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John Kline

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Mark Kennedy

Born September 6, 1947 (1947-09-06) (age 62)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Vicky Kline
Children Kathy Kline
Dan Kline
Residence Lakeville, Minnesota
Alma mater Rice University, Shippensburg University
Occupation defense strategist
Religion Methodist
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1969-1994
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Operation Restore Hope
Awards Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal (3)
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Presidential Service Badge
Navy Commendation Medal

John Paul Kline (born September 6, 1947 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, one of eight congressional districts in Minnesota.


Background and education

Kline was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas (1965) and was educated at Rice University (1969) and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (1988).

Prior to his election to Congress, Kline was a 25-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he was a senior military aide to Presidents Carter and Reagan and was responsible for carrying the President's "Football". During his military career, Kline served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, commanded all Marine aviation forces in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, flew "Marine One," the Presidential helicopter, and served as Program Development Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps. During his military career, Kline received numerous medals and commendations including Four Legions of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (awarded 3 times), the Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Presidential Service Badge, and the Navy Commendation Medal.[1] Kline retired as a Colonel from the Marine Corps.

Political career

In 2002, Kline defeated the Democratic incumbent, Bill Luther, in a rematch of their 2000 and 1998 races. In 2004, he defeated Democratic Burnsville City Councilwoman Teresa Daly to win a second term and in 2006, he defeated former FBI Special agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley, one of Time magazine's "Persons of the Year". In 2008 Kline defeated former Watertown mayor Steve Sarvi and increased his margin of victory to over 57% of the vote. Kline's growing strength in his district, despite two Democratic-dominated cycles in the House and Senate, has lead the Cook Political Report to forecast the race as "Safe Republican," demonstrating the DFL's struggles in recruiting strong challengers against him.

In 2005, Kline introduced legislation to place Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill. While the bill has a dozen Congressional cosponsors, it has not made any legislative progress.

In his campaigns, Kline received $30,000 in contributions from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee ARMPAC. Following DeLay's indictment on charges of money laundering, Democrats have criticized Kline for failing to return DeLay's contributions or to donate them to charity.[2] The case against Tom DeLay is pending. Kline also accepted $11,000 in political contributions from the PAC of former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. After Cunningham’s indictment on fraud charges, Kline donated the $11,000 to charity “to remove questions of any impropriety" according to his chief of staff, Steve Sutton.[3]

Kline was considered to have been the most conservative member of the Minnesota delegation in the 109th Congress, scoring 2.8% progressive on a range of issues[4] and 88% conservative based on 2006 House votes.[5] Minnesota Congressional Districts shows the scores for the entire delegation.

Kline supported President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq in January, 2007,[6] and against most of the Democrat’s “100-Hour Plan” legislative agenda.[7]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Kline and his wife, Vicky, live in Lakeville, Minnesota. They have one daughter and one son, Kathy and Dan, and four grandchildren.

Electoral history



2008 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 220,926 57.3 +1.3
Democratic Steve Sarvi 164,079 42.5 -
N/A others 614 0.2 -


2006 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 163,292 56 -1
Democratic Coleen Rowley 116,360 40 -
Independence Doug Williams 10,802 4 +1


2004 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 206,313 57 +4
Democratic Teresa Daly 147,527 40 -
Independence Doug Williams 11,822 3 -


2002 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 152,533 53 +5
Democratic Bill Luther 121,072 42 -8
No New Taxes Party Sam Garst 12,408 5 -


2000 Sixth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 48 +2
Democratic Bill Luther 50 -


1998 Sixth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 46 -
Democratic Bill Luther 50 -

See also


  1. ^ "Congressman John Kline — Representative of Minnesota". John Kline's Biography. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  2. ^ DeLay's Money, Part 9 Accessed August 12th, 2006
  3. ^ Some Republicans are dumping donations given by Cunningham Accessed August 12th, 2006
  4. ^ Grossman, Joshua. "ProgressivePunch Leading with the Left". All Issues. ProgressivePunch. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  5. ^ "ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006". American Conservative Union. 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  6. ^ Diaz, Kevin (2007-01-08). "Minnesota delegation offers cool response". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  7. ^ Talev, Margaret (2007-01-10). "House approves minimum wage increase". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark Kennedy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district

2003 – present


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