Rep. John Kline is serving his second term
as the congressman from Minnesota's 2nd District. He had run against then-incumbent
Bill Lutherbefore defeating him in 2002 in the redistricted 2nd, whose redrawn
lines that included suburbs and small towns favored Kline.
Kline's military background -- he notes that he carried the "nuclear
football" during the Reagan administration -- resonated with voters in
2004 election, in which the War in Iraq and the war against terrorism was
very much an issue. He easily defeated DFLer Teresa Daly by a 56-to-40 percent
Kline has served as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts and he is a member
of Grace United Methodist Church in Burnsville. He is a member of Trout Unlimited,
Pheasants Forever, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.
He supports veterans' issues and is a member of the Marine Corps League, the
Marine Corps Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion
and the Retired Officers' Association. Currently, he is president of the Marine
Corps Coordinating Council of Minnesota.
According to Project Vote Smart, Kline received these ratings from special interest groups in 2005: NARAL (0%), National Association of Wheat Growers (100%), Humane Society (17%), National Taxpayers Union (60%), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (93%), NAACP (22%), National Education Association (0%), League of Conservation Voters (0%), Family Research Council (100%), Children's Defense Fund (0%), NOW (50%), Gun Owners of America (50%), American Public Health Associatin (12%). He is considered more liberal on economic, defense and foreign policy issues than 22 percent of the Representatives, by the National Journal.He voted more conservative on economic, defense and foreign policy issues than 78 percent of the representatives.