Jack Kingston

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Jack Kingston currently serves the 1st Congressional district of Georgia

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)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Kingston voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

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."[2]
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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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,"[1] 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.[2] 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. [3] 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. [4] 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." [5]

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.” [6]

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." [7]

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. [8]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Jim Nelson to face Kingston in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [9] Kingston retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Jack Kingston
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • Vice-chairman, House Republican Conference (2003-)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jack Kingston. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2368 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5831
Fax: 202-226-2269
Email:jack.kingston AT mail.house.gov

District Office- Baxley:
Post Office Box 40
Baxley, GA 31515
Phone: 912-367-7403
Fax: 912-367-7404

District Office- Brunswick:
805 Gloucester Street, Room 304
Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: 912-265-9010
Fax: 912-265-9013

District Office- Savannah:
1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 7
Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: 912-352-0101
Fax: 912-352-0105

District Office- Valdosta:
(Physical-Mailing Address)
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


Local blogs and discussion sites


Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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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,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1992
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1993
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Georgia House of Representatives,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. Post Office Box 40, Baxley, GA 31515
Phone: 912-367-7403 / Fax: 912-367-7404
2. 805 Gloucester Street, Room 304, Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: 912-265-9010 / Fax: 912-265-9013
3. 1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: 912-352-0101 / Fax: 912-352-0105
4. 401 N. Ashley St., Second Floor, Room 215,Valdosta, GA 31603-5264
Phone: 229-247-9188 / Fax: 229-247-9189

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Date of Birth: April 24, 1955

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Charles Babington, "Congressional Republicans increasingly worry about Iraq war," Associated Press (via Boston Globe), May 4, 2007.