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Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo.jpg
U.S. House, Kansas, District 4
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorTodd Tiahrt (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,156,103
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sU.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
J.D.Harvard University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1986-1991
Date of birthDecember 30, 1963
Place of birthOrange, California
ProfessionBusiness Executive
Net worth$296,011
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (b. December 30, 1963, in Orange, California) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kansas' 4th Congressional District. Pompeo was first elected to the House in 2010.

Pompeo won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Pompeo is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election.

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


Pompeo was born on December 30, 1963, in Orange, CA. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1986. He went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994.[2]


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

Prior to his political career, Pompeo served in the U.S. Army from 1986-1991 and also worked as a business executive.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Pompeo serves on the following committees:[3]


Pompeo served on the following House committees[4]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Pompeo's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

Snowden and SXSW

On March 7, 2014, Pompeo wrote to the organizers of Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival to ask that they not feature Edward Snowden in a panel on protecting Americans' privacy.[7][8] In the letter, Pompeo asserted that Snowden "committed a treasonous act by stealing secrets and running away from Russia."[7] Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was expected to speak via video-conference to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive.[8]

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Calling President Barack Obama’s approach to Syria too narrow, Pompeo said on September 2, 2013, that he hoped Congress can persuade the president to strengthen his military plan.[9]

“I understand folks’ skepticism, especially with the way the president has handled this, right? He comes out of the gate and says, ‘We’re going to make this a narrow, limited attack.’ He says, ‘We’re going to fire a shot across the bow.’ I was in the military. You don’t intentionally miss,” Pompeo said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Pompeo, a member of the House Intelligence Committee who was in a classified briefing on the situation in Syria on September 1, 2013, said he was going to lobby fellow members of Congress to authorize the president to do even more in Syria than President Obama is advocating.[9]

“I’m going to make the case that the president’s response needs to be much more vigorous, much more robust and actually consider America’s strategic and national interests in the Middle East more broadly in Syria than some simple few missiles being lobbed into Syria,” Pompeo said. “We need a strategic vision with real, definable and achievable goals, and I’m hopeful that Congress can help the president get there over this next week.”[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Pompeo 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Pompeo 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Pompeo voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Pompeo voted in support 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.[10]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Pompeo voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Pompeo joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[15][16]

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.[18] 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.[19] Pompeo voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" 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.[21] 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. Pompeo voted against HR 2775.[22]

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

A shutdown solution was signed into law on October 17, 2013, with Pompeo voting against the measure. He released an official statement regarding the shutdown solution:

"Washington has once more kicked the can down the road by raising the limit on the government credit card without dealing with the drivers of our national debt. This means fewer jobs, higher taxes, and ordinary Kansans suffering under the ever-increasing, costly burden of Obamacare that will achieve few, if any, of its goals. Today’s legislation may well have averted the ‘crisis of the moment,’ but it did nothing to avert the much greater crisis that is inevitable with our current rate of spending that we must fix immediately."[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Pompeo 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.[10]


Enrolling in Obamacare

Pompeo announced on September 30, 2013, that he was “going to try to enroll” in Obamacare when the exchanges open on October 1, 2013, and that he expected it to be “chaos.”[24]

“I’m going to try to enroll tomorrow morning, October 1st,” Pompeo said. “I’m going to go online and try to get enrolled. I wish every one of them good luck. It’s going to be chaos. The president knows that.”[24]

“The Senate didn’t work this weekend,” he added. “They went home. It was shocking to me. We finished at one in the morning, or so, on Sunday morning, and the Senate slept. I find that arrogant beyond all possible imagination that you wouldn’t come back and deal with this looming government shutdown on the day when the American people very much need you to be here working.”[24]

“This President has already delayed big pieces of the Affordable Care Act for his friends, for big business, his cronies,” Pompeo also added. “All we’re asking is to delay other pieces, like the individual mandate that will affect low income people in Kansas. Delay it for a year.”[24]

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Pompeo 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.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Pompeo voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Pompeo voted against 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.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Pompeo 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. He 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.[25]



See also: Kansas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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


See also: Kansas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pompeo ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Kansas' 4th District. Pompeo won the nomination on the Republican ticket and won re-election in the general election.[26] 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.[27]. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012.

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pompeo Incumbent 62.2% 161,094
     Democratic Robert Leo Tillman 31.6% 81,770
     Libertarian Thomas Jefferson 6.2% 16,058
Total Votes 258,922
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

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

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pompeo is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pompeo raised a total of $4,156,103 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[30]

Mike Pompeo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kansas, District 4) Won $1,915,080
2010 U.S. House (Kansas, District 4) Won $2,241,023
Grand Total Raised $4,156,103


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pompeo's reports.[31]


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

Pompeo won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pompeo's campaign committee raised a total of $1,915,080 and spent $778,470.[38] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Pompeo spent $4.83 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Pompeo's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Pompeo won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pompeo's campaign committee raised a total of $2,241,023 and spent $2,132,611.[40]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pompeo is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[41]

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.[42]

Pompeo most often votes with:

Pompeo least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pompeo missed 6 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.4%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pompeo paid his congressional staff a total of $873,379 in 2011. He ranked 96th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 116th 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.[44]

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, Pompeo's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $121,022 and $471,000. That averages to $296,011, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Pompeo ranked as the 320th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45]

Mike Pompeo Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.


Pompeo ranked 10th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[46]


Pompeo ranked 15th in the conservative rankings.[47]

Voting with party

June 2013

Mike Pompeo voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 95th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]


Pompeo lives in Wichita, KS, with his wife, Susan.[49]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Kansas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Mike Pompeo" 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 11, 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 United States House: Mike Pompeo, "Pompeo to SXSW Organizers: Don't Give Snowden a Platform," accessed March 11, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 NPR, "SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing," accessed March 11, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Politico, "Mike Pompeo: Need ‘more robust’ Syria plan," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Votesmart, "Mike Pompeo Key Vote," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. WatchDog.org "5 Kansas stances on the government shutdown solution," accessed October 23, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Politico, "GOP pol to enroll in Obamacare," accessed September 30, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed June 21, 2012
  27. [http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/2012pdates.pdf fec.gov - 2012 Primary Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. KWCH "Survey: Goyle & Pompeo square off for US House seat," August 12, 2010
  30. Open Secrets, "Mike Pompeo" accessed April 7, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Mike Pompeo 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Mike Pompeo 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Mike Pompeo 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 12, 2011
  41. Gov Track "Pompeo" accessed June 18, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mike Pompeo," accessed August 1, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Mike Pompeo," accessed April 1, 2013
  44. LegiStorm "Mike Pompeo"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Pompeo, (R-KS), 2012"
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. Official House Site "Full Biography," accessed November 12, 2011
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Todd Tiahrt
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas District 4
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