Ron Kind

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Ron Kind
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U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSteve Gunderson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,480,900
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
1989-1996
Education
High schoolLa Crosse Logan High School, WI
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sLondon School of Economics
J.D.University of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayMarch 16, 1963
Place of birthLaCrosse, WI
Net worth$996,511
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ronald James "Ron" Kind (b. March 16, 1963, in La Crosse, Wisconsin) 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]

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Kind served as a state prosecutor in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He also served in the Wisconsin State Assembly.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kind is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

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.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Kind's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kind serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-12

Kind was a member of the following House committees[4]:

Issues

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.[5]

Elections

2012

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

Kind ran for re-election in 2012.[6] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Republican Ray Boland in the November general election.[7]

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"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McKinley is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, McKinley raised a total of $8,480,900 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[16]

Ron Kind's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wisconsin, District 3) Won $1,979,016
2010 US House (Wisconsin, District 3) Won $1,857,853
2008 US House (Wisconsin, District 3) Won $1,301,638
2006 US House (Wisconsin, District 3) Won $933,903
2004 US House (Wisconsin, District 3) Won $1,028,469
2002 US House (Wisconsin, District 3) Won $742,096
2000 US House (Wisconsin, District 3) Won $637,925
Grand Total Raised $8,480,900

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 Kind's reports.[17]

Ron Kind (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]4/15/2013$464,772.68$249,149.62$(87,208.56)$526,713.74
July Quarterly[19]7/18/2013$626,713.74$336,023.06$(98,450.57)$864,286.23
Running totals
$585,172.68$(185,659.13)

2012

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

Kind won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Kind's campaign committee raised a total of $1,979,017 and spent $1,568,649 .[20]


2010

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.[21]

U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 3rd District, 2010 - Ron Kind Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,857,853
Total Spent $2,577,371
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,034,222
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,029,166
Top contributors to Ron Kind's campaign committee
Northwestern Mutual$64,200
Prudential Financial$24,100
McKesson Corp$15,000
Operating Engineers Union$15,000
Laborers Union$12,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$252,200
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$119,469
Health Professionals$106,864
Securities & Investment$86,650
Lobbyists$83,230

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress 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.[22]

Kind most often votes with:

Kind least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kind is a "centrist Democratic leader," as of June 26, 2013.[23]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kind missed 261 of 11,065 roll call votes from January 1997 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[24]

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.[25]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kind's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $486,023 and $1,506,999. That averages to $996,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 9.57% from 2010.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[27]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kind was 1 of 2 members who ranked 138th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[28]

2011

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.[29]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kind has voted with the Democratic Party 90.6% of the time, which ranked 168th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[30]

Personal

Kind and his wife, Tawni, have two children.[2]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Kind," Accessed June 26, 2013
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 18, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Madison.com "Fewer swing seats a bad sign," May 1, 2012
  7. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ron Kind," Accessed April 5, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Kind 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  18. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  19. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Kind 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Ron Kind 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  22. OpenCongress, "Ron Kind," Accessed August 6, 2013
  23. Gov Track "Ron Kind," Accessed June 26, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Kind," Accessed April 11, 2013
  25. LegiStorm, "Ron Kind," Accessed September 7, 2012
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Kind (D-WI), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Ron Kind (D-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Gunderson
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 3rd District
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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