|U.S. House, Minnesota, District 2|
|January 3, 2003-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Butte High School|
|Master's||Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1969-1994|
|Birthday||September 6, 1947|
|Place of birth||Allentown, Pennsylvania|
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- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Kline's professional and political career:
- U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, 2003-Present
- Unsuccessful Candidate for Congress, 1998, 2000
- United States Marine Corps, 1969-1994
U.S. House of Representatives
Kline serves on the following committees:
- Education and the Workforce Committee Chair
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
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. 
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.
Awards and Endorsements
An abbreviated list of Kline's awards and endorsements are listed below.
• 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
|U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010|
|Republican||John Kline Incumbent||63.3%||181,341|
|John Kline (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$873,102.45||$276,891.9||$(89,819.57)||$1,060,174.78|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$1,060,174.78||$428,280.24||$(151,230.08)||$1,337,224.94|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - John Kline Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$88,818|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$88,200|
|Top contributors to John Kline's campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$60,050|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
Percentage voting with party
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.
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- Gov Track "Kline" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Kline" Accessed December 3, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
- Star Tribune "U.S. Rep. Kline says he will run for re-election, support Pawlenty for president," Accessed February 10, 2012
- Star Tribune "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat" April 6, 2012
- Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
- John Kline "Awards/Endorsements," Accessed October 9, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 3, 2011
- Federal Election Commission "John Kline Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "John Kline April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
- "Federal Election Commission "John Kline July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
- Open Secrets "John Kline 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
- LegiStorm "John Kline"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Kline, (D-Minnesota), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
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