70 Facts About Adam Kinzinger


Adam Daniel Kinzinger is an American former politician and senior political commentator for CNN.


Adam Kinzinger served as a United States representative from Illinois from 2011 to 2023.


Adam Kinzinger is a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard.


Adam Kinzinger was first elected to Congress in 2010 from the 11th district.


Adam Kinzinger's district was largely merged with the 16th after the 2010 census, and Kinzinger transferred to the 16th after defeating its incumbent, Don Manzullo, in the Republican primary.


Adam Kinzinger was one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection in his second impeachment, and one of only two Republicans to vote to create a select committee to investigate the 2021 United States Capitol attack, to which he was appointed.


On October 29,2021, Adam Kinzinger announced that he would not seek reelection to Congress in 2022, after redistricting placed him and another Republican incumbent in the same district.


On January 4,2023, Adam Kinzinger joined CNN as a senior political commentator.


Adam Kinzinger was born on February 27,1978, in Kankakee, Illinois, the son of Betty Jo, an elementary school teacher, and Rus Adam Kinzinger, a CEO of faith-based organizations.


Adam Kinzinger graduated from Normal Community West High School in 1996 and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Illinois State University in 2000.


In 1998, while a student at Illinois State, Adam Kinzinger ran for election as a county board member in McLean County.


Adam Kinzinger won, defeating an incumbent, and at age 20 was one of the youngest county board members in McLean County history, Kinzinger remained on the board until resigning in 2003.


Adam Kinzinger worked as an intern for former US Senator Peter Fitzgerald shortly after his graduation from Illinois State, as part of a program offered there.


Adam Kinzinger resigned from the McLean County Board in 2003 to join the United States Air Force.


Adam Kinzinger was commissioned a second lieutenant in November 2003 and later awarded his pilot wings.


Adam Kinzinger was initially a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot and flew missions in South America, Guam, Iraq and Afghanistan.


Adam Kinzinger later switched to flying the RC-26 surveillance aircraft and was stationed in Iraq twice.


Adam Kinzinger has served in the Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Wisconsin Air National Guard and was progressively promoted to his current rank of lieutenant colonel.


Adam Kinzinger met Republican US Representatives Mike Pence, Mark Kirk, and Peter Roskam in January 2009 to discuss a possible run for Congress.


Adam Kinzinger decided to run in Illinois's 11th congressional district, held by Debbie Halvorson.


Adam Kinzinger started campaigning full-time in May 2009, when he returned home from his 3rd tour in Iraq.


Adam Kinzinger was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.


Adam Kinzinger was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times in the general election.


Eric Cantor helped Adam Kinzinger, who was a rising Republican star, topple Manzullo in the Illinois primary.


Adam Kinzinger was targeted by the Club for Growth in 2014.


Adam Kinzinger announced publicly that he would not support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on August 3,2016.


Adam Kinzinger introduced the US House version of the bipartisan bill Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act.


In 2010 Adam Kinzinger signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes.


Adam Kinzinger sponsored the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013.


Adam Kinzinger is a member of both the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Main Street Partnership.


Adam Kinzinger was ranked as the 40th most bipartisan member of the House during the 114th United States Congress in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy, which ranks members of Congress by their degree of bipartisanship.


Adam Kinzinger voted for the 2017 Republican health care legislation, which would have repealed major parts of the Affordable Care Act.


Adam Kinzinger voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.


Adam Kinzinger authored and retweeted many tweets singling out China for blame.


Adam Kinzinger told his office staff not to come to work that day and took his.


At this point Adam Kinzinger barricaded the doors of his office and took out his gun.


On February 4,2021, Adam Kinzinger joined 10 other Republican House members voting with all voting Democrats to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her House Education and Labor Committee and House Budget Committee assignments in response to controversial political statements she had made.


In March 2021, Adam Kinzinger was one of eight Republicans to join the House majority in passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.


On July 1,2021, Adam Kinzinger voiced disdain about sanctions threatened by Republican leadership against Republican lawmakers who would participate in a House committee to investigate the Capitol attack.


On November 5,2021, Adam Kinzinger was one of 13 House Republicans to break with their party and vote with a majority of Democrats for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.


On July 1,2021, Adam Kinzinger voiced disdain about sanctions threatened by Republican leadership against Republican lawmakers who would participate in a House committee to investigate the Capitol attack.


Adam Kinzinger was one of the ten House Republicans who voted for Trump's second impeachment.


Adam Kinzinger is in favor of allowing concealed carry of firearms across state lines where concealed carry is legal.


On March 11,2021, Adam Kinzinger was one of eight Republican representatives who voted to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.


On May 29,2022, Adam Kinzinger announced that he was "open to" an assault weapons ban following the 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 22 people.


In 2017, Adam Kinzinger voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


Adam Kinzinger voted for the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 which authorizes DHS to nearly double the available H-2B visas for the remainder of FY 2020.


On Twitter, Adam Kinzinger praised Donald Trump's decision to kill Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Commander of the Quds Force, the third most powerful person in Iran.


Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, Adam Kinzinger has supported providing aid to Ukraine.


Adam Kinzinger considers himself a member of NAFO, an online pro-Ukrainian movement dedicated to countering propaganda and disinformation.


Adam Kinzinger opposes late-term abortion and the use of federal funds for abortion or health coverage that funds abortion.


Adam Kinzinger supported veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor if medical marijuana is legal in their states of residence.


Adam Kinzinger opposed a bill to remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.


In 2019 and 2021, Adam Kinzinger voted against the Equality Act.


In 2021, Adam Kinzinger was one of 21 House Republicans to sponsor the Fairness for All Act, the Republican alternative to the Equality Act.


In 2022, Adam Kinzinger was one of six Republicans to vote in favor of the Global Respect Act, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons responsible for violations of internationally recognized human rights against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex individuals, and for other purposes.


Adam Kinzinger did not vote on its final passage on December 8,2022.


In summer 2020, Adam Kinzinger denounced QAnon and other baseless conspiracy theories that gained currency among Republican voters.


In December 2020, after Trump repeated his claims of fraud on Twitter, Adam Kinzinger tweeted that it was time for Trump to delete his Twitter account.


Adam Kinzinger criticized the Texas Republican Party and called for the firing of its chairman, Allen West, when the party floated the idea of secession, after the Supreme Court rejected Texas v Pennsylvania, a bid by the state of Texas to overturn the presidential election outcome.


On January 7,2021, the day after the storming of the US Capitol by a violent pro-Trump mob, Adam Kinzinger became the first Republican member of the House to call for Trump's removal from office via the 25th Amendment.


Adam Kinzinger received a letter from 11 members of his family asserting he had joined "the devil's army" for publicly turning against Trump.


Adam Kinzinger said the family members suffer from "brainwashing" from conservative churches that led them astray.


On May 19,2021, Adam Kinzinger was one of 35 Republicans to join all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the formation of a January 6 commission to investigate the storming of the US Capitol.


In February 2023, it was announced that Adam Kinzinger was scheduled to release a book for Penguin Random House called Renegade: My Life in Faith, the Military, and Defending America from Trump's Attack on Democracy in October 2023.


In early 2021, a few weeks after the 2021 United States Capitol attack, Adam Kinzinger launched the Country First PAC, as a means to reform the Republican Party and distance itself from far-right conspiracies, including QAnon.


On October 21,2021, Adam Kinzinger was one of nine House Republicans to vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.


Adam Kinzinger was ranked 5th on The Hills 2011 annual "50 Most Beautiful People" list, which ranks anyone who regularly works on Capitol Hill.


Adam Kinzinger was engaged to Air Force Captain Riki Meyers, a fellow pilot, in 2011; they broke their engagement in 2012.


Adam Kinzinger became engaged to Sofia Boza-Holman, a former aide to John Boehner and aide to Vice President Mike Pence, in June 2019.