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John Kline
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U.S. House, Minnesota, District 2
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 12
PredecessorMark Kennedy (R)
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
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
Net worth$446,504
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 ran for re-election in 2014. 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.


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]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Kline serves on the following committees:[3]


Kline served on the following committees:[4]


Political positions

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.[5]

Foreign policy

Removal of troops from Afghanistan

Voted "No" Kline opposed a resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.[6]

American involvement in Libya

Voted "Yes" Kline supported a ban on using armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011.[6]


Voted "No" Kline voted against raising the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in 2007.[7]

Voted "Yes" Kline voted to extend unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks in 2008.[7]


Voted "Yes" Kline supported a bill to build a fence on the U.S./Mexico border in 2006.[8]

Voted "Yes" Kline voted to end birthright citizenship or "anchor babies" in 2009.[8]

Government reform

Voted "No" Kline opposed granting Washington D.C. an Electoral vote and a vote in Congress in 2007.[9]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[10] For more information pertaining to Kline's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

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.[12]

Department of Homeland Security 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.[12]

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.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Kline voted to support the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]


Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House may have faced 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.[16]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they were less likely to vote for their representative if he failed to support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they were less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members blocked immigration reform proposals.[16] Kline was one of the seven representatives who served in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[16]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Kline has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[17]

Social issues


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.[18]



See also: Minnesota's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

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


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

Kline won re-election in 2012.[19] He defeated David Gerson in the Republican primary.[20] 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" (dead link)
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 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.[21]

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.[22]


Kline's awards and endorsements from the 2012 election are listed below.[23]

  • 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.[29]

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


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.[30]

John Kline (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]4/08/2013$565,590.33$257,742.07$(73,202.01)$750,130.39
July Quarterly[32]7/15/2013$750,130.39$482,707.84$(126,923.46)$1,105,914.77
Running totals

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.[33]

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.[34]


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.[35]

Cost per vote

Kline spent $10.12 per vote received in 2012.


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.[36]


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.[37]

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[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[41]

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.


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. [42]


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.[43]

Percentage voting with party


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.[44]


Kline lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with his wife, Vicky. They have two children and four grandchildren.[45]

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External links


  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., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 On the Issue, "John Kline on War and Peace", accessed September 11, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 On the Issues, "Kline on Jobs, accessed September 11, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 On the Issues, "Kline on Immigration", accessed September 11, 2013
  9. On the Issues, "Kline on Government Reform", accessed September 11, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative John Kline's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Vote Smart, "Kline on Farm Bill 2013", accessed September 26, 2013
  15. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative John Kline's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 26, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Kline on abortion," accessed September 26, 2013
  19. Star Tribune "U.S. Rep. Kline says he will run for re-election, support Pawlenty for president," Accessed February 10, 2012
  20. CBS "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
  21. Star Tribune "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat" April 6, 2012
  22. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  23. John Kline "Awards/Endorsements," Accessed October 9, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "John Kline" Accessed May 16, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Kline 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  31. FEC "April Quarterly, Kline," Accessed July 18, 2013
  32. FEC "July Quarterly, Kline," Accessed July 18, 2013
  33. Post Bulletin "Kline boasts $1.1 million campaign war chest," Accessed July 17, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Rep. Kline Turns Chairmanship into Profitable For-Profit Haul," July 15, 2013
  35. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "John Kline 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  37. OpenCongress, "John Kline," Accessed August 5, 2013
  38. Gov Track "John Kline," Accessed June 11, 2012
  39. GovTrack, "John Kline" Accessed April 2013
  40. LegiStorm "John Kline"
  41., "Kline, (D-Minnesota), 2010"
  42. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  45. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Kennedy
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 2
Succeeded by