Frank Kratovil

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Frank Kratovil was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 1st district of the State of Maryland from 2009 to 2011.


Positions, record and controversies

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According to his campaign website, Kratovil believes immigration reform is necessary to prosecute employers who exploit cheap labor from illegal immigrants and to increase funding for securing our borders. He wants to promote and to increase legal immigration. He does not oppose immigration because he understands that America is nation of immigrants. As a prosecutor, he believes that all citizens should abide the nation's laws and anyone who violates the laws must be prosecuted. [1]

Balanced Budget and Spending

Kratovil says he would support passing a Constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget every year except in times of war or national emergency, and requiring a three-fifths super-majority on all votes to raise the debt limit, enacting statutory “pay-as-you-go” rules that will prevent Congress from spending money it doesn’t have, bringing transparency to the earmark process by requiring members of Congress to submit written justification for public review before any pet projects can be approved. Kratovil wants Congress to held accountable by requiring a roll call vote on all spending bills, requiring members to actually read spending bills before voting on them, and requiring honest cost estimates for every new bill.Kratovil has also expressed support of establishing strict spending caps that limit discretionary spending increases to 2.1% annually for the next three years.He would also hold federal agencies accountable for spending by forcing them to improve their internal auditing procedures, and freezing the budget of any agency that fails to balance their books.[2]

Energy and the Environment

Kratovil has said he will support closing regulatory loopholes that have allowed rampant speculation in the energy futures market and artificially driven up oil prices, PAYGO rules and require balanced budgets to slash the federal deficit and strengthen the dollar, making energy imports less expensive. He would also seek to expand domestic oil production, starting with the 68 million acres of leased lands that oil companies have not yet developed, aggressively promote the development of alternative energy sources through tax incentives, block grants, and funding for green-collar job training and improve energy efficiency standards for automobiles and public buildings.[3]

Kratovil believes we need aggressive, effective and tough leadership that focuses on farm practices, vehicle emissions, storm water controls, sewage treatment plants and power plants to make progress on improving the environment. He says he would be a leader on a comprehensive federal strategy to require upstream states (Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and West Virginia) to enact stricter pollution laws to cut the flow of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay and will fight for the resources necessary to enforce those laws. [4]

Iraq War

Kratovil says on his campaign website that he does not believe that setting a specific timetable for withdrawal will creating stability in Iraq and that doing so sends the wrong message to our troops, our enemies and to the other nations from whom we need assistance to stabilize Iraq. He also supports equipping officers with body armor, effective weaponry, reliable communications and appropriate benefits.[5]

The Second Amendment

Kratovil has said he will fight against any attempt to arbitrarily restrict the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and that he supports vigorously enforcing the laws on the books and going after the criminals breaking those laws. He believes this is the best way to lessen gun crimes in the U.S, not adding new restrictions. Kratovil received "A" rating from NRA. [6]


Kratovil was born May 29, 1968, in Lanham, Md. Kratovil graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and then received a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1994. In 2003, he was elected State's Attorney for Queen Anne's County. He and his wife, Kimberly, have four sons.[7]

2008 elections

On February 12th, 2008, Kratovil won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Andy Harris, who defeated incumbent Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) in the Republican primary. [8] Kratovil went on to defeat Harris in the November 2008 general election.[9]

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Committees and affiliations



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DC office
  • 1230 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2071 Fax: 202-225-2995
    Webform email
District offices
  • 102 Turpins Lane, Centreville, MD, 21617
    Ph: 443-262-9136 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • [ Campaign website]
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  • Kratovil for Congress, P. O. Box 518, Stevensville, MD 21666
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See also


  1. Frank Kratovil for Congress "Frank Kratovil for Congress," 2007.
  2. Issues: Budget
  3. Issue: Energy
  4. Issue: Environment
  5. Iraq War
  6. The Second Amendment
  7. Meet Frank Kratovil
  8. "2008 Primary Results," The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2008.
  9. "Maryland 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

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