Lynn Jenkins

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Lynn Jenkins
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U.S. House, Kansas, District 2
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas State Treasurer
Kansas State Senate
Kansas State House of Representatives
Associate'sKansas State University
Bachelor'sWeber State University
Date of birthJune 10, 1963
Place of birthTopeka, KS
Office website
Campaign website
Lynn Jenkins (b. June 10, 1963) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kansas' 2nd congressional district. Jenkins was first elected to the House in 2008.

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]


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]


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


Jenkins serves on the following committees:[4]


Jenkins served on the following House committees[5]:


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Jenkins 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. She 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.[6]



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.[7] 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.[8]. 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.[9]

  • 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."[10]

  • 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."[11]

  • 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."[12]

  • 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."[13]

  • 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."[14]


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.[15]

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


Breakdown of the source of Jenkins's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Jenkins won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Jenkins's campaign committee raised a total of $1,948,903 and spent $1,492,090.[16]


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]


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 ranked 86th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and she ranked 101st 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.[18]

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, Jenkins's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $196,014 and $665,000. That averages to $430,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 15.59% from 2010.[19]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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 was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Jenkins ranked 36th in the conservative rankings.[21]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Lynn Jenkins voted with the Republican Party 94.3% of the time, which ranked 50 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[22]

Recent news

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Jenkins is divorced and has two children.[23]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Jenkins" Accessed May 23, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Kansas"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Lynn Jenkins" Accessed November 12, 2011
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 12, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" Accessed June 21, 2012
  8. [ - 2012 Primary Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
  9. Lynn Jenkins "Issues," Account: October 11, 2012
  10. Lynn Jenkins "Issues," Account: October 11, 2012
  11. Lynn Jenkins "Limited Government," Account: October 11, 2012
  12. Lynn Jenkins "Defense," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  13. Lynn Jenkins "Healthcare," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  14. Lynn Jenkins "Second Amendment," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 12, 2011
  16. Open Secrets "Lynn Jenkins 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Lynn Jenkins 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  18. LegiStorm "Lynn Jenkins"
  19., "Jenkins (R-Kan), 2011"
  20., "Jenkins, (R-Kansas), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  23. Official House Site "Full Biography," Accessed November 12, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Boyda
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas District 2
Succeeded by