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Dennis Kucinich

[Congressional biography]

Born: October 6, 1946 in Cleveland, OH

Education:

  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A, M.A., 1973

Career:

  • Municipal court clerk, 1976-1977
  • TV reporter, 1989-1992

Elected Office:

  • Cleveland city council, 1970-1975, 1983-1985
  • Mayor of Cleveland, 1977-1979
  • OH Senate, 1995-1996



Election Results for Dennis Kucinich


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YearAgeStatePartyOfficeDistrictStagePosVotes%
1972 25 OH D U.S. House District 23 Primary 1 26,783 50.8%
1972 25 OH D U.S. House District 23 General 2 94,366 47.3%
1974 27 OH I U.S. House District 23 General 3 45,186 29.4%
1982 35 OH D Secretary of State Primary 2 246,618 27.3%
1988 41 OH D U.S. House District 20 Primary 2 19,530 23.3%
1992 45 OH D U.S. House District 19 Primary 3 15,453 17.9%
1996 49 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 37,895 77.2%
1996 49 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 110,723 49.1%
1998 51 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 51,613 88.1%
1998 51 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 110,552 66.8%
2000 53 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 56,781 93.2%
2000 53 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 167,063 75.0%
2002 55 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 40,205 100.0%
2002 55 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 129,997 74.1%
2004 57 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 74,692 85.5%
2004 57 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 172,406 60.0%
2006 59 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 51,485 76.4%
2006 59 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 138,393 66.4%
2008 61 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 72,646 50.3%
2008 61 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 157,268 57.0%
2010 63 OH D U.S. House District 10 Primary 1 47,976 100.0%
2010 63 OH D U.S. House District 10 General 1 101,340 53.1%
2012 65 OH D U.S. House District 09 Primary 2 30,564 40.0%
2018 71 OH D Governor Primary 2 158,284 23.0%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this election.




Ideology Data for Dennis Kucinich


Click on the number in the 'Conserv.' column to see all of the key votes for that year.

YearAgeBodyConservative
Coalition
Party UnityPresidential
Support
Vote %LiberalConserv.
P
1997 50 House 31 69 80 19 D 65 35 99 90 16
1998 51 House 29 71 83 16 D 78 22 99 90 20
1999 52 House 83 16 D 74 26 99 90 20
2000 53 House 88 11 D 66 30 98 80 17
2001 54 House 90 10 R 23 77 99 85 20
2002 55 House 95 4 R 25 68 99 84 0
2003 56 House 87 4 R 20 69 91 100 19
2004 57 House 86 3 R 18 64 80 100 0
2005 58 House 95 2 R 11 89 98 100 0
2006 59 House 96 3 R 11 89 99 100 4
2007 60 House 85 6 R 11 79 88 74 4
2008 61 House 91 9 R 22 78 99 95 8
2009 62 House 89 10 D 83 17 99 75 12
2010 63 House 92 8 D 83 17 99 90 0
2011 64 House 95 5 D 78 22 99 100 8
2012 65 House 84 3 D 76 12 88 100 0
Lifetime conservative rating:   9%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this row.



Conservative Coalition: According to the publication "Congressional Quarterly" (CQ), this is an alliance of Republicans and Southern Democrats (from back when Southern Democrats tended to be conservative or at least moderate) against Northern Democrats in Congress.

This concept had significant meaning perhaps through the 1980's. These statistics stopped being computed after 2000 because conservative Democrats no longer existed except in very rare cases. The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the coalition; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the coalition. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Party Unity: According to CQ, a Party Unity vote in Congress is one in which the parties were split, with a majority of Democrats opposing a majority of Republicans.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with his party; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the party. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Presidential Support: These are votes for which the President has stated his position, either in via a message to Congress, by press conference remarks or other public statements and documents.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the President; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the President. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast. The "P" column indicates the party of the President in each year.



Vote %: The percentage of roll-call votes in which this Representaive or Senator participated by voting "Yes" or "No" (as opposed to "Present" or not voting at all.)



Liberal Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the ultra-liberal advocacy organization called "Americans for Democratic Action" (ADA). They have been rating members of Congress since 1947. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the liberal position on a key issue. The methodology behind the calculation can be found here. Ratings followed by an asterisk were calculated the "ADA way" due to missing data regarding key votes in the ADA source material.



Conservative Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the conservative advocacy organization called the "American Conservative Union" (ACU). They have been rating members of Congress since 1971. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the conservative position on a key issue.

The liberal and conservative ratings are not expected to add to 100% because the two groups use different sets of key votes to determine their ratings. Conservative ratings from 1961 through 1970 (and for 2024) were calculated based on key votes as selected by the creators of this website.