targets/ ''Roll Call'' "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" Accessed July 16, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/326399-dem-super-pac-hitting-9-republicans-on-shutdown ''The Hill,'' "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.kwtx.com/centraltexasvotes/home/headlines/Democratic-Group-Airs-Shutdown-Ads-Targeting-GOP-Lawmakers-226363121.html ''KWTV,'' "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013]</ref>
 
He has been listed by the [[House Majority PAC]] as a target in 2014.<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/house-majority-pac-announces-top-2014-gop-incumbent-targets/ ''Roll Call'' "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" Accessed July 16, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/326399-dem-super-pac-hitting-9-republicans-on-shutdown ''The Hill,'' "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.kwtx.com/centraltexasvotes/home/headlines/Democratic-Group-Airs-Shutdown-Ads-Targeting-GOP-Lawmakers-226363121.html ''KWTV,'' "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
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Kline won re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/116830603.html ''Star Tribune'' "U.S. Rep. Kline says he will run for re-election, support Pawlenty for president," Accessed February 10, 2012]</ref> He defeated [[David Gerson]] in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012-primary-results/?state=MN&eid=24009&site=WCCOTVELN ''CBS'' "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>  He defeated Democrat [[Mike Obermueller]] in the November general election.
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Kline won re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/116830603.html ''Star Tribune'' "U.S. Rep. Kline says he will run for re-election, support Pawlenty for president," Accessed February 10, 2012]</ref> He defeated [[David Gerson]] in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012-primary-results/?state=MN&eid=24009&site=WCCOTVELN ''CBS'' "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>  He defeated Democrat [[Mike Obermueller]] in the November 6, 2012, general election.
  
 
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Given the new district maps, Democrats in the state said they had better odds of defeating incumbent Kline, who won his last election by a 30 percent margin. Democrats hoped 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. However, they were unsuccessful in taking the seat.<ref name="STR">[http://m.startribune.com/politics/?id=146034165&c=y ''Star Tribune'' "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat" April 6, 2012]</ref>
 
Given the new district maps, Democrats in the state said they had better odds of defeating incumbent Kline, who won his last election by a 30 percent margin. Democrats hoped 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. However, they were unsuccessful in taking the seat.<ref name="STR">[http://m.startribune.com/politics/?id=146034165&c=y ''Star Tribune'' "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat" April 6, 2012]</ref>
  
According to the ''Washington Post'', redistricting transformed the 2nd district from a safe seat into a swing district. While the 2nd formerly went safely for Kline, the newly drawn district became a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-house-districts-that-might-surprise-you/2012/05/11/gIQAIEKGIU_blog.html ''Washington Post blog'' "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012]</ref>
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According to the ''Washington Post'', redistricting transformed the 2nd District from a safe seat into a swing district. While the 2nd formerly went safely for Kline, the newly drawn district became a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-house-districts-that-might-surprise-you/2012/05/11/gIQAIEKGIU_blog.html ''Washington Post blog'' "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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===2014===
 
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===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
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====2011====
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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.
 
  
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Kline's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $230,005 and $550,000. That averages to '''$390,002.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Kline ranked as the 296th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004436&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org'',"John Kline (R-MN), 2012"]</ref>
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/321/Rep_John_Kline.html ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Kline, (D-Minnesota), 2010"]</ref>
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*[http://kline.house.gov/ Official House website]
 
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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
Cost per vote$10.12 in 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$390,002.50
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Paul Kline (b. September 6, 1947, in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. He is running for re-election in 2014. Kline was first elected to the House in 2002. He won re-election in 2012.[1] He is running for re-election in 2014.

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:[4]

2011-2012

Kline served on the following committees:[5]

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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Kline's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Kline 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Kline voted in support 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Kline voted in favor of 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Kline voted in support 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Kline voted to support the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] Kline voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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 funds 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.[15] 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. Kline voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

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.[17]

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.[17] Kline is one of the seven representatives who serves in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[17]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Kline has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Kline supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[20]

Foreign policy
Removal of troops from Afghanistan

Voted "No" Kline opposed a resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.[21]

American involvement in Libya

Voted "Yes" Kline supported a ban on using armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011.[21]

Jobs

Voted "No" Kline voted against raising the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in 2007.[22]

Voted "Yes" Kline voted to extend unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks in 2008.[22]

Immigration

Voted "Yes" Kline supported a bill to build a fence on the U.S./Mexico border in 2006.[23]

Voted "Yes" Kline voted to end birthright citizenship or "anchor babies" in 2009.[23]

Government reform

Voted "No" Kline opposed granting Washington D.C. an Electoral vote and a vote in Congress in 2007.[24]

Elections

2014

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

Kline is running in the 2014 election for re-election to the U.S. House, representing Minnesota's 2nd District. Kline is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

He has been listed by the House Majority PAC as a target in 2014.[25][26][27]

2012

See also: Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Kline won re-election in 2012.[28] He defeated David Gerson in the Republican primary.[29] He defeated Democrat Mike Obermueller in the November 6, 2012, 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"
U.S. House, Minnesota District 2 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 said they had better odds of defeating incumbent Kline, who won his last election by a 30 percent margin. Democrats hoped 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. However, they were unsuccessful in taking the seat.[30]

According to the Washington Post, redistricting transformed the 2nd District from a safe seat into a swing district. While the 2nd formerly went safely for Kline, the newly drawn district became a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.[31]

Endorsements

Kline's awards and endorsements from the 2012 election are listed below.[32]

  • 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.[38]

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

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 Kline's reports.[39]

John Kline (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 8, 2013$565,590.33$257,742.07$(73,202.01)$750,130.39
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$750,130.39$482,707.84$(126,923.46)$1,105,914.77
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$1,105,914.77$370,085.09$(168,094.95)$1,307,904.91
Year-End Quarterly[43]December 31, 2013$1,307,904$450,588$(123,378)$1,620,031
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$1,620,031.68$270,817.24$(232,673.31)$1,658,175.61
Running totals
$1,831,940.24$(724,271.73)

Kline raised more than $740,000 in the first half of 2013. As of June 30, 2013, Kline had $1.1 million in the bank. His Democratic-Farm-Laboror opponent, Mike Obermueller, has raised only $131,000 and has a little more than $93,000 in cash-on-hand.[45]

For-profit education

According to an Open Secrets report, Kline, who serves as chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, had almost 25% of his second quarter 2013 campaign donations come from for-profit university PACs or executives at those institutions. He did not receive any donations from the public or non-profit education sector. These donations included:

  1. ITT Education Services executives gave $13,400
  2. Apollo Group, the owners of University of Phoenix, gave $11,600
  3. Full Sail University gave $10,400
  4. Globe University gave $10,000
  5. Grand Canyon University gave $9,500

These donations meant that the for-profit education groups were Kline's top industry donor from April to June 2013.[46]

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.[47]

Cost per vote

Kline spent $10.12 per vote received in 2012.

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.[48]

Analysis

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.[49]

Kline most often votes with:

Kline least often votes with:

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[50]

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.[51]

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 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.[52]

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, Kline's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $230,005 and $550,000. That averages to $390,002.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Kline ranked as the 296th most wealthy representative in 2012.[53]

John Kline Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$390,002.50-12.65%
2011$446,504.00-5.2%
2010$471,006.50N/A

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. [54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

Personal

Kline lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with his wife, Vicky. They have two children and four grandchildren.[57]

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External links

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Kline" Accessed December 3, 2011
  3. USA Today, "Military aides still carry the president's nuclear 'football,'" May 5, 2005
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
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  19. Project Vote Smart, "Kline on abortion," accessed September 26, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. 21.0 21.1 On the Issue, "John Kline on War and Peace", accessed September 11, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On the Issues, "Kline on Jobs, accessed September 11, 2013
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  57. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
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