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2nd District: John Kline

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 margin.

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.

Candidate Bio

John Kline
Political affiliation:
Republican Party
September 6, 1947
Allentown, PA.

Married to Vicky Kline. Two children. Two children (Kathy, Dan). Four grandchildren. Resides in Lakeville. Methodist.
U.S. congressman. Retired Marine Corps colonel.
Bachelor's degree in biology from Rice University (Houston) in 1969; master's in public administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1988.
Major political experience: Elected to Congress, 2002.

On the Issues

Audio Iraq - Training Iraqi troops (11/25/05)

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Source: Federal Elections Commission - October 2006

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The candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd District -- incumbent Republican John Kline and his DFL challenger Colleen Rowley -- discuss the issues as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series. (Midday, 11/01/2006)
Coleen Rowley accused John Kline of "blind loyalty" to the Bush administration. Kline accused Rowley of violating her own call for integrity. (10/04/2006)
Polls suggest the war in Iraq will be a major issue for voters in the November election. The two leading candidates in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District are on opposite sides of the war. (07/26/2006)
The Pentagon is tentatively considering reducing the number of troops in Iraq by as many as three brigades over the next year, according to news reports. There are currently 18 brigades on the ground. Is U.S. military strategy in Iraq proving effective? ( 11/25/2005)
As hundreds of Minnesota National Guard troops left this weekend for eventual deployment to Iraq, U.S. Rep. John Kline saw his son go overseas as well. Kline, R-Minn., said his son, Army Major J. Daniel Kline, is on his way to Iraq as part of the 101st Airborne Division. Kline spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. (09/19/2005)