John Kline

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John Kline
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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
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
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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]

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.[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kline serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Kline served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

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 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"

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. [8]

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.[9]

Awards and Endorsements

Kline's awards and endorsements from the 2012 election are listed below.[10]

  • 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

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kline won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Shelley Madore (D) in the general election.[11]

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

2012

Breakdown of funds according to source.

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.[12]

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.[13]

Analysis

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Political Positions

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. [17]

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.[18]

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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Personal

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

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Kennedy
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 2
2003–Present
Succeeded by
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