Anne Northup

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Anne Northup served the Third Congressional district of Kentucky from 1997 to 2007

Anne Meagher Northup was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 3rd District of Kentucky (map) from 1997 to 2007. She was defeated by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) in the 2006 congressional elections. She won the Kentucky 2008 congressional primary, allowing her to challenge Yarmuth for her old House seat.



She was born January 22, 1948 in Louisville, Kentucky. She was educated at Sacred Heart Academy and Saint Mary's College, and was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives before entering the U.S. House.

Congressional career

Northup has been closely tied to President George W. Bush since early in both of their careers. In 1996, then-Texas Gov. Bush campaigned in Louisville for then-state Rep. Northup's first congressional campaign. In 1999, Northup was one of eight members of Bush's presidential exploratory committee, and since his inauguration, Northup's votes have matched the President's position approximately 95 percent of the time despite representing a predominantly Democratic district. The district had been held by Democrats for all but six of the 38 years before Northup's first win, and Democratic presidential candidates have carried the district in the three elections held since then.

Northup's appointment as a freshman Representative to the House Committee on Appropriations gave her the power to deliver federal dollars to her district, in negative terms, pork barrel. This ability to earmark funds in budget bills for her district has helped consolidate her power.

Northup was elected to a fifth term with 60 percent of the vote in 2004. She defeated long time Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk Tony Miller. In 2002, she won a much closer race against local attorney Jack Conway. In previous races, Northup defeated Democrats Eleanor Jordan (2000), Chris Gorman (1998) and former U.S. Congressman Mike Ward (1996).

Iraq War

Northup voted for 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.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated John Yarmuth to face Northrup in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Yarmuth defeated Northrup 51% to 48% to take control of the seat. [2]

2008 elections

On January 28th, 2008 Northup announced her plans to challenge Rep. John Yarmuth (D) for the Louisville-based congressional seat she lost two years ago. She faced Corley Everett Republican primary.[2] Although initially Erwin Roberts and Corlie Everett were candidates in the 2008 Congressional Primary election in Kentucky, they later withdrew and did not appear on the final primary ballot. Anne Northrup ended up being victorious over both Chris Thieneman and Bob DeVore Jr., the remaining candidates, in the (See U.S. congressional elections in 2008) which occurred on May 20, 2008. [3] [3]

Meet the Cash Constituents

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Source: Federal Election Commission
Links to more campaign contribution information for Anne Northup
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Anne Northup. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information.

Campaign contribution data could not be found.


ARMPAC Recipient

During her 2004 campaign, Northup was a recipient of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC campaign contributions. DeLay was later indicted on charges of felony money laundering of campaign finances and conspiracy to launder money. To date, Northup has not offered to return any of the $42,701 she received. [4]

Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Treasury and Housing and Urban Development The Judiciary District of Columbia

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Anne Northup. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Joseph Gerth, "Northup plans run for congress",The Courier Journal, retrieved January 29, 2008
  3. "Kentucky Primary Election Results", Kentucky State Board of Elections, May 21, 2008

Contact Details

Northrup for Congress
950 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY 40207