Larry Kissell

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Larry Kissell
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U.S. House, North Carolina, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 31, 1951
Place of birthPinehurst, North Carolina
ProfessionBusinessman, Teacher
ReligionBaptist
Websites
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 defeated Marcus Williams in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[1][2]

According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Kissell is one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.[3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kissell is a "centrist Democrat".[4]

Biography

Kissell was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1973.[5]

Career

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.[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Kissell serves on the following committees:[7]

  • 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

Issues

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.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Kissell is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 8th District. Kissell won the nomination on the Democratic ticket after defeated Marcus Williams in the primary.[1] He faces Richard Hudson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans will hold its majority in 2013.[9] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[9]

2010

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.[10]

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

2012

As of April 18, 2012, Kissell had raised $720,662 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $297,679, leaving him with $432,817 cash on hand. Three of Kissell's top contributors have been the American Association for Justice, American Crystal Sugar and American Veterinary Medical Association. They all gave $10,000 each.[11]

Throughout his career, Kissell has raised $301,400 from Leadership PACs, $207,700 from public sector unions, and $186,197 from law firms.[12]

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Kissell's reports.[13]

Larry Kissell (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$351,835.40$179,430.53$(67,301.13)$463,964.80
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$432,817.46$252,508.34$(76,740.83)$608,584.97
Running totals
$431,938.87$(144,041.96)

2010

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.[16]

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Personal

Kissell is married to his wife, Tina, and they have two daughters: Jenny and Aspen.[17]

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Hayes
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina, District 8
2009–Present
Succeeded by
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