John Kline

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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 11
PredecessorMark Kennedy (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$10.12 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next primaryAugust 12, 2014
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
BirthdaySeptember 6, 1947
Place of birthAllentown, Pennsylvania
ProfessionSoldier, Teacher
Net worth$390,002.50
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 to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Minnesota in 2014.[2]

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.[3]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Kline serves on the following committees:[5]


Kline served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Kline's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Kline voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

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.[9]

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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


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.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

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

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 funded 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 reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House might face a tougher path to re-election in 2014 if immigration reform does not pass in the House, according to a Public Policy Poll released on July 9, 2013.[17]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts 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 the current immigration reform proposal.[17] Kline is one of the seven representatives who serves in a district with overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[17]


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


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]


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]


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]


On The Issues Vote Match

John Kline's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Kline is a Hard-Core Conservative. Kline received a score of 14 percent on personal issues and 96 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[25]



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 on August 12, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

He has been listed by the House Majority PAC as a target in 2014.[26][27][28]


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

Kline won re-election in 2012.[29] He defeated David Gerson in the Republican primary.[30] 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.[31]

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.[32]


Kline's awards and endorsements from the 2012 election are listed below.[33]

  • 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.[39]

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.[40]

John Kline (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 8, 2013$565,590.33$257,742.07$(73,202.01)$750,130.39
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$750,130.39$482,707.84$(126,923.46)$1,105,914.77
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2013$1,105,914.77$370,085.09$(168,094.95)$1,307,904.91
Year-End Quarterly[44]December 31, 2013$1,307,904$450,588$(123,378)$1,620,031
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$1,620,031.68$270,817.24$(232,673.31)$1,658,175.61
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.[46]

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.[47]


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.[48]

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.[49]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 2, 2010 - John Kline Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,552,172
Total Spent $1,404,779
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $88,818
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $88,200
Top contributors to John Kline's campaign committee
Best Buy$13,900
Starkey Laboratories$13,400
General Mills$12,400
Boeing Co$11,500
Pawn America$10,100
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retail Sales$64,650
Securities & Investment$60,050

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

  • The Net Worth Metric
  • The K-Street Metric (coming soon)
  • The Donation Concentration Metric (coming soon)
  • The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (coming soon)

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[50] Between 2004 and 2012, Kline's calculated net worth[51] decreased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

John Kline Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-26%
Average annual growth:-3%[53]
Comparatively, the average citizen experienced a yearly decline in net worth of 0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership, and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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.[55]

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[56]

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.[56]

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.[57]

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.[58]


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.[59]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, John Kline has voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 76th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[60]


Kline lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with his wife, Vicky. They have two children and four grandchildren.[61]

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See also

External links


  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "John Kline," accessed December 3, 2011
  4. USA Today, "Military aides still carry the president's nuclear 'football,'" accessed May 5, 2005
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 3, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative John Kline's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Kline on Farm Bill 2013," accessed September 26, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative John Kline's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 26, 2013
  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
  23. 23.0 23.1 On the Issues, "Kline on Immigration," accessed September 11, 2013
  24. On the Issues, "Kline on Government Reform," accessed September 11, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues "Vote Match Result for John Kline," accessed June 17, 2014
  26. Roll Call, "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets," accessed July 16, 2013
  27. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  28. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  29. Star Tribune, "U.S. Rep. Kline says he will run for re-election, support Pawlenty for president," accessed February 10, 2012
  30. CBS, "Primary Results 2012," accessed May 30, 2013
  31. Star Tribune, "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat," accessed April 6, 2012
  32. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," accessed May 11, 2012
  33. John Kline, "Awards/Endorsements," accessed October 9, 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  40. Federal Election Commission, "Kline 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  41. FEC, "April Quarterly, Kline," accessed July 18, 2013
  42. FEC, "July Quarterly, Kline," accessed July 18, 2013
  43. FEC, "October Quarterly, Kline," accessed October 15, 2013
  44. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly, Kline," accessed February 11, 2014
  45. FEC, "April Quarterly, Kline," accessed May 16, 2014
  46. Post Bulletin, "Kline boasts $1.1 million campaign war chest," accessed July 17, 2013
  47. OpenSecrets, "Rep. Kline Turns Chairmanship into Profitable For-Profit Haul," accessed July 15, 2013
  48. OpenSecrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
  49. OpenSecrets, "John Kline 2010 Re-Election Cycle," accessed December 3, 2011
  50. OpenSecrets, "John Kline (R-MN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  51. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. OpenCongress, "John Kline," accessed August 5, 2013
  56. 56.0 56.1 GovTrack, "John Kline," accessed June 11, 2012
  57. LegiStorm, "John Kline"
  58. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  61. Official House Site, "Biography," accessed December 3, 2011
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