|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Ron Lewis|
|Member of the Kentucky Senate|
from the 32nd district
|Preceded by||Frank Miller|
|Succeeded by||Mike Reynolds|
Steven Brett Guthrie
February 18, 1964
Florence, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||United States Military Academy (BS)|
Yale University (MBA)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1987–1990|
|Unit||101st Airborne Division|
|Awards||Army Commendation Medal|
Army Achievement Medal
Air Assault Badge
Steven Brett Guthrie (born February 18, 1964) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Kentucky's 2nd congressional district. The district is in central Kentucky and includes Fort Knox, Owensboro, Bowling Green, and Danville. Guthrie previously served as a Republican member of the Kentucky Senate.
Early life, education, and career
Guthrie was born in Florence, Alabama, the son of Carolyn P. (née Holt) and Lowell M. Guthrie. He earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematical economics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1987 and his Master's of Public and Private Management at Yale University in 1997.
Guthrie is a former vice president of Trace Die Cast, Inc., an automotive parts supplier based in Bowling Green. He previously served as a field artillery officer in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Guthrie represented the 32nd district in the Kentucky Senate from 1999 to 2008, serving as vice chair of the Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee and chairing the Transportation Committee.
U.S. House of Representatives
In the 2008 congressional general election, Guthrie defeated Democratic nominee State Senator David Boswell for the right to succeed the retiring U.S. Representative Ron Lewis. Lewis announced his retirement on the last day for candidates to file for the seat in 2008, in hopes of steering the Republican nomination to his chief of staff, Daniel London. Guthrie defeated London for the nomination.
This set up the closest race in the 2nd in 14 years. Democrats had a large advantage in registration, but voters had been very conservative on social issues. This was a major reason Lewis had been able to hold the district with little trouble since winning it in a 1994 special election. Guthrie prevailed by 15,500 votes, mostly on the strength of rural voters. He may have been boosted by voters being more motivated to come to the polls due to the presidential and Senate election held at the same time. Republican presidential nominee John McCain carried the district with 60% of the vote and won all but one county entirely within the district. Incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell also carried the 2nd district easily.
The 2nd reverted to form in 2010, and Guthrie defeated Democratic nominee Ed Marksberry by a large margin.
Guthrie won reelection in 2012 with over 64% of the vote.
Guthrie filed for reelection on November 27, 2017. Two Democratic challengers filed against Guthrie: Grant Short and Brian Pedigo, both of whom ultimately lost to Democratic candidate Hank Linderman in the primary.
In 2011, Guthrie voted for 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. In July 2013, he voted against defunding the National Security Agency due to the alleged privacy violations reported by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
In September, Guthrie introduced the Missing Children's Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013, authorizing the continued funding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through fiscal year 2018 and to strengthen additional programs that prevent the abduction and sexual exploitation of children.
Guthrie and Virginia Foxx introduced the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, an act that would eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness and reduce federal funding made available to for-profit colleges.
On December 19, Guthrie voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Before his vote, he said he was "willing to accept" criticism about the bill making American businesses more competitive on a global scale.
In August 2022, Guthrie criticized President Joe Biden for forgiving up to $10,000 of student loan debt for eligible borrowers. Guthrie was criticized for hypocrisy because he had $4.3 million of debt from his PPP loan forgiven.
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Climate Solutions Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
Interest group ratings
|Republican||Brett Guthrie (incumbent)||19,498||100.0|
|Republican||Brett Guthrie (incumbent)||21,695||100.0|
|Republican||S. Brett Guthrie||158,936||52.57|
|Democratic||David E. Boswell||143,379||47.43|
|Republican||S. Brett Guthrie (incumbent)||155,906||67.89|
|Republican||S. Brett Guthrie (incumbent)||181,508||64.30|
|Democratic||David Lynn Williams||89,541||31.72|
|Independent||Andrew R. Beacham||6,304||2.23|
|Libertarian||Craig R. Astor||4,914||1.74|
|Republican||S. Brett Guthrie (incumbent)||156,936||69.19|
|Republican||S. Brett Guthrie (incumbent)||251,825||100.0|
|Republican||S. Brett Guthrie (incumbent)||171,700||66.72|
|Independent||Thomas E. Loecken||5,681||2.21|
With his family, Guthrie attends the Lehman Avenue Church of Christ in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Michael Greene, former minister of the Lehman Avenue congregation, said he had no doubt "Guthrie's faith will play a positive role" in representing the 2nd district.
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- "2002 Primary and General Election Results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
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- "2014 Primary and General Election Results" (PDF). Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
- "2016 Primary and General Election Results" (PDF). Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
- "2018 Primary and General Election Results" (PDF). Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
- Jessie Sanders, "Kentucky Church Member Elected to Congress" Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2008 December 31.
- Congressman Brett Guthrie official U.S. House website
- Brett Guthrie for Congress
- Brett Guthrie at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart