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 6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
Date of birthJanuary 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 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]


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


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


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


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]



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]

Kissell has not received the monetary assistance set aside for him from the Democratic Party, while the Republican Party has been pouring money into Hudson's campaign.[10] Despite the fact that the majority of voters in this district are registered democrats, the district has a history of voting republican, and after redistricting the ratio of democrats to republicans has decreased.[10] The disparity of funds and the new political demographic have analysts favoring Hudson in this race, but Kissell has won against long odds in the past: in 2006, he won the primary for the democratic nomination without the support of the party.[11]

Kissell's voting record has caused some rifts in a local chapter of the democratic party. Leaders of the Cabarrus County Democratic Party have signed a petition to remove their chairman after she refused to endorse Kissell because of his anti-Obama voting record. Kissell voted against the PPACA (Obamacare), refused to endorse Obama for re-election, and declined to attend this year's Democratic National Convention.[12]

Hudson's campaign reports that Kissell has declined to schedule a final debate between the two candidates, and claim that he has been reluctant to engage in debates throughout his campaign.[13]

Primary Results

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 13 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Kissell 72.6% 45,987
Marcus W. Williams 27.4% 17,393
Total Votes 63,380


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.[15]

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


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.[16]

Throughout his career, Kissell has raised $301,400 from Leadership PACs, $207,700 from public sector unions, and $186,197 from law firms.[17]

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.[18]

Larry Kissell (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2012$351,835.40$179,430.53$(67,301.13)$463,964.80
Pre-primary[20]April 26, 202$463,964.80$13,745.56$(44,892.90)$432,817.46
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2012$432,817.46$252,508.34$(76,740.83)$0
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2012$608,584.97$222,939.23$(270,537.98)$560,986.22
Running totals

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Republican challenger Richard Hudson outraised Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell in the third quarter. Hudson raised $512,000 to Kissell's $220,000.[23]


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.[24]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kissell paid his congressional staff a total of $990,945 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranks 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kissell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-6,991 to $194,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[26]

Recent news

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Kissell is married to his wife, Tina, and they have two daughters: Jenny and Aspen.[27]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
  2. Coshocton Tribune "GOP candidates Hudson, Keadle face runoff," May 8, 2012
  3. Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
  4. Gov Track "Kissell" Accessed May 22, 2012
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "KISSELL, Larry, (1951 - )"
  6. Congressman Larry Kissell, Representing the 8th District of North Carolina "Biography"
  7. Congressman Larry Kissell, Representing the 8th District of North Carolina "Biography"
  8. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 Fay Observer "Rep. Larry Kissell faces fight from Richard Hudson in Congressional District 8" Accessed October 17, 2012
  11. Charlotte Observer "Robert Pittenger's $3 million dwarfs rival war chests" Accessed October 17, 2012
  12. Independent Tribune "Cabarrus Democratic leaders move to oust party chair" Accessed October 17, 2012
  13. Fay Observer "U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell won't commit to debate against challenger Richard Hudson" Accessed October 17, 2012
  14. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. "Larry Kissell" Accessed May 5, 2012
  17. Accessed May 5, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Larry Kissell's Summary Report," Accessed August 19, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission "Larry Kissell April Quarterly," Accessed August 19, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission "Larry Kissell Pre-primary," Accessed October 17, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission "Larry Kissell July Quarterly," Accessed August 19, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission "Larry Kissell October Quarterly," Accessed October 17, 2012
  23. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  24. Open Secrets "Larry Kissell 2010 Election Data," Accessed January 4, 2012
  25. LegiStorm, "Larry Kissell," Accessed September 25, 2012
  26., "Larry Kissell (D-NC), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  27. Congressman Larry Kissell, Representing the 8th District of North Carolina "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Hayes
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina, District 8
Succeeded by