Climbing the hill

"Climbing the hill" Continued...

In Kansas' 4th District, businessman Mike Pompeo, 46, will replace Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who is retiring after losing in the Republican Senate primary to Rep. Jerry Moran. Pompeo is the head of a Wichita oil company. He has raised money and campaigned for Republicans previously, and has business ties to the Koch brothers, billionaires who support Republicans. A West Point graduate, Pompeo also attended Harvard Law School where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He later joined Thayer Aerospace as a business partner and is currently CEO of Sentry International, which manufactures oilfield equipment. Pompeo describes himself as a "committed economic conservative" and as pro-life. He was at one time a candidate for the state party's chairman because politicos believed he could bring together the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party. He has a wife, Susan, and one son, Nicholas. Competing in a historically Republican district, Pompeo easily defeated Democrat Raj Goyle.
Tim Huelskamp | Kansas-01

Farmer and state Sen. Tim Huelskamp, 41, will replace Republican Rep. Jerry Moran, who won the seat of retiring Sen. Sam Brownback, in Kansas' 1st District. Huelskamp, raised in Kansas, runs a farm that his grandparents started in 1925 even as he has served in the state Senate since 1997. One of the state legislature's most conservative members, he has opposed even his GOP leaders in the state Senate on spending issues. Huelskamp is Catholic and pro-life, and with his wife Angela counseled women in crisis pregnancies in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1990s when he was working on his Ph.D. at American University. The couple now has four adopted children, two of them from Haiti. Huelskamp, in a solidly Republican district, had no trouble beating Democrat Alan Jilka.
Tim Scott | South Carolina-01

To become the first black Republican in Congress in seven years, Tim Scott first had to defeat an iconic name in South Carolina's politics. Scott, with Tea Party support, unseated the son of late Sen. Strom Thurmond in the GOP primary before going on to win the House seat for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. The elder Thurmond ran for president on the segregationist Dixiecrat ticket in 1948. Now Scott will become just the sixth black Republican in Congress since the start of the 20th century. He likely will be a star in the GOP's efforts to attract minority voters. A 45-year-old state legislator and insurance agent, Scott will represent a district that cuts through portions of Charleston-where the Civil War began. But Scott seems more interested in curtailing the federal government's reach than he does in playing race politics. "Business creates jobs when government gets out of the way," he says.
Nan Hayworth | New York-19

During a debate with her Democratic opponent, Nan Hayworth said she decided to run for New York's 19th Congressional District after the 2008 election, when she worried that the government "would crush the enterprise and the commerce, would impede the business that is the lifeblood of our prosperity." President Bill Clinton stumped for the district's incumbent John Hall, but Hayworth pulled ahead in a swing district that went for Barack Obama in the last presidential election. Hayworth is a political newcomer who spent her professional life running an ophthalmology business and working as vice president for a healthcare advertising agency. Named one of NRCC's Young Guns and endorsed by the Club for Growth, Hayworth decries government spending, says cap-and-trade is a "bad idea," and supports a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts. She says she would vote to repeal the healthcare overhaul and, in the meantime, work to "depower and defund it and replace it with a plan that works." Her conservatism does not extend to social issues, however: Hayworth supports legal abortion.
Cory Gardner | Colorado-04

A native Coloradan, Cory Gardner opposed Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Betsy Markey on a platform of lower spending and less regulation. Gardner has a law degree and has worked in politics both as an aide and as a state legislator since 2005. In a Q&A with the Colorado newspaper Daily Camera, Gardner named "wasteful, out-of-control spending" as the most pressing issue facing the country. Gardner advocates a balanced budget amendment and cutting non-defense discretionary spending to pre-2009 levels. In its endorsement of Gardner, the Denver Post said he was "far more animated by fiscal issues than . . . divisive social issues." Gardner downplayed his commitment to social causes during the campaign-he declined to answer when The New York Times asked him about abortion-but as a state legislator he supported the Colorado ballot initiative that would define "personhood" to include embryos and sponsored legislation that would ban abortion except to preserve the life of the mother. Pro-abortion groups like EMILY's List spent heavily to defeat him.
Steve Chabot | Ohio-01


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