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Revision as of 06:18, 26 December 2012

Lynn Jenkins
Lynn Jenkins.jpg
U.S. House, Kansas, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas State Treasurer
2003-2008
Kansas State Senate
2001-2003
Kansas State House of Representatives
1999-2001
Education
Bachelor'sWeber State University
Associate'sKansas State University
Personal
BirthdayJune 10, 1963
Place of birthTopeka, KS
ProfessionAccountant
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lynn Jenkins (b. June 10, 1963) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kansas's 2nd congressional district. Jenkins was first elected to the House in 2008. She ran for re-election in 2012. Jenkins ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Jenkins is a "moderate Republican leader".[1]

Jenkins won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Biography

Jenkins was born in 1963 in Topeka, Kansas. She earned her Associate's degree from Kansas State University, and her B.S. from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, in 1985. Prior to her political career, Jenkins worked as an accountant.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Jenkins' political career[3]:

  • Kansas State House of Representatives, 1999-2001
  • Kansas State Senate, 2001-2003
  • Kansas State Treasurer, 2003-2008
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of Kansas, 2009-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

2011-2012

Jenkins serves on the following House committees[4]:

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Jenkins ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kansas' Jenkins District. Jenkins won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[5] 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.[6]. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012.

U.S. House, Kansas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Jenkins Incumbent 57% 167,463
     Democratic Tobias Schlingensiepen 38.7% 113,735
     Libertarian Dennis Hawver 4.3% 12,520
Total Votes 293,718
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Jenkins ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.

Campaign Issues

The policy positions below are outlined on Jenkins' campaign website.[7]

  • Fiscal Responsibility

Excerpt: "I ran for Congress because of the reckless fiscal policies coming out of Washington. Kansas common sense tells me you cannot spend more than you take in. My background as a certified public accountant, state legislator, and state treasurer, has given me a unique perspective to take to Washington."[8]

  • Limited Government

Excerpt: "I firmly believe that the federal government has a few foundational purposes: protecting us in a dangerous and uncertain world, helping maintain and build our nation’s infrastructure, and allowing for economic and individual freedom. The most effective type of government is the one that is closest to the people it serves."[9]

  • Defense

Excerpt: "Our men and women fighting overseas and those here at home deserve all the respect, honor, and support that we can give them. That is why I have been a constant advocate for getting our troops the tools they need to succeed and complete their mission."[10]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee I am working to repeal Obamacare and create real health care reforms. Our plan includes weeding out waste and fraud, giving tax credits to allow people to buy their own insurance."[11]

  • Second Amendment

Excerpt: "Growing up in rural Kansas, I have known from a young age that as Americans, we cherish our right to keep and bear arms. I support the Second Amendment and applaud the Supreme Court's decision that reaffirmed every individual American's right to bear arms."[12]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jenkins won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Cheryl Hudspeth (D) and Robert Garrard (L) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Jenkins Incumbent 63.1% 130,034
     Democratic Cheryl Hudspeth 32.3% 66,588
     Liberterian Robert Garrard 4.5% 9,353
Total Votes 205,975

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Lynn Jenkins' reports.

Lynn Jenkins (2012)[14] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 14, 2012$977,491.11$198,439.54$(78,328.26)$1,097,602.39
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$1,097,502.39$349,985.6$(54,028.28)$1,393,459.71
Running totals
$548,425.14$(132,356.54)

2010

Breakdown of the source of Jenkins' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Huelskamp won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Jenkins' campaign committee raised a total of $1,471,057 and spent $1,170,133.[17]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Lynn Jenkins Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,471,057
Total Spent $1,170,133
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $13,544
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $13,954
Top contributors to Lynn Jenkins's campaign committee
QC Holdings$17,250
American Assn of Orthodontists$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
Credit Union National Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$91,123
Health Professionals$75,750
Leadership PACs$67,250
Real Estate$63,950
Commercial Banks$61,177

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Jenkins paid her congressional staff a total of $853,867 in 2011. She ranks 86th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 101st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Kansas ranks 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.[18]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Jenkins' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $195,027 and $825,000. That averages to $510,013.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[19]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lynn Jenkins has voted with the Republican Party 94.3% of the time, which ranked 50 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[20]

Personal

Jenkins is divorced and has two children.[21]

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Boyda
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas District 2
2009–present
Succeeded by
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