Larry Kissell

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Larry Kissell
Larry Kissell.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 8
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
BirthdayJanuary 31, 1951
Place of birthPinehurst, North Carolina
ProfessionBusinessman, Teacher
Office website
Campaign website
Lawrence Webb "Larry" Kissell (b. January 31, 1951) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina. Kissell was elected by voters from North Carolina's 8th congressional district.


Kissell was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1973.[1]


After earning his degree, Kissell worked for 27 years in textiles. In 2001, Kissell began a new career as a high school civics teacher in East Montgomery, North Carolina.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Kissell serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces


Political positions

Specific Votes

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Larry Kissell voted with the Democratic Party 76.3% of the time, which ranked 175th among the 192 House Democratic members as of January 2012.[4]



On November 2, 2010, Kissell was re-elected to the United States House for a second term. He defeated Harold Johnson (R), Thomas Hill (Libertarian), and the Write-in candidates.[5]

U.S. House, North Carolina Congressional District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Kissell Incumbent 53% 88,776
     Republican Harold Johnson 43.7% 73,129
     Libertarian Thomas Hill 3% 5,098
     Write-in 0.3% 439
Total Votes 167,442

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Kissell's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Kissell was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a second term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,104,141 and spent $1,105,922.[6]
U.S. House, North Carolina, 2010 - Larry Kissell Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,104,141
Total Spent $1,105,922
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,079,623
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,066,424
Top contributors to Larry Kissell's campaign committee
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$14,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$10,000
American Postal Workers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$94,500
Public Sector Unions$80,900
Candidate Committees$60,750
Industrial Unions$53,000
Health Professionals$51,000


Kissell is married to his wife, Tina, and they have two daughters: Jenny and Aspen.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Hayes
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 8
Succeeded by