Lynn Jenkins

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Lynn Jenkins
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U.S. House, Kansas, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorNancy Boyda (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.91 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,183,931
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, Kansas
ProfessionAccountant
Net worth$430,507
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lynn Jenkins (b. June 10, 1963, in Topeka, Kansas) 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.

Jenkins won re-election on November 6, 2012. She defeated Tobias Schlingensiepen and Dennis Hawver in the general election.[1]

She previously served as the Kansas State Treasurer from 2003 to 2008, a member of the Kansas State Senate from 2001 to 2003, and a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Jenkins is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Jenkins was born on June 10, 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.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Jenkins' political career[2]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Jenkins serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Jenkins served on the following House committees[4]:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Jenkins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Jenkins voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Jenkins voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Jenkins voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Jenkins voted in favor of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[9] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[10] Jenkins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Jenkins voted for HR 2775.[13]

Statement on government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

A government shutdown solution was eventually signed into law, with Jenkins voting in favor of the measure. She also released an official statement regarding the shutdown solution:

"Historically, divided government has created opportunities for Congress to come together and develop real, bipartisan solutions to some of our nation’s greatest challenges. Unfortunately, this did not happen either. We needed to close that chapter, and open a new one, in order to address our nation’s fiscal problems. I voted today to get our government back open, to prevent any default on our obligations, and get people back to work while our negotiators have a serious conversation about our debt crisis."[14]

Jenkins posted a picture on her Facebook page of the letter she sent to House officials requesting that her pay be withheld.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Jenkins voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Jenkins voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Jenkins voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Jenkins voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: Kansas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Jenkins is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[17] 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.[18]. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012. Jenkins defeated Tobias Schlingensiepen and Dennis Hawver in the general election.

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.[19]

  • 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."[20]

  • 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."[21]

  • 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."[22]

  • 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."[23]

  • 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."[24]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jenkins is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Jenkins raised a total of $5,183,931 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[27]

Lynn Jenkins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kansas, District 2) Won $1,948,903
2010 U.S. House (Kansas, District 2) Won $1,471,057
2008 U.S. House (Kansas, District 2) Won $1,763,971
Grand Total Raised $5,183,931

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jenkins' reports.[28]


Lynn Jenkins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$795,065.94$223,672.19$(64,816.92)$953,921.21
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$953,921.21$276,318.8$(83,230.92)$1,247,009.09
October Quarterly[31]October 13, 2013$1,247,009.09$258,616.43$(58,486.10)$1,447,139.42
Year-end[32]January 31, 2014$1,447,139$239,825$(68,294)$1,621,170
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$1,621,170$250,097$(109,006)$1,762,261
Running totals
$1,248,529.42$(383,833.94)

2012

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.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Jenkins spent $8.91 per vote received in 2012.

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.[36]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Jenkins is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 18, 2013.[37]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[38]

Jenkins most often votes with:

Jenkins least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Jenkins missed 34 of 3,350 roll call vote from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[39]

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 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.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[42]

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.

2012

Jenkins ranked 22nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[43]

2011

Jenkins ranked 36th in the conservative rankings.[44]

Voting with party

2013

Lynn Jenkins voted with the Republican Party 98% of the time, which ranked 26th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]

Personal

Jenkins is divorced and has two children.[46]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Kansas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Lynn Jenkins" Accessed November 12, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 12, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Votesmart, "Lynn Jenkins Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. WatchDog.org "5 Kansas stances on the government shutdown solution," Accessed October 23, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" Accessed June 21, 2012
  18. [http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/2012pdates.pdf fec.gov - 2012 Primary Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
  19. Lynn Jenkins "Issues," Account: October 11, 2012
  20. Lynn Jenkins "Issues," Account: October 11, 2012
  21. Lynn Jenkins "Limited Government," Account: October 11, 2012
  22. Lynn Jenkins "Defense," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  23. Lynn Jenkins "Healthcare," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  24. Lynn Jenkins "Second Amendment," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Lynn Jenkins" Accessed April 7, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Lynn Jenkins 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  34. Open Secrets "Lynn Jenkins 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Lynn Jenkins 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  37. Gov Track "Jenkins" Accessed June 18, 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Rep. Lynn Jenkins," Accessed August 1, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Jo Jenkins," Accessed April 1, 2013
  40. LegiStorm "Lynn Jenkins"
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Jenkins (R-Kan), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Jenkins, (R-Kansas), 2010"
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  46. Official House Site "Full Biography," Accessed November 12, 2011
Political offices
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U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas District 2
2009–present
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Kansas State Treasurer
2003–2008
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Kansas State Senate
2001–2003
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