Ask Congress: Jack Kingston

RAW STORY
Published: Tuesday May 2, 2006

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RAW STORY is pleased to announce that for the fourth installment of its Ask Congress series, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) will be the first Republican to respond to questions submitted by RAW STORY readers.

Career:

Jack Kingston has represented Georgia's 1st district since 1992, when he easily defeated school principal Barbara Christmas at age 37. Since, he has yet to face a serious challenge to his incumbency, running unopposed twice.

He is often quoted as having said during his first campaign, "I have a Democrat's heart and a Republican's brain. You have to have a heart, but a brain, too, to solve social problems."

Issues:

In 2004, USA Today dubbed Kingston "One of the most partisan Republicans in the House," noting that good humor carried him a long way with opponents. That same year, the National Journal proclaimed, based on Congressional voting records, that Kingston was literally the most conservative Representative in the House.

Status:

Kingston serves as vice chair of the House Republican Conference, and is the only Georgian on the powerful Appropriations committee. He also chairs the Republican "Theme Team," a group of 50 lawmakers who, in essence, offer one-minute summaries of GOP debate or talking points each day on the House floor.

Controversies:

In 1997, Kingston co-sponsored the resolution that lead to the impeachment of then-president Bill Clinton.

Kingston apologized earlier this year for calling anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan a "nutcase" and "beatnick."

To submit a question:

For consideration, please make your question brief and respectful. Feel free, however, to ask the hard questions. Editors will forward the questions we deem the most thoughtful, interesting or best representative of a large number of others to the Congressman's office on Sunday, May 7, 2006. The Congressman will then respond to these questions in a RAW STORY feature the following week.

Submit your questions to [email protected]. To avoid confusion, you must include the name of the Congressperson your question is addressed to in the subject line of your e-mail. In order to be considered for publication, your question must include your first name, as well as the city and state from which you are writing. Last names will not be published.