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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
Cost per vote$7.24 in 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] He is running for re-election in 2014.

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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Kind voted for 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]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Kind voted against 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 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Kind voted for 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.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Kind voted against 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

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

Kind wrote on his Facebook page on October 1, 2013, that "As long as furloughed federal workers go without pay, I will not take my own salary."[11]

Medical device tax
A bipartisan House measure to repeal the 2.3% medical device excise tax that helps fund the healthcare reform law has been rumored as compromise to end the shutdown.[12][13]

Sponsored by Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Kind, the proposal reportedly would fund the government at the sequester cut levels for six months, repeal the device tax and offset the nearly $30 billion revenue loss over 10 years by changing employer pension rules.[13]

Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate say they oppose the measure because they are not willing to negotiate reform law provisions as part of the current spending fight and because it would extend the sequester cuts for six months rather than the shorter period they seek.[13][12]

A spokesperson for Kind said the Democrats are not committed to a device tax repeal though it is not off the table. “There are a lot of proposals, the medical device issue being just one of them. It's a fluid situation. Going forward, I hope that there's a lot more to discuss, a lot more ideas, a lot more thoughts.”[12][13]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Kind voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Kind voted against 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Kind voted against 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Kind voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[20]

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

Kind is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Wisconsin's 3rd District. Kind is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Kind ran for re-election in 2012.[21] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Republican Ray Boland in the November general election.[22]

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.[31]

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.[32]

Ron Kind (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$464,772.68$249,149.62$(87,208.56)$526,713.74
July Quarterly[34]July 18, 2013$626,713.74$336,023.06$(98,450.57)$864,286.23
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$864,286.23$210,197.90$(118,439.59)$956,044.54
Year-end[36]January 31, 2014$955,394$231,895$(81,025)$1,106,264
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$1,108,583.65$317,892.56$(121,880.30)$1,304,595.91
Running totals
$1,345,158.14$(507,004.02)

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 .[38]

Cost per vote

Kind spent $7.21 per vote received in 2012.

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.[39]

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 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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

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, 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.[44]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[45]

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.[46]

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.[47]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Kind voted with the Democratic Party 90.6% of the time, which ranked 168th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]

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. 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. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Modern Healthcare, "House floats repeal of medical device tax as compromise to end government shutdown," accessed October 7, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 The Morning Call, "U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent offers shutdown compromise: Fund government but drop medical device tax," accessed October 7, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
  15. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. Madison.com "Fewer swing seats a bad sign," May 1, 2012
  22. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ron Kind," Accessed April 5, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Kind 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 25, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 18, 2014
  38. Open Secrets "Kind 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Ron Kind 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  40. OpenCongress, "Ron Kind," Accessed August 6, 2013
  41. Gov Track "Ron Kind," Accessed June 26, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Kind," Accessed April 11, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Ron Kind," Accessed September 7, 2012
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Kind (D-WI), 2011"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Ron Kind (D-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 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
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Preceded by
Steve Gunderson
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 3rd District
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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