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Ron Kind
Ron Kind.JPG
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 3
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 18
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
High schoolLa Crosse Logan High School, WI
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sLondon School of Economics
J.D.University of Minnesota
Date of birthMarch 16, 1963
Place of birthLaCrosse, WI
Office website
Campaign website
Ronald James "Ron" Kind (b. March 16, 1963) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Kind represents the 3rd congressional district of Wisconsin and was first elected to the House in 1996. He was re-elected in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kind is a "centrist Democrat".[2]


After receiving his bachelor's from Harvard University, Kind went on to earn a master's from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Kind serves on the following committees:[4]


Kind was a member of the following House committees[5]:


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Kind voted for 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 one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Kind ran for re-election in 2012.[7] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Republican Ray Boland in the November general election.[8]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Kind Incumbent 64.1% 217,712
     Republican Ray Boland 35.8% 121,713
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 339
Total Votes 339,764
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


On November 2, 2010, Kind won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Dan Kapanke (R) and Michael Krsiean (Independent Citizen for Constitutional Government).[9]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 3, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Kind Incumbent 50.3% 126,380
     Republican Dan Kapanke 46.5% 116,838
     Independent Michael Krsiean 3.2% 8,001
Total Votes 251,219

Campaign donors


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

Ron Kind Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 14, 2012$578,999.31$276,948.61$(120,184.77)$735,763.15
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$735,763.15$254,903.46$(136,942.40)$853,724.21
Running totals


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

Kind won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Kind's campaign committee raised a total of $1,857,853 and spent $2,577,371.[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kind paid his congressional staff a total of $919,663 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

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, Kind's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $202,024 to $1,616,997. That averages to $909,510.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[14]

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. Kind ranked 167th in the liberal rankings.[15]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Kind voted with the Democratic Party 87.9% of the time, which ranked 159 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[16]


Kind and his wife, Tawni, have two children.[3]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Gunderson
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 3rd District
Succeeded by