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Ron Kind

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Steve Gunderson

Born March 16, 1963 (1963-03-16) (age 47)
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tawni Kind
Children Johnny Kind
Matthew Kind
Residence La Crosse, Wisconsin
Alma mater Harvard University, London School of Economics, University of Minnesota
Occupation Attorney
Religion Lutheran

Ronald James "Ron" Kind (born March 16, 1963) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. He has served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997, representing Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district.


Early life

Kind was born and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is the third of five children born to Greta and Elroy Kind, and the fifth generation of his family to live in the area.[1] Kind's mother formerly worked as the assistant director of personnel in the La Crosse School District. His father had a 35-year career as a telephone repairman and union leader at the La Crosse Telephone Company.[1]

Kind attended the public schools in La Crosse and became a standout student athlete at Logan High School in both football and basketball. He accepted a scholarship to Harvard University where he graduated with honors in 1985. While attending Harvard, Kind played quarterback on the football team and worked during the summer with Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire in Washington. In Proxmire's office he helped investigate waste, which provided the basis for some of the senator's famous Golden Fleece Awards.[1]

Kind went on to receive a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a Law Degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He practiced law for two years at the law firm of Quarles and Brady in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kind returned to his hometown of La Crosse to become a county prosecutor. He later served as a special prosecutor in numerous counties throughout western Wisconsin.[1]


In September 1995, Kind announced his intention to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by 16-year incumbent Steve Gunderson. He later won a five-person race for the Democratic nomination and went on to defeat his Republican opponent 52 percent to 48 percent. In 2004 he won with 57 percent of the vote and won with 65 percent of the vote in 2006 against Paul R. Nelson.

He was first elected in Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district (map) in November 1996. He currently serves on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. His other (non-committee) titles are the Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, co-founder of both the Upper Mississippi River Congressional Caucus and the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus, and is a co-vice-chair of the New Democrat Coalition.

As a New Democrat, Kind is a strong proponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He most recently took a lead role in passing the Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in November 2007.

He is the House sponsor of the FIT Kids Act, federal legislation that would require school districts to report on students' physical activity and to give youngsters health and nutritional information.[2]

Kind has focused most of his time and effort on the Subcommittee of Health on health care issues within small business. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he has worked on a very important issue to his district which is the restoration of the Mississippi River; especially fighting off invasive species that could threaten the future of the river. He also concentrates on the problem of agriculture reform, for which he has received national recognition for his work in 2007. [1] House of Representatives, Ron Kind

As for the funding sources for his most recent campaign, Kind had several large contributions from Northwest Mutual, Bank of America and a company in his district, Mathy Construction. Most of the contributions towards his campaign have come from the finance and insurance sector, which shows that Kind has focused on those issues in the past and will continue to work on them in the future with the help of these funds. [2] Campaign Finance 2008

In interest group ratings from his time in office, Kind has supported women’s issues, poverty reform, veterans issues, gay rights, social security, environmental issues, education, and civil rights and liberties. [3] Interest Group Ratings


Committee assignments

Personal life

Kind and his wife, Tawni, live in his hometown of La Crosse. She is an official court reporter for the County Court system. They have two sons, Johnny (born in August 1996) and Matthew (born in May 1998). They are members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Kind is a member of the La Crosse Optimists Club, a leader in the Boys' and Girls' Club, and the La Crosse YMCA. He is also on the board of directors for Coulee Council on Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse. His wife organizes the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school artists in western Wisconsin.

Election history


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Gunderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district

1997 – present
Representatives to the 105th–111th United States Congresses from Wisconsin (ordered by seniority)
105th Senate: H. Kohl | R. Feingold House: D. Obey | J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | J. Kleczka | S. Klug | T. Barrett | M. Neumann | J. W. Johnson | R. Kind
106th Senate: H. Kohl | R. Feingold House: D. Obey | J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | J. Kleczka | T. Barrett | R. Kind | T. Baldwin | M. Green | P. Ryan
107th Senate: H. Kohl | R. Feingold House: D. Obey | J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | J. Kleczka | T. Barrett | R. Kind | T. Baldwin | M. Green | P. Ryan
108th Senate: H. Kohl | R. Feingold House: D. Obey | J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | J. Kleczka | R. Kind | T. Baldwin | M. Green | P. Ryan
109th Senate: H. Kohl | R. Feingold House: D. Obey | J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | R. Kind | T. Baldwin | M. Green | P. Ryan | G. Moore
110th Senate: H. Kohl | R. Feingold House: D. Obey | J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | R. Kind | T. Baldwin | P. Ryan | G. Moore | S. Kagen
111th Senate: H. Kohl | R. Feingold House: D. Obey | J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | R. Kind | T. Baldwin | P. Ryan | G. Moore | S. Kagen


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