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This is a profile of a U.S. Representative who, due to election loss or retirement, will not return for the 111th Congress. (See the New York portal for all incumbents, candidates and blogs.)
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Randy Kuhl is a former member of Congress

John R. "Randy" Kuhl, a Republican, represented New York's 29th Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2005-2009. Kuhl was defeated by Eric Massa (D).


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Divorce and DUI

In 1997, while serving as a state senator, Kuhl was arrested and convicted of drunk driving. During Kuhl's 2004 campaign, allegations of spousal abuse emerged when several weblogs published Kuhl's divorce records, which had formerly been sealed. In those records, Kuhl's ex-wife alleges that he abused her emotionally; that he refused to seek counseling for a history of drinking to excess; that he solicited other women for sex; and that he threatened to shoot her with two shotguns during a dinner party. [1]

Kuhl and his ex-wife together held a press conference shortly after the divorce papers were released. They did not discuss the contents of the papers; rather, they said they were released improperly and illegally obtained by the Barend campaign in what amounted to "political sabotage."


Kuhl was born April 19, 1943 in Bath, New York. Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Kuhl, a lawyer, was a member of the New York Assembly from 1981-1987 and the New York Senate from 1987-2004.

Congressional career

He defeated Democrat Samara Barend and Republican Mark Assini in 2004 to succeed Amo Houghton, a Republican who retired.

Positions and Views

Kuhl has a 92% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union [2].

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Eric Massa to face Kuhl in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Kuhl retained his seat.

2008 elections

He was endorsed in his 2008 re-election bid by the MAF Freedom PAC, the political arm of the pro-war group Move America Forward. [1] Kuhl was defeated by Eric Massa (D) in the November 4, 2008 general election.[2]

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


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

More Background Data

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


DC Office:
1505 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3161
Fax: 202-226-6599
Web Email

District Office - Bath:
Post Office Box 153
22 Buell Street
Bath, NY 14810
Phone: 607-776-9142
Fax: 607-776-9159

District Office - Fairport:
220 Packett's Landing
Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: 585-223-4760
Fax: 585-223-2328

District Office - Olean:
Westgate Plaza
700 West State Street
Olean, NY 14760
TollFree: 800-562-7431


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Articles and resources


  1. Jesse, "Pro-Troop Group Endorses Randy Kuhl for Congress," (Rochester, New York), October 29, 2008.
  2. "New York 2008 General Election",, November 5, 2008

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