Kevin HernKevin Hern – OK1

Current Position: US Representative for OK 1st District since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Businessman from 1999 – 2018

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Pelosi told Capitol police to arrest any of my staff that refused to wear a mask… yet Biden & Pelosi are letting almost 200k illegal immigrants per month pour across our southern border w/o regard to the spread of COVID across our country. Still they say they care about America?

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In second term, Hern positioned to wield influence on key issues
Tulsa World, Randy KrehbielSeptember 5, 2021

Midway through his second term, 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern has positioned himself about where he wants. He has a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee and what seems to be growing influence on GOP tax and health care policy.

Besides the plum committee assignment, Hern is chairman of the Budget and Spending Task Force of the Republican Study Committee, the policy arm of the House Republican conference, and is on a House GOP health care task force.

These developments are very much in line with Hern’s ambitions when he became a congressional candidate in 2018. Then the owner of several businesses, including a string of McDonald’s restaurants, he went to Washington with definite ideas about about he wanted to do.

Federal spending and health care system reform were near the top of his list.

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Current Position: US Representative for OK 1st District since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Businessman from 1999 – 2018

Featured Quote: 
Pelosi told Capitol police to arrest any of my staff that refused to wear a mask… yet Biden & Pelosi are letting almost 200k illegal immigrants per month pour across our southern border w/o regard to the spread of COVID across our country. Still they say they care about America?

Featured Video: 
Hern praises welfare reform, work requirements as the only path to self-sufficiency

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In second term, Hern positioned to wield influence on key issues
Tulsa World, Randy KrehbielSeptember 5, 2021

Midway through his second term, 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern has positioned himself about where he wants. He has a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee and what seems to be growing influence on GOP tax and health care policy.

Besides the plum committee assignment, Hern is chairman of the Budget and Spending Task Force of the Republican Study Committee, the policy arm of the House Republican conference, and is on a House GOP health care task force.

These developments are very much in line with Hern’s ambitions when he became a congressional candidate in 2018. Then the owner of several businesses, including a string of McDonald’s restaurants, he went to Washington with definite ideas about about he wanted to do.

Federal spending and health care system reform were near the top of his list.

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About

Kevin Hern 1

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Born on an Air Force Base, Kevin Hern gained an early appreciation for the sacrifices that military families make. In high school, Kevin earned an Architectural Drafting Certificate at a Career Technology school, which he used to work and pay for his Engineering degree. Later in life, he earned his MBA.

He went on to work as an Aerospace Engineer for Rockwell. Then began saving to purchase his first McDonald’s Restaurant by starting and operating small business ventures: writing computer programs to automate tasks for businesses, real estate, and even hog farming.

In 1997, Kevin literally sold the hog farm to buy his first McDonald’s restaurant in North Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1999, he purchased two McDonald’s restaurants in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He grew that organization over the next decade; eventually owning 24 McDonald’s restaurants that employed hundreds of people in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.

Kevin has worked across every aisle by serving in various leadership positions within the McDonald’s system – what he dubs the most grassroots business in the world. He served 13 years on the National Leadership Team that represented all of the 3,500+ U.S. Franchisees, serving for 8 years as the Ombudsman and 5 years as the chairman of the Systems Economic Team.

In addition to McDonald’s, Kevin has been a very successful entrepreneur in the areas of banking, manufacturing, real estate development, multiple technology companies, and sports publishing.

He uses this business acumen to help aspiring entrepreneurs create new businesses, so they can pursue their American Dream.

Kevin Hern was sworn into Congress on November 13th, 2018 serving the remainder of Congressman Jim Bridenstine’s term. Kevin and his wife Tammy live in Tulsa and have three children. They are members at the Church at Battle Creek.

Voting Record

Votes on Bills

Caucuses 

Republican Study Committee, Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman
Small Business Caucus, Co-Chair 
Pro-Life Caucus
Southern Caucus
Taiwan Caucus
Border Security Caucus
Municipal Finance Caucus
Values Action Team
Republican Israel Caucus
Congressional Tourette Syndrome Caucus
Diabetes Caucus
Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
Western Caucus
Native American Caucus
Air Force Caucus
House Energy Action Team
Freshman Working Group on Addiction
Spina Bifida Caucus
Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
Congressional Chicken Caucus
Congressional Fires Services Caucus
Congressional Rare Disease Caucus
Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus
ALS Caucus
Library of Congress Caucus

Offices

Washington, DC Office

1019 Longworth House Office Building
WashingtonDC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-2211

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District Offices

Tulsa Office

2448 East 81st Street
Suite 5150
TulsaOK 74137

Phone: (918) 935-3222

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Kevin Ray Hern (born December 4, 1961) is an American businessman and politician from the state of Oklahoma. A Republican, he is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district. He was first elected in 2018.

Early life and education

Hern graduated from Dover High School and Arkansas Tech University in 1986 before working at Rockwell International while pursuing a PhD in astronautical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.[1] He received his MBA from University of Arkansas, Little Rock in 1999.[2]

Career

After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Hern had difficulty finding a job, and became a McDonald’s franchisee. He bought his first McDonald’s in North Little Rock, Arkansas in 1997. He sold the North Little Rock franchise in 1999 to move to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he bought two franchises. He expanded his business to 18 franchises in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

After Jim Bridenstine resigned from the United States House of Representatives in 2018 to become administrator of NASA, Hern ran to succeed him in Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district in the 2018 elections. Hern advanced to the runoff,[3][4] where he defeated Tim Harris.[5] He then advanced to the general election, where he defeated Democratic nominee Tim Gilpin.[6] Outgoing Governor Mary Fallin then appointed Hern to serve the balance of Bridenstine’s third term. She was able to do so because under Oklahoma law, if a House seat falls vacant in an even-numbered year and the incumbent’s term is due to end the following year, the governor can appoint someone to serve the remainder of the term. Accordingly, Hern was sworn into the House on November 13.[7][8]

2020

Hern defeated Democratic nominee Kojo Asamoa-Caesar and Independent Evelyn L. Rogers in the November 2020 general election.

Tenure

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hern’s KTAK Corporation received between $1 million and $2 million in federally backed small business loans from American Bank and Trust as part of the Paycheck Protection Program. KTAK stated it would retain 220 jobs. The loan was seen as notable since Hern is a vocal opponent of deficit spending; in 2018, discussing a balanced budget, he said, “While there is no easy fix to this, the first step is clear: stop adding to it.” In 2020, he said, “This isn’t a bailout. It’s a repayment of what the government has taken away from American workers and businesses.”[9][10][11] KTAK operates franchises. During the Paycheck Protection Program negotiations, Hern pushed to increase the amount of aid going to franchises.[11]

In December 2020, Hern was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed[12] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[13][14][15]

In July 2021, Hern voted against the bipartisan ALLIES Act, which would increase by 8,000 the number of special immigrant visas for Afghan allies of the U.S. military during its invasion of Afghanistan, while also reducing some application requirements that caused long application backlogs; the bill passed in the House 407–16.[16]

Immigration

Hern voted against the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which authorizes DHS to nearly double the available H-2B visas for the remainder of FY 2020.[17][18]

Hern voted against the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158), which effectively prohibits ICE from cooperating with Health and Human Services to detain or remove illegal alien sponsors of unaccompanied alien children (UACs).[19]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Republican primary results
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Tim Harris 28,392 27.5
Republican Kevin Hern 23,425 22.7
RepublicanAndy Coleman22,58421.9
RepublicanNathan Dahm20,84320.2
RepublicanDanny Stockstill8,0867.8
Total votes103,330 100.0
Republican primary runoff results
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Kevin Hern 40,373 54.9
RepublicanTim Harris33,13845.1
Total votes73,511 100.0
Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Kevin Hern 150,129 59.3
DemocraticTim Gilpin103,04240.7
Total votes253,171 100.0
Republican hold
Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Kevin Hern 213,700 63.70
DemocraticKojo Asamoa-Caesar109,64132.68
IndependentEvelyn L. Rogers12,1303.62
Total votes335,471 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Hern and his wife, Tammy, have three children and two grandchildren.[21]

References

  1. ^ a b Hardiman, Samuel (August 5, 2016). “5 Questions with Kevin Hern, McDonald’s franchisee | 5 Questions”. Tulsa World. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  2. ^ “Dover native receives Congressional GOP nomination in Oklahoma”. Couriernews.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ World, Randy Krehbiel Tulsa. “Tim Harris, Kevin Hern headed to 1st Congressional District runoff; Democrats also going to second round”. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ “Rare runoffs to decide 1st Congressional District nominees | Homepagelatest”. tulsaworld.com. August 26, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ “Kevin Hern beats Tim Harris for Congressional 1st District Republican nomination”. tulsaworld.com. August 28, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  6. ^ “Kevin Hern beats Tim Gilpin to replace Jim Bridenstine in Congress”. Tulsa World. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Sweeney, Catherine (November 8, 2018). “Hern taking office ahead of freshman congressional class”. The Journal Record.
  8. ^ “New 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern sworn in | Government”. tulsaworld.com. January 1, 1970. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Hamburger, Tom; Gregg, Aaron; Narayanswamy, Anu (July 8, 2020). “After railing against federal spending, GOP lawmakers, conservative groups benefit from government aid program”. Washington Post. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Syed, Moiz; Willis, Derek. “KTAK CORPORATION I – Coronavirus Bailouts – ProPublica”. ProPublica. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  11. ^ a b “Treasury, SBA data show small-business loans went to private-equity backed chains, members of Congress”. The Washington Post. 2020.
  12. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). “Biden officially secures enough electors to become president”. AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). “Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  14. ^ “Order in Pending Case” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  16. ^ Quarshie, Mabinty (August 17, 2021). “These 16 Republicans voted against speeding up visas for Afghans fleeing the Taliban”. USA Today. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  17. ^ “Text – H.R.1865 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020”. December 20, 2019.
  18. ^ “Roll Call 689 Roll Call 689, Bill Number: H. R. 1865, 116th Congress, 1st Session”. December 17, 2019.
  19. ^ “H.R. 1158: DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act … — House Vote #690 — Dec 17, 2019”.
  20. ^ “Member List”. Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  21. ^ “Quick 5: Congressional District 1 candidates answer questions”. Muskogee Phoenix. Retrieved January 27, 2019.

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Preceded by

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district

2018–present
Incumbent
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United States representatives by seniority
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Issues

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Committees

  • Committee on Ways and Means (117th Congress)
    • Subcommittee on Social Security
    • Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
    • Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support
  • Committee on Small Business (116th Congress)
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Health and Technology
  • Committee on Natural Resources (116th Congress)
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Deputy Republican Leader)
    • Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States
  • Committee on the Budget (116th Congress)

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Kevin Hern – OK1

Current Position: US Representative for OK 1st District since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Businessman from 1999 – 2018

Featured Quote: 
Pelosi told Capitol police to arrest any of my staff that refused to wear a mask… yet Biden & Pelosi are letting almost 200k illegal immigrants per month pour across our southern border w/o regard to the spread of COVID across our country. Still they say they care about America?

Featured Video: 
Hern praises welfare reform, work requirements as the only path to self-sufficiency

Markwayne Mullin – OK2

Current Position: US Representative for OK 2nd District since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Businessman from 1997 – 2013

Featured Quote: 
Socialist policies don’t work, but that’s exactly what President Biden and Speaker Pelosi are forcing on the American people. And now our country is in crisis because of it. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be here in Washington fighting back. #WeeklyWrapUp

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Rep. Mullin Questions FBI Director Wray about Threat of Antifa in Intelligence Committee Hearing

Frank Lucas – OK3

Current Position: US Representative for OK 3rd District since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

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Today, instead of working with Republicans, House Democrats passed an appropriations bill jam-packed with partisan policy provisions and irresponsible levels of government spending. Congress must return to regular order.

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ONR Extra with Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas

Tom Cole – OK4

Current Position: US Representative for OK 4th District since 2003
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Secretary of State of Oklahoma from 1996 – 1999

Other Positions:  
Vice Ranking Member – Committee on Appropriations
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Ranking      Ranking Member, Agencies Committee on Rules

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I’m struck by Cuban protestors celebrating U.S. freedoms while many Americans turn their backs on our own flag. As the brightest beacon for freedom & opportunity worldwide, the U.S. must stand with them in their fight for democracy. #SOSCuba

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‘They are only dividing us further:’ Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole speaks against impeachment

Stephanie Bice – OK5

Current Position: US Representative for OK 5th District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2014 – 2020

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