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Kevin Yoder
Kevin Yoder.jpg
U.S. House, Kansas, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDennis Moore (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.31 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,695,722
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2002-2010
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
J.D.University of Kansas
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 8, 1976
Place of birthHutchison, Kansas
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$-59,498
ReligionMethodist
Websites
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.

Biography

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]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Yoder serves on the following committees:[3][4]

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

2011-2012

Yoder served on the following House committees:[5]

  • 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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[6] For more information pertaining to Yoder's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

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.[8]

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.[8]

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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

NDAA

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.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Yoder voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Yoder voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

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.[16] 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.[17] Yoder voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

Immigration

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.[8]

Healthcare

Healthcare 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Yoder voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[8]

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.[8]

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.[21]

Campaign themes

2012

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."[22]

  • 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."[23]

  • 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."[24]

  • Fighting for Real Healthcare 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."[25]

  • 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."[26]

  • 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."[27]

Elections

2014

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.

2012

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.[28] 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.[29]. 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"

Media

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


Kevin Yoder, "Remembering 11th Anniversary of September 11th "[30]

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.[32]

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

2014

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.[33]

Kevin Yoder (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 14, 2013$1,083,138.79$332,975.95$(68,363.71)$1,347,751.03
July Quarterly[35]July 14, 2013$1,347,751.03$301,272.67$(57,892.37)$1,591,131.33
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$1,591,131.33$290,520.09$(102,010.72)$1,779,640.70
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$1,779,890$268,070$(47,641)$2,000,320
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$2,000,320$195,765$(95,192)$2,100,892
Running totals
$1,388,603.71$(371,099.8)

2012

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.[39] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Yoder spent $3.31 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[41]

U.S. House, Kansas District 3, 2010 - Kevin Yoder Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,972,243
Total Spent $1,946,871
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $965,853
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $965,853
Top contributors to Kevin Yoder's campaign committee
QC Holdings$37,150
Polsinelli Shughart$28,998
Cerner Corp$24,392
Waddell & Reed$20,300
Watco Companies$20,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$101,900
Real Estate$92,892
Lawyers/Law Firms$90,876
Health Professionals$81,700
Securities & Investment$80,396

Analysis

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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

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.[46]

Jeff Yoder Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$-59,498-2,282.78%
2011$-2,497-101.82%
2010$136,994.50N/A

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.

2012

Yoder ranked 59th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[47]

2011

Yoder ranked 47th in the conservative rankings.[48]

Voting with party

2013

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.[49]

Personal

Yoder and his wife, Brooke, live in Overland Park, Kansas.[50]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  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," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Kevin Yoder Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  23. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  24. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  25. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  26. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  27. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  28. Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed June 21, 2012
  29. [http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/2012pdates.pdf fec.gov - 2012 Primary Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
  30. YouTube channel
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Kevin Yoder" accessed April 7, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin Yoder 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "Kevin Yoder 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Kevin Yoder 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 12, 2011
  42. GovTrack, "Yoder" accessed June 18, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Kevin Yoder," accessed August 1, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Kevin Yoder," accessed April 1, 2013
  45. LegiStorm, "Kevin Yoder"
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Yoder, (R-KS), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  47. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  48. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  50. Official House Site "About Me," accessed November 12, 2011
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