Kat Cammack

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Kat Cammack
Rep. Kat Cammack official photo, 117th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byTed Yoho
Personal details
Born
Kathryn Christine Cammack[1]

(1988-02-16) February 16, 1988 (age 33)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Matthew Harrison
(m. 2017)
EducationMetropolitan State University of Denver (BA)
Naval War College (MS)
WebsiteHouse website

Kathryn C. "Kat" Cammack (/ˈkæmæk/ KAM-mack; born February 16, 1988)[2] is an American politician and political advisor serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 3rd congressional district. Cammack previously served as deputy chief of staff to incumbent Congressman Ted Yoho, who announced that he would retire in 2020.[3] Cammack is the third-youngest woman elected to Congress in the 2020 election cycle, behind Democrats Sara Jacobs and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Cammack was born in Denver, Colorado and raised on a 55-acre cattle ranch.[5][6][7][8][9] She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Science in national defense and strategic studies from the Naval War College.[10][11]

Career[edit]

As an undergraduate, Cammack worked as an intern in the office of then-U.S. Representative Mike Coffman. In 2011, Cammack's parents lost their home after it was bought in a foreclosure,[12] and Cammack lived with her mother in an extended stay motel for four months.[13][14][15] Cammack says that her family's experience with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program inspired her interest in politics.[16] She later joined the congressional campaign of Ted Yoho.[17][18][19] After Yoho was elected, Cammack served as his deputy chief of staff from 2013 until 2019.[20][21] In 2019, Cammack left Yoho's office in Washington, D.C. and returned to Florida. She announced her candidacy for Yoho's seat in December 2019.[22] Yoho did not seek re-election in 2020, fulfilling his pledge of only serving four terms.[23]

Cammack also operates an independent political consulting firm.[24][25] Cammack was heavily favored to win the November general election as Florida's 3rd congressional district is safely Republican.[26][27][28][29] In September 2020, Cammack was endorsed by Donald Trump.[30] After her primary win, Cammack established a leadership PAC.[31][32]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2020[edit]

Cammack speaking at a Turning Point USA event in 2020

In the November general election, Cammack defeated Democrat Adam Christensen. She assumed office on January 3, 2021.[33] Cammack is the youngest Republican woman serving in the United States House of Representatives.[34]

Tenure[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

For the 117th Congress, Congresswoman Cammack was selected to serve on the Homeland Security and Agriculture Committees in the US House of Representatives.

Caucus Memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Cammack is anti-abortion. During her campaign, she released an advertisement in which she stated that, when her mother was pregnant with her, she was advised by doctors to have an abortion.[36]

Border wall[edit]

Cammack has supported the construction of a border wall along the Mexico–United States border.[37]

Congressional term limits[edit]

In March 2020, Cammack signed the U.S. Term Limits pledge.[38]

Donald Trump[edit]

Cammack describes herself as a "fierce advocate" of Donald Trump and joined the 2016 Woman for Trump Bus Tour.[39]

On January 6, 2021 Cammack cast a vote on Wednesday and Thursday to prevent the certification of the Electoral College in at least one state.[40] Cammack was one of the 139 representatives who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Congress on January 7, 2021, the day after the storming of the Capitol.[41]

On the House floor, Cammack said the attacks "furthermore resolved" her objection to the certification process and as representatives of the people, they must stand for the right to a free and fair election for all Americans.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Cammack's husband, Matt Harrison, is a firefighter.[43] They live in Gainesville, Florida. Cammack is a Protestant.[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.katforcongress.com/post/mayor-of-belleview-endorses-kat-cammack
  2. ^ Rep.-elect Kat Cammack (R-Fla.-03), The Hill, November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Conradis, Brandon (August 18, 2020). "Kat Cammack wins Florida GOP primary in bid for Ted Yoho's seat". TheHill. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). "13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history". FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ted Yoho, the Least Experienced House Freshman, Has a Secret Weapon: His 24-Year-Old Chief of Staff". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  6. ^ Writers, Aurora Martinez & Micayla Richardson, Staff. "Adam Christensen and Kat Cammack win the nominations to run for Florida's 3rd Congressional District seat". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Republican Magazine Interviews Kat Cammack for Congress". gopmag.com. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Writer, Aurora Martinez, Staff. "Who are Florida's 3rd Congressional District Republican candidates?". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  9. ^ News, Suzette Cook/Staff Writer Mainstreet Daily. "Cammack hoping to succeed Yoho in District 3 House bid". Mainstreet Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Kat Cammack". Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Florida's 3rd Congressional District - Republicans". WJXT. July 22, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Olson, Laura; November 22, Florida Phoenix; 2020 (November 22, 2020). "Newly elected Kat Cammack of FL will become youngest GOP woman in U.S. House of Representatives in 2021". Florida Phoenix. Retrieved January 7, 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Ted Yoho, the Least Experienced House Freshman, Has a Secret Weapon: His 24-Year-Old Chief of Staff". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (October 2, 2020). "Kat Cammack releases first TV ad of the general election". The Capitolist. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Cammack, Kat. "Championing timeless values in the millennial era". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  16. ^ Olson, Laura; November 22, Florida Phoenix; 2020 (November 22, 2020). "Newly elected Kat Cammack of FL will become youngest GOP woman in U.S. House of Representatives in 2021". Florida Phoenix. Retrieved January 7, 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ Nocera, Kate. "Upset winner isn't horsing around". POLITICO. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  18. ^ Wilson, Drew (July 19, 2020). "CD 3 Republican Kat Cammack tells her story in new digital ad". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  19. ^ Derby, Kevin. "Kat Cammack Wins GOP Primary to Replace Ted Yoho | Florida Daily". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  20. ^ Elwood, Karina. "Ted Yoho's Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Kat Cammack To Run For Congress". WUFT News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  21. ^ 114th Congress Office Listings
  22. ^ Elwood, Karina. "Ted Yoho's Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Kat Cammack To Run For Congress". WUFT News. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  23. ^ "Rep. Ted Yoho's son says Kat Cammack was fired as Chief of Staff". The Floridian. June 20, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  24. ^ "The Latest: Wyoming Tribe Member Wins Democratic Nomination". The New York Times. Associated Press. August 18, 2020. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  25. ^ Matat, Stephany. "Yoho's Former Aide Wins Republican Primary In Florida's 3rd Congressional District". WUFT News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  26. ^ "Florida primary roundup: Gimenez to face Mucarsel-Powell, Posey survives". Roll Call. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  27. ^ Peterson, Kristina (August 19, 2020). "Ross Spano Becomes Eighth House Lawmaker Defeated in Primaries". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  28. ^ "The Latest: Wyoming tribe member wins Democratic nomination". AP NEWS. August 19, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  29. ^ Wilson, Drew (August 19, 2020). "Kat Cammack wins Republican nomination in CD 3". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  30. ^ Derby, Kevin. "Donald Trump Backs Kat Cammack, Byron Donalds for Open Congressional Seats in Florida | Florida Daily". Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  31. ^ "Primary Winners Form Leadership PACs Before Coming to Congress". Bloomberg Government. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  32. ^ "Campaigning couldn't be more different amid a pandemic". Arc Publishing. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  33. ^ "Florida Election Results: Third Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  34. ^ "Kat Cammack wins District 3 race, becomes youngest Republican woman in Congress". wcjb.com. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  35. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  36. ^ Wilson, Drew (July 27, 2020). "Kat Cammack 'will always choose life' if elected in CD 3". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  37. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (July 29, 2020). "Kat Cammack promises to support border wall in new video". The Capitolist. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  38. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (March 12, 2020). "Kat Cammack signs term limits pledge". The Capitolist. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  39. ^ "Meet Kat". Kat for Congress. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  40. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  41. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). "The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  42. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lannigan, Lucille (January 13, 2021). "Kat Cammack stands by President Trump, public paints Coup Kat Resign on art wall". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  43. ^ Elwood, Karina. "Ted Yoho's Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Kat Cammack To Run For Congress". WUFT News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  44. ^ https://www.pewforum.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/01/01.04.21_faith_on_the_hill_detailed.table_.update.pdf

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ted Yoho
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd congressional district

2021–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Cori Bush
United States representatives by seniority
380th
Succeeded by
Jerry Carl