Mark Kennedy on Principles & Values

Former Republican Representative (MN-6, 2001-2007)

Votes for whatís best for MN, but with Bush 92% of the time

Q: Do you believe that George Bush is a great president?

KENNEDY: I believe history is going to make that decision. This is a guy whoís human, like all of us. Has made mistakes, weíve all made mistakes.

Q: And yet you supported the president 92% of the time [with your votes], according to Congressional Quarterly. Are you running as a George Bush Republican?

KENNEDY: Iím running as Mark Kennedy. My votes are based on whatís best for Minnesota families.

Q: But 92% of the time, you voted for President Bush.

KENNEDY: I donít where they get those statistics, but they only take one out of 10 votes. But I can tell you there are things I disagree with the president on, whether it be No Child Left Behind that I voted against my first year in Congress, or ANWR. There are things that I agree with him on, that you get prosperity for our kids not by raising taxes but by keeping it low, and that we keep our families safe by being on the offense in the war on terror.

Source: 2006 MN Senate debate, on Meet the Press Oct 15, 2006

4th-generation Minnesotan, 4th-generation in public service

Mark Kennedy is a fourth-generation Minnesota Kennedy, and the fourth generation in his family to serve Minnesota in public office. His parents taught him the Minnesota values of hard work, common sense, faith in God, cooperation to get things done, and a sense of optimism that guide him to this day.

While serving the 6th District in the US House, Mark has shared Minnesotans frustration with the Senate getting bogged down in partisan obstruction and petty politics. Mark seeks to serve Minnesota in the US Senate to replace angry words with bipartisan solutions.

Born in Benson and raised in Murdock and Pequot Lakes, Mark was the first boy in his family to go to college, and never lived in a town of more than 1,000 until then. But because we live in America, Mark married the girl of his dreams (a farmerís daughter he met in 4-H), got an MBA, spent 20 years in business, and was elected to the US Congress. Kennedy can represent the hopes and dreams of Minnesotans, because he has lived them.

Source: Campaign website, www.markkennedy06.com Jan 29, 2006

Great things can happen if we trust the people

Because of the policies Congressman Kennedy supported, our economy recovered from the shocks of 9-11 and is creating millions of new jobs. Married couples no longer pay a tax penalty, seniors have prescription coverage, local school districts have more money for local priorities, traffic congestion is being addressed, farmers face fewer trade barriers, freedom is spreading throughout a Middle East and as a result, America is safer.

Kennedy believes great things can happen if we trust the people and make sure government helps, rather than hinders them as they pursue their dreams. Markís vision is for a Minnesota that is the best place in the world for small businesses to invest and grow, where education prepares all for the careers of the future, where consumer driven health care is affordable and accessible, where children are safe, veterans are honored, conservation is practiced, transportation is efficient and the world is at peace.

Source: Campaign website, www.markkennedy06.com Jan 29, 2006

Married with four children; serves as church lector

Kennedy received his bachelorsí degree from St. Johnís University and his Masters in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Michigan. Mark and his wife Debbie, a former public school teacher, reside in Watertown. They have four children. Mark is active in his church as a lector and in his community as state chair of the Lionís Club Liberty Day program, a Boy Scout volunteer and a member of Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Bureau and the Knights of Columbu
Source: Campaign website, www.markkennedy06.com Jan 29, 2006

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Dem. Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
GOP Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
GOP Freshmen
in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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