|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Ted Yoho|
Kathryn Christine Cammack
February 16, 1988
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Education||Metropolitan State University of Denver (BA)|
Naval War College (MA)
Kathryn Christine Cammack (/ˈkæmæk/ KAM-mack; born February 16, 1988) is an American politician and political advisor serving as the U.S. representative for Florida's 3rd congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, Cammack previously served as deputy chief of staff to her predecessor, Representative Ted Yoho, who retired in 2020. She is the second-youngest woman newly elected to Congress in the 2020 election cycle, behind Democrat Sara Jacobs. Ms. Cammack testified on Fox News that like Richard Hudson, she also does not know whether her mobile phone accesses the wi-fi in her residence.
Cammack was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised on a 55-acre cattle ranch. When Cammack was a teenager, her mother spent time in jail for driving under the influence. In 2006, Cammack graduated from Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Science in national defense and strategic studies from the Naval War College. She has said she lived with her mother in an extended-stay motel for four months.
Cammack once claimed that her family was evicted from their cattle ranch "due to an Obama-era housing program"; in fact, the ranch was put up for sale because the family could not afford the mortgage payments.
Cammack has said that her family's experience with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program in 2011 inspired her interest in politics. In 2009, she interned with U.S. Representative Mike Coffman. She later joined Ted Yoho's congressional campaign. After Yoho was elected, Cammack served as his deputy chief of staff from 2013 to 2019. In 2019, she left Yoho's office in Washington, D.C. and returned to Florida. Yoho did not seek reelection in 2020, fulfilling his pledge to serve only four terms. Cammack announced her candidacy for Yoho's seat in December 2019.
Cammack also operates an independent political consulting firm. After winning the primary, she was heavily favored to win the general election. In September 2020, Donald Trump endorsed her. After her primary win, Cammack established a leadership PAC.
Cammack ran for chair of the Republican Study Committee but later withdrew her bid for the position and endorsed Kevin Hern. She nominated Kevin McCarthy in the 2023 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election.
Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida § District 3
Cammack defeated Democratic nominee Adam Christensen. She assumed office on January 3, 2021.
Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida § District 3
Cammack ran for reelection. In the primary, she received 84.8% of the vote to her opponent Justin Waters's 15.2%. A third candidate, Manuel Asensio, dropped out before Election Day. Cammack won the general election with 62.5% of the vote to Democratic nominee Danielle Hawk's 36.3% and NPA Linda Brooks's 1.2%.
During a speech on the House floor after the sixth failed attempt to elect Kevin McCarthy as House speaker on January 4, 2023, Cammack claimed without evidence that Democrats were drinking alcohol during the vote. She said, "diversity of thought is a good thing. But they want us divided. They want us to fight each other. That has been made clear by the popcorn and blankets and alcohol that is comin' over there". She reiterated the claim the next day on Fox News.
Cammack was one of 139 representatives who voted on January 7, 2021, to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. On the House floor, she said the January 6 attacks "furthermore resolved" her objection to the certification process and that, as representatives of the people, members of Congress must stand for a free and fair election. Numerous inquiries have found no evidence that the election was unfree or unfair to an extent that changed its outcome.
Cammack is anti-abortion and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. She believes states should determine their abortion laws, and abortion should be allowed only in extreme cases in the first trimester. In 2022, she cosponsored a bill to ban abortions nationwide past 15 weeks. During her campaign, she released an advertisement in which she said that, when her mother was pregnant with her, she was advised by doctors to have an abortion, but chose not to.
In March 2020, Cammack signed the U.S. Term Limits pledge. She said that a "limit on the time an individual can serve brings new ideas to Capitol Hill."
Cammack cosponsored a bill to expand federal home loans for first responders and educators. The bill, introduced in May 2021, has not passed out of committee.
Cammack has called U.S. college campuses "indoctrination camps" and claimed that conservative students are under attack.
Cammack cosponsored the PROTECT Florida Act to prohibit oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida until 2032. The bill, introduced in October 2021, has not passed out of committee. On March 14, 2022, Cammack said the U.S. needs to produce more oil.
Cammack is a board member of the Alachua County Friends of the National Rifle Association.[non-primary source needed] In 2020, the NRA endorsed her.[non-primary source needed] In 2021, she voted for the National Defense Authorization Act, which contained red flag laws.
Cammack opposes background checks for gun purchases. On the House floor, she called background check legislation "gun-grabber bills".
Cammack voted against gun control. During the House Energy & Commerce Committee Hearing, she references a Tik Tok video depicting gun violence and death threats against Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Despite voting against gun control, she expects the CEO of Tik Tok to "protect the people in this room." [from gun violence].
In June 2021, Cammack was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq. She voted for the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022.
In 2023, Cammack was among 47 Republicans to vote in favor of H.Con.Res. 21 which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.
Cammack has supported the construction of a border wall along the Mexico–United States border.
On July 22, 2021, Cammack claimed on the House floor that NGOs transport undocumented migrants around the country at U.S. government expense.
And you ask, how are they getting to our hometowns? On our dime.
The NGOs have government contracts. They buy plane tickets and bus tickets, and then they submit reimbursement from FEMA on our dime in our hometowns unchecked, unvetted, and coming to a town near you. Every town in America is a border town. And as they are on these planes, do they have to show ID? No. No, they do not, because TSA has special guidance that these people are not
subject to the same requirements that every other American is when they board an airplane.— "Congressional Record." Congress.gov, Library of Congress, 5 January 2023, https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/volume-167/issue-129/house-section/article/H3826-2.
During the 2022 United States infant formula shortage, Cammack criticized the Biden administration for sending baby formula to detention facilities on the U.S.-Mexico border. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that under the Flores Settlement Agreement, the U.S. is required to provide adequate and age-appropriate food, "hence formula for kids under the age of 1." During an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Cammack showed pictures of baby formula she said she had received from a CBP agent. Tommy Christopher wrote that some of the images used in Cammack's interview with Hannity were not of baby formula but of powdered milk for children older than one. Hannity later acknowledged on Twitter that two of the pictures he aired during Cammack's appearance were milk products for children over one.
Cammack has said it is reassuring that the Capitol Police are expanding into Florida and will work with local law enforcement.
Cammack has called the Equality Act—a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (including titles II, III, IV, VI, VII, and IX) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, federally funded programs, credit, and jury service—a "farce" that will strip people of faith and private organizations of the right to decide for themselves how to live, work, and conduct business. She voted against the act and numerous other protections for LBGTQ Americans during her time in Congress. On July 19, 2022, Cammack and 46 other Republican representatives voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and codify the right to same-sex marriage in federal law. Cammack wrote that she supported the bill because, under the Fourteenth Amendment, the law cannot treat one group of citizens differently from another.
Cammack's husband, Matt Harrison, is a firefighter. Cammack is a Protestant.
Cammack, Kat, a Representative from Florida; born in Denver, Denver County, Colo., February 16, 1988; graduated from Douglas County High School, Castle Rock, Colo., 2006; attended the Semester at Sea program, University of Virginia in 2009; B.A., Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, Colo., 2011; M.A., Naval War College, Newport, R.I., 2018; small business owner; staff, United States Representative Ted Yoho of Florida, 2012–2020; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress (January 3, 2021–present).
"This entire process, it's been really humbling the support that I've received. But it's not my time," the first-term lawmaker told The Hill, adding that Hern will do "a wonderful job" as chair of the caucus.
Cammack says abortion should only be allowed in extreme cases in the first trimester--such as rape or incest reported to law enforcement, and for the life of the mother.
Cammack says states should have an absolute role in deciding their path forward with abortion laws.
A version of Graham's 15-week abortion ban bill was also introduced in the House on Tuesday with more than 80 co-sponsors, led by House pro-life caucus leaders Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.), Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Kat Cammack (R-Fla.)
But that provision alone didn't stop many Republicans, including some in the Delegation, from advancing the NDAA, a critical budget bill. Reps. Kat Cammack of Gainesville and Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor, both voted in favor of the legislation in committee, drawing anger from staunch gun rights advocates.
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Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., slammed the White House on "Fox & Friends" Friday for American families facing a shortage of baby formula while images show the same formula on stocked shelves at U.S. border facilities.
When asked during a press conference about the photo of baby formula at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also pointed to the Flores Settlement Agreement. "It requires adequate food and elsewhere specifies age appropriateness, hence formula for kids under the age of 1," Psaki said.
Over the last six months, I've had the honor of getting to know the dedicated men and women of the United States Capitol Police," Cammack, who represents the Gainsville area, told Fox News. "The hardworking law enforcement officers of the Capitol Hill community work tirelessly to protect Members and staff and I know their work in this capacity will only continue, especially as they expand into field offices in California and Florida. "As we continue serving our districts, it's reassuring to know they'll continue working with local police departments and sheriffs to keep lawmakers and our communities as safe as possible.
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But as the debate continued, the congresswoman doubled down: "I wish this were a truly states right[s] issue," she wrote. "The states cannot under the 14th amendment apply the law differently to one group of citizens. It is a liberal, anti-federalist position to say that it's okay to discriminate and promote one group of people over another."