Ron (Ron) J. Kind (D-USH03)
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Capitol: 202.225.5506
FAX: 202.225.5739
District: 715.831.9214
District FAX: 715.831.9272
Room 1502 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-4903

Residence: La Crosse, WI
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Tawni Zappa   DOB: 3/16/1963
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairRural Health Care Coalition
Co-ChairCongressional Mississippi River Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Competitiveness Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Battlefield Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Furnishings Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional National Parks Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Fitness Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Quality Care Coalition
Vice ChairRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
Co-ChairCongressional Wellness Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Co-ChairCongressional Bowhunting and Archery Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Toy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
Co-ChairCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberHouse Agriculture Energy Users Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
Co-ChairCongressional Organic Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
Chair EmeritusNew Democrat Coalition
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Trade
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
Co-Vice ChairCongressional Native American Caucus
Co-ChairHealthcare Innovation Task Force
FC MemberCongressional E-Learning Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Youth Challenge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cooperative Business Caucus
FC MemberRural Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Correctional Officers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberCongressional Food Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Stop DUI Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press
FC MemberCongressional Waterways Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Tennis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Microbusiness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nanotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the European Union
FC MemberCongressional Military Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Buffalo / Clark / Crawford / Dunn / Eau Claire / Grant / Iowa / Jackson / Juneau / La Crosse / Lafayette / Monroe / Pepin / Pierce / Richland / Sauk / St. Croix / Trempealeau / Vernon


A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ron Kind has represented Wisconsin's Third Congressional District since 1997.

Ron is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Medicare, Social Security, and international trade. He serves on the Subcommittee on Health, and since becoming a member in 2007, Ron has focused his work primarily on that of issues relating to small business, specifically their health care challenges. Ron also serves on the Subcommittee on Trade.

Ron served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee from 1996-2010. His work on the committee allowed him to focus on a tremendously important issue to western Wisconsin - the Mississippi River. As a committee member and the co-chair of the Upper Mississippi Caucus, Ron worked hard to restore the river, combat invasive species, and ensure it remains a thriving resource for recreation and transportation. Though he is no longer serving on the committee, his work to protect and preserve our natural resources continues.

In addition to his committee work, Ron has focused on the issue of agriculture reform, receiving national recognition in 2007 for his work to move the farm bill away from cash-crop subsidies for wealthy agribusinesses and toward increased conservation to help more farmers in more regions of the country. Ron is also the Chair-Emeritus of the centrist "New Democrat Coalition" and co-chairs the Congressional Fitness Caucus, the Congressional Organic Caucus, the National Parks Caucus, and the Upper Mississippi River Basin Task Force. He is also the former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

Ron is a graduate of La Crosse Logan High School. His success in academics and football there brought him to Harvard University where he earned a Bachelor's degree. Later, Ron earned a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and a Law Degree from the University of Minnesota.

Washington is still a weekly commute for Ron, he and his wife Tawni still live in La Crosse. They have two college-aged sons, Johnny (1996) and Matthew (1998).

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