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Tim Huelskamp
Tim Huelskamp.jpg
U.S. House, Kansas, District 1
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorJerry Moran (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,042,888
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas State Senate
Bachelor'sCollege of Santa Fe
Ph.D.American University, 1995
Date of birthNovember 11, 1968
Place of birthFowler, Kansas
Net worth$271,505
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy Alan "Tim" Huelskamp (b. November 11, 1968) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kansas' 1st congressional district. Huelskamp was first elected to the House in 2010.

He won re-election in an unopposed race on November 6, 2012.[1]

He previously was a member of the Kansas State Senate from 1997 to 2011.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Huelskamp is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Huelskamp was born in 1968 in Fowler, KS, and raised on his family's farm there. He earned his B.A. from the College of Santa Fe in 1991 and his Ph.D. from American University in 1995. Prior to his political career, Huelskamp had worked as a farmer, teacher, and legislative analyst.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Huelskamp's political career[2]:

  • Kansas State Senate, 1997-2011
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District of Kansas, 2011-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Huelskamp serves on the following committees:[3]


Huelskamp served on the following House committees[4]:


Committee controversy

In March 2012, Huelskamp was one of two Republicans who voted against Paul Ryan's budget plan in the House Budget Committee. Huelskamp and Justin Amash both said they felt the plan did not cut the budget fast enough. In December 2012 it was revealed that both representatives would not serve on the House Budget Committee in the 113th Congress. Heulskamp also lost his seat on the Agriculture Committee.[5][6][7] Republican Reps. Walter B. Jones (NC) and David Schweikert (AZ) complete the quartet of lawmakers to lose prominent committee seats (both were let go from the Financial Services Committee) during the Republican Steering Commission's December purge of so-called "obstinate" team members.[8] The decision to terminate the four Rep.'s committee memberships, spearheaded by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), resonated powerfully with the increasingly divergent party ranks and the political media. Both a virtual anomaly, historically, and as a not-altogether-unexpected reaction to the tea party's storming of the GOP institution in 2010, the purge threw into harsh relief a context of internal conflict between affirming and ebbing institutional identity. Huelskamp called it a “typical Backroom deal,” of the sort the tea party targeted upon invasion as a symbol of the detachment of the GOP congressional establishment from the needs and problems of their constituencies. Many party insiders dispute the claims presented by Huelskamp and his spurned cohort that ideological differences played any role in their dismissal from the committees. Instead, the decision was the result of bad behavior on the part of three of the four, according to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA), whose candid response to the event provided a headline-worthy insult byte that was quickly refined by a spokeswoman into what the mainstream press could call "the obstinate factor."[9] Huelskamp, for example, was not punished for voting against his colleagues on the budget, but for undermining his fellow team members through various social media postings, he says. Matt Kibbe, president of a Tea party group called Freedomworks, represents the position of those skeptical of Boehner and the party establishment's motivations: “This is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would — on principle — instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America.” [10]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Huelskamp 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Yea3.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.[12] Huelskamp was one of four Republican Representatives who voted in favor of Ryan's budget proposal after previously being in opposition.[12]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[13]

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.[12] 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.[12] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Huelskamp is one 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.[14]



See also: Kansas' 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Huelskamp ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kansas' 1st District. Huelskamp won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[15] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 11, 2012. The date was originally set for June 1, but a delay in the redistricting process caused the state to push back the filing deadline.[16]. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012.

Huelskamp ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012. He faced no general election competition in the November 6, 2012 general election.

U.S. House, Kansas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Huelskamp Incumbent 100% 211,337
Total Votes 211,337
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


Huelskamp was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below.[17]

  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • National Rifle Association
  • Presidential candidate Mitt Romney
  • Governor Rick Perry
  • Governor Mike Huckabee
  • National Right to Life
  • Congressman Ron Paul
  • Club for Growth
  • Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund

Campaign Issues

The policy positions below are outlined on Huelskamp's campaign website.

  • Energy

Excerpt: "Our nation is dependent on far too many foreign sources of energy. This results in massive volatility and increases in energy prices."[18]

  • Fiscal Responsibility

Excerpt: "I support our free-market economic system and do not believe that throwing money at problems and then sweeping them under the rug get anything solved. It will be my goal to continue to be the best possible steward of your tax dollars and get government out of the way so that entrepreneurs can create private sector jobs."[19]

  • Right to Life

Excerpt: "I have led the effort to defund Planned Parenthood of all their state funding, and prohibit taxpayer funding of embryonic stem-cell research. I will do the same in Congress. As your Congressman, I will work tirelessly to protect the rights of the unborn in addition to upholding a 100% pro-life voting record."[20]

  • 2nd Amendment

Excerpt: "As your congressman, I will be a strong and consistent ally for sportsmen and gun owners, and I will always support the 2nd Amendment."[21]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "Healthcare costs in this country have been spiraling out of control for many years... It is imperative that we as a society find free-market, consumer-centered solutions to our healthcare challenges."[22]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Huelskamp is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Huelskamp raised a total of $2,042,888 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[24]

Tim Huelskamp's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kansas, District 1) Won $857,538
2010 U.S. House (Kansas, District 1) Won $1,185,350
Grand Total Raised $2,042,888


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

Huelskamp won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Huelskamp's campaign committee raised a total of $857,538 and spent $370,529.[25]


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

Huelskamp won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Huelskamp's campaign committee raised a total of $1,185,350 and spent $1,252,547.[26]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Huelskamp is a " rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[27]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Huelskamp missed 5 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[28]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Huelskamp paid his congressional staff a total of $811,623 in 2011. He ranked 56th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 63rd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Kansas ranked 45th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[29]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Huelskamp was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Huelskamp's staff was given an apparent $400.00 in bonus money.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Huelskamp's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $123,010 and $420,000. That averages to $271,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 5.40% from 2010.[31]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Huelskamp's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $114,015 and $460,000. That averages to $287,007.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[32]

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. Huelskamp ranked 180th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[33]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Huelskamp ranked 74th in the conservative rankings.[34]

Voting with party


Tim Huelskamp voted with the Republican Party 92.7 of the time, which ranked 203 among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[35]

Recent news

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Huelskamp first met his wife, Angela, when pursuing graduate work at American University. They have four adopted children together and live in Fowler, KS.[36]

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Kansas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Tim Huelskamp" Accessed November 11, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 11, 2011
  5. Roll Call, "'Obstinate' Factor Continues to Roil GOP," December 12, 2012
  6. Slate "," December 3, 2012
  7. [http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/217503-ryan-budget-passes-committee-by-single-vote The Hill " Ryan budget passes committee by one vote," March 21, 2012]
  8. Politico, "'The a--hole factor'," December 13, 2012
  9. Roll Call, "'Obstinate' Factor Continues to Roil GOP," December 10, 2012
  10. The Washington Post, "Conservatives protest removal of 4 dissenting GOP lawmakers from plum committee assignments," December 4, 2012
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Washington Post, "10 House republicans vote against Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  13. CBS News, "Senate rejects Paul Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  14. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  15. Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" Accessed June 21, 2012
  16. [http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/2012pdates.pdf fec.gov - 2012 Primary Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
  17. Tim Huelskamp "Endorsements," October 11, 2012
  18. Tim Huelskamp "Healthcare," October 11, 2012
  19. Tim Huelskamp "Healthcare," October 11, 2012
  20. Tim Huelskamp "Healthcare," October 11, 2012
  21. Tim Huelskamp "Healthcare," October 11, 2012
  22. Tim Huelskamp "Healthcare," October 11, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Tim Huelskamp" Accessed April 7, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Tim Huelskamp 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Tim Huelskamp 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 11, 2011
  27. Gov Track "Huelskamp" Accessed June 18, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Tim Huelskamp," Accessed April 1, 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Tim Huelskamp"
  30. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Huelskamp (R-Kan), 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Huelskamp, (R-Kansas), 2010"
  33. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Official House Site "Full Biography," Accessed November 12, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Moran (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas District 1
Succeeded by