Rep. John Kline Didn't Miss a Vote in 2011

U.S. Congressman John Kline, (R-Second District) of Lakeville, was one of just 12 members of congress with perfect attendance.

There are 435 members of the United States Congress, and of those, only 12 had perfect attendance.

U.S. Congressman John Kline, (R-Second District) of , was one of them. According to congressional voting records, Kline was on hand to vote 948 times in 2011—every opportunity available.

It was the fourth time Kline posted a perfect voting attendance record, according to a press release issued by Kline's office, also doing so in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

The release also said: "In addition to making every recorded vote, Kline returned home regularly to meet with local officials and constituents, hear their concerns, and work on their behalf in Washington."

Kline is in his fifth term and is serves as Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

Barbara Gilbertson January 04, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Good for John Kline. Bad for most of us. By and large, Kline’s votes were extremely damaging. Almost every vote he cast was against the interests of poor people, working people, women and youth. For example, he voted to refuse to fund healthy food for our nation's poor children's lunches. Meanwhile, he voted to continue support for private colleges that have alarming default rates on federal loans. Kline supported legislation that was good for big business or other lobby groups that fund his campaign. And about Kline’s accessibility to constituents? Accessible as long as they're Republicans. Kline does not acknowledge Democratic voters in his district (roughly half of his consituency), and it’s virtually impossible to smoke him out for a truly open, public meeting. I discovered one of them almost by accident a few years ago, and it was a tightly controlled event with “spontaneous” questions from Republican attendees given priority.
Ken Coy January 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Thanks, Derrick, for your article on a politician actually doing the job he was elected to do (unlike Ms. Bachmann who has frittered away her last year in office for her futile dream of the presidency). He is also one of the most accessible federal politicians we have in this state, regardless of political persuasion (contrary to Ms. Miller's assertions).
Thomas Anderson January 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Yup, Kline didn't miss a vote to screw the great majority of his constituents and reward the corporate masters who fund his campaigns.
AJ Miller January 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
There have been a few of Kline's votes I have disagreed with but the fact that he makes the effort to be at every vote makes me proud to have him as my representative! I'm sure he isn't casting many "present" votes either unlike our current President did when he was a legislator.


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