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Phone: 202-225-5506

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Phone: (608) 782-2558

Address: 205 Fifth Avenue South, La Crosse WI 54601-4059

Eau Claire WI

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Address: 131 South Barstow Street, Eau Claire WI 54701-2625

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Ron Kind Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Wisconsin 3
  • Born: Mar. 16, 1963, La Crosse
  • Home: La Crosse
  • Education:

    Harvard U., B.A. 1985, London Schl. of Econ., 1986, U. of MN, J.D. 1990

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1990–92; Asst. st. prosecutor, La Crosse Cnty., 1992–96.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Lutheran

  • Family: Married (Tawni); 2 children

Ron Kind, a Democrat elected in 1996, is a moderate who focuses on health and agriculture issues from his perch on the Ways and Means Committee. He is the chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, a business-oriented group that attempts to break through partisan gridlock. Read More

Ron Kind, a Democrat elected in 1996, is a moderate who focuses on health and agriculture issues from his perch on the Ways and Means Committee. He is the chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, a business-oriented group that attempts to break through partisan gridlock.

Kind grew up in a large family in La Crosse, the son of a telephone repairman and a secretary in the local schools. He went to Harvard University on a scholarship and played quarterback. He worked as a summer intern for Democratic Sen. William Proxmire, doing research for Proxmire’s Golden Fleece awards pointing out wasteful government spending. Kind attended the London School of Economics and the University of Minnesota’s law school, practiced law in a large firm in Milwaukee, and then returned home to La Crosse to work as an assistant prosecutor on rape and sexual abuse cases.

Kind started running for Congress soon after moderate Republican Steve Gunderson announced in 1994 that he would not seek reelection. Former state Sen. Jim Harsdorf won the Republican primary and made a case for a balanced budget and for Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson’s “Wisconsin Works” welfare reform program. Kind presented his own balanced budget proposal and urged reform of the campaign finance system. Kind won, 52%-48%.

In early 2013, Kind took over as head of the New Democrat Coalition, which grew from 43 to 50 members in the new Congress. “We want to work hard to find that sensible center on policy and move the ball,” he told The Hill newspaper.He formerly co-chaired the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus of pro-conservation hunters and received the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2010. He refused to support liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi in her bid for minority leader in January 2011, casting his vote for Tennessee Democrat Jim Cooper, another moderate. He did back Pelosi two years later. But he irked his party after becoming one of the 17 House Democrats to vote in favor of criminal contempt charges in 2012 against Attorney General Eric Holder in connection with the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-tracing operation.

With dairy farming prominent in his district, Kind is vitally interested in issues affecting farmers. In July 2012, he complained in a letter to colleagues that the GOP-written farm bill that passed the House Agriculture Committee “takes us backward in terms of budget-busting crop subsidies, unlimited insurance subsidies, and trade-distorting programs.” In 2007, he joined with conservative deficit hawks and suburban and urban Democrats in an attempt to add provisions to the farm bill that would have changed federal policy for agricultural subsidies and provided more funds for land conservation and school nutrition. “For too long, we’ve had large taxpayer subsidies going to a few very large farming entities to the disadvantage of family farmers,” Kind said. Kind won 200 votes for similar provisions in the 2002 farm bill, but this time around, the Democratic leadership was worried about angering farmers’ groups in rural swing districts and refused to allow a vote by the full House. The plan died in committee. Kind voted against the final version of the farm bill, calling it a “nightmare.”

Despite the farm subsidies that flow to the district, he said that the vast majority of producers he represents don’t get huge agriculture subsidies because they’re not large agribusinesses. When President Barack Obama unveiled a plan in April 2009 to save nearly $10 billion by putting strict limits on subsidies, Kind worked with the White House to revamp the measure. On Ways and Means, he also has championed tax credits aimed at encouraging farmers to control animal waste while producing renewable biogas energy. He told The Stevens Point Journal in 2012 that Wisconsin could see “a manufacturing renaissance” with more public-private sector partnerships.

Kind got an early start on the health care overhaul debate in 2009, co-sponsoring a bill to put greater emphasis on quality and coordination of care in reimbursing health care providers. He was dissatisfied with the version that passed Ways and Means the next month and was one of three Democrats who joined committee Republicans in opposing it. But after a series of lengthy meetings that he and others held with Pelosi on containing the spiraling costs of Medicare, he pronounced himself satisfied with the legislation. He ultimately succeeded in getting $800 million in immediate payments for doctors and hospitals as well as a commitment for a value-based system for paying providers, and he backed the version that became law.

In 2004, Kind had his first credible challenger, Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz, a moderate in the Wisconsin legislature. Schultz ran with an unlikely Republican theme, criticizing Kind as a free trader who had sent jobs overseas. Kind affirmed his support for trade agreements, but he criticized the Bush administration for failing to enforce their labor and environmental protection terms. Kind won, 56%-43%, and two years later did even better, attaining 65% of the vote.

In 2010, another serious challenger emerged, Dan Kapanke, a Republican state senator who lambasted Kind for his support of the health care bill and Obama’s economic agenda. Less than a week before the election, Wisconsin Republicans alleged that a Kind staffer asked for campaign contributions in 2007 to arrange a meeting between the congressman and a group of doctors. Kind called the charge “blatant lies” and questioned the timing of the complaint. He survived with a 50%-46% win.

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Ron Kind Election Results
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2012 General
Ron Kind (D)
Votes: 217,712
Percent: 64.14%
Ray Boland (R)
Votes: 121,713
Percent: 35.86%
2012 Primary
Ron Kind (D)
Votes: 19,755
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (50%), 2008 (63%), 2006 (65%), 2004 (56%), 2002 (63%), 2000 (64%), 1998 (71%), 1996 (52%)
Ron Kind 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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2013 2012 2011
Economic 59 (L) : 41 (C) 64 (L) : 36 (C) 61 (L) : 38 (C)
Social 61 (L) : 38 (C) 63 (L) : 36 (C) 63 (L) : 37 (C)
Foreign 83 (L) : 15 (C) 81 (L) : 17 (C) 59 (L) : 41 (C)
Composite 68.2 (L) : 31.8 (C) 69.8 (L) : 30.2 (C) 61.2 (L) : 38.8 (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
FRC016
LCV9180
CFG1624
ITIC-75
NTU2725
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-76
ACU88
ADA7585
AFSCME86-
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: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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