|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd district
January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Anne Northup|
|Born||John Allan Yarmuth
November 4, 1947
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party (1985–present)|
|Republican Party (before 1985)|
|Residence||Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
John Allan Yarmuth (born November 4, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Kentucky's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party and a former member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education and career
Yarmuth was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Edna E. (née Klein) and Stanley R. Yarmuth. He is descended from Jewish immigrants from Russia and Austria. He graduated from Atherton High School. He then graduated from Yale University, majoring in American Studies. After working for U.S. Senator Marlow Cook from 1971 to 1975, he returned to Louisville to begin his publishing career when he founded the Louisville Today magazine (1976–1982). He later worked as a vice-president of University Relations at the University of Louisville.
Prior to his election to Congress, Yarmuth was best known for founding the weekly paper, Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO), in 1990 and for writing a progressive-oriented weekly political column that was featured on the first page of most issues. Yarmuth sold LEO in 2003 to a company owned by Times Publishing Company of Pennsylvania, owner of the Erie Times-News, though Yarmuth remained on board as a columnist and consultant until January 2006, when he declared he was running for Congress and his column was put on hold.
U.S. House of Representatives
Yarmuth took office on January 3, 2007 and is currently serving his third term as Congressman.
Following his first year in Congress, Yarmuth donated his entire post-tax congressional salary of just over $120,000 to various charities in Louisville.
On September 29, 2008, Yarmuth voted against the TARP bailout plan, as negotiated by Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Republican President George W. Bush, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. However, he did vote in favor of the second version of the bailout bill.
Yarmuth said he was so “nauseated” by a moment of silence for Michael Jackson on the House floor that he left the chamber. “I thought it was outrageous,” he said. “In my two and a half years, we've not done this for anybody else. We've done it for former members and that's about it.”
After defeating Northup for the second time, Yarmuth was rewarded by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee with a spot on the influential Ways and Means Committee. On the committee, Yarmuth was able to take up issues on which he actively campaigned prior to the 2008 general election. Social Security, pension, Medicare, and Medicaid issues all fall under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means.
At a September 2009 town hall meeting, constituents were unhappy with Yarmuth's decision to support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “Yarmuth stayed calm in the face of boos and catcalls from some in the audience” according to an Associated Press report. “He warned that the current health care system is an unsustainable drain on businesses and the nation's economy.”
In 2011, Yarmuth introduced a bill alongside Republican Congressman Walter Jones that would seek to overturn key parts of the controversial Citizens United court case. The legislation would also give Congress the power to enact mandatory public financing for Congressional candidates and create a national holiday for voting purposes.
In 2011, Yarmuth voted against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as part of a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Ethics
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Regional Whip
Yarmuth filed candidacy papers on January 31, 2006, to represent Kentucky's 3rd congressional district. Having won the Democratic primary on May 16, defeating Andrew Horne, Burrell Charles Farnsley and James W. Moore, he defeated incumbent Anne Northup (R) in November of that year.
On August 7, 2006, The Courier-Journal reported that The Hill revealed a week before that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had earmarked $51.5 million for television advertising in 32 congressional districts across the nation, but none for Yarmuth's challenge in the Third Congressional District.
On October 20, a Courier-Journal article stated that a WHAS11/SurveyUSA poll revealed the race had tightened dramatically, with Yarmuth leading Northup 48 to 47 percent. Another poll a month earlier had Northup leading by 6 points. A WHAS11/SurveyUSA poll released on November 2 showed Yarmuth leading Northup 52 to 44 percent.
On October 26, Yarmuth told Courier-Journal reporter Kay Stewart that he would donate his congressional salary—which would be $168,500 in 2007—to local charity.
Because polls close early in Kentucky, many analysts saw this race as a key indicator and it immediately became one of the most watched House races in the nation.
Yarmuth defeated Northup in the general election. He garnered 122,139 votes (51%) to Northup's 116,157 votes (48%). Independent candidates garnered 2,896 votes (1%).
Yarmuth won the 2008 election with 59% of the vote.
Yarmuth was challenged by Republican Todd Lally and Independent Michael D. Hansen. Yarmuth was re-elected successfully.
Yarmuth was challenged by Republican Brooks Wicker and was re-elected successfully.
In 2003, Yarmuth and former WHAS-AM radio talk show host John Ziegler debated political issues on the weekly WAVE program Yarmuth & Ziegler, with Yarmuth taking the liberal side and Ziegler, the conservative side. On a successor program, Hot Button, which ran from September 2004 to December 2005, he faced off with conservative Jim Milliman.
Yarmuth appeared on the March 8, 2007, episode of The Colbert Report in the show's "Better Know a District" series. In a parody of Yarmuth's former Yarmuth & Ziegler debate series, host Stephen Colbert prodded Yarmuth into a point/counterpoint style debate. After agreeing to the "debate," Colbert forced Yarmuth to defend the shredding of kittens in wood chippers, which Yarmuth gamely proceeded to do. Colbert referred to Yarmuth as a real life Bruce Wayne, and presented him with a framed print of his congressional photo with a Batman mask photoshopped over his face.
Yarmuth has served on many boards including the Bingham Child Guidance Center and Kentucky Country Day School. He is Kentucky's first Jewish congressman. Yarmuth and his wife, Cathy Yarmuth, have one son, Aaron, who is a graduate of Kentucky Country Day.
- "John Allan Yarmuth (D)". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
- "yarmuth". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Official House Biography Retrieved July 5, 2012.
- Yarmuth For Congress » Campaign Blog » Yarmuth Donates 2007 Congressional Salary to Louisville Non-Profit Organizations
- Carroll, James (2008-02-08). "Yarmuth endorses Obama". The Courier-Journal.[dead link]
- Abdullah, Halimah (2008-09-29). "Four Congressmen vote No". Lexington Herald Leader.[dead link]
- "Yarmuth Thinks Bailout Bill Stinks, Votes For It Anyway". WHAS-TV. 2008-10-03.
- Petchenik, Mike. "Yarmuth 'Nauseated' By Jackson Tribute". WLKY.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
- "Yarmuth faces boisterous town hall meeting". WBKO.
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- 1:12 (December 16, 2011). "NDAA Bill: How Did Your Congress Member Vote?". Ibtimes.com. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- "House Vote 291 - Passes the the [sic] National Defense Authorization Act". Inside Congress. New York Times. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Stewart, Kay (2006-08-07). "National Democratic campaign doesn't plan ads for Yarmuth". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2006-09-01.
- Stewart, Kay (2006-10-20). "Poll: Northup, Yarmuth race in dead heat". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2006-11-09.
- Hebert, Mark (2006-11-02). "Yarmuth ahead in new poll". whas11.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-11. Retrieved 2006-11-09.
- Stewart, Kay (2006-10-26). "Northup attacks Yarmuth's Wealth -- Hypocrisy?". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- Gerth, Joe (2008-01-16). "Roberts probably out, Northup considers return". The Courier-Journal.
- Schreiner, Bruce (2008-01-28). "Northup to run to regain former congressional seat, adviser says". Associated Press.[dead link]
- "Northup Files To Run For Old Congressional Seat". WLKY.com (Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc.). 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- "2008 General Election Results". CNN. 2008-11-05.
- "John Yarmuth wins Kentucky 3rd District". WDRB. November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- Carroll, James R. (2007-03-09). "Yarmuth jokes on the 'Colbert Report'". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2007-03-09.[dead link]
- U.S. Representative John Yarmuth official U.S. House site
- John Yarmuth for U.S. Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Campaign Contributors to Rep. John Yarmuth at watchdog.net.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd congressional district
January 3, 2007 –
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for Kentucky's 3rd congressional district
2006, 2008, 2010
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Representatives to the 110th–113th United States Congresses from Kentucky (ordered by seniority)|
|110th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | R. Lewis | E. Whitfield | B. Chandler | G. Davis | J. Yarmuth|
|111th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | E. Whitfield | B. Chandler | G. Davis | J. Yarmuth | B. Guthrie|
|112th||Senate: M. McConnell | R. Paul||House: H. Rogers | E. Whitfield | B. Chandler | G. Davis | J. Yarmuth | B. Guthrie|
|113th||Senate: M. McConnell | R. Paul||House: H. Rogers | E. Whitfield | J. Yarmuth | B. Guthrie | T. Massie | A. Barr|