BioThroughout his public service, both at the state and national levels, Congressman Kingston has fought to lower taxes, balance the budget, and reduce government interference in our lives.
A member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for deciding how the federal budget is spent, Congressman Kingston serves on the Defense Subcommittee which oversees all military-based funding. With the First District home to- Moody AFB, Ft. Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Congressman Kingston has a special interest in America’s defense abilities.
Appointed as the Chairman Appropriations Committee's Agriculture Subcommittee in 2011, he maintains a close relationship with Georgia’s farmers and has been one of their strongest allies in Washington. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Kingston sold agribusiness insurance.
Congressman Kingston took on a new role in 2011 when he was appointed to serve on the Appropriations Committee's Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee. The Committee accounts for almost a quarter of all federal outlays, and funds the administration of more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. The Medicare program, funded by this committee, is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for one in four Americans.
Congressman Kingston’s down to earth style and common sense approach to issues has made him one of the strongest communicators in Congress. He is often a guest on network television shows such as Fox News, MSNBC, the Daily Show, Red Eye, the Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher.
His conservative track record has won him recognition and awards from many non-partisan citizens’ groups and media outlets. Congressman Kingston has been rated as the "most conservative member of the House" by National Journal for his voting record. Further, he has been named each term as a “Taxpayer’s Hero," and “A Guardian of Small Business.” Congressman Kingston was also awarded the “Watchdog of the Treasury Award,” and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” Award.
Congressman Kingston was born in Bryan, Texas, and lived briefly in Ethiopia before moving to Athens, Georgia, where he grew up. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Congressman Kingston moved to Savannah.
Congressman Kingston still resides in Savannah with his wife, Libby. They have four adult children.