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Frank Kratovil


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Wayne Gilchrest

Queen Anne's County State's Attorney
In office
January 2003 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by David Gregory
Succeeded by Lance G. Richardson

Born May 29, 1968 (1968-05-29) (age 41)
Lanham, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kimberly Kratovil (m. 1992)
Children Frank Kratovil III
Jackson Kratovil
Cole Kratovil
Nate Kratovil
Residence Stevensville, Maryland
Alma mater Western Maryland College
University of Baltimore School of Law
Profession Prosecutor
Religion Episcopalian
Website www.kratovil.com

Frank Michael Kratovil Jr., (born May 29, 1968) is an American Democratic politician from the state of Maryland, and the Congressman for Maryland's 1st congressional district.

Kratovil previously served six years as State's Attorney of Queen Anne's County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. At the age of 34, Kratovil assumed office on January 2003 as the youngest State's Attorney in Maryland, after defeating four term incumbent David Gregory in the Primary. In 2005, Kratovil was elected to be President of the Maryland State's Attorneys' Association by his fellow State's Attorneys.[1] He ran unopposed in his bid for re-election in 2006.[2] On June 4, 2007 Kratovil announced that he would run for Congress in the 1st District.[3] Although some[4][5][6] initially characterized Kratovil's chances of winning as a long shot, Kratovil narrowly defeated Republican Andy Harris in the November election.[7][8]

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Early life and career

Frank Kratovil was born in Lanham, Maryland, and grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland. He is the son of Frank M. Kratovil Sr. and Lynnda Kratovil. Kratovil attended high school at Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro and graduated in 1986. Kratovil received his bachelor's degree in 1990 from Western Maryland College and graduated with honors from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1994. He then served from 1994 to 1995 as Law Clerk for Judge Darlene G. Perry of Prince George's County Circuit Court. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland.[1][9]

In 1997, Kratovil moved to the Eastern Shore and was appointed Assistant State’s Attorney for Queen Anne's County, Maryland. During his tenure as Assistant State’s Attorney he served as the County's only full-time Prosecutor and Community Prosecutor.[1] He continued to serve as Assistant State's Attorney until 2001 when he was appointed as Deputy State’s Attorney in Kent County, Maryland.[9] He also served as the President of the Young Democrats of Maryland from 1997 to 1998.[10]

State's Attorney

In 2002, Kratovil ran for the office of State's Attorney in Queen Anne's County and was elected after defeating four term incumbent David Gregory in the primary and Republican Paul W. Comfort in the general. Kratovil assumed office at the age of 34 making him the youngest State's Attorney in Maryland.[1] He ran unopposed for re-election in 2006.[2] He was elected by his fellow State's Attorneys to be President of the Maryland State's Attorneys' Association (MDSAA) for 2005. During his time as President of the MDSAA, he pushed for stronger legislation to expand prosecution of gangs and increased awareness of growing problems with drugs and gangs in Maryland's rural areas.[11][12]

2008 election

On June 4, 2007 Kratovil announced that he would run for Congress in Maryland's 1st congressional district.[13] During the February 12 Primary Kratovil defeated fellow Democrats Christopher Robinson, Steve Harper, and Joseph Werner.

Kratovil faced State Senator Andy Harris in the 2008 General Election. Harris defeated nine-term incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in the Republican primary after branding Gilchrest as too moderate. Ultimately, Kratovil's victory was greatly assisted by running for an open seat, rather than against a long-term incumbent such as Gilchrest.

Kratovil was initially a heavy underdog due to the district's election history. Although Democrats and Republicans are nearly tied in registration, the 1st has a strong tinge of social conservatism that favors Republicans, but due to redistricting the district is now made of many different areas, may of which favor Democrats. The district had been in Republican hands for all but 14 years since 1959. Kratovil gained unexpected momentum when incumbent Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, who lost in the Republican primary, endorsed Kratovil over Harris.[14] In June, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) decided to back Kratovil's campaign financially through their Red to Blue program.[15] Kratovil, who is considered a moderate,[16] has received endorsements not only from Democrats, but from local Eastern Shore Republicans.[17] He also received an endorsement from the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative congressional Democrats.[18] CQ Politics designated the race as "No Clear Favorite."

The November election was as close as expected. On election night, Kratovil led Harris by 915 votes. After two rounds of counting absentee ballots, Kratovil's lead grew to 2,000 votes. Forecasting that it would be nearly impossible for Harris to close the gap, most media outlets declared Kratovil the winner on the night of November 7.[19] Harris finally conceded on November 11.

Kratovil's election dramatized the geographic split that characterizes the 1st District. An Eastern Shore resident, Kratovil won Cecil County and the shore's eight other counties, but lost the district's portions of Baltimore County, Harford County and Anne Arundel County on the Western shore, which include conservative Baltimore suburbs and the home of Andy Harris. The district's voters are roughly split between the two regions.

2010 election

State Senator Andy Harris announced in May 2009 that he will again run against Kratovil in 2010 for the 1st Congressional District seat Harris narrowly lost in 2008. Cited in the announcement was Kratovil's vote for the federal stimulus bill in its final form,[20] a move considered unwelcome among many in the district's conservative population.

Congressional career

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Political Decisions

In November 2009, Kratovil was one of 39 Democrats to vote against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. [21]

Committee assignments

Election results

  • 2008 General Election for U.S. House Maryland 1st District [22]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Frank M. Kratovil Jr., Dem. 177,065   49.1%    Won
Andy Harris, Rep. 174,213   48.4%    Lost
Richard James Davis, Lib. 8,873   2.5%    Lost
  • 2008 Primary Election for U.S. House Maryland 1st District[23]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Frank M. Kratovil Jr., Dem. 28,566   40.2%    Won
Christopher Robert Robinson, Dem. 21,892   30.8%    Lost
Steve Harper, Dem. 11,904   16.7%    Lost
Joseph Werner, Dem. 8,753   12.3%    Lost
  • 2006 General Election for Queen Anne's County State's Attorney[2]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Frank M. Kratovil Jr., Dem. 13,894   100%    Won
  • 2002 General Election for Queen Anne's County State's Attorney[24]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Frank M. Kratovil Jr., Dem. 9,169   57.23%    Won
Paul W. Comfort, Rep. 6,830   42.63%    Lost

References

  1. ^ a b c d Office of State's Attorney, Queen Anne's County
  2. ^ a b c 2006 Gubernatorial General Election Results - qacelections.com
  3. ^ Kratovil for Congress Committee (June 4, 2007). "Frank Kratovil Announces Congressional Bid" (PDF). Press release. http://www.kratovil.com/pdfsR/PR6-4-07new.pdf.  
  4. ^ Reiter, Danny. "Election Day 2008: What PolitickerMD.com will be watching he narrowly defeated". PolitickerMD.com. November 3, 2008.
  5. ^ "Democrats Drum Up Congressional Support". Associated Press. WJZ-TV. March 29, 2008.
  6. ^ "Gilchrest's seat pits O'Malley against Ehrlich". The Washington Times. February 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "AP: Kratovil Winner Of 1st District Seat". WJZ-TV. http://wjz.com/local/district.absentees.2.858564.html. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
  8. ^ "Maryland's 1st District". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/individual/#mapHMD/H/01. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
  9. ^ a b Maryland State Archives
  10. ^ http://www.kratovil.com/frank4.html
  11. ^ Bill Seeks To Expand Prosecution Of Gangs (washingtonpost.com)
  12. ^ Gang Problems Spreading Across Maryland (wjz.com)
  13. ^ http://www.kratovil.com/pdfsR/PR6-4-07new.pdf
  14. ^ Lake, Sarah (September 9, 2008). "Gilchrest crosses party lines to support Kratovil". The Salisbury Flyer. http://www.salisbury.com/suflyer/story.asp?sid=1274. Retrieved 2009-05-09.  
  15. ^ DCCC announces third round of Red to Blue (DCCC.org)
  16. ^ Congressional race in Maryland gets tight - The Washington Blade
  17. ^ Two local GOP figures endorse Kratovil - The Star Democrat
  18. ^ 'Blue Dog Coalition' gives endorsement to Kratovil - The Capital
  19. ^ Kratovil Wins 1st District Seat Over Harris. Associated Press via WBAL-TV, 2008-11-07.
  20. ^ "Rematch: Harris versus Kratovil". baltimoresun.com. The Baltimore Sun. May 7, 2009. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2009/03/rematch_harris_versus_kratovil.html. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  21. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll887.xml
  22. ^ 2008 General Election Results - Maryland State Board of Elections
  23. ^ 2008 Primary Election Results - Maryland State Board of Elections
  24. ^ Oueen Anne's County Board of Elections - Statement of Votes Cast Queen Anne's General; November 5, 2002; State of Maryland, Queen Anne's County (11/15/2002)

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Wayne Gilchrest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st congressional district

2009 – present
Incumbent
Representatives to the 111th United States Congress from Maryland
111th Senate: B. Mikulski | B. Cardin House: S. Hoyer | R. Bartlett | E. Cummings | D. Ruppersberger | C. Van Hollen | J. Sarbanes | D. Edwards | F. Kratovil

Frank Kratovil

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Wayne Gilchrest

Queen Anne's County State's Attorney
In office
January 2003 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by David Gregory
Succeeded by Lance G. Richardson

Born May 29, 1968 (1968-05-29) (age 42)
Lanham, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kimberly Kratovil (m. 1992)
Children Frank Kratovil III
Jackson Kratovil
Cole Kratovil
Nate Kratovil
Ayden Kratovil
Residence Stevensville, Maryland
Alma mater Western Maryland College
University of Baltimore School of Law
Profession Prosecutor
Religion Episcopalian
Website www.kratovil.com

Frank Michael Kratovil Jr., (born May 29, 1968) is an American Democratic politician from the state of Maryland, and the Congressman for [[Maryland's 1Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst: congressional district]].

Kratovil previously served six years as State's Attorney of Queen Anne's County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. At the age of 34, Kratovil assumed office on January 2003 as the youngest State's Attorney in Maryland, after defeating four term incumbent David Gregory in the primary election. In 2005, Kratovil was elected to be President of the Maryland State's Attorneys' Association by his fellow State's Attorneys.[1] He ran unopposed in his bid for re-election in 2006.[2] On June 4, 2007 Kratovil announced that he would run for Congress in the 1st District.[3] Although some[4][5][6] initially characterized Kratovil's chances of winning as a long shot, Kratovil narrowly defeated Republican Andy Harris in the November election.[7][8]

Contents

Early life, education and career

Frank Kratovil was born in Lanham, Maryland, and grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland. He is the son of Frank M. Kratovil Sr. and Lynnda Kratovil. Kratovil attended high school at Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro and graduated in 1986. Kratovil received his bachelor's degree in 1990 from Western Maryland College and graduated with honors from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1994. He then served from 1994 to 1995 as Law Clerk for Judge Darlene G. Perry of Prince George's County Circuit Court. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland.[1][9]

In 1997, Kratovil moved to the Eastern Shore and was appointed Assistant State’s Attorney for Queen Anne's County, Maryland. During his tenure as Assistant State’s Attorney he served as the County's only full-time Prosecutor and Community Prosecutor.[1] He continued to serve as Assistant State's Attorney until 2001 when he was appointed as Deputy State’s Attorney in Kent County, Maryland.[9] He also served as the President of the Young Democrats of Maryland from 1997 to 1998.[10]

Maryland State's Attorney

In 2002, Kratovil ran for the office of State's Attorney in Queen Anne's County and was elected after defeating four term incumbent David Gregory in the primary and Republican Paul W. Comfort in the general. Kratovil assumed office at the age of 34 making him the youngest State's Attorney in Maryland.[1] He ran unopposed for re-election in 2006.[2] He was elected by his fellow State's Attorneys to be President of the Maryland State's Attorneys' Association (MDSAA) for 2005. During his time as President of the MDSAA, he pushed for stronger legislation to expand prosecution of gangs and increased awareness of growing problems with drugs and gangs in Maryland's rural areas.[11][12]

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

2010 Legislation

In March, Kratovil voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, citing "the overall cost, the deficit impact, and the negative impact that the bill’s employer mandates could have on job creation." [13] Since then, Kratovil has touted his opposition to the law in campaign ads. [14] A local paper criticized that approach. [15]

Campaign history

2008 election

On June 4, 2007 Kratovil announced that he would run for Congress in Maryland's 1st congressional district.[16] During the February 12 Primary Kratovil defeated fellow Democrats Christopher Robinson, Steve Harper, and Joseph Werner.

Kratovil faced State Senator Andy Harris in the 2008 General Election. Harris defeated nine-term incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in the Republican primary after branding Gilchrest as too moderate. Ultimately, Kratovil's victory was greatly assisted by running for an open seat, rather than against a long-term incumbent such as Gilchrest.

Kratovil was initially a heavy underdog due to the district's election history. Although Democrats and Republicans are nearly tied in registration, the 1st has a strong tinge of social conservatism that favors Republicans, but due to redistricting the district is now made of many different areas, many of which favor Democrats. The district had been in Republican hands for all but 14 years since 1959. Kratovil gained unexpected momentum[citation needed] when incumbent Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, who lost in the Republican primary, endorsed Kratovil over Harris.[17] In June, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) decided to back Kratovil's campaign financially through their Red to Blue program.[18] Kratovil, who is considered a moderate,[19] has received endorsements not only from Democrats, but from local Eastern Shore Republicans.[20] He also received an endorsement from the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative congressional Democrats.[21] CQ Politics designated the race as "No Clear Favorite."

The November election was as close as expected. On election night, Kratovil led Harris by 915 votes. After two rounds of counting absentee ballots, Kratovil's lead grew to 2,000 votes. Forecasting that it would be nearly impossible for Harris to close the gap, most media outlets declared Kratovil the winner on the night of November 7.[22] Harris finally conceded on November 11.

Kratovil's election dramatized the geographic split that characterizes the 1st District. An Eastern Shore resident, Kratovil won Cecil County and the shore's eight other counties, but lost the district's portions of Baltimore County, Harford County and Anne Arundel County on the Western shore, which include conservative Baltimore suburbs and the home of Andy Harris. The district's voters are roughly split between the two regions.

2010 election

State Senator Andy Harris announced in May 2009 that he will again run against Kratovil in 2010 for the 1st Congressional District seat Harris narrowly lost in 2008. Cited in the announcement was Kratovil's vote for the federal stimulus bill in its final form.[23]

Rep. Kratovil bases his 2010 re-election bid on his independent streak in Washington. He is quoted as saying "We can send someone to Washington who is going to continue to be independent and put the interests of the people of his district first, or we can send people that are going to put their own extreme ideological views ahead of the best interests of the people of this district."[24]

Rep. Kratovil also points to his overall record in Congress as proof. He was ranked as being in the top ten of independent voting records in Congress by CQ Politics in 2009.[25]

Electoral history

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  %
2002 Queen Anne's County State's Attorney[26] General Frank Kratovil Democratic 9,169 57.23% Paul W. Comfort Republican 6,830 42.63%
2006 Queen Anne's County State's Attorney[2] General Frank Kratovil Democratic 13,894 100%
2008 U.S. House, Maryland's 1st district[27] Primary Frank Kratovil Democratic 28,566 40.2% Christopher Robinson Democratic 21,892 30.8% Steve Harper Democratic 11,904 16.7% Joseph Werner Democratic 8,753 12.3%
2008 U.S. House, Maryland's 1st district[28] General Frank Kratovil Democratic 177,065 49.1% Andy Harris Republican 174,213 48.3% Richard James Davis Libertarian 8,873 2.5% Write-ins 35 0.1%

References

  1. ^ a b c d Office of State's Attorney, Queen Anne's County
  2. ^ a b c 2006 Gubernatorial General Election Results - qacelections.com
  3. ^ Kratovil for Congress Committee (June 4, 2007). "Frank Kratovil Announces Congressional Bid" (PDF). Press release. http://www.kratovil.com/pdfsR/PR6-4-07new.pdf. 
  4. ^ Reiter, Danny. "Election Day 2008: What PolitickerMD.com will be watching he narrowly defeated". PolitickerMD.com. November 3, 2008.
  5. ^ "Democrats Drum Up Congressional Support". Associated Press. WJZ-TV. March 29, 2008.
  6. ^ "Gilchrest's seat pits O'Malley against Ehrlich". The Washington Times. February 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "AP: Kratovil Winner Of 1st District Seat". WJZ-TV. http://wjz.com/local/district.absentees.2.858564.html. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Maryland's 1st District". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/individual/#mapHMD/H/01. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  9. ^ a b Maryland State Archives
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Bill Seeks To Expand Prosecution Of Gangs (washingtonpost.com)
  12. ^ Gang Problems Spreading Across Maryland (wjz.com)
  13. ^ http://kratovil.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=22&parentid=21&sectiontree=21,22&itemid=390
  14. ^ http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/116613-rep-kratovil-touts-healthcare-opposition-in-first-tv-ad
  15. ^ http://www.delmarvadealings.com/2010/08/04/frank-kratovil-sign-the-discharge-petition/
  16. ^ [2][dead link]
  17. ^ Lake, Sarah (September 9, 2008). "Gilchrest crosses party lines to support Kratovil". The Salisbury Flyer. http://www.salisbury.com/suflyer/story.asp?sid=1274. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  18. ^ DCCC announces third round of Red to Blue (DCCC.org)
  19. ^ Congressional race in Maryland gets tight - The Washington Blade
  20. ^ Two local GOP figures endorse Kratovil - The Star Democrat
  21. ^ 'Blue Dog Coalition' gives endorsement to Kratovil - The Capital
  22. ^ Kratovil Wins 1st District Seat Over Harris. Associated Press via WBAL-TV, 2008-11-07.
  23. ^ "Rematch: Harris versus Kratovil". baltimoresun.com. The Baltimore Sun. May 7, 2009. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2009/03/rematch_harris_versus_kratovil.html. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  24. ^ http://www.stardem.com/news/local_news/article_180a6b84-81db-11df-b709-001cc4c03286.html
  25. ^ http://innovation.cqpolitics.com/media/votestudy2009/
  26. ^ Oueen Anne's County Board of Elections - Statement of Votes Cast Queen Anne's General; November 5, 2002; State of Maryland, Queen Anne's County (11/15/2002)
  27. ^ "Representative in Congress Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2008/results/primary/office_Representative_in_Congress.html. Retrieved April 11, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Representative in Congress Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2008/results/general/congressional_district_01.html.  Retrieved on Jun. 14, 2009

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Wayne Gilchrest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from [[Maryland's 1Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst: congressional district]]

2009 – present
Incumbent
Representatives to the 111th United States Congress from Maryland (ordered by seniority)
111th Senate: B. Mikulski | B. Cardin House: S. Hoyer | R. Bartlett | E. Cummings | D. Ruppersberger | C. Van Hollen | J. Sarbanes | D. Edwards | F. Kratovil


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