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For other people named Steve King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). Stephen King (Stephen Edwin King, born September 21, 1947) is a highly successful writer of horror fiction novels. ...

Steve King
Steve King

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 5th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 7, 2003
Preceded by Tom Latham
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born May 28, 1949 (1949-05-28) (age 58)
Storm Lake, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse Marilyn King
Religion Roman Catholic

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Early life and career

Steven Arnold King was born to Emmett A. King (1921-1991) and Mildred Lila King (born circa 1920) in Storm Lake, the seat of Buena Vista County in northwestern Iowa. He attended Northwest Missouri State University from 1967 to 1970. In 1975 he founded King Construction Company. His Iowa residence is in the Kiron community in Crawford County. He was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1997. Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. ... Buena Vista County is a county located in the state of Iowa. ... Northwest Missouri State University is a state university in Maryville, Missouri. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kiron is a city located in Crawford County, Iowa. ... Crawford County is a county located in the state of Iowa. ... The current senate that was ellected in 2006 consists of these people: Senate (50) Name District Party Home County Senator Jeff Angelo Senate District 48 Republican Union Senator Daryl Beall Senate District 25 Democrat Webster Senator Jerry Behn Senate District 24 Republican Boone Senator Dennis H. Black Senate District 21... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

In 2002, after redistricting took 5th District incumbent and fellow Republican Tom Latham out of the district, King ran in a four-way Republican primary for the seat. Since the 5th is the most Republican district in Iowa and one of the most Republican in the nation, it was generally thought that the winner of the primary would have a fairly easy time winning the general election in November. The process known as redistricting in the United States and redistribution in many Commonwealth countries is the changing of political borders (in many countries, specifically the electoral district/constituency boundaries) usually in response to periodic census results. ... Map The 5th Iowan Congressional District covers most of western Iowa, (map), which includes the small cities of Council Bluffs, and Sioux City. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Primary. ...


King won 30% of the vote, five points short of the 35 percent required by Iowa law to be named the outright winner, so under Iowa law, a nominating convention was required. King won on the fourth ballot. He won handily in the fall, and won re-election just as easily in 2004. Speeches by important party figures are key features of the convention; here, former President Jimmy Carter speaks at the 2004 Democratic National Convention A U.S. presidential nominating convention is held every four years in the United States by the political parties who will be fielding nominees in the upcoming... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006, King was endorsed by the Omaha World Herald, which covers a large part of his congressional district. But the Des Moines Register , which had endorsed King for re-election in 2004, endorsed his Democratic opponent, Joyce Schulte, saying that "King has been an embarrassment to Iowa" and "This space won't allow listing all his outrageous remarks and positions." [1] King won re-election in the 2006 general election against Schulte, with 58 percent of the vote. [2] The Omaha World-Herald, founded in 1885 by Gilbert M. Hitchcock as a merger between the Omaha Daily World and the Omaha Herald, is Omaha, Nebraskas primary local newspaper. ... The Des Moines Register is the daily morning newspaper of Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries â€¢ Politics Portal      The 2006 United States midterm elections were held on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. ...


Political positions and actions

King has one of the most conservative voting records in Congress. He was the only Representative from Iowa to score 100 percent on the joint Family Research Council Action/Focus on the Family Action Congressional Scorecard in the second session of the 109th Congress. In the 109th United States Congress, and again in the 110th United States Congress, King chairs the Conservative Opportunity Society, an organization founded by Newt Gingrich and others that laid the groundwork for the Republicans' 1994 takeover of the House. Ths article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... United States Capitol (2002) // The One Hundred Ninth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, comprised of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. ... United States Capitol (2002) // The One Hundred Tenth United States Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, comprised of the Senate and the House of Representatives. ... Newton Leroy Gingrich, (born June 17, 1943), served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. ... The U.S. House election, 1994 was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1994 which occurred in the middle of President Bill Clintons first term. ...


Post office naming debate

In September 2005, King rallied support to reject a motion in the House of Representatives to name a post office in Berkeley, California after the city's long-serving Councilwoman Maudelle Shirek. After winning the vote 190 for to 215 against, King cited Shirek's affiliation with the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Berkeley as his reason to block the motion, claiming, albeit in a different interview, that her past "sets her apart from ... the most consistent of American values."[3] Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... Maudelle Shirek Maudelle Shirek served eight terms on the City Council of Berkeley California, and ended her career in political office as one of the oldest elected officials in California. ...


King subsequently expressed his admiration for disgraced Senator Joe McCarthy, calling him " ... a hero for America." Joseph McCarthy This article is about the American politician. ...


Immigration

In April 2006, conservative members of Congress proposed strengthening law enforcement against illegal immigration to the United States. When asked if "the US economy simply couldn't function without" the presence of illegal immigrants, King said that he rejected that position "categorically". He said "they", referring to the 77.5 million people between the ages of sixteen and sixty-five in the United States who are not part of the workforce, "could be put to work and we could invent machines to replace the rest."[4] [citation needed] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The workforce is the labour pool in employment. ...


King acknowledged that it was probably politically impractical to deport the estimated 11–12 million illegal immigrants if the new immigration legislation was passed. [citation needed] King said that "members of Congress that vote for a guest-worker plan ... will be supporting an amnesty plan and they should be branded with the scarlet letter 'A' and pay for that amnesty in the ballot box in November (when Congressional elections take place)". It has been suggested that United States House election, 2006 complete list be merged into this article or section. ...


On April 27, 2006, the Des Moines Register published an op-ed piece by King regarding the planned May 1 "Day Without an Immigrant" rallies.[5] The op-ed read in part: is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

"What would that May 1st look like without illegal immigration? There would be no one to smuggle across our southern border the heroin, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines that plague the United States, reducing the U.S. supply of meth that day by 80%. The lives of 12 U.S. citizens would be saved who otherwise die a violent death at the hands of murderous illegal aliens each day. Another 13 Americans would survive who are otherwise killed each day by uninsured drunk driving illegals. Our hospital emergency rooms would not be flooded with everything from gunshot wounds, to anchor babies, to imported diseases to hangnails, giving American citizens the day off from standing in line behind illegals. Eight American children would not suffer the horror as a victim of a sex crime."

The editorial received strong reactions (both for and against) in Iowa and across the country.[6]


King has cited an April 2005 GAO report [7] as the source of the statistics in his editorial, but close examination of the numbers in that report do not support King's statements. King said that 28% of all inmates at each level of the US prison system (federal, state, and local) were illegal aliens. In fact, the GAO report said only that 27% of federal prisoners were "criminal aliens," a category including both legal and illegal aliens. The GAO report has no illegal alien percentage figures for state prisons and local jails, which together have 92 percent of US prisoners. It does, however, discuss State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) inmate compensation numbers, which (when compared with total prisoner censuses in other government reports) show that only about four percent of state prisoners and 3.5 percent of local prisoners were illegal aliens. Those figures demonstrate that the supposed daily totals from King's editorial exaggerate the real numbers by seven times or more.


A September 2006 Wall Street Journal article reported that King was regularly claiming that illegal immigrants are perpetrating sex crimes against "eight little girls" each day as part of a "slow-motion terrorist attack."[8] The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...


Abu Ghraib

In May 2004, King said the events of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse "amounts to hazing."[9] King continues to receive questions about his hazing comment, and has stuck by his original statement.[citation needed] Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse Beginning in 2004, accounts of abuse, rape, although this has not been proven,[1], homicide[2], and torture of prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq (also known as Baghdad Correctional Facility) came to public attention. ...


War in Iraq

In June 2006, King stated, "My wife lives here with me, and I can tell you… she’s at far greater risk being a civilian in Washington, D.C., than an average civilian in Iraq." King said that there were 45 violent deaths per 100,000 in Washington, D.C., in 2003 while he calculated that there were 27.51 per 100,000 in Iraq as a whole. [10]


It is unclear why King used the 2003 figure for Washington D.C., when the 2004 figure (36 deaths per 100,000) was available, and more current.[11] (The 2005 figure, 35 per 100,000, was not available until September 2006.)[12] It is also unclear where the 27.51 figure for Iraq came from. For a population of roughly 27 million people, that would be roughly 7,500 violent deaths per year. For the year 2006, there were 24,500 civilian deaths reported in English-language media alone, and the United Nations reported more than 34,000 deaths from violence in that year based on data from morgues, hospitals, and municipal authorities. In November 2006 the Iraq Minister of Health estimated the annual death toll from violence at 100,000 to 150,000. (For details, see Casualties of the conflict in Iraq since 2003.) Casualties of the conflicts in Iraq since 2003 (beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and continuing with the ensuing 2003 occupation of Iraq coalition presence as well as the activities of the various armed groups operating in the country) have come in many forms, and the accuracy of the...


Jokes about terrorist and White House reporter

In June 2006, following the death of Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, King made a satirical reference to the famous myth that claims Islam teaches that virgins in heaven await all martyrs. King joked, "There probably are not seventy-two virgins in the hell he's at, and if there are, they probably all look like [liberal journalist] Helen Thomas." The comment was made at the 2006 Iowa Republican State Convention, and was received with raucous laughter on the part of the several hundred delegates in attendance. Jamaat al-Tawhid wal Jihad members with Shosei Koda and with the banner in the background Jamaat al-Tawhid wal-Jihad (Arabic: , Monotheism and Holy War Movement) is the Islamist terrorist network of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian-born Islamist terrorist believed operating against United States-led... Wikinews has related news: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in airstrike Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Arabic: , , Abu Musab from Zarqa)) (October 20, 1966 – June 7, 2006), born as Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh (Arabic: , )was a Jordanian who ran a militant training camp in Afghanistan. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... President George W. Bush conveys birthday wishes to reporter Helen Thomas in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. ...


Because the comment received so much attention and comment, a representative for King said he has apologized to the 85-year-old veteran White House reporter.[1]


Restricting the travel of Speaker Nancy Pelosi

On June 21, 2007, King introduced an amendment to the $34 billion State and Foreign Operations bill to prohibit funds from being used to travel to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.[13] According to a King spokesman, "The measure only applies to one position — the Speaker of the House," and the amendment was introduced specifically to restrict Speaker Nancy Pelosi's travels. When asked why the measure did not apply to Republican House members who had also made trips to the countries in question, such as Eric Cantor, David Hobson, Darrell Issa, and Frank Wolf, King's spokesman replied that he was unsure whether that had been considered, or why it might not have been.[14] The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ... Nancy Patricia DAlesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is currently the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. ... Eric Ivan Cantor (born June 6, 1963) is an American politician who has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing Virginias 7th congressional district (map). ... David Lee Hobson (born October 17, 1936) is an American politician of the Republican party who serves as a U.S. representative from the seventh congressional district of Ohio (map), based in Springfield, Ohio. ... Darrell E. Issa (pronounced Eye-suh) (born November 1, 1953) is an American politician and former CEO of a consumer electronics company. ... Frank Rudolph Wolf, born January 30, 1939, American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1981. ...


Agriculture Committee

From 2003 through 2005, $14.7 billion in crop subsidies went to the congressional districts of members on the House Committee on Agriculture, an analysis by the non-partisan Environmental Working Group found. That was 42.4% of the total subsidies. King is reported to have brought $1.15 billion to his District. [15]


References

  1. ^ Des Moines Register election endorsements, October 2006
  2. ^ "Iowa Statewide Election Summary" (pdf), November 9, 2006, retrieved November 15, 2006
  3. ^ Jane Norman, "McCarthy Comment by Steve King Stirs Debate", Des Moines Register, September 29, 2005, retrieved January 19, 2006
  4. ^ Robin Lustig, interviewing King on the BBC's programme 'The World Tonight' on BBC Radio 4
  5. ^ "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", op-ed by Representative Steve King, Des Moines Register, April 27, 2006, archived on King's House.gov website.
  6. ^ Jane Norman, "King rips on 'illegal invader' event: The National Day Without Immigrants is a farce and an insult, says the Iowa congressman", Des Moines Register, April 27, 2006
  7. ^ "Information on Criminal Aliens Incarcerated in Federal and State Prisons and Local Jails" (pdf), April 7, 2005
  8. ^ June Kronholz, "Immigration Stalemate: Congress's Failure to Resolve Issue Feeds Ire of Activists on Both Sides" Wall Street Journal, September 6, 2006
  9. ^ "Abu Ghraib, Heidi Fleiss, and Political Cannibals", statement by Steve King on prisoner abuse, May 13,2004
  10. ^ Jane Norman, "Civilians are safer in Iraq than in D.C., King says", Des Moines Register, July 3, 2006, retrieved Jul 14 2006
  11. ^ Crime in the United States 2004, Section II, Offenses Reported (pdf), Federal Bureau of Investigation
  12. ^ Crime in the United States 2005, table 5, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  13. ^ Jackie Kucinich, "House Republican wants to restrict Pelosi’s travel", The Hill, June 21, 2007
  14. ^ Greg Sargent, "GOP Congressman Introduces Legislation To Restrict Pelosi Trips To Enemy Countries", TPM Cafe, June 21, 2007
  15. ^ Dilanian, Ken, " Billions go to House panel members' districts", USA Today. July 26, 2007.

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Preceded by
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 5th congressional district

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After winning the vote 190 for to 215 against, King cited Shirek's affiliation with the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Berkeley as his reason to block the motion, claiming, albeit in a different interview, that her past "sets her apart from...the most consistant of American values".
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