Todd Tiahrt

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Todd Tiahrt previously served the 4th Congressional district of Kansas

Todd Tiahrt, a Republican, is a former U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional district of Kansas, having served 1995 to 2011.[1] The district is based in Wichita.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Tiahrt voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Oil voting record

Todd Tiahrt has voted in favor of big oil companies on 91% of important oil-related bills. These bills include Iraq War Funding, Climate Change Studies, Clean Energy, and Ending Oil Subsidies. See below for oil money in politics.[citation needed]

Sunset commissions

Tiahrt was notable in the 109th Congress as a champion of proposals to create sunset commissions, unelected commissions with the power to recommend whether programs live, die, or get realigned. In 2006, he introduced the Commission on the Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies Act (H.R. 2470), which was supported by the Republican Study Committee.

Main article: sunset commissions

Earmark scuffle over the NDIC

In May 2007, Rep. Tiahrt was berated by Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) for voting against appropriations for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), and responded in kind by threatening funding of a Boeing project in Tiahrt's district. In 2006 the House Government Reform Committee also called for its shutdown of the NDIC stating the

NDIC was never able to fulfill its original mission of centralizing and coordinating drug intelligence, given its remote location and the unwillingness of the other Federal agencies to contribute significant information,".[3]

President Bush's proposed budget called for the closing of the center, which employs nearly 400 people in Murtha’s hometown. The budget would relocate the resources to an El Paso office.[4]



Tiahrt attended Evangel College and received an M.B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University. He worked for Boeing, where he worked on numerous government contracts, from 1981 until his election to Congress.

Congressional career

He was elected to the Kansas State Senate in 1992. After only one term, he won the Republican nomination for the 4th District and was elected to the House in an upset over 18-year Democrat incumbent Dan Glickman. A major factor in the win was the 1990s round of redistricting, in which Hutchinson, Kansas and surrounding Reno County were shifted to the "Big 1st" District. Hutchinson was replaced with more reliably Republican Montgomery County, Kansas. After a tough reelection bid in 1996, he has been reelected four more times with little difficulty, including 68% of the vote in 2004.

Tiahrt served as a Deputy Majority Whip. He was the only Kansan on the House Committee on Appropriations. He was one of four Pentecostals in the 109th Congress. The others--all Republicans--are Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado and Tim Johnson of Illinois.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Garth James McGinn to face Tiahrt in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Tiahrt retained his seat.

2010 elections

In 2010, Rep. Tiahrt ran in the GOP Senate primary to replace Sen. Sam Brownback (R), who ran for and won the Kansas governorship. But Tiahrt lost the GOP primary to fellow Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan). Tiahrt was replaced in the House by Mike Pompeo (R) in the November 2010 election.[1]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Todd Tiahrt
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Oil contributions

Todd Tiahrt has received $99,500 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $25,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. In total, Tiahrt has received $368,313 from oil companies since 2000. See above for oil voting record.[citation needed]

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

  • Congressional Airpower Caucus
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • Co-Chair, House Jobs Action Team
  • National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
  • Republican Study Committee
  • Reserve Component Caucus
  • Silk Road Caucus

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Todd Tiahrt. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Todd Tiahrt profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  3. Alexander Bolton, Tiahrt vote on project irks Murtha, "The Hill," May 08, 2007.
  4. Alexander Bolton, Tiahrt vote on project irks Murtha, "The Hill," May 08, 2007.

External resources

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