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About the Candidate
Name: Adam Kinzinger
DOB: Feb. 27, 1978
Occupation: United State Congressman, IL‐16. Lt. Colonel, Air National Guard.
Political Experience: McLean County Board, 1998‐2003. United State Congressman, 2011‐Present
Why are you running?
After serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan ‐ I said to myself… if I was willing to fight for our country from the outside, I must be willing to fight for our country from the inside. This still holds true as I seek re‐election. I'm proud of the work my colleagues and I have done in the House of Representatives. We've passed some important pieces of legislation that have bettered individual’s lives. The Country is in a much better place than the day I took office, but there is still work to be done, and I believe I can be a crucial voice in addressing the issues we need to hand the next generation a better country than the one you and I inherited.
What is your vision for this office?
The challenges we face today should be seen as opportunities for a better future for our children and grandchildren. America has the opportunity to be the light in the darkness for every man, woman, and child around the globe. America is a beacon of self‐governance and we have a responsibility to promote our leadership not only to support stability around the world ‐‐ which is in our interest ‐‐ but as a guide to those suffering in the bondage of authoritarianism. America has a mission and through this office I can act as my constituents voice in fighting to complete that mission.
What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?
The top issues facing my constituents are national security, economy and jobs, infrastructure, agriculture and addressing challenges facing rural Americans.
NATIONAL SECURITY: The primary function of the federal government is to secure its citizens from harm. I continue to uphold my record of fighting to provide our men and women in uniform with the tools they need to protect this nation.
ECONOMY AND JOBS: We are seeing concrete economic results after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the de‐regulatory actions of the Trump Administration, but there is still plenty of work left to strengthen the Illinois economy‐‐some of which can be done in Washington, but most of which must, frankly, be accomplished in Springfield.
INFRASTRUCTURE: After national security, providing for common roads and facilitating commerce is a core function of the federal government. I support passage of a robust infrastructure package to fix our roads and bridges and bring broadband infrastructure to rural areas.
AGRICULTURE: Illinois is home to a lot of farmers producing a variety of commodities ranging from corn to soybeans to pork. I voted for the most recent FARM Bill, and I was proud to vote to pass the new North American trade agreement (USMCA).
RURAL ISSUES: The 16th District of Illinois is mostly rural, which presents challenges to many of my constituents. I will continue to fight my rural constituents by way of broadband access, suitable education opportunities, and business development.