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Thomas Massie, a Tea Party-backed Republican who was active along and against party lines during his first term in Congress, wants to return for a second term as U.S. representative in Kentucky’s 4th District, which includes Shelby County.
Massie, who took over the district in 2012 when Republican Geoff Davis abruptly resigned, filed Friday to run for re-election. In 2012, he defeated six Republicans in the primary and routed Democrat Bill Adkins by 27 points in the General Election.
Massie, whose background is in engineering, had limited political experience – serving one term as Lewis County judge-executive – before being elected to Congress, but he said that during his first term he has championed for fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government.
“In my first year as representative for Kentucky's Fourth District, I learned that Washington is far more broken than I'd even anticipated,” he said. “The national debt, our bloated tax code and over-regulation of Kentucky businesses are problems that Congress took decades to create.”
Massie said he has fought for economic freedom, civil liberties, and fiscal responsibility, and his first year in congress has been characterized by his support for traditional Republican issues, such as lower taxes, gun rights, a strong national defense, less federal regulation and steadfast opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
However, he said he is often recognized for his willingness to go against the establishment in Washington to garner support for other issues that are popular with all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.
For instance, he introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, which would give consumers, farmers, and manufacturers in Kentucky more opportunities to succeed. He said his hemp bill now has 49 bipartisan cosponsors, and a scaled-back version of it was successfully added to the House version of the farm bill by amendment.
He also supported Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on the floor of the Senate during his filibuster protesting the use of domestic drones and cosponsored legislation in the House to ban domestic drones.
Massie said he has also been an outspoken leader against the National Security Agency’s unconstitutional spying on American citizens and opposes U.S. military intervention in Syria.
Massie serves on three committees: the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Massie said he is eager to continue. “I'm looking forward to working hard for Kentuckians for as long as it takes to get our country back on track,” he said.
The candidate: Thomas Massie
CURRENT ROLE: U.S. House of Representative
EDUCATION: Undergraduate and masters degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
FAMILY: Wife, Rhonda, and 4 children