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Phone: 202-225-6601

Address: 1027 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (785) 234-5966

Address: 3550 SW Fifth Street, Topeka KS 66606-1998

Pittsburg KS

Phone: (620) 231-5966

Fax: (620) 231-5972

Address: 1001 North Broadway Street, Pittsburg KS 66762-3905

Independence KS

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Fax: (620) 231-5972

Address: 120 North Sixth Street, Independence KS 67301

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Lynn Jenkins Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: Kansas 2
  • Born: Jun. 10, 1963, Topeka
  • Home: Topeka
  • Education:

    KS St. U., A.S. 1985; Weber St. U., B.S., 1985

  • Professional Career:

    C.P.A., 1984-98.

  • Political Career:

    KS House, 1999-2001; KS Senate, 2001-03; KS treasurer, 2003-08.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Divorced; 2 children

Republican Lynn Jenkins, who won her seat in 2008, won the vice chairmanship of the House Republican Conference in 2013, becoming one of three women in her party’s leadership. She derives as much, if not more, clout from her seat on the Ways and Means Committee, where she is an unfailingly conservative vote. Read More

Republican Lynn Jenkins, who won her seat in 2008, won the vice chairmanship of the House Republican Conference in 2013, becoming one of three women in her party’s leadership. She derives as much, if not more, clout from her seat on the Ways and Means Committee, where she is an unfailingly conservative vote.

Jenkins was born in Topeka and grew up in the rural town of Holton on a dairy farm. After graduating from college, she worked for close to 15 years as an accountant. She was elected to the state House in 1998 and served one term there and one in the state Senate. In 2002, Jenkins was elected Kansas treasurer and four years later, even as Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won a second term, she was reelected. She next set her sights on the 2nd District House seat. In 2006, Democrat Nancy Boyda had pulled off one of that year’s biggest upsets by unseating Republican Jim Ryun, but she was up against the district’s Republican tilt.

In the 2008 GOP primary, Jenkins faced Ryun, who had held the seat for five terms and wanted it back. Many leading Republicans saw Ryun’s loss as an anomaly that would be easily corrected in a rematch with Boyda. The contest also fell along the divide between the two long-warring wings of the state Republican party. Ryun was a staunch conservative, while Jenkins had a profile as a pro-business and pro-abortion-rights moderate. Although heavily outspent by Ryun, Jenkins eked out a win by just over 1,300 votes. Eager to quash any bitterness from the contest, Ryun heartily endorsed her.

Jenkins still faced an uphill battle in the general election. Boyda had carefully crafted a voting record mostly in line with her constituents’ views. The incumbent also sought to distance herself from her party in July 2008 by publicly renouncing the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But Jenkins tied Boyda to liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi every chance she got and accused her of supporting tax increases by voting for Democratic budgets that phased out the Bush-era tax cuts for high income earners. The strategy paid off. Jenkins won 51%-46%, turning the come-from-behind winner in 2006 into one of the rare Democratic losers of 2008.

Jenkins had a bumpy first term. After criticizing spending earmarks during the campaign, Jenkins in 2009 submitted requests for 23 earmarked projects totaling $68 million to the Appropriations Committee. The conservative group Club for Growth removed her from its “Sworn off Earmarks” list. She responded that her pledge “only set rigorous standards for how a congressional member must go about requesting those earmarks.” She got more negative publicity at a town hall meeting in Hiawatha. Discussing possible Republican candidates’ future prospects, Jenkins said, “Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope.” She later apologized and said she did not realize the phrase had a negative connotation and that she was referring to GOP House leaders, not the Republican field of challengers to President Barack Obama in 2012.

Back home, some conservatives were unhappy with Jenkins’ record. State Sen. Dennis Pyle challenged her in the 2010 primary, and although he didn’t spend a lot of money, he held Jenkins to a 57%-43% win. She won the general election easily against Democrat Cheryl Hudspeth, 63% to 32%.

Although she was among the Tea Party Caucus’ initial members in 2010, Jenkins has since had second thoughts. She told a Kansas group in 2011 that members of the movement “don’t even like the term compromise. They don’t even like the term common ground. … I have always been willing to work with everyone,” according to the Lawrence Journal-World. In January 2013, she joined the “Problem Solvers” coalition of lawmakers who agreed to meet monthly to foster bipartisanship in Congress.

As a new Ways and Means member in the 112th Congress (2011-12), Jenkins was part of a Republican effort to overhaul the tax code and she introduced a bill to extend tax credits to small businesses that hire National Guard members. She also sponsored the “Kelsey Smith Act,” which would require wireless communication providers to turn over cell phone call-location data to police after a Kansas girl’s killer was identified with the help of cell phone data.

Running for reelection in 2012, Jenkins encountered few problems against Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen, a Topeka pastor. She raised $1.9 million to his $215,000 and won with 57% of the vote to his 39%, with Libertarian Dennis Hawver getting 4%. After the election, she bested Alabama’s Martha Roby in the race for vice chair of the conference, the group of all House Republicans. Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers and North Carolina’s Virginia Foxx are also in the House Republican leadership.

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Lynn Jenkins Election Results
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2012 General
Lynn Jenkins (R)
Votes: 167,463
Percent: 57.01%
Tobias Schlingensiepen (D)
Votes: 113,735
Percent: 38.72%
Dennis Hawver (Lib)
Votes: 12,520
Percent: 4.26%
2012 Primary
Lynn Jenkins (R)
Votes: 64,008
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%), 2008 (51%)
Lynn Jenkins Votes and Bills
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2013 2012 2011
Economic 18 (L) : 80 (C) 6 (L) : 93 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 15 (L) : 84 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 22.7 (L) : 77.3 (C) 8.8 (L) : 91.2 (C) 14.2 (L) : 85.8 (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
FRC90100
LCV66
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ITIC-92
NTU7781
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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
    • 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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