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Ted Yoho
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U.S. House, Florida, District 3
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorCorrine Brown (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$633,947
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sBroward Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
Master'sUniversity of Florida, Veterinary College
Date of birthApril 13, 1955
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
Net worth$2,053,006
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Ted Yoho campaign logo
Ted Yoho (b. April 13, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 3rd Congressional District of Florida. He was first elected in 2012.

Yoho defeated Republican incumbent Cliff Stearns in the August 14, 2012, Republican primary.[1] He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Yoho ran in 2014 for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 3rd Congressional District of Florida. Yoho sought the Republican nomination in the primary.

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


Yoho was born in Minnesota in 1955.[3]


  • 1976: Broward Community College
  • University of Florida: Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture
  • University of Florida, Veterinary College


Prior to serving in Congress, Yoho owned several animal practices and worked as a large animal veterinarian.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Yoho serves on the following committees:[5][6]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Yoho's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

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

Yoho expressed doubt in early September 2013 over who launched the chemical weapons attack in Syria in August 2013.[9]

“There are reports that the rebel groups have used it, too. And until we have 100% decisive evidence, I think it would be wrong for America to intervene at this moment,” he said on September 3, 2013.[9]

After participating in a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Yoho said he could not support military action unless the U.S. was directly threatened or its allies were attacked by a foreign aggressor.[10]

"I do not see a direct threat to U.S. security from the civil war in Syria," he said on September 4, 2013. "If we were to (attack) ... this would be an act of aggression on a sovereign nation that did not attack us. I don't think it's constitutional."[10]

"It would be an act of war, and I don't want to go there," Yoho said. "Our young men and women have been through enough in the last 11 years."[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Yoho voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Yoho 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Yoho voted in opposition to 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Voted "No" Yoho voted against 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.[11]


Farm bill

Yea3.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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Yoho voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Yoho voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[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.[19] 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.[20] Yoho voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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 funded 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.[22] 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. Yoho voted against HR 2775.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[11]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Yoho 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.[11]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Yoho is 1 of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club," a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[24]

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Yoho had nine main campaign themes. They included:[25]

  • Jobs and the Economy: Excerpt: "The mistakes made by politicians, financial institutions, lending houses and their lobbyists should be remembered and never repeated as the nation strives to recover. No single solution will foster the change our country and state need but we can help create an environment of certainty for all businesses. We can create it by simplifying the tax code, repealing Obamacare and taking a scalpel to all the job killing rules, regulations and mandates."
  • American energy: Excerpt: "We need to drill here, drill now and drill responsibly. We must build the Keystone Pipeline and decrease regulations on energy companies to utilize our Nation’s natural resources. In addition, I will support all forms of alternative energy provided they are market driven and are not subsidized by the government. Finally, it’s time to abolish the Department of Energy."
  • Spending and our national debt: "Spending more than we take in, printing money at rates that devalue our dollar and too many taxpayer dollars being sent overseas as foreign aid are all adding to our economic uncertainty. I will not only evaluate existing federal programs but act to end wasteful projects and programs immediately. We must stop unnecessary spending. The bottom line is that the U.S. government cannot continue to live outside of its means."
  • National defense: Excerpt: "Every single legislator needs to support our military. If we are to expect our troops to protect America at all costs, then we must guarantee to do likewise. By allocating the proper resources to our troops we can maximize their protection while serving our nation. We must also care for them after they complete their service. We should recognize the sacrifice that military families make while a loved one serves this nation. Finally, we need to stand with our allies and never waiver in our support."
  • Immigration: Excerpt: "We need to secure the border. We have not harnessed the technology, infrastructure and man power to protect our borders and we must do so immediately. I will introduce a workable guest worker program that provides immigrant workers with a national ID card and mandates they pay taxes through a national tax ID number. Finally, the process to become a citizen needs to be completely streamlined and English needs to be recognized as the official language."
  • Taxes: Excerpt: "Our tax code needs to be simplified. I support the Fair Tax. At the minimum, the corporate tax rate should be lowered and locked in for an extended period of time that would allow businesses to make medium to long term investment plans. The estate and gift tax must be repealed."
  • Term Limits: Excerpt: "In addition to personally pledging to only serving 4 terms (8 years) in the House of Representatives, I would support a constitutional amendment that would enact congressional term limits."
  • Abortion: " I am pro-life. As a Christian, I believe life begins at conception and I oppose tax payer funding of abortion."
  • 2nd Amendment/ Right to bear arms: "The right to bear arms is a birth right and should never be threatened. I will fight to preserve our Constitutional rights. I am proud to say I hold an A rating from the NRA."



See also: Florida's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Yoho ran for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 3rd Congressional District of Florida. Yoho sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.



See also: Florida's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Yoho ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 3rd District.[27] Yoho defeated incumbent Cliff Stearns, Steve Oelrich and James Jett in the August 14, 2012, Republican primary. Yoho defeated Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr. (D), Philip Dodds (I), Kenneth Alvin Willey (I) and Michael Ricks (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Florida District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho 64.7% 204,331
     Democratic Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr. 32.5% 102,468
     Independent Philip Dodds 2.8% 8,870
     Independent Michael Ricks 0% 0
Total Votes 315,669
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Yoho defeated incumbent Cliff Stearns by less than 1,000 votes in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[29][30] He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[31]

U.S. House, Florida District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho 34.4% 22,273
Clifford Stearns Incumbent 33% 21,398
Steve Oelrich 19% 12,329
James Jett 13.5% 8,769
Total Votes 64,769


A full list of endorsements for Yoho were available on his campaign website:

  • Standing United as Americans
  • Farm and Ranch Team
  • North Florida Farmers Association
  • National Conservative Party
  • Stephen McGovern
  • O’Brien Tea Party
  • Ed Norfleet – Norfleet Cattle Company
  • Alvin C. Warrick – Retired University of Florida Professor
  • Fred Moulton – President of Clay County Cattlemens Assoc.
  • John E. Lanman – Contract Engineer for Kraft Foods
  • Jeff and Bonnie Moran – Owners of Custom Droptops
  • Gary Wagner – Geo Driling @ Amerdrill, Inc.
  • Laurie Jones – Veterinarian @ Hilltop Animal Hospital
  • Mattox Ward – President of Columbia Grain Company
  • Steven Nadlen – Allstate


Ted Yoho campaign advertisement "Pigs" targeting "career politicians."

Yoho spent a large portion of his campaign funds on his only TV ad of the primary cycle depicting “career politicians” rolling around in a pig trough and slinging mud at each other.[32]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yoho is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Yoho raised a total of $633,947 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 13, 2013.[33]

Ted Yoho's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 3) Won $633,947
Grand Total Raised $633,947


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Yoho's reports.[34]


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

Yoho won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Yoho's campaign committee raised a total of $631,697 and spent $554,046.[43] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[44]

Cost per vote

Yoho spent $2.71 per vote received in 2012.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Yoho is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 10, 2013.[45]

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.[46]

Yoho most often votes with:

Yoho least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Yoho missed 1 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Yoho's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $970,359 and $2,503,347. That averages to $1,736,853, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Yoho ranked as the 161st most wealthy representative in 2012.[48]

Ted Yoho Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-17%
Average annual growth:-17%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party


Ted Yoho voted with the Republican Party 93.8% of the time, which ranked 200th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]


Yoho is married to his wife, Carolyn.[3] They reside in Gainesville, Florida. They have three children.[3]

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  1. Politico, "Cliff Stearns concedes in GOP primary," accessed August 16, 2012
  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ted Yoho for Congress, "About Ted," accessed February 14, 2012
  4. U.S. House, "Full Biography," accessed June 11, 2013
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 MSNBC, "Congressman Ted Yoho: More proof necessary before a US strike," accessed September 9, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Gainsville Sun, "Yoho opposed to military action against Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Vote Smart, "Ted Yoho Voting Record," accessed September 20
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. RedState, "Fight Club," accessed March 6, 2013
  25. Ted Yoho for Congress, "Issues," accessed August 28, 2012
  26. Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  27. St., "Congressional delegation has good fundraising quarter," accessed December 2, 2011
  28. Florida Times Union, "Cliff Stearns was outworked by challenger Ted Yoho, many say," accessed August 15, 2012
  29. Florida Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," accessed September 4, 2012
  30. Politico, "Ted Yoho: Upset winner isn’t horsing around," accessed August 28, 2012
  31. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  32. Politico, "Ted Yoho: Upset winner isn’t horsing around" accessed August 28, 2012
  33. Open Secrets, "Ted Yoho," accessed April 3, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Yoho 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 19, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Yoho October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Yoho July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Yoho Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Yoho October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  43. Open Secrets, "Ted Yoho 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 22, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Ted Yoho," accessed June 10, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ted Yoho," accessed July 31, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Ted Yoho," accessed March 29, 2013
  48. OpenSecrets, "Yoho, (R-Fl), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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