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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3501

Address: 308 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (270) 842-9896

Address: 1001 Center Street, Bowling Green KY 42101-2192

Owensboro KY

Phone: (270) 438-6595

Fax: (270) 842-9081

Address: 2200 Airport Road, Owensboro KY 42301-9488

Radcliff KY

Phone: (270) 438-6599

Fax: (270) 842-9081

Address: 411 West Lincoln Trail Boulevard, Radcliff KY 40160-2046

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Brett Guthrie Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: Kentucky 2
  • Born: Feb. 18, 1964, Florence, AL
  • Home: Bowling Green
  • Education:

    U.S. Military Academy, B.S. 1987; Yale U., M.A. 1997.

  • Professional Career:

    V.P., Trace Die Cast, 2001-08.

  • Military Career:

    Army, 1987-2001

  • Political Career:

    KY Senate, 1998-2008.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Church of Christ

  • Family: Married (Beth); 3 children

Republican Brett Guthrie, elected in 2008, has a military and business background that plays well with constituents, along with a reputation as a loyal party vote that endears him to GOP leaders. He holds a plum seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, enabling him to work with fellow Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield on protecting the state’s coal and oil industries. Read More

Republican Brett Guthrie, elected in 2008, has a military and business background that plays well with constituents, along with a reputation as a loyal party vote that endears him to GOP leaders. He holds a plum seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, enabling him to work with fellow Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield on protecting the state’s coal and oil industries.

A graduate of West Point, Guthrie served 14 years in the U.S. Army, first in the Reserve, then as a field artillery officer with the 101st Airborne division at Fort Campbell. After his discharge, Guthrie joined the family business in Bowling Green, Ky., Trace Die Cast, Inc., a leading supplier of aluminum castings for the automobile industry. His father had started the business with his savings and just five employees in the 1980s. Guthrie eventually became vice president. In 1998, Guthrie was elected to the state Senate, where he focused on education issues and became chairman of the Transportation Committee, helping the state develop its highway budget. Republicans expected him to eventually join the leadership ranks, but Guthrie had his sights set on Congress.

After GOP Rep. Ron Lewis announced his retirement, his longtime chief of staff, Daniel London, jumped into the race to succeed him. But leading local Republicans complained that they had rigged a succession plan: Lewis had waited until just before the filing deadline to announce his retirement, leaving little time for candidates other than London to file. London apologized and withdrew from the race. Guthrie avoided a contested primary and marshaled his resources for the contested general election.

The Democratic nominee was state Sen. David Boswell, a 30-year veteran of Kentucky politics. He ran as a conservative Democrat, and the two contenders were virtually indistinguishable on the issues. Both opposed abortion rights and supported gun ownership, and both spoke out against the massive bailout for the financial industry passed by Congress in the fall of 2008.

National Democrats made the contest one of their top priorities of 2008. Guthrie found himself neck-and-neck with Boswell in a district that had been held by a Republican for 15 years. He ran ads tying Boswell to liberal congressional Democrats and their opposition to offshore drilling. And he emphasized his military background to the district’s sizable active and retired military population. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran an ad claiming that Trace Die Cast had sent jobs to Mexico. Former President Bill Clinton stumped for Boswell in the district; and first lady Laura Bush put in an appearance for Guthrie. Guthrie proved more adept at fundraising, with a war chest of nearly $1.3 million compared to Boswell’s $917,000. He won 53%-47%.

Once in the House, Guthrie proved to be a dependable Republican. He was named in April 2012 to co-lead a bipartisan working group on how the federal government could more efficiently use wireless spectrum. The House passed a bill he sponsored in May 2011 that aimed to water down the Democrats’ health care law by converting mandatory funding for teaching health centers to a congressionally controlled appropriation. He earlier complained in 2009 that the health care overhaul “raises taxes for just about everyone,” although supporters noted it imposed a surtax on only the top 0.3% of households.

In 2012, Guthrie took a softer line in criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency than other Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee, telling the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that the agency needed to strike a better balance between regulation and the economy. “I’ve been to Mexico City and Beijing,” he said. “I don’t want to have to wear a mask when I go outside. But I want regulations that don’t put companies out of business and cost my district $60,000-a-year jobs.”

Guthrie rejoined the Education and the Workforce Committee for the 113th Congress (2013-14), saying he wanted to work on education and job-training issues for his state. The move was a sign that he might be thinking about higher office; he has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2015. He and Kentucky Democrat John Yarmuth formed the Congressional Bourbon Caucus in 2009. “I have Heaven Hill and Jim Beam in my district,” Guthrie told The Washington Post in 2012. “I lost Maker’s Mark in redistricting.” Guthrie sailed to reelection in 2010 and 2012.

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Brett Guthrie Election Results
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2012 General
Brett Guthrie (R)
Votes: 181,508
Percent: 64.3%
David Williams
Votes: 89,541
Percent: 31.72%
Andrew Beacham (I)
Votes: 6,304
Percent: 2.23%
2012 Primary
Brett Guthrie (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (68%), 2008 (53%)
Brett Guthrie Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 36 (L) : 64 (C) 23 (L) : 75 (C) 27 (L) : 71 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 30 (L) : 68 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) 32 (L) : 63 (C)
Composite 22.2 (L) : 77.8 (C) 29.0 (L) : 71.0 (C) 28.0 (L) : 72.0 (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.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV1711
CFG6064
ITIC-92
NTU7172
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU7680
ADA50
AFSCME0-
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: Y
    • 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
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
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