Kathy Manning
Kathy Manning 117th U.S Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byMark Walker
Personal details
Born (1956-12-03) December 3, 1956 (age 66)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseRandall Kaplan
EducationHarvard University (AB)
University of Michigan (JD)
  • Politician
  • lawyer
WebsiteHouse website

Kathy Ellen Manning (born December 3, 1956) is an American lawyer and politician from North Carolina. She is the U.S. representative from North Carolina's 6th congressional district. The district is in the heart of the Piedmont Triad and includes Greensboro and most of Winston-Salem. She was the nominee for North Carolina's 13th congressional district in the 2018 election, and ran for and won the neighboring 6th in the 2020 election after court-ordered redistricting.

Early life and education

Manning was born to a Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan, on December 3, 1956.[1][2] Her father worked for the Ford Motor Company for 40 years, and her mother was a public school teacher. Manning attended Harvard University, where she sang a cappella with the Radcliffe Pitches.[3][4] She also attended the University of Michigan Law School, earning a Juris Doctor.[5]

Early career

After graduating from college, Manning moved to Greensboro, her husband's hometown, in 1987. She was the first woman to serve as board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America,[6] from 2009 to 2012.[7] She also was the founding board chair of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools in New York.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives

Manning greeting President Joe Biden in April 2022
Manning greeting President Joe Biden in April 2022



See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina § District 13

In 2018, Manning ran against Republican incumbent Ted Budd for the United States House of Representatives in North Carolina's 13th congressional district.[9] At the time, the district stretched from southwestern Greensboro to the northern exurbs of Charlotte. On paper, the district tilted Republican; Donald Trump had carried the district two years earlier with 53% of the vote. She lost to Budd, 51%–45%.


See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina § District 6

After a court-ordered redistricting in 2019, Manning's home in Greensboro was drawn into the neighboring 6th District, represented by three-term Republican Mark Walker. The new 6th included all of Guilford County and swept west to grab the more Democratic areas of neighboring Forsyth County, including almost all of Winston-Salem.[10] The old 6th included eastern Greensboro, as well as much of the eastern Triad and some outer suburbs of the Triangle.

On December 2, 2019, hours before the new map was issued, Manning announced she would run in the 6th.[11] The new district was significantly more compact and Democratic than its predecessor. Had it existed in 2016, Hillary Clinton would have won it with over 59% of the vote[12]–a near-mirror image of Trump's 56% in the old 6th.[13] On paper, the new 6th was one of the most Democratic white-majority districts in the South.

With most observers believing the 6th was a likely Democratic pickup,[14] Walker announced he would not run for a fourth term.[15]

Manning won the Democratic primary, and in the general election, she defeated Republican nominee Lee Haywood with 62% of the vote. Upon her swearing-in on January 3, 2021,[16] she became the first Democrat to represent this district since 1985, and the first white Democrat to represent a Triad-based district since Steve Neal left office in 1995.

Manning has stated health care is one of her driving issues, motivated by the "labyrinthine process of getting insurance" to cover her daughter's medication.[17]


Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Manning and her husband, Randall Kaplan, have three children.[21]

Electoral history

North Carolina's 13th congressional district, 2018 Democratic primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Manning 19,554 70.1
Democratic Adam Coker 8,324 29.9
Total votes 27,878 100.0
North Carolina's 13th congressional district, 2018[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ted Budd (incumbent) 147,570 51.5
Democratic Kathy Manning 130,402 45.6
Libertarian Tom Bailey 5,513 1.9
Green Robert Corriher 2,831 1.0
Total votes 286,316 100.0
Republican hold
North Carolina's 6th congressional district, 2020 Democratic primary results[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Manning 56,986 48.3
Democratic Rhonda Foxx 23,506 19.9
Democratic Bruce Davis 17,731 15.0
Democratic Derwin Montgomery 14,705 12.5
Democratic Ed Hanes 5,067 4.3
Total votes 117,995 100.0
North Carolina's 6th congressional district, 2020[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Manning 253,531 62.3
Republican Lee Haywood 153,598 37.7
Total votes 407,129 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

See also


  1. ^ Gangitano, Alex (November 30, 2020). "Rep.-elect Kathy Manning (D-N.C.-06)". The Hill. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Murphy, Brian (October 18, 2018). "Challenger turns health care fight personal in her congressional bid in NC". The News & Observer. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Crimson on Capitol Hill: 117th". 10 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Alumnae".
  5. ^ "About". 3 January 2021.
  6. ^ Fisher, Alyssa (May 9, 2018). "Meet North Carolina Democrat Kathy Manning – The Forward". Forward.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kathy Manning brought Jews together. Can she do the same for Congress? | The Jewish Federations of North America". jewishfederations.org. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  8. ^ "From the Board: My Story, Our Vision". Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools. 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  9. ^ taft.wireback@greensboro.com, Taft Wireback. "Kathy Manning announces congressional candidacy as judges review redrawn district map". Greensboro News and Record.
  10. ^ "New congressional map".
  11. ^ Elise Manahan (December 2, 2019). "Kathy Manning announces congressional candidacy as judges review redrawn district map". News & Record.
  12. ^ Presidential results for reconfigured North Carolina districts via Daily Kos
  13. ^ Presidential results by congressional district for districts used in 2016, from Daily Kos
  14. ^ Gardner, Amy (November 15, 2019). "Democrats would likely gain two seats under new congressional map approved by North Carolina legislature". Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  15. ^ Murphy, Brian (December 16, 2019). "His House district was made a Democratic one. Here's what's next for Mark Walker". The Herald-Sun. Durham, North Carolina. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  16. ^ "North Carolina Election Results: Sixth Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  17. ^ Ellen Wexler (January 5, 2021). "Ms.Manning Goes to Washington". Moment Magazine.
  18. ^ a b "Committees and Caucuses | Representative Kathy Manning". manning.house.gov. 3 January 2021. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  19. ^ "Pelosi Announces Additional Committee Assignments for 117th Congress". 18 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Greensboro lawyer, fundraiser Kathy Manning to challenge U.S. Rep. Ted Budd | Elections". greensboro.com. December 6, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  22. ^ "US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 13 - DEM (VOTE FOR 1)". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "District 13, North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement". North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  24. ^ "03/03/2020 OFFICIAL LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS - STATEWIDE". er.ncsbe.gov. North Carolina Board of Elections. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  25. ^ "State Composite Abstract Report - Contest.pdf" (PDF). North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved November 24, 2020.