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Phone: 202-225-2865

Address: 215 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: yoder.house.gov
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Phone: (913) 621-0832

Address: 7325 West 79th Street, Overland Park KS 66204-2908

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Kevin Yoder Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Kansas 3
  • Born: Jan. 08, 1976, Hutchinson
  • Home: Overland Park
  • Education:

    U. of KS, B.A. 1999, J.D. 2002.

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 2002-10.

  • Political Career:

    KS House, 2002-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Married (Brooke)

Republican Kevin Yoder, who won his seat in 2010, was an energetic and thoughtful star of his freshman class, but his image took a serious hit after it emerged in 2012 that he took a nude swim in the Sea of Galilee during a trip with other House members. Read More

Republican Kevin Yoder, who won his seat in 2010, was an energetic and thoughtful star of his freshman class, but his image took a serious hit after it emerged in 2012 that he took a nude swim in the Sea of Galilee during a trip with other House members.

Yoder grew up on a farm in the aptly named town of Yoder, founded in 1907 by an Amish settler. His family has been there since the 1880s, and hundreds of Yoders live in the area. His father’s farm produces grains, soybeans, corn, and meat. His maternal grandfather, William Alexander, who grew up as a poor farmer, was the Republican mayor of Wilmette, Ill., and president of the Chicago Bar Association. As a child, Yoder recalls visits to his grandfather in downtown Chicago, drawing inspiration from him. Yoder studied English and political science at the University of Kansas, where he was student body president.

He was a registered Democrat before undergoing what he calls his own “personal maturation and growth” and switching to become a Republican. During his senior year in college and into law school, he volunteered in campaigns and interned at the state legislature. He worked as a law clerk at the Pentagon in Washington doing counter-narcotics work. He left a month before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, an event that inspired him to get more involved with politics. Yoder was elected to the Kansas House in 2002 at age 26, and got a seat on the Appropriations Committee, where he had interned in college. He eventually chaired the committee.

When Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore announced he would not seek another term, Yoder jumped into the race. His state legislative district, which includes some of Overland Park and the headquarters of Sprint, gave him access to a large donor base, and his acumen at fundraising—more than $800,000 by summer 2010—forced the early GOP front-runner, state Sen. Nick Jordan, out of the race. Yoder’s primary opponents pointed to his party switch as evidence of flip-flopping on issues. But Yoder managed to win the nine-person contest with 44% of the vote.

In the fall, his Democratic opponent was Stephene Moore, the wife of the retiring incumbent and a nurse by trade. She supported President Barack Obama’s health care bill while Yoder opposed it. He also came out against reinstating the estate tax, which affects many family farms, while Moore said she favored keeping the tax but at lower rates.

Moore also seized on a Topeka Capital-Journal report that Yoder refused to take a preliminary breath test during a 2009 traffic stop. Yoder pleaded guilty to refusing a law enforcement officer’s request and was fined $165. His campaign said that he wasn’t drunk and that he refused the test because he had passed a field sobriety test. Moore, meanwhile, was criticized for going too far in running an ad comparing Yoder to celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson. The Kansas City Star endorsed Yoder, calling him “quick-witted and thoughtful,” and saying he “could be a force in Congress.” He won 58% to 39%.

In the House, Yoder was given a seat on the Appropriations Committee. Though he voted a strongly conservative line, he avoided the anti-government rhetoric of his fellow freshmen and joined Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline’s Common Ground Caucus. He was among the few Republicans to refuse to sign activist Grover Norquist’s pledge never to raise taxes, saying no one can predict the future. But like his fellow freshmen, he voted against the 2011 bipartisan deal to raise the debt limit. In August, 2011, Yoder introduced a bill to ban the issuing of $1 coins for 15 years as a way of saving money; the Treasury Department later suspended the coins’ production.

Yoder ran unopposed in the August 2012 GOP primary and had no Democratic opposition for the fall. Later that month, however, news reports indicated that during a fact-finding trip to Israel the previous summer, several House freshmen took a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee, a pilgrimage site for Christians. The members remained clothed, but Yoder shed his, prompting a rebuke from Majority Leader Eric Cantor as well as an avalanche of negative publicity.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the incident “reprehensible,” while comic David Letterman turned it into a list of “Top 10 Congressman Kevin Yoder Excuses.” A chastened Yoder apologized, but the Star predicted that the controversy would prove to be “more than a speed bump in a man’s ambitious career.” In November, Yoder was reelected, but libertarian Joel Balam, a college professor who raised less than $3,200 to Yoder’s $1.7 million, managed to draw 32% of the vote.

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Kevin Yoder Election Results
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2012 General
Kevin Yoder (R)
Votes: 201,087
Percent: 68.45%
Joel Balam (Lib)
Votes: 92,675
Percent: 31.55%
2012 Primary
Kevin Yoder (R)
Votes: 50,270
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (58%)
Kevin Yoder Votes and Bills
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Economic 29 (L) : 70 (C) 5 (L) : 95 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 17.7 (L) : 82.3 (C) 16.2 (L) : 83.8 (C) 15.7 (L) : 84.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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