Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

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Carolyn Jean Cheeks Kilpatrick was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 13th District of Michigan from 1997 to 2011. The 13th district is comprised of most of Detroit and a few of its suburbs.


Record and controversies

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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 95 - 19/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 63 - 12/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Kilpatrick voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

Representative Kilpatrick supports better regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. She also supports using ethanol and other alternative fuels. [1] She also voted or a bill to give money to Amtrak to improve their operations. [2] Ms. Kilpatrick is generally a pro-enviornment legislator. For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Representative Kilpatrick has been endorsed NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood and gotten 100 point grades from both of these groups. She was given a rating of zero from Democrats for life. [3] She voted no on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions.[4] She supports offering emergency contraception to all rape victims at hospitals. She is a pro-choice legislator, and generally a strongly liberal Representative.[5]


In 2007 and 2008 both the National Education Association and American Association of University Women gave Kilpatrick an A in her quest for quality public education. [6] On her platform on education she says "Our government must not only ensure access to education for all, our government must be ever vigilant to ensure that every student has access to a quality education, starting at the elementary school level." [7]


American Immigration Lawyers Association gave Kilpatrick a grade of 100 in 2006 while English First and U.S. English both gave Kilpatrick a grade of zero in 2007. [8] In 2006 Kilpatrick voted no on building a fence along the Mexican border. [9] While she did support a temporary worker program for immigrants and providing illegal immigrants with a reasonable way to gain citizenship, she also approves of greater financial punishments for employers who hire illegal immigrants knowingly. [10]


Born June 25, 1945 in Detroit, she attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids from 1968-1970 and received a B.S. from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) in 1972. She earned a M.S. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1977. She worked as a teacher and was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives 1979-1996. She is a member of the Detroit Substance Abuse Advisory Council.

She is the mother of Kwame Kilpatrick, who was elected to fill his mother's seat in the Michigan State House and was elected Mayor of Detroit in 2001.

Congressional career

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Kilpatrickā€™s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [11]

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Foreign Operations Export Financing and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Treasury and Housing and Urban Development The Judiciary District of Columbia

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2107 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3611 Fax: 202-225-6393
    Webform email
District offices
  • 1274 Library, Suite 1-B, Detroit, MI 48226
    Ph: 313-965-9004, 313-965-9005 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3005 Biddle Street, Room A, Wyandotte, MI 48192
    Ph: 734-246-0780 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
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