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Rep. John Kline

Former Representative for Minnesota’s 2nd District

Kline was the representative for Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2016.

Photo of Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Kline.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kline is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Kline sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kline was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kline sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (29%) Armed Forces and National Security (29%) Labor and Employment (21%) Animals (12%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kline’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kline voted Nay

Passed 348/77 on Sep 28, 2016.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a federal commission was created to fact-find as much information as possible about the planning, funding, and carrying-out ...

Kline voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Kline voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Kline voted Aye

Kline voted Yea

Passed 297/117 on May 8, 2014.

Kline voted Aye

Passed 257/167 on Jan 1, 2013.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub.L. 112–240, H.R. 8, 126 Stat. 2313, enacted January 2, 2013) was passed by the United States Congress ...

Kline voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Kline voted Yea

Passed 326/92 on Jul 21, 2010.

The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 is a law, signed into effect by President Obama, that expands the punitive abilities of tribal courts ...

Kline voted Yea

Kline voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2016, Kline missed 68 of 10,101 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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