Candidate Bio: Adam Kinzinger - 16th District - KMSP-TV

Candidate Bio: Adam Kinzinger - 16th District

Rep. Adam Kinzinger is running to represent Illinois' 16th congressional district in the U.S. House. The freshman previously represented the 11th district, but decided to run for the 16th due to redistricting in 2011. 

Rep. Kinzinger defeated incumbent Rep. Don Manzullo in an ugly Republican primary battle for the GOP candidacy on March 20, 2012. Manzullo has served District 16 for the last 20 years. 

Kinzinger grew up in Bloomington, earned his degree from Illinois State University and because the youngest McLean County Board member in its history during his sophomore year of school. He was 20 years old. 

He joined the Air Force in 2003, and serves as an Illinois National Guard pilot. The moderate Republican recently because engaged to Air Force captain Riki Meyers, who he calls his "best friend." 

Kinzinger will focus on increasing the nation's fiscal responsibility by limiting government spending, expanding domestic oil production, exploring new energy resources, and encouraging small business growth if elected to represent the 16th district. He also voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

At 34, the congressman is one of the youngest members. He also serves as a Deputy Republican Whip.

Kinzinger is running against Democratic candidate Wanda Rohl. 

Illinois' 16th district includes all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle, Putnam counties and parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties.

On The Issues

Budget - We find our nation on a destructive and frightening course. It's no secret that we cannot continue down this reckless trajectory. We've kicked the can down the road for too long and now, there's no more road left. Read more...

Energy - Americans are demanding Congress take a comprehensive energy approach that creates jobs here at home, leads us toward energy security through environmentally sound domestic production of energy resources, and develops long-term clean alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, hydro-power and nuclear power. Read more...

Healthcare - The new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), represents one of the most comprehensive expansions of government power we have seen in our nation's history. The legislation failed to address both the high costs and quality care in a fiscally responsible manner. Read more...

Immigration - The United States is a nation made up of immigrants and I support common-sense reform to the laws and regulations by which people legally enter our country. We must recognize that legal immigration is not the issue and we must not demonize immigrants who come to our country by following the rules. Illegal immigration, however, places an unsustainable burden on our public services and communities. Read more...

Jobs and the Economy - Since the economic downturn first began in 2008, the federal government has spent, lent or committed nearly $13 trillion to blunt the recession. Unfortunately, after two years of various bailouts and economic recovery packages, our nation has lost 8.5 million jobs. This tremendous loss, combined with our mounting national debt, has created an unsustainable economic environment that threatens our long-term prosperity. Read more...

Middle East - As a veteran of Afghan and Iraqi combat operations, I have first-hand knowledge of and care deeply about the turmoil in the Middle East. For the sake of national and international security, the United States must continue to maintain diplomatic ties and push for democratic reforms in the region. Read more...

Veterans - As a veteran, I care deeply about the men and women who have served and are actively serving our country both at home and abroad. I have the greatest respect for Americans who answer the call of duty and put their own lives at risk for the sake of all Americans. Congress should ensure these men and women receive the care they deserve. To do anything less would dishonor their service and sacrifice. Read more...

Manufacturing - A national manufacturing strategy will support private business by focusing government programs on increasing national competitiveness, reducing programmatic inefficiencies and redundancy, and coordinating policies across various agencies and departments. A strategy will require the American government to act smarter in its efforts to promote growth, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Read more...

Source: Kinzinger.House.gov

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