Kat Cammack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byTed Yoho
Personal details
Born
Kathryn Christine Cammack[1]

(1988-02-16) February 16, 1988 (age 33)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Matthew Harrison
(m. 2017)
EducationMetropolitan State University of Denver (BA)
Naval War College (MS)
WebsiteHouse website

Kathryn Christine Cammack (/ˈkæmæk/ KAM-mack; born February 16, 1988)[2] is an American politician and political advisor serving as the U.S. representative for Florida's 3rd congressional district. Cammack previously served as deputy chief of staff to Representative Ted Yoho, who announced that he would retire in 2020.[3] She is the third-youngest woman elected to Congress in the 2020 election cycle, behind Democrats Sara Jacobs and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[4]

Early life and education

Cammack was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised on a 55-acre cattle ranch.[5][6][7][8][9] 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.[10][11] Cammack says she lived with her mother in an extended-stay motel for four months.[5][12][13]

Career

Cammack says that her family's experience with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program inspired her interest in politics.[14] She later joined Ted Yoho's congressional campaign.[15][16][17] After Yoho was elected, Cammack served as his deputy chief of staff from 2013 until 2019.[18][19] In 2019, Cammack 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.[20] Cammack announced her candidacy for Yoho's seat in December 2019.[21]

Cammack also operates an independent political consulting firm.[22][23] She was heavily favored to win the November general election.[24][25][26][27] In September 2020, Donald Trump endorsed her.[28] After her primary win, Cammack established a leadership PAC.[29][30]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida § District 3

Cammack speaking at a Turning Point USA event in 2020
Cammack speaking at a Turning Point USA event in 2020

Cammack defeated Democratic nominee Adam Christensen. She assumed office on January 3, 2021.[31]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Abortion

Cammack is anti-abortion.[34] She believes abortion should only be legal in extreme cases in the first trimester.[34] During her campaign, she released an advertisement in which she stated that, when her mother was pregnant with her, she was advised by doctors to have an abortion.[35]

Border wall

Cammack has supported the construction of a border wall along the Mexico–United States border.[36]

Congressional term limits

In March 2020, Cammack signed the U.S. Term Limits pledge.[37]

Donald Trump

Cammack was one of the 139 representatives to vote to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 7, 2021, the day after the attack upon the United States Capitol.[38]

On the House floor, Cammack said the attacks "furthermore resolved" her objection to the certification process and as that as representatives of the people, members of Congress must stand for a free and fair election for all Americans.[39]

Iraq

In June 2021, Cammack was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to the repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[40][41]

Personal life

Cammack's husband, Matt Harrison, is a firefighter.[18] Cammack is a Protestant.[42]

See also

References

  1. ^ Kat, Team (July 13, 2020). "Mayor of Belleview Endorses Kat Cammack". Kat for Congress.
  2. ^ Rep.-elect Kat Cammack (R-Fla.-03), The Hill, November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Conradis, Brandon (August 18, 2020). "Kat Cammack wins Florida GOP primary in bid for Ted Yoho's seat". TheHill. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). "13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history". FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Ted Yoho, the Least Experienced House Freshman, Has a Secret Weapon: His 24-Year-Old Chief of Staff". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  6. ^ Writers, Aurora Martinez & Micayla Richardson, Staff. "Adam Christensen and Kat Cammack win the nominations to run for Florida's 3rd Congressional District seat". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Republican Magazine Interviews Kat Cammack for Congress". gopmag.com. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Writer, Aurora Martinez, Staff. "Who are Florida's 3rd Congressional District Republican candidates?". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  9. ^ News, Suzette Cook/Staff Writer Mainstreet Daily. "Cammack hoping to succeed Yoho in District 3 House bid". Mainstreet Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Kat Cammack". Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Florida's 3rd Congressional District - Republicans". WJXT. July 22, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (October 2, 2020). "Kat Cammack releases first TV ad of the general election". The Capitolist. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Cammack, Kat. "Championing timeless values in the millennial era". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Olson, Laura; November 22, Florida Phoenix; 2020 (November 22, 2020). "Newly elected Kat Cammack of FL will become youngest GOP woman in U.S. House of Representatives in 2021". Florida Phoenix. Retrieved January 7, 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Nocera, Kate. "Upset winner isn't horsing around". POLITICO. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  16. ^ Wilson, Drew (July 19, 2020). "CD 3 Republican Kat Cammack tells her story in new digital ad". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  17. ^ Derby, Kevin. "Kat Cammack Wins GOP Primary to Replace Ted Yoho | Florida Daily". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  18. ^ a b Elwood, Karina (December 13, 2019). "Ted Yoho's Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Kat Cammack To Run For Congress". WUFT News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  19. ^ "114th Congress Office Listings" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Rep. Ted Yoho's son says Kat Cammack was fired as Chief of Staff". The Floridian. June 20, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  21. ^ Elwood, Karina (December 13, 2019). "Ted Yoho's Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Kat Cammack To Run For Congress". WUFT News. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  22. ^ "The Latest: Wyoming Tribe Member Wins Democratic Nomination". The New York Times. Associated Press. August 18, 2020. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  23. ^ Matat, Stephany (August 19, 2020). "Yoho's Former Aide Wins Republican Primary In Florida's 3rd Congressional District". WUFT News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  24. ^ "Florida primary roundup: Gimenez to face Mucarsel-Powell, Posey survives". Roll Call. August 18, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  25. ^ Peterson, Kristina (August 19, 2020). "Ross Spano Becomes Eighth House Lawmaker Defeated in Primaries". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  26. ^ "The Latest: Wyoming tribe member wins Democratic nomination". AP NEWS. August 19, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  27. ^ Wilson, Drew (August 19, 2020). "Kat Cammack wins Republican nomination in CD 3". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  28. ^ Derby, Kevin. "Donald Trump Backs Kat Cammack, Byron Donalds for Open Congressional Seats in Florida | Florida Daily". Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  29. ^ "Primary Winners Form Leadership PACs Before Coming to Congress". Bloomberg Government. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  30. ^ "Campaigning couldn't be more different amid a pandemic". Arc Publishing. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  31. ^ "Florida Election Results: Third Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  32. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  33. ^ "Two House Republicans create Campus Free Speech Caucus to 'stand up for the First Amendment'".
  34. ^ a b Schultz, Marisa (December 3, 2020). "Florida Rep.-elect Kat Cammack shares personal story about abortion: 'My mom chose life'". Fox News. Retrieved September 7, 2021. 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.
  35. ^ Wilson, Drew (July 27, 2020). "Kat Cammack 'will always choose life' if elected in CD 3". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  36. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (July 29, 2020). "Kat Cammack promises to support border wall in new video". The Capitolist. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  37. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (March 12, 2020). "Kat Cammack signs term limits pledge". The Capitolist. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  38. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). "The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  39. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lannigan, Lucille (January 13, 2021). "Kat Cammack stands by President Trump, public paints Coup Kat Resign on art wall". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  40. ^ "House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization". NBC News.
  41. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml
  42. ^ https://www.pewforum.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/01/01.04.21_faith_on_the_hill_detailed.table_.update.pdf
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byTed Yoho Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Florida's 3rd congressional district 2021–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byCori Bush United States representatives by seniority 378th Succeeded byJerry Carl