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Ronald James Kind (born March 16, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in the western part of the state and is anchored by La Crosse, Eau Claire, Platteville, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Rapids, and River Falls.


1 Early life, education and career 2 U.S. House of Representatives

2.1 Committee assignments 2.2 Caucus memberships 2.3 Tenure 2.4 Childhood obesity

3 Agricultural issues 4 Political campaigns

4.1 1996 4.2 2004, 2006 4.3 2008 4.4 2010 4.5 2012

5 Personal life 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Early life, education and career[edit] Kind was born and raised in La Crosse, the third of five children born to Greta and Elroy Kind. His is the fifth generation of his family to live in the area.[1] Kind's mother formerly worked as the assistant director of personnel in the La Crosse School District. His father had a 35-year career as a telephone repairman and union leader at the La Crosse Telephone Company.[1]

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Kind attended the public schools in La Crosse and became a standout student athlete at Logan High School in both football and basketball. He accepted a scholarship to Harvard College
Harvard College
where he graduated with honors in 1985. While attending Harvard, Kind played quarterback on the football team and worked during the summer with Wisconsin
Senator William Proxmire
William Proxmire
in Washington. While working for Proxmire he helped with investigations that helped determine the "winners" of the famous Golden Fleece Awards, presented by the senator to those responsible for government waste.[1] Kind went on to receive a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Law School. He practiced law for two years at the law firm of Quarles and Brady in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kind returned to his hometown of La Crosse to become a county prosecutor. He later served as a special prosecutor in numerous counties throughout western Wisconsin.[1] U.S. House of Representatives[edit] Committee assignments[edit]

Committee on Ways and Means

Subcommittee on Health Subcommittee on Trade

Caucus memberships[edit]

Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus International Conservation Caucus Sportsmen's Caucus Upper Mississippi River Congressional Caucus Congressional Arts Caucus[2] New Democrat Coalition[3]

Tenure[edit] Kind is the former leader of the centrist New Democratic Coalition. Kind is the Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, and co-founder of both the Upper Mississippi River Congressional Caucus and the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus, and chair of the New Democrat Coalition. He voted with his party 87% of the time in the 112th congress and 94% of the time in the 111th congress.[4] Kind was ranked as the 19th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress
114th United States Congress
(and the most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress
United States Congress
by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).[5] Kind's work on the Subcommittee of Health has been focused primarily on health care issues within small business. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he has worked on an issue of importance to his district, namely the restoration of the Mississippi River; and he has been especially concerned about invasive species that could pose a threat to the river's ecosystem. He also concentrates on the problem of agriculture reform.[6] On October 10, 2002, Kind voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.[7] In interest group ratings from his time in office, Kind has supported women's issues, poverty reform, veterans issues, social security, environmental issues, education, and civil rights.[8] Kind was the lone Wisconsin
Democrat to support free trade with China, despite pressure from unions that claimed trade with China is costing jobs.[9][10] After the failed effort to recall Governor Scott Walker in an April 2012 vote, Kind said that Democrats should be proud of forcing recall elections despite the outcome. He said that his conversations with voters had convinced him that the only reason that Democrats lost was because people didn’t think it was a proper use of the recall process.[11] Kind has been mentioned as a potential candidate for governor or Senator.[12] Childhood obesity[edit] Kind and Senator Mark Udall introduced the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act aimed at encouraging and supporting children's outdoor activities.[13][14] He is the House sponsor of the FIT Kids Act, federal legislation that would require school districts to report on students' physical activity and to give youngsters health and nutritional information.[15] In 2011, Kind wrote a piece about "the childhood obesity epidemic," in which he promoted both the FIT Kids Act and the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act. He said that healthy bodies lead to healthy minds, and that his FIT Kids Act would push parents and the public by requiring the states and school districts to report on the children's physical activity. As for the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, it "provides state-level incentives to develop five-year state strategies to connect children, youth and families with nature and promote outdoor recreation in communities."[16] Agricultural issues[edit] Kind has been actively involved in agricultural policy; he was even considered a possible candidate for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2008. While he represents some of the country's most productive dairy farms, he opposes agricultural subsidies.[17] Kind co-sponsored a bill that would have eliminated subsidies for those earning over $250,000 while increasing funding for conservation and rural development. Nancy Pelosi, who had worked to make the original bill accommodating for Democratic interests, was upset with the bill. Agricultural Committee Chairman Collin Peterson
Collin Peterson
said Kind was "a lone ranger on this, and he's dividing the caucus, and I don’t appreciate it." [18] Political campaigns[edit] 1996[edit] Kind was first elected to represent Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district in November 1996. In September 1995, he had announced his intention to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by 16-year incumbent Steve Gunderson. Kind later won a five-way race for the Democratic nomination and went on to defeat his Republican opponent, James Harsdorf 52 percent to 48 percent, becoming only the third Democrat to represent this district in the 20th century and only the second in 88 years. Kind didn't face another contest nearly that close until 2010. 2004, 2006[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Wisconsin, 2006 § 3rd Congressional District In 2004 he won re-election with 57 percent of the vote; in 2006 he defeated Paul R. Nelson
Paul R. Nelson
and won with 65 percent of the vote. 2008[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Wisconsin, 2008 In 2008 he won with 63 percent of the vote. 2010[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Wisconsin, 2010 He defeated former State Senator Dan Kapanke with 50 percent of the vote. 2012[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Wisconsin, 2012 § District 3 There was talk that Kind might run for the U.S. Senate in 2012 to replace the retiring Herb Kohl, but he decided not to mount a primary challenge to Tammy Baldwin, who had already announced a senate run.[19] There was also a push to draft Kind to run for governor in 2012 against Scott Walker.[20] Kind ultimately decided to run for reelection in the 3rd district. He faced retired U.S. Army Col. Ray Boland in the November election and won.[21] Personal life[edit] Kind and his wife, Tawni, live in his hometown of La Crosse. She is an official court reporter for the County Court system. They have two sons, Johnny (born in August 1996) and Matthew (born in May 1998). They are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church ( Wisconsin
Evangelical Lutheran Synod).[22] Kind is a member of the La Crosse Optimists Club, a leader in the Boys and Girls Club, and the La Crosse YMCA. He is also on the board of directors for Coulee Council on Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse. His wife organizes the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school artists in western Wisconsin.[23] References[edit]

^ a b c d "US Representative Ron Kind
Ron Kind
- Wisconsins Third Congressional District". House.gov. 2009-02-27. Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2012-08-25.  ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 21 March 2018.  ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 6 February 2018.  ^ "The U.S. Congress votes database". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 28, 2012.  ^ "The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index" (PDF). The Lugar Center. March 7, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2017.  ^ "Congressman Ron Kind : About Ron". Kind.house.gov. Retrieved 2010-07-12.  ^ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/107-2002/h455 ^ " Project Vote Smart - Representative Ronald James 'Ron' Kind - Interest Group Ratings". Votesmart.org. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-07-12.  ^ " Ron Kind
Ron Kind
2012 election center". Retrieved August 23, 2012.  ^ " Ron Kind
Ron Kind
on the issues". Retrieved August 23, 2012.  ^ "NBC 15 Madison, Wisconsin". Retrieved August 23, 2012.  ^ Hagen, Lisa; Railey, Kimberly (18 January 2015). "The Congressional Tease Caucus: 9 Members Who Think (but Never Act) on Running for Higher Office". National Journal. Retrieved 20 January 2015.  ^ Jackie Ostfeld. "Time to Create an ECHO Across America: Every Child Healthy Outdoors". Huffington Post, August 8, 2014. ^ "Healthy Kids Outdoors Act Supports Strategies to Connect Kids with Nature". Izaak Walton League of America, November 3, 2011. ^ "NFL News". Retrieved August 24, 2012.  ^ Kind, Ron. "Halting the childhood obesity epidemic requires support of many communities". Retrieved August 24, 2012.  ^ Hubbuch, Chris. "Rep. Ron Kind
Ron Kind
to eye crop subsidy reform". Retrieved August 27, 2012.  ^ Davis, Julie (July 25, 2007). "Farm bill spurs split in Dem's ranks". Bangor Daily News.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Stewart, Rebecca (September 15, 2011). "Rep. Ron Kind
Ron Kind
declines senate bid". CNN. Retrieved August 26, 2012.  ^ "Kind, Obey avoid confirming recall petition signatures". Retrieved August 26, 2012.  ^ Shuda, Nathaniel. "U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan, Ron Kind
Ron Kind
share diverging viewpoints during Wood County visits". Retrieved August 26, 2012.  ^ "Congressman Ron Kind : About Ron". Kind.house.gov. Retrieved 2012-08-25.  ^ "Elect Ron Kind
Ron Kind
for Congress - Wisconsin
Third Congressional District". Ronkind.org. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 

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U.S. House of Representatives

Preceded by Steve Gunderson Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district 1997–present Incumbent

Party political offices

Preceded by ??? Chair of the New Democrat Coalition 2001–2005 Served alongside: Jim Davis, Adam Smith Succeeded by Ellen Tauscher

Preceded by Joe Crowley Chair of the New Democrat Coalition 2013–2017 Succeeded by Jim Himes

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)

Preceded by Kay Granger United States Representatives by seniority 63rd Succeeded by Jim McGovern

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Wisconsin's current delegation to the United States Congress


Ron Johnson (R) Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin

Representatives (ordered by district)

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan
(R) Mark Pocan
Mark Pocan
(D) Ron Kind
Ron Kind
(D) Gwen Moore
Gwen Moore
(D) Jim Sensenbrenner
Jim Sensenbrenner
(R) Glenn Grothman
Glenn Grothman
(R) Sean Duffy
Sean Duffy
(R) Mike Gallagher (R)

Other states' delegations

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

Non-voting delegations

American Samoa District of Columbia Guam Northern Mariana Islands Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands

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Current Members of the United States House of Representatives

Presiding Officer: Speaker Paul Ryan
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Current Republican Party conference

Majority Leader: Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip: Steve Scalise

Other members: Abraham Aderholt Allen Amash Amodei Arrington Babin Bacon Banks Barletta Barr Barton Bergman Biggs Bilirakis M. Bishop R. Bishop Black Blackburn Blum Bost Brady Brat Bridenstine M. Brooks S. Brooks Buchanan Buck Bucshon Budd Burgess Byrne Calvert B. Carter J. Carter Chabot Cheney Coffman Cole C. Collins D. Collins Comer Comstock Conaway Cook Costello Cramer Crawford Culberson Curbelo Curtis Davidson Davis Denham Dent DeSantis DesJarlais Diaz-Balart Donovan Duffy Je. Duncan Ji. Duncan Dunn Emmer Estes Faso Ferguson Fitzpatrick Fleischmann Flores Fortenberry Foxx Frelinghuysen Gaetz Gallagher Garrett Gianforte Gibbs Gohmert Goodlatte Gosar Gowdy Granger G. Graves S. Graves T. Graves Griffith Grothman Guthrie Handel Harper Harris Hartzler Hensarling Herrera Beutler Hice Higgins Hill Holding Hollingsworth Hudson Huizenga Hultgren Hunter Hurd Issa E. Jenkins L. Jenkins B. Johnson M. Johnson S. Johnson Jones Jordan Joyce Katko M. Kelly T. Kelly P. King S. King Kinzinger Knight Kustoff Labrador LaHood LaMalfa Lamborn Lance Latta Lewis LoBiondo Long Loudermilk Love Lucas Luetkemeyer MacArthur Marchant Marino Marshall Massie Mast McCaul McClintock McHenry McKinley McMorris Rodgers McSally Meadows Meehan Messer Mitchell Moolenaar Mooney Mullin Newhouse Noem Norman Nunes Olson Palazzo Palmer Paulsen Pearce Perry Pittenger Poe Poliquin Posey Ratcliffe Reed Reichert Renacci Rice Roby Roe H. Rogers M. Rogers Rohrabacher Rokita F. Rooney T. Rooney Ros-Lehtinen Roskam Ross Rothfus Rouzer Royce Russell Rutherford Sanford Schweikert Scott Sensenbrenner Sessions Shimkus Shuster Simpson A. Smith C. Smith J. Smith L. Smith Smucker Stefanik Stewart Stivers Taylor Tenney Thompson Thornberry Tipton Trott Turner Upton Valadao Wagner Walberg Walden Walker Walorski Walters Weber Webster Wenstrup Westerman Williams Wilson Wittman Womack Woodall Yoder Yoho Da. Young Do. Young Zeldin

Delegates: González Radewagen

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Current Democratic Party caucus

Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip: Steny Hoyer, Assistant Minority Leader: Jim Clyburn

Other members: Adams Aguilar Barragán Bass Beatty Bera Beyer Bishop Blumenauer Blunt Rochester Bonamici Boyle Brady Brown Brownley Bustos Butterfield Capuano Carbajal Cardenas Carson Cartwright Castor Castro Chu Cicilline Clark Clarke Clay Cleaver Cohen Connolly Cooper Correa Costa Courtney Crist Crowley Cuellar Cummings D. Davis S. Davis DeFazio DeGette Delaney DeLauro DelBene Demings DeSaulnier Deutch Dingell Doggett Doyle Ellison Engel Eshoo Espaillat Esty Evans Foster Frankel Fudge Gabbard Gallego Garamendi Gomez González Gottheimer A. Green G. Green Grijalva Gutiérrez Hanabusa Hastings Heck Higgins Himes Huffman Jayapal Jeffries E. Johnson H. Johnson Kaptur Keating Kelly Kennedy Khanna Kihuen Kildee Kilmer Kind Krishnamoorthi Kuster Langevin Larsen Larson Lawrence Lawson B. Lee S. Lee Levin Lewis Lieu Lipinski Loebsack Lofgren Lowenthal Lowey Luján Lujan Grisham Lynch C. Maloney S. Maloney Matsui McCollum McEachin McGovern McNerney Meeks Meng Moore Moulton Murphy Nadler Napolitano Neal Nolan Norcross O'Halleran O'Rourke Pallone Panetta Pascrell Payne Perlmutter Peters Peterson Pingree Pocan Polis Price Quigley Raskin Rice Richmond Rosen Roybal-Allard Ruiz Ruppersberger Rush Ryan Sánchez Sarbanes Schakowsky Schiff Schneider Schrader D. Scott R. Scott Serrano Sewell Shea-Porter Sherman Sinema Sires Smith Soto Speier Suozzi Swalwell Takano B. Thompson M. Thompson Titus Tonko Torres Tsongas Vargas Veasey Vela Velázquez Visclosky Walz Wasserman Schultz Waters Watson Coleman Welch Wilson Yarmuth

Delegates: Bordallo Norton Plaskett Sablan

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Wisconsin's delegation(s) to the 105th–115th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority)

105th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Feingold House: D. Obey • J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • J. Kleczka • S. Klug • T. Barrett • M. Neumann • J. W. Johnson • R. Kind

106th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Feingold House: D. Obey • J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • J. Kleczka • R. Kind • T. Baldwin • M. Green • P. Ryan

107th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Feingold House: D. Obey • J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • J. Kleczka • R. Kind • T. Baldwin • M. Green • P. Ryan

108th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Feingold House: D. Obey • J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • J. Kleczka • R. Kind • T. Baldwin • M. Green • P. Ryan

109th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Feingold House: D. Obey • J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • R. Kind • T. Baldwin • M. Green • P. Ryan • G. Moore

110th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Feingold House: D. Obey • J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • R. Kind • T. Baldwin • P. Ryan • G. Moore • S. Kagen

111th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Feingold House: D. Obey • J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • R. Kind • T. Baldwin • P. Ryan • G. Moore • S. Kagen

112th Senate: H. Kohl • R. Johnson House: J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • R. Kind • T. Baldwin • P. Ryan • G. Moore • S. Duffy • R. Ribble

113th Senate: R. Johnson • T. Baldwin House: J. Sensenbrenner • T. Petri • R. Kind • P. Ryan • G. Moore • S. Duffy • R. Ribble • M. Pocan

114th Senate: R. Johnson • T. Baldwin House: J. Sensenbrenner • R. Kind • P. Ryan • G. Moore • S. Duffy • R. Ribble • M. Pocan • G. Grothman

115th Senate: R. Johnson • T. Baldwin House: J. Sensenbrenner • R. Kind • P. Ryan • G. Moore • S. Duffy • M. Pocan • G. Grothman •