Thomas Massie

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Thomas Massie
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U.S. House, Kentucky, District 4
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorGeoff Davis (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,064,631
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lewis County Judge Executive
Bachelor'sMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Master'sMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Date of birthJan. 13, 1971
Place of birthVanceburg, Kentucky
Net worth$2,825,000
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas Massie (b. Jan. 13, 1971, in Vanceburg, Kentucky) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 4th congressional district. Massie was first elected to the House in 2012.

Massie won election to the U.S. House in 2012. He defeated Alecia Webb-Edgington, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Tom Wurtz, Marc Carey and Walter Christian Schumm in the Republican primary. He defeated Bill Adkins (D) and David Lewis (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He 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.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Massie 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.


Massie was born and raised in Vanceburg Kentucky and then went to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he earned his undergraduate degree and then later a masters degree. Massie and his wife started SensAble Technologies where they sought to market products. After a while they left to move back to Kentucky where they started a farm.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Massie's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2003-Present: Farmer
  • 2010-2012: Judge-executive, Lewis County
  • 1993-2003: Founder, chairman, chief technology officer, SensAble Technologies
  • 1994-1996: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a M.S.
  • 1989-1993: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Massie serves on the following committees:[4]


American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Massie said on September 4, 2013, that he believes the opposition to congressional approval to use force in Syria could prevail, though it will be difficult.[5]

“I think if the vote were today it would fail,” Massie said. “And I’m hopeful, but I’m well aware that once members return to D.C. they are going to be under a lot of pressure, particularly if our leadership and the committee chairmen are for this engagement, and after a week in D.C. some of the lean nos could become leans yes. I’m concerned about that.”[5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Massie 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.[6]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[7] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[7] Massie was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[7]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[8]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[7] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[7] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[7]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Massie 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.[9]



See also: Kentucky's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Massie 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: Kentucky's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Massie ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 4th District. Massie won the nomination on the Republican ticket. [10] Massie defeated Alecia Webb-Edgington, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Tom Wurtz, Marc Carey and Walter Christian Schumm in the Republican primary. He defeated Bill Adkins (D) and David Lewis (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 62.1% 186,036
     Democratic Bill Adkins 35% 104,734
     Independent David Lewis 2.9% 8,674
Total Votes 299,444
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 44.8% 19,689
Alecia Webb-Edgington 28.6% 12,557
Gary Moore 14.8% 6,521
Brian Oerther 0.6% 257
Tom Wurtz 1.4% 598
Marc Carey 1.8% 783
Walter Christian Schumm 8% 3,514
Total Votes 43,919

Race Background

Thomas Massie defeated six contenders in the Republican Primary and received approximately 45% of the vote. He has received endorsements from several tea party organizations and candidates, and was considered a political outsider.[11] Alecia Webb-Edgington received approximately 30% of the vote. She was considered the establishment candidate and had been endorsed by outgoing Representative Geoff Davis and former Sen. Jim Bunning.[12]

Thomas Massie's Campaign received backing from the superPAC Liberty for All, which is owed by James Ramsey, a 21 year old, Texas resident. This superPAC spent approximately a $500,000 in the primary election.[13]

Kentucky's 4th District is considered solidly Republican.[14]


On April 20, 2012, Presidential candidate Ron Paul endorsed Massie.[15]

Massie received the endorsement of the Louisville Tea Party in his race for the 4th congressional district in 2012.[16]

He has also picked up endorsements from Tea Party Gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett,[17] Campbell County Commissioner Brian Painter,[18] Boone County PVA Cindy Arlinghaus,[19] and Alexandria Councilwoman Barb Weber.[20]

On May 1, 2012 the Club for Growth endorsed Massie in the 4th district race.[21]

Massie received the endorsement of the The Fourth District GOP Committee on August 1, 2012 after holding a conference call on the subject. Fourth District GOP Chair Kevin Sell said Davis called in Wednesday night urging support for Massie. Sell said Davis told the Republicans in the conference call he would consider it “a disloyal and damaging act by anyone who rises and nominates any person other than Thomas Massie.”[22]

On May 15, 2012 Senator Rand Paul endorsed Thomas Massie in this the following video.[23]

Thomas Massie, "Thomas Massie Rand Paul Endorsement"[24]

A complete list of Massie's endorsements can be found on his campaign website.[25]

Special Election

U.S. Representative Geoff Davis announced his resignation on July 31. Kentucky will hold a special election to fill Davis' seat, which he initially planned to leave at the end of this term.[26][27][28]

As required by the U.S. Constitution, Kentucky had to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Davis' term, which ends in January 2013.[26] The election was scheduled for November 6, 2012.[29] Massie (R) and Bill Adkins (D) are already set to vye for the next full term in the general election and will square off in the special election to finish the term as well.[26]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Massie is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Massie raised a total of $1,064,631 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[30]

Thomas Massie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 4) Won $1,064,631
Grand Total Raised $1,064,631


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

Thomas Massie (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]4/15/2013$123,069.11$91,514.61$(113,313.93)$101,269.79
July Quarterly[33]7/15/2013$101,269.79$85,489.58$(61,543.50)$125,215.87
Running totals


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

Massie won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Massie's campaign committee raised a total of $1,064,631 and spent $941,562.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Massie spent $5.06 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, Massie is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 18, 2013.[36]

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.[37]

Massie most often votes with:

Massie least often votes with:

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Massie was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Massie's staff was given an apparent $32,666.67 in bonus money.[38]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Massie missed 0 of 144 roll call votes from Nov 2012 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[39]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Massie's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $750,000 and $4,899,999. That averages to $2,825,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[40]

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


Thomas Massie voted with the Republican Party 83.2% of the time, which ranked 232nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

Recent news

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Massie and his wife, Rhonda, have four children. [2]

External links

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  1. Kentucky Elections Division "2012 General Election Results" Accessed June 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas Massie for Congress "About" Accessed February 2, 2012
  3. National Journal, "Kentucky, 4th House District," November 6, 2012
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Politico, "Libertarians, liberals unite against Syria strike," accessed September 4, 2013
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  8. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  9. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  10. Kentucky State Board of Elections "Candidate Filings" Accessed January 23, 2012
  11. The Hill, "Tea Party Cadidate Thomas Massie Wins House Primary
  12. NRP How a college kid may have helped pick a congressman
  13. NRP How a college kid may have helped pick a congressman
  14. The Hill, "Tea Party Cadidate Thomas Massie Wins House Primary
  15. Thomas Massie for Congress "Ron Paul Endorses Thomas Massie" Accessed May 1, 2012
  16. "Congressional candidates pick up endorsements" Accessed April 13, 2012
  17. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed By Phil Moffett" Accessed April 13, 2012
  18. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed by Campbell County Commissioner Brian Painter" Accessed April 13, 2012
  19. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed By Boone County PVA Cindy Arlinghaus" Accessed April 13, 2012
  20. Thomas Massie for Congress "Thomas Massie Endorsed By Alexandria Councilwoman Barb Weber" Accessed April 13, 2012
  21. Roll Call "Club for Growth Announces Three Congressional Endorsements" Accessed May 1, 2012
  22. Kentucky Politics "Fourth District GOP endorses Massie for special election" Accessed August 2, 2012
  23. Thomas Massie's YouTube Account, "Rand Paul Endorsement"
  24. YouTube channel
  25. Campaign Website, Endorsements
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Courier Journal "Geoff Davis resigns from Congress, cites family health issue," July 31, 2012
  27. Washington Post "Republican Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky resigns, cites a family health issue," July 31, 2012
  28. Politico "Rep. Geoff Davis resigns from Congress," July 31, 2012
  29. Roll Call "Breaking: Geoff Davis Resigns From Congress," July 31, 2012
  30. Open Secrets "Thomas Massie" Accessed April 7, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Thomas Massie 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. Open Secrets "Thomas Massie 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Gov Track "Thomas Massie," Accessed June 18, 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Rep. Thomas Massie," Accessed August 2, 2013
  38. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Thomas Massie," Accessed April 1, 2013
  40., "Massie (R-KY), 2011"
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Geoff Davis (R)
U.S. House - Kentucky, District 4
Succeeded by