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John Heddens "Jack" Kingston, a Republican, has represented the First District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993. The first district is based in the southeastern part of the state and encompasses five military installations. (map)
- 1 Record and controversies
- 2 Bio
- 3 Money in politics
- 4 Committees and Affiliations
- 5 More Background Data
- 6 Contact
- 7 Articles and resources
Record and controversies
Kingston voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
Statements made by Jack Kingston:
- May 4, 2007: Kingston stated that a vote to sustain the President's veto of an Iraq supplemental spending bill that included a troop withdrawal "could have been the peak, possibly the last statement of House public solidarity with the White House. As the war develops in the next two crucial months, the political solidarity may change."
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Kingston was born April 24, 1955 in Bryan, Texas, but spent most of his life in Athens, Georgia. He earned a degree in economics from the University of Georgia. He has lived in Savannah since 1977 and spent 25 years selling insurance and agribusiness throughout southeastern Georgia before his election to Congress.
Kingston ran for Congress in 1992 after serving eight years in the Georgia House of Representatives. At the time, he claimed, "I have a Democrat's heart and a Republican's brain. You have to have a heart, but a brain, too, to solve problems," a message that resounded well with a realigning Southern electorate. Kingston won decisively with 58 percent of the vote, and he has not been seriously challenged since. He ran unopposed in 1998 and 2004.
Kingston is a pro-life conservative who opposes stem cell research. He supports the death penalty, the war on terrorism, the Patriot Act and George W. Bush's tax cuts. He has sponsored resolutions calling for the 10 Commandments to be displayed in the House and Senate Chambers. He has spent time in the district promoting President Bush's overhaul of the Social Security program in town hall meetings and as "chairman of the House GOP caucus is the party's point man on the issue, " according to the Washington Post.  He has been called by many, including USA Today, "one of the most partisan Republicans in the House," having been of 19 co-sponsors of the 1997 resolution asking for an impeachment inquiry of President Clinton.  In 2002, Americans for Democratic Action gave him a rating of zero, and the American Conservative union gave him a rating of 96.
USA Today reports, "Kingston already has a clear, resounding voice in the Republican leadership, and he is on the rise. In 1997, he assumed the chairmanship of a group of about 50 Republicans called the Theme Team, which has been responsible for the daily verbal one-minute volleys on the House floor, which are often loud, partisan, and humorous. He has had a very significant impact on the Republican message, encouraging members to tone down their rhetoric by focusing more on ideas and less on personalities." 
Kingston has been at the forefront of the Republican modern media revolution. On April 13, 2006, the Washington Times quoted the Republican National Committee's eCampaign Director as saying, “Kingston has been at the forefront of getting the congressional majority to understand what role the blogosphere plays...And not just in commenting, but in taking action. It’s been an incredibly helpful development.” 
On December 10, 2006, the Savannah Morning News highlighted Kingston's innovative leadership: "[Congressman Kingston] and others say an undercurrent of enthusiasm among Gen Y staffers brought him closer than expected to beating a candidate backed by the GOP establishment. Kingston was one of the first Republican members of the House to start his own blog. He became a regular on Comedy Central and preached the virtues of podcasting and interactive Web sites with 'pizazz.' The aim: reach young, hip, technologically savvy voters who seldom read newspapers or watch traditional television news." 
In September of 2006, Kingston voiced his opposition to a House resolution that would require the identification of earmarks' sponsors in tax, authorization, and appropriations bills, believing it to unfairly target members of the Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member. 
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Jack Kingston from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Jack Kingston from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Jack Kingston from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Defense
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Vice-chairman, House Republican Conference (2003-)
More Background Data
2368 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Email:jack.kingston AT mail.house.gov
District Office- Baxley:
Post Office Box 40
Baxley, GA 31515
District Office- Brunswick:
805 Gloucester Street, Room 304
Brunswick, GA 31520
District Office- Savannah:
1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 7
Savannah, GA 31406
District Office- Valdosta:
Valdosta Federal Building
401 N. Ashley St.
Second Floor, Room 215
Phone: (229) 247-9188
Fax: (229) 247-9189
(Valdosta Mailing Address)
P.O. Box 5264
Valdosta, GA 31603-5264
Articles and resources
- Official website
- Official blog
- Campaign website
- USA Today Profile.
- Kingston introduction of Fuel Choices for American Security Act of 2005
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
Local blogs and discussion sites
- "GOP urged to make greater use of blogs", Eric Pfeiffer, The Washington Times, April 13, 2006
- "Kingston: Let's go blogging now. Everybody's learning how. Come and ride the YouTube with me", Larry Peterson, The Savannah Morning News, December 10, 2006
- Kingston Gives Away Abramoff Money By Terry Dickson, The Jacksonville Times-Union, January 10, 2006
- Dana Milbank, Tilting at the Social Security Windmill, The Washington Post, August 28, 2005; Page A03.
- Elana Schor and Patrick O'Connor, "Lewis balks at earmark reform," The Hill, September 14, 2006.
- "GOP congressmen quit because of five-day work week," Think Progress, October 9, 2007.
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
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|Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Defense,|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1992
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1993
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Georgia House of Representatives,
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Date of Birth: April 24, 1955
- Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- Charles Babington, "Congressional Republicans increasingly worry about Iraq war," Associated Press (via Boston Globe), May 4, 2007.