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|Birthday = January 8, 1976
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|Place of birth = Hutchison, Kansas
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|Profession = Attorney
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Kevin Yoder
Kevin Yoder.jpg
U.S. House, Kansas, District 3
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorDennis Moore (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.31 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,695,722
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
J.D.University of Kansas
BirthdayJanuary 8, 1976
Place of birthHutchison, Kansas
Net worth$-59,498
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin Wayne Yoder (b. January 8, 1976, in Hutchison, Kansas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kansas' 3rd Congressional District. Yoder was first elected to the House in 2010.

Yoder won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He previously was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Yoder is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Yoder was born on January 8, 1976, in Hutchinson, Kansas. He earned his B.A. and J.D. at the University of Kansas in 1999 and 2002, respectively.[2]


Prior to his political career, Yoder worked as an attorney in private practice.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Yoder serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations


Yoder served on the following House committees:[4]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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.[5] For more information pertaining to Yoder's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Yoder voted in favor 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Yoder voted against 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Yoder voted in favor 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Voted "Yes" Yoder 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.[7]


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.[9] 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.[10] Yoder voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "No" 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.[12] 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. Yoder voted against HR 2775.[13]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Yoder voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Yoder voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Yoder voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Yoder voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Yoder voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[14]

Campaign themes


Below are Yoder's election priorities, as outlined by his campaign website.

  • Getting Americans Back to Work*

Excerpt: "Small businesses are the engines that drive the American economy. Government is hindering these businesses from operating efficiently and expanding by adding cumbersome layers of bureaucracy, taxes and regulatory burdens."[15]

  • Helping You Keep More of Your Money

Excerpt: "In Congress, I voted to keep middle class tax cuts permanent. The last 2 years I have been active in laying the groundwork for a thorough reform of our broken tax system so that it easier, simpler, and less burdensome for American families and small businesses."[16]

  • Eliminating Wasteful Government Spending

Excerpt: "Government must stop spending. Period. Our government is on a dangerous path towards the bankrupting of our country. As Budget Chairman in the Kansas State House, I cut more waste from the state budget than any other chairman in history."[17]

  • Fighting for Real Health Care Reform

Excerpt: "I support making healthcare more affordable for all Americans. But what refused support are pieces of legislation rammed through Congress that raises our taxes, increase insurance premiums, and make drastic cuts in Medicare."[18]

  • Securing Our Borders

Excerpt: "Controlling the flow of immigrants into our country’s borders is both a national security and economic issue. We must eliminate incentives to illegal immigrants by building greater cooperation with businesses to ensure illegals are not employed."[19]

  • Protecting America

Excerpt: "In Congress I support veterans in any and every capacity that I can. Starting with endorsing legislation that makes it easier for veterans to find work after service. I also have worked tirelessly to ensure service members and their families receive only the finest in care during and after their service."[20]



See also: Kansas' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Yoder is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Kansas' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Yoder ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Kansas' 3rd District. Yoder won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[21] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 11, 2012. The date was originally set for June 1, but a delay in the redistricting process caused the state to push back the filing deadline.[22]. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012. Yoder ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012. He defeated Joel Balam (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Kansas District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Yoder Incumbent 68.5% 201,087
     Libertarian Joel Balam 31.5% 92,675
Total Votes 293,762
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


Yoder gave the following speech on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Kevin Yoder, "Remembering 11th Anniversary of September 11th "[23]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yoder is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Yoder raised a total of $3,695,722 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[25]

Kevin Yoder's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kansas, District 3) Won $1,723,479
2010 U.S. House (Kansas, District 3) Won $1,972,243
Grand Total Raised $3,695,722


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Yoder's reports.[26]

Kevin Yoder (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 14, 2013$1,083,138.79$332,975.95$(68,363.71)$1,347,751.03
July Quarterly[28]July 14, 2013$1,347,751.03$301,272.67$(57,892.37)$1,591,131.33
October Quarterly[29]October 13, 2013$1,591,131.33$290,520.09$(102,010.72)$1,779,640.70
Year-end[30]January 31, 2014$1,779,890$268,070$(47,641)$2,000,320
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$2,000,320$195,765$(95,192)$2,100,892
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Yoder's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Yoder won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Yoder's campaign committee raised a total of $1,723,479 and spent $665,713.[32] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[33]

Cost per vote

Yoder spent $3.31 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Yoder's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Yoder won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Yoder's campaign committee raised a total of $1,972,243 and spent $1,946,871.[34]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Yoder is a " rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[35]

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.[36]

Yoder most often votes with:

Yoder least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Yoder missed 5 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[37]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Yoder paid his congressional staff a total of $699,336 in 2011. He ranked 11th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 13th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Kansas ranked 45th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[38]

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, Yoder's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between -$363,991 and $244,995. That averages to -$59,498, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Yoder ranked as the 431st most wealthy representative in 2012.[39]

Jeff Yoder Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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 in the previous year.


Yoder ranked 59th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[40]


Yoder ranked 47th in the conservative rankings.[41]

Voting with party


Kevin Yoder voted with the Republican Party 96.9% of the time, which ranked 86th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[42]


Yoder and his wife, Brooke, live in Overland Park, Kansas.[43]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Kansas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Kevin Yoder" Accessed November 12, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Votesmart, "Kevin Yoder Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  16. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  17. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  18. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  19. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  20. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  21. Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" Accessed June 21, 2012
  22. [http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/2012pdates.pdf fec.gov - 2012 Primary Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
  23. YouTube channel
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Kevin Yoder" Accessed April 7, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Kevin Yoder 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  32. Open Secrets "Kevin Yoder 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Kevin Yoder 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  35. Gov Track "Yoder" Accessed June 18, 2013
  36. OpenCongress, "Rep. Kevin Yoder," Accessed August 1, 2013
  37. GovTrack, "Kevin Yoder," Accessed April 1, 2013
  38. LegiStorm "Kevin Yoder"
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Yoder, (R-KS), 2012"
  40. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  43. Official House Site "About Me," Accessed November 12, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Moore
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas, District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives
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