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Phone: 202-225-2271

Address: 2439 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: kline.house.gov
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Phone: (952) 808-1213

Address: 350 West Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville MN 55337-2572

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John Kline Biography
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  • Elected: 2002, 6th term.
  • District: Minnesota 2
  • Born: Sep. 06, 1947, Allentown, PA
  • Home: Lakeville
  • Education:

    Rice U., B.A. 1969, Shippensburg U., M.P.A. 1988

  • Professional Career:

    V.P., Cntr. of the American Experiment, 2001-02.

  • Military Career:

    Marine Corps, 1969-94 (Vietnam).

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Vicky); 2 children

Republican John Kline, first elected in 2002, is a no-nonsense conservative ally of House Speaker John Boehner. He has risen in a relatively short time to chair the House Education and the Workforce Committee, a panel that Boehner himself once headed. Read More

Republican John Kline, first elected in 2002, is a no-nonsense conservative ally of House Speaker John Boehner. He has risen in a relatively short time to chair the House Education and the Workforce Committee, a panel that Boehner himself once headed.

Kline grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, where his father owned a small hometown newspaper and his mother managed the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Rice University, he served for 25 years in the Marine Corps. During the Vietnam War, he commanded Marine aviation forces in Somalia, where his duties included responsibility for the Corps’ $50 billion program-objective memorandum, a budget and planning analysis. Later, he was assigned to the White House and carried the so-called “football”—the package containing the nuclear launch codes—for presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan; he surely has had more face time with presidents than most other members of Congress. When he retired in 1994, he settled in Lakeville, in Dakota County, where he managed his wife’s family farm.

Kline challenged Democratic Rep. Bill Luther in 1998 in the old Minnesota 6th District, after Luther had had several expensive and fierce campaigns to keep the seat. Kline favored tax cuts, more military spending, and the resignation of President Bill Clinton in that year’s impeachment proceedings. He also opposed abortion rights. He spent only $283,000; Luther, who raised $1 million, spent only $412,000. That might have been a mistake. Luther won by only 50%-46%. Kline hardly stopped running. More experienced and better financed in 2000, he made his rematch with Luther one of the nation’s high-profile House contests. The result was closer, but Luther survived 50%-48%, and Kline said he was unlikely to run again.

Then the unexpected happened. The redistricting plan ordered into effect by the state Supreme Court in March 2002 placed Kline’s home in a new 2nd District where there was no incumbent. State GOP leaders urged Kline to run again. But Luther’s home was in the new 6th District, which was considerably more Republican after the redistricting. So he decided to take on Kline in the 2nd District. The acrimonious campaign resumed where it had left off. Luther called Kline an extremist who held “Texas values.” Luther’s campaign manager encouraged Sam Garst, a Sierra Club activist and Luther supporter, to enter the race as a candidate of a new “No New Taxes” party—a purposefully deceptive banner designed to siphon votes from the Republican. The local media harshly criticized the scheme as “un-Minnesotan.” This time, Kline won 53%-42%.

In the House, Kline’s voting record has put him among the chamber’s most conservative members. He proposed legislation to replace Ulysses S. Grant with former President Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill. He later became a trusted deputy of Boehner and was given responsibilities at the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of House Republicans. When the ranking Republican slot on Education and Labor came open in 2009, House Republicans wanted a tough counterweight to liberal panel Chairman George Miller of California. Kline leapfrogged over several more senior Republicans while fending off a challenge from the more junior Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, another Boehner loyalist. As it became clear that Republicans would reclaim the House majority in 2010, Kline was equally tough on conservatives who were campaigning on a pledge to abolish the Education Department as a way to save money. “That’s simply not going to get done,” he said.

As chairman, Kline hoped in the 112th Congress (2011-12) to get some bipartisan backing on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law, which expired in 2007 and which members of both parties have found severely wanting. But after some discussions with Miller, he released a bill in 2011 that essentially cut Democrats out of negotiations. The legislation ratcheted back the federal role in education and handed power back to states and local leaders, whom he said “are clamoring to … revive innovation in our classrooms.” But Democrats excoriated his efforts, joining with business and civil rights groups in arguing that his proposed changes would unfairly impact minorities, low-income students, and students with disabilities. The measure was adopted by the House on a party-line vote.

Kline vowed in January 2013 to take up the issue again. He said that he also hoped to deal with school violence in the wake of the December 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn. But he made clear at a committee meeting that he was tired of gridlock: “It’s time we focused less on polite disagreements, and more on forging common-sense agreements.”

Kline did work with Miller to get bipartisan bills through the House aimed at modernizing benefits for federal workers and promoting the development of high-performing charter schools. But he turned back efforts from Miller and other committee Democrats in 2012 to investigate mine safety, an area that Congress has not addressed despite several deadly mining accidents in recent years. He also introduced a bill in October 2011 to preempt a National Labor Relations Board plan to implement faster union elections, a move that he said would give businesses less time to make a case against unionization. Kline has been a staunch defender of for-profit schools, repeatedly fighting the Obama administration’s attempts to regulate them. Liberal interest groups have pointed to the sizeable campaign donations he has received from interests in the for-profit sector, but he denies they have influenced his thinking.

In 2006, Democrats appeared to have found a strong candidate in Coleen Rowley, a retired FBI agent who was lauded by Time magazine in 2002 for going public with the FBI’s decision to ignore recommendations to investigate Zacarias Moussaoui, a figure in the September 11 attacks. But as a first-time candidate, Rowley struggled to find her footing, and the party lost interest in her campaign. While other Republicans distanced themselves from Bush and the Iraq war, Kline was forthright about his support for the war, emphasizing his background as a former Marine and as the father of a young Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot (son John Daniel Kline) who did a tour of duty in Iraq. Kline won reelection 56%-40% over Rowley.

In 2008 and 2010, Kline won reelection easily. But post-2010 redistricting, which made the district more competitive, gave him a closer-than-expected race in 2012. His Democratic challenger was Mike Obermueller, a lawyer and former state representative who took moderate stances, such as cutting wasteful spending. Obermueller showed some ability to raise money and got help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But Kline still outraised his rival by 3-to-1 and notched a 54%-46% win.

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John Kline Election Results
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2012 General
John Kline (R)
Votes: 193,587
Percent: 54.09%
Mike Obermueller (DFL)
Votes: 164,338
Percent: 45.91%
2012 Primary
John Kline (R)
Votes: 15,859
Percent: 85.12%
David Gerson (R)
Votes: 2,772
Percent: 14.88%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%), 2008 (57%), 2006 (56%), 2004 (56%), 2002 (53%)
John Kline 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 31 (L) : 68 (C) 7 (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 34 (L) : 62 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 31.8 (L) : 68.2 (C) 10.3 (L) : 89.7 (C) 18.3 (L) : 81.7 (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
LCV93
CFG7074
ITIC-100
NTU7576
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COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU8896
ADA50
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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: Y
    • 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
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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