Mark Kennedy (politician)

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Mark Kennedy
Mark Kennedy, official photo portrait, color.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Bill Luther
Succeeded by Michele Bachmann
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by David Minge
Succeeded by John Kline
Personal details
Born (1955-04-11) April 11, 1955 (age 59)
Benson, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Debbie Kennedy
Residence Watertown, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma mater St. John's University

University of Michigan

Mark Raymond Kennedy (born April 11, 1955, Benson, Minnesota), is an American businessman and Republican Party politician. Kennedy currently leads the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.[1] Previously, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007. Kennedy did not seek re-election in 2006, instead running for the U.S. Senate. He won the Republican nomination with over 90% of the vote but lost the general election to Democratic–Farmer–Labor nominee Amy Klobuchar, by 58% to 38%.

Early life and business career[edit]

Kennedy graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1975, and St. John's University in 1979. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant and went on to receive his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 1983.

Kennedy's business career prior to the U.S. Congress included working for The Pillsbury Company, assisting with their acquisition of Häagen-Dazs and arranging for financing to support their international expansion. As a senior executive at Federated Department Stores, he helped the company position itself for growth to become, as Macy's, the world's leading department store. He was profiled in May 1992's Institutional Investor Magazine, which featured him on its cover as one of “America's top CFOs”. At ShopKo Stores, he was responsible for merchandising, marketing and store management.

Political career[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In 2000, Kennedy won the Republican nomination for the 2nd district and faced four-term Democrat David Minge. He had never run for political office before. In the closest congressional race of that cycle, Kennedy defeated Minge by 155 votes.

In 2002, although Minnesota didn't gain or lose any districts, Kennedy's 2nd district—a monstrous 28-county district stretching from the southwestern corner of the state to the fringes of the Twin Cities—was dismantled. Its territory was split up among four neighboring districts. Kennedy's home outside Watertown was located just inside the reconfigured 6th district, in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities.

Kennedy initially expected to face the 6th's three-term incumbent Democrat, Bill Luther. However, the new 6th was somewhat more Republican than its predecessor, and Luther opted to move to the reconfigured 2nd District where he lost to John Kline. Instead, Kennedy faced Janet Robert, a lawyer and longtime Democratic activist. In one of the most expensive congressional races in Minnesota history, Kennedy was reelected with 57% of the vote. In 2004, Kennedy faced child safety advocate Patty Wetterling. Kennedy received 54% percent of the popular vote to Wetterling's 46%.

2006 U.S. Senate election[edit]

See also: United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2006

Kennedy ran against DFL candidate and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by DFL Senator Mark Dayton. Also in the race were Independence Party candidate Robert Fitzgerald, Green Party candidate Michael Cavlan, and Constitution Party candidate Ben Powers.

Klobuchar won the election, receiving 58% of the vote to Kennedy's 38%.

Political views[edit]

Kennedy's support of the War in Iraq during the 2006 U.S. Senate race was described as "bold and smart" on Fox News' Brit Hume Show (Fox News, Brit Hume Show, 12-27-06) and CNN’s Anderson Cooper said that "Kennedy doesn't ignore the elephant in the room, to the contrary, he looks it straight in the eye" (CNN, Anderson Cooper 360°, 10-25-06).

Kennedy is a proponent of free trade, Kennedy was the deciding vote in giving the President Fast track Authority and in passing the Central America Free Trade Agreement.[2]

In Congress, Kennedy supported the Bush tax cuts, He voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan,[3] and he was the deciding vote on the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.[4] Kennedy's reputation as a reformer was further enhanced by his sponsorship of the line item veto,[5] a lifetime ban on all members of Congress becoming lobbyists,[6] full deductibility of medical expenses,[7] no parole for sex offenders,[8] and Medicare Plan Enrollment Fraud Protection.[9]

Kennedy's record of included partnering with twenty Democrats to lead legislation and having more than half the Democrats in the House co-sponsor bills he introduced. Such bills included authoring the Teacher's for Tomorrow’s Careers Act with New Jersey Democrat Rush Holt,[10] the Fair Care for the Uninsured Act with Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski,[11][12] Rural Access to Emergency Services Act with North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy,[13] the Clean Alternatives for Energy Independence Act with Democrat Colorado Mark Udall,[14] the Emergency Wetlands Loan Act with California Democrat Mike Thompson,[15] the Child Support Enforcement Act with California Democrat Juanita Millender-McDonald,[16] SLAM Act with Oregon Democrat Darlene Hooley to increase penalties on those who traffic and sell meth to our young people.[17]

Kennedy refers to himself as "100% Pro-Life." He voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and voted to sustain President Bush's veto on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.[2]

Post-congressional life[edit]

In 2007, Kennedy was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN).[18] ACTPN, a part of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, considers trade policy issues in the context of overall national interest.

In 2008, Kennedy, along with former congressmen Tim Penny and Bill Frenzel, founded the Economic Club of Minnesota (ECOM),[19] a nonpartisan platform for national and international leaders in business, government, and public policy to present their ideas on how Minnesota can better compete in an increasingly globalized economy.

In 2008, he established the Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy at his alma mater, St. John’s University.

From 2007-10 Kennedy served as the Global Retail Business Development Lead for Accenture, a global management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services firm. In 2010, he formed Chartwell Strategic Advisors LLC. Kennedy's activities through Chartwell include providing strategic advice in addition to public speaking at business conferences, executive education programs and public affairs forums.

In January 2012, Kennedy accepted the position of Director of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.[20]

Electoral history[edit]

Kennedy (left) with President George W. Bush (right) and Congressman Gil Gutknecht looking on (center).
  • 2006 Race for U.S. Senate
    • Amy Klobuchar (DFL), 58%
    • Mark Kennedy (R), 38%
    • Robert Fitzgerald (I), 3%
  • 2004 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 6th District
  • 2002 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 6th District
    • Mark Kennedy (R) (inc.), 57%
    • Janet Robert (DFL), 35%
    • Dan Becker (I), 7%
  • 2000 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 2nd District

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Message from the Director". Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mark Kennedy on the Issues". Ontheissues.org. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  3. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll332.xml
  4. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll601.xml
  5. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - H.J.RES.71 - Cosponsors - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  6. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - H.R.4658 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005-06) - H.R.4625 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - H.R.4621 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005-06) - H.R.4406 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  10. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005-06) - H.R.4622 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  11. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005-06) - H.R.765 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. 2005-03-22. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  12. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 108th Congress (2003-04) - H.R.583 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  13. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - H.R.2525 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  14. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005-06) - H.R.4623 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  15. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005-06) - H.R.4315 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  16. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005-06) - H.R.4233 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  17. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - H.R.3513 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "Economic Club of Minnesota". Ecomn.org. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  20. ^ "Kennedy to lead George Washington grad school program". Politics in Minnesota. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Minge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district

2001–2003
Succeeded by
John Kline
Preceded by
Bill Luther
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th congressional district

2003–2007
Succeeded by
Michele Bachmann