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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
First electedNovember 2, 2010
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-$2,497
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 in 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]

  • 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:[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

Issues

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

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."[6]

  • 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."[7]

  • 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."[8]

  • 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."[9]

  • 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."[10]

  • 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."[11]

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas' 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Yoder ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kansas' 3rd District. Yoder won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[12] 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.[13]. 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 "[14]

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.[16]

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

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.[17]

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.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, 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.[19]

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 Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

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 he 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.[21]

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, Yoder's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$149,992 and $144,997. That averages to -$2,497, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 97.29% from 2010.[22]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Yoder's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-228,993 and $44,996. That averages to $136,994.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[24]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Yoder ranked 47th in the conservative rankings.[25]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kevin Yoder has voted with the Republican Party 96.9% of the time, which ranked 86th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[26]

Recent news

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Personal

Yoder and his wife, Brooke, live in Overland Park, Kansas.[27]

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"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments"
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  7. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  8. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  9. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  10. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  11. Kevin Yoder "Priorities," October 11, 2012
  12. Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" Accessed June 21, 2012
  13. [http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/2012pdates.pdf fec.gov - 2012 Primary Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
  14. YouTube channel
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Kevin Yoder" Accessed April 7, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Kevin Yoder 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Kevin Yoder 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  19. Gov Track "Yoder" Accessed June 18, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Kevin Yoder," Accessed April 1, 2013
  21. LegiStorm "Kevin Yoder"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Yoho (R-Fla), 2011"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Yoder, (R-Kansas), 2010"
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  27. Official House Site "About Me," Accessed November 12, 2011
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Dennis Moore
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas, District 3
2011–Present
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Kansas House of Representatives
2002-2010
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